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New Year Events and Entertainment in London

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If fireworks leave you cold, and loud clubs make you long for earplugs, fear not! There are plenty of alternatives to keep you entertained this New Year's Eve. Here's our pick of the best shows, parades and theatricals to help you welcome in the New Year in London.

 
 

Ronnie Scotts

Start the New Year as you mean to go on with some smooth jazz.

Ronnie Scott's Ronnie Scott's Where:
, 47 Frith Street, London London, W1D 4HT
Category: Jazz Clubs

47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

There aren't many cooler places to celebrate the New Year than Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and this New Year's Eve they are hosting a black tie party, with entertainment from one of the UK's kings of swinging jazz, Ray Gelato, who can count Paul McCartney and the Queen amongst his fans. He will be joined by US jazz, pop and soul singer, stage star and former Radio 1 DJ Madeline Bell and, of course, the Ronnie Scott All Stars. The top class entertainment will be accompanied by a four course meal, topped off with coffee and truffles and a complimentary glass of champers. Not content with hosting one New Year's Eve celebration, upstairs in Ronnie's Bar, Funky Nation will be combining jazz, funk, soul, disco, boogie and house, delivered by top DJ's including world-renowned DJ Joey Negro, a dream for anyone with a hankering for a good old vintage knees-up. Tickets for Ronnie's Bar includes prosecco on arrival and a tapas style meal. Please note, the tickets are sold separately for the jazz club and Ronnie's Bar and do not include access to both.

 
 
 

Jazz Cafe

Camden's Jazz Cafe hosts an unmissable New Year's soul celebration.

Jazz Cafe Jazz Cafe Where:
, 5 Parkway, London London, NW1 7PG
Category: Live Music

5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 
 

If head-pounding dance music and hot and steamy clubs aren't your thing then inject some soul into you're New Year's Eve with a little help from The Cuban Brothers, who will be your hosts for the night at the iconic Jazz Cafe. Starting your night off will be Geordie duo Smoove and Turrell, fresh from their epic Glastonbury antics, and showcasing some new tracks from their third album. Dan Le Sac will be entertaining with a DJ set until the early hours of the 2014. VIP tickets are available and include a three-course meal, plus glass of bubbly and the best seats in the house.

 
 
 

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store presents a star-studded night of New Year's Eve stand up.

Comedy Store Comedy Store Where:
, 1a Oxendon Street, London London, SW1Y 4EE
Category: Comedy Clubs

1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London, SW1Y 4EE

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

They say laughter is the best cure, so if you're not ecstatic to see another year fly by, why not forget everything that's happening outside and head to The Comedy Store in Piccadilly Circus. This year sees various comedy greats such as Jeff Innocent and Phil Nichol, who has been described as having "the face of an angel, the tongue of a whore and the energy of a toddler on an Irn Bru binge". Also making an appearance, and sure to poke fun at all the New Year enthusiasts lining up to watch fireworks on the night, is The Noise Next Door, the U.K's premier impro comedy troupe. After your sides have been suitably split, the comedians will make way for a DJ club night to bring you through to the next year. If this sounds like your cup of tea, standard prices are £61.50 in advance or £71.50 on the night, and premium front row balcony seats are also available for £77.50 (£87.50 on the night).

 
 
 

Barbican Centre

Waltz into the New Year with the Barbican Centre's Viennese New Year's Eve Gala.

Barbican Hall Barbican Hall Where:
, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Classical Music

Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 
 

Bring some 18th century glamour into your night of celebration with the Viennese New Year's Eve Gala held at the prestigious Barbican Hall. The evening includes some classic Viennese music played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and dancing from the world-famous Johan Strauss dance collective. In its 25th year, the gala has become a Barbican tradition loved by many. Music compositions set listed for the night include Die Fledermaus Overture, The Blue Danube Waltz, Old England Forever! and many more. Offering a real life Strictly Come Dancing experience - It gives a great excuse to dress up in classical gowns and tuxedos. Those who fancy some ballroom fun, can visit the Barbican website where a range of ticket options can be found.

 
 
 

Proud

Proud presents an evening of cabaret and circus to bring 2013 to a close.

Proud Camden Proud Camden Where:
, The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London London, NW1 8AH
Category: Live Music

The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 
 

New Year's doesn't get much more memorable than a fire breathing, cabaret circus spectacular. Camden's Proud have a penchant for the weird and wonderful and this year they're pushing the boat out with a dramatic evening of fire breathers, aerial hoopists, international burlesque stars, live bands and cabaret performances. Plus we have a sneaking suspicion that isn't all they have in store, expect surprises. The year will be brought to a close with a midnight fanfare as balloons and confetti rain down on the party-goers below. Dinner and show tickets are available and stable and club tables start at £99. Earlybird tickets range from £5-29 depending on when you want to arrive. The celebrations run from 7pm-4am but the show kicks off at 9. Be sure to dress to impress.

 
 
 

A Vintage New Year's Party

It may be the start of 2014, but down at the Southbank it's still the roaring twenties

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party A Vintage New Year's Eve Party Party like it's 1923 at the Southbank this New Year's with a Vintage Party like no other. Curated be Wayne Hemingway MBE and Gerardine Hemingway MBE (founders of Red or Dead) and the rest of the Vintage Team the night will be an old school affair filled with live music, period cocktails and pop-up clubs. Celebrate the end of 2012 with 20's ragtime, a 40's swing orchestra and 50's rock and roll. Plus vintage inspired dance classes, movies and pop up beauty parlours. 2012-12-312012-12-31 Where:
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Seasonal

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 31st December 2012

 

Following last year's sell-out success, A Vintage New Year's Eve Party is back.Party like it's 1923 at the Southbank this New Year's with a Vintage Party like no other. Curated be Wayne Hemingway MBE and Gerardine Hemingway MBE (founders of Red or Dead) and the rest of the Vintage Team the night will be an old school affair filled with live music, period cocktails and pop-up clubs. Celebrate the end of 2013 with 20's ragtime, a 40's swing orchestra and 50's rock and roll. Plus vintage inspired dance classes, movies, a photo booth and pop up beauty parlours. Standard party ticket are £115 and you can also chose to add a three course meal at £65.00 before heading to the party.

 
 
 

Smart New Year's Eve Party

Three course meal, unlimited booze, and dance and trapeze acts.

Smart New Year's Eve Party Smart New Year's Eve Party If you're looking for a glamorous way to see in the New Year, a Smart Party at Battersea Evolution is the ideal solution. With a Christmas in Colorado theme, the venue is transformed into a winter Colorado resort, complete with festive decorations, twinkling lights and a Rocky Mountain ski saloon - aka the bar. Upon arrival, guests are treated to canapés and a glass of bubbles before being seated for an indulgent three course meal. With cabaret style tables that seat ten people, it's perfect for big groups or meeting new people - you might even find someone for that all important midnight kiss. The meal commences with honey baked salmon and fennel, followed by succulent roast chicken with glazed carrots, winter greens, roast potatoes and, of course, pigs in blankets. Dessert is a tempting chocolate and pear slice served with ice cream. Each course is broken up with impressive dance and trapeze acts while after dinner entertainment comes in the form of a casino, bucking bronco, dodgems and dancing. Top that off with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks and you've got yourself a party.

2013-12-312013-12-31 Where:
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London London, SW11 4NJ
Category: Seasonal

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 31st December 2013

 

If you're looking for a glamorous way to see in the New Year, a Smart Party at Battersea Evolution is the ideal solution. With a Christmas in Colorado theme, the venue is transformed into a winter Colorado resort, complete with festive decorations, twinkling lights and a Rocky Mountain ski saloon - aka the bar. Upon arrival, guests are treated to canapés and a glass of bubbles before being seated for an indulgent three course meal. With cabaret style tables that seat ten people, it's perfect for big groups or meeting new people - you might even find someone for that all important midnight kiss. The meal commences with honey baked salmon and fennel, followed by succulent roast chicken with glazed carrots, winter greens, roast potatoes and, of course, pigs in blankets. Dessert is a tempting chocolate and pear slice served with ice cream. Each course is broken up with impressive dance and trapeze acts while after dinner entertainment comes in the form of a casino, bucking bronco, dodgems and dancing. Top that off with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks and you've got yourself a party.