The pressure to have the best night ever on New Year's Eve can get a little too much, but with our round up you can be sure to see 2013 go out with a bang.
1. Start With A Movie Extravaganza
Start your New Year’s Eve celebrations in style. For the first time in over a century the Royal Albert Hall will be open between Christmas and New Year for screening of The Artist to be brought to life on stage with a live orchestra. The London Symphony Orchestra will play the soundtrack simultaneously with the screening. There are two screenings on the 30th and 31st December, one at 3pm and then at 7pm, tickets from £25.
2. Stage A Slumber Party
The super helpful team at Kate and Tom‘s have come up trumps with The Slate Beach House in North Cornwall. With big sofas and even bigger views, believe us, this combo is hard to find. It gets our vote for a cosy week away at New Year’s. Relax, curl up and watch the fireworks over Padstow or make the most of the open plan party pad with its kitchen/dinning room. Sleeps 12 – 16 and is available for £5000 for 7 nights.
3. Pop Your Ministry Cherry With Defected In The House
From sold out shows at Ministry of Sound throughout the year to their summer residency at Boom! in Ibiza, ‘Defected in the House’ are bringing their house music vibes to Ministry of Sound this New Year’s Eve. Join them for their first time at Ministry on NYE and dance your way into 2014. Get there early, doors open at 9pm and the headliner MK will be on at 11.30. Tickets £50 plus booking fee.
4. The Food Fuelled One
Jones and Son’s in Dalston is having an Elvis Presley style ‘Evening With The King’. Well, he did like to eat so why not channel Elvis and munch your way into 2014. East is where the cool kids will be celebrating, and don’t be surprised if you bump into Alexa Ching and co. en route. Inside the former theatre space, Scandi design sits against the delicious British food. Kick off the evening with champagne and oysters, before moving onto the four-course dinner, perfect for veggies as well as meat eaters, FYI. Finish with cheese and biscuits – if you can squeeze them in that is. From £55 per head, call 0207 241 1211.
5. Head To The After Party
If you don’t want to stop the party, make your way to Battersea. The Made in Chelsea favourite Bunga Bunga is open until 4am for its Venetian Masquerade Ball. Pre book for £20 or just turn up on the door for £30 and join in the fun. Boom.
6. Have A Skate Off
What’s fabulous about Somerset House is that you have access to the River Terrace and from there, hello fireworks! That’s right, get a view to beat all views of the Mayor’s Fireworks on the Thames. If all that wizz-pop-bang gets too much, with a spectator ticket you still get the chance to enjoy festive mulled wine, delicious tapas and sounds of a live DJ, you just cant step foot on the ice. At least there’s no harm of seeing in 2014 with a broken toe. Winning, we say. Spectator Ticket – £45 plus booking fee. Skaters Ticket – £62 plus booking fee.
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7. Dress Up And Dance
If you are looking for something fancy, look no further than The Savoy. The Lancaster Ballroom is hosting a 1920s inspired party. Before the dancing starts, crack on with the food – a four-course menu. Anyone for truffle crusted wild sea bass? Followed by dancing to the 11-piece jazz orchestra in the beautiful ballroom. It’ll cost you £295 per person. Better start practising your Charleston.
8. Have A Knees Up In The Country
This is from the family behind Bamford and Daylesford Organic Farm in Gloucestershire, so you know The Wild Rabbit is going to be good. Venture down to the Cotswolds and enjoy the newest gastro pub on the block with its chic, cosy-comfort rooms. This is luxury, but at a price we like. On New Year’s Eve they are celebrating with live entertainment by Trio Manouche, one of the UK’s leading gypsy swing ensembles. Add on complimentary cocktails on arrival, a lavish feast table and bacon rolls to round off the night. If you want to make a night of it (of course you do) rooms start at £105 a night and include breakfast. We are officially sold. Tickets £95 each call 01608 658389.
9. The Free One
Yes, you may be amongst thousands of others and there may not be much space between you and the next person, but it sure is a very British way to bring in the New Year. Plus its free. Watch the fireworks in the designated viewing areas along banks of the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge. Access to each zone will be closed once its full so we say get there early to bag your spot. Food scientists Bompas and Parr are on board this year for a firework display full of special effects involving sight, sound, fruit flavours and smells creating a multi sensory experience combined with the fireworks. All we can say is ‘wow.’