Every year you promise yourself you’re going to do something iconic for New Year, and every year you end up last-minute panicking and spending the night with teary school friends that you should have ditched at prom. Well not this year. No, this year you are going to be the organised, sorted-out, put-together person that you envisioned yourself as on January 1st 2016 and get New Year's Eve tickets in London early. This year you will shun a lifetime’s worth of bad habits and book your New Year’s Eve 2016 with time to spare, and this list of early bird events are well worth getting your act together for.
The high end one at Battersea Evolution
God damn it, you are classy and sophisticated and you will not spend this New Year’s Eve lying in the dog basket at your parents’ home wishing you hadn’t drank an entire bottle of Bailey’s. On December 31st 2016, Battersea Park is swapping the drab London pavements for the hot streets of South America. For this London New Year, don a beautiful mask, slip into something seductive and head down to South London for Carnivale; there will be street food stalls selling South American treats such as bourbon-glazed chicken skewers, a grand feast, DJs, and dodgems. There’s even a casino to try your hand at; if it’s good enough for James Bond, it’s good enough for us.
On a boat with The Tattershall Castle
Even with military style precision and the organisational skills of J Lo in the Wedding Planner, getting your gang to watch the London fireworks on New Year’s Eve is going to be a chore. We get it, you’re not superhuman; fortunately, with a bit of forward planning you can get the best views of the city skyline and a glass of bubbly at one of the best New Year's Eve events in London. Clamber aboard The Tattershall Castle, a party boat that will be cruising the Thames, giving you views of London Bridge that no Instagram filter can do justice. The sights aren’t the only thing kicking off your start to 2017; Burger Shack are dishing out deliciousness and DJs are working the decks until 3am, see ya later landlubbers.
The vintage one at Stoke Newington Tea House
Ah Gatsby and Daisy, yes, ultimately their love was doomed to fail and they were to spend the rest of their days in miserable unions, but they had a hell of a party along the way, which is what we’re aiming for during London’s New Year’s Eve 2016. Following a sell-out success last year, The Stoke Newington Tea House has taken inspiration from the famous bachelor to present their Great Gatsby themed casino. Professional croupiers will lead you through games of Blackjack, Texas Hold'em and Roulette, before wrapping things up at 11.45pm, just in time for you to find a Leonardo Dicaprio lookalike for your midnight kiss, and hopefully you'll have a slightly happier ending.
The cocktail one at Be At One
Champagne is so 2015; to really celebrate the beginning of 2017 you’re going to want a heavy dose of cocktails. Be At One serve an amazing cocktail menu year-round but to say bye bye to 2016, they’re upping the ante. With bars across the country taking part, including in Brighton and Liverpool, Be At One’s New Year’s Eve party includes a happy hour (2 for 1) and DJs spinning top tunes to help you dance your way into another year. Make mine 10 margaritas please barkeep.
The magical masquerade one at The Coronet Theatre
Get ready to hear something controversial folks: New Year’s Eve is overrated. That’s right, I said it. It’s expensive, it’s usually raining and if you haven’t sorted yourself out and got tickets to one of the above London New Year's Eve events then you’re usually passed out in bed by 10.30pm. The Coronet Theatre is throwing tradition out the window and getting the party started a whole 24 hours early with their masquerade ball on the 30th December 2016. The ball will include plenty of sultry performances from burlesque acts and cabaret stars to live music that will have you dancing well into the early hours. It’s going to be sexy, it’s going to be scandalous and now when you pass out in bed by 10.30pm on the 31st, you’ll look rock n roll, not like you can’t handle your drink.