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US Election 2012: The Best Election Night Parties In London

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Brits love a political party. No, not the Republicans, Democrats, Tories or Labour, but a party with streamers, politcally-themed booze, food and a chance to laugh and cry at the election results.

The entrance to some of the biggest election parties in London on the night of the US election, like the US Embassy party and the Democrats Abroad UK party, are restricted to American citizens, because of strict party fundraising rules, apart from invitees only.

But you can still get your thrill of American political jousting at parties across London - though stamina is needed to see in the results, which will probably not appear until around 4am or 5am on Wednesday morning.

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Here are HuffPost UK's top tips for US election parties, whether you're backing Barack or routing for Romney.

Redhook in Clerkenwell are holding a Red Eye Election Night Party from 8pm until dawn breaks. Tickets are a pricey £65 but that includes Yankee-style food and drinks all through the night.

The party promises fun for "ex-pat Americans, British observers and anyone who likes wine, whiskey and staying up late." Tongue-in-cheek offerings for Republicans include a free rifle and bible, and the Republican corner is promised "soft drinks only, waiting staff outsourced to China and binders full of women."

Democrat-inclined party goers can expect to receive food stamps and a tax bill, as well as "home-brewed beer, Kenyan coffee and birth certificate forging classes."

The Lexington pub on Pentonville Road, near Kings Cross, is hosting a big election night shindig. The pub promises: "We'll be pulling down the big screen and seeing how the election goes in America.

"We might provide some popcorn or American cookies or something to help while away the anxious hours..."

It's fully booked, but one of the most electric places to watch the votes roll in is the Frontline Club, if you can wangle a ticket.

The foreign correspondents' club in Norfolk Place promises round-the-clock coverage by Sky News, beginning at 8pm through the night with complimentary wine and American beer, hotdogs and nachos.

Fancy meeting a hot young professional working in foreign policy? Sure you do. And what better place than the Young Professionals In Foreign Policy's Election Night bash?

The all-night affair has precious little detail on the website, apart from that it is open to all, and to be held at Barley Mow, 82 Duke Street, in London. But it does have a hashtag, #ypfpUSvote.

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Many parties are serving US-themed drinks and food

Boldly billed as "THE BEST AMERICAN ELECTION PARTY IN LONDON! November 6!!!", head down for in-your-face Democrat Party fun at the Famous Three Kings in Fulham, from 9pm.

Tickets are £39, including a champagne toast and buffet, lasting until 6am. Organisers say: "Don't stay at home! Don't watch with Republicans! Watch with people whose heart is with Barack Obama."

And for those with a taste for a classy election night, refined political analysis, not yelping tribalism, head down to the American Bar at the Stafford Hotel, London, open all night as results roll in, where "the election night veteran bar team will be at hand to serve neat drinks to steady nerves and trembling hands and to mix potent celebration cocktails with will make you see stars and stripes."

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