Whether you're a local Londoner or just visiting, finding the best events and things to do in the capital takes serious planning so to avoid being disappointed have a look at our recommendations to make sure you see 2014 in with a band. Always big on the celebrations, London's got comedy, cabaret and spectacular club nights up its sleeve, not to mention the ever-brilliant New Year's Eve firework display over the Thames.
Have an alternative night.
The Blitz Party:
Rewind to the '40s this NYE at this air raid shelter shindig in a warren of six rooms, where sandbags, blackout curtains, searchlights and oil lamps with military bunk beds to sit on will help immerse you in a truly authentic atmosphere. Ration books replace bar tabs and provisions will line the walls, while live swing bands, DJs spinning big band classics, original newsreels and wartime films will all be part of the fun.
The Prohibition Party:
Lovers of the Great Gatsby can find themselves transported to his world at the Prohibition Party London event. The roaring 20's theme will host lively jazz bands and flamboyant flappers dancing the Charleston. The prohibition era was infamous for its banning of alcohol in America; in order to avoid the keen eye of the law, you can expect to be served alcohol in teacups and all cocktail menus will circulated secretly inside the pages of books. Expect DJs on gramophones, piano music and stunning dancing troupes and don't just enjoy the entertainment on stage, get up and dance the night away with the floozies and cads at the bar while a silent cinema plays on screen.
Watch the fireworks.
Heralding the start of 2014, London's official New Year's Eve fireworks shoot off from the London Eye, with Big Ben, St Paul's and the rest of the City all crowding into one stunning background. Prime vantage points include the Victoria Embankment, north of the Thames, and some of the central-most bridges. If you fancy splashing out this NYE, why not party at the top of The Shard. If you're planning to enjoy the festivities live be sure to plan ahead: designated spots along the Thames typically fill up quickly but the link below includes a list of some amazing bars and restaurants that you can watch the display from. Of course you can always watch on the BBC1 from the comfort of your sofa!
Attend a live performance of 'The Artist'.
The London Symphony Orchestra provide the live soundtrack to a screening of Michel Hazanavicius's charming blockbuster 'The Artist'. Two years after it charmed the world with its nostalgic look at the golden days of the Hollywood silent film, The Artist - Live in Concert now comes to the Royal Albert Hall for an exclusive UK premiere. This multi-award winning film is dramatically brought to life on stage with the London Symphony Orchestra and composer-pianist Ludovic Bource, conducted by Ernst Van Tiel, playing the soundtrack simultaneously with a high-definition screening of the film.
Go to a comedy night.
The traditional and infamous stand-up show which drags you into the New Year kicking and screaming with a fun line-up which includes MC Tom Wrigglesworth, Phil Nichol, Ian Stone, Paul Thorne, Nathan Caton, Jeff Innocent and The Noise Next Door. Plus aftershow club till the wee hours.
Throw a party.
To avoid waiting in long lines the Eve of the New Year, spending tons of money, and in order to make sure you're spending the night with your close friends rather than the coat check guy, throw your own New Year's party at home. Serve some canapés and cocktails before blasting this 'alternative playlist' out of your speakers courtesy of NME.
'The Doctors' Orders' Club Night.
Hosted in the legendary Duke's nightclub London's premier hip hop crew bring in a whole load of beats, rhymes and general big styles for NYE, featuring an array of Doc's Orders family and royalty, including The Nextmen, Foreign Beggars' DJ Nonames, Mr Thing, Spin Doctor, Chris P Cuts, Mo Fingaz and MC Prankster. As well as a varied selection of hip hop cuts, there'll be disco, jungle, bass, house and other party styles pulsing from the soundsystem.
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