Sure, the West End’s the traditional heart of London nightlife, but many of the most original, unusual and unmissable nights out are nowadays to be had in East London. Indeed, districts like Shoreditch, Hackney and Dalston have become bywords for the trendy crowd in search of the hippest bars and clubs. So, no question then, it’s this area you should look to if you fancy celebrating New Year in the UK capital. Here are some of the nights-out not to be missed – just don’t forget to book!
Rock Around the Clock NYE Party
(All Star Lanes Brick Lane/ Spitalfields Arts Market, 95 Brick Lane E1 6QL)
Rock and roll won’t just be the order of the night at this bowling alley-featuring venue, but also – yes, that’s right – ten pin bowling. So why not welcome in 2017 by bopping around to some top hits while supping complimentary Champagne and taking advantage of the bowling lanes providing unlimited games all night long?
Alice in Wonderful New Year’s Eve Party
(Big Chill Bar/ Dray Walk, Brick Lane E1 6QL)
What better way to celebrate New Year than by journeying down the rabbit hole for the night? This venue in East London’s Brick Lane is hosting a Wonderland-themed evening of revelry with suitably teatime-inspired cocktails, Carroll-esque costumed characters and funk and soul party tunes throughout. You’d be a Mad Hatter to miss it.
NYE Great Gatsby Soiree
(Babble Bar City/ 45 Old Broad Street EC2N 1HU)
Who doesn’t fancy properly glamming it up on December 31st – after all, if you’re not going to on New Year’s Eve, when else are you going to? And this (end of) year, Babble Bar in the City are holding a shindig fit for Jay Gatsby et al, featuring all the gloss and sparkle of 1920s NYC, along with ‘Gatsby Girls’ and, of course, the finest, tastiest cocktail concoctions humanly possible. Indeed, if you’re planning to stay at one of the hotels near Liverpool Street station (such as the Montcalm Royal London City hotel), then this very nearby party could well be the one for you.
(The Cow/ Chesnut Plaza, 4 Montfichet Road E20 1GL)
East London’s Stratford isn’t just famous for hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics, nowadays it’s just as revered for being home to one of the capital’s two glitzy, stylish and grandiose Westfield shopping malls and a roster of eclectic bars. The Cow obviously falls into the latter category and on New Year’s Eve promises guests the ultimate hoedown to see out the old and see in the new – get set then for cowboy/ cowgirl fancy dress and barnstorming fun. Yeehaw!
‘New York, New York’ – NYE at The Oyster Shed
(The Oyster Shed/ 1 Angel Lane EC4R 3AB)
Finally, there’s further Big Apple-esque New Year shenanigans at the Oyster Shed. Yes, it’ll less Cockney mussels and more New York revelry at the bankside venue that boasts an outstanding panorama of the Thames. Expect cracking live music, lively decorations (to go with the already vivid décor) and a classy, ebullient atmosphere that, come December 31st, will be very hard to top. Even in Times Square itself!