Time to wave goodbye to all that, and welcome in a shiny new year of health and happiness. The best way to do this? AN EPIC FREAKING CELEBRATION, naturally. Wondering where to be when those bells ring in 2019? BarChick has the low-down on the hottest parties for when midnight hits.
There ain't no party like a Great Gatsby party, right? Combine this with glittering views of London laid out below like a sparkling circuit board, and you've got one spectacular soirée. This December 31st, Oblix East at The Shard is hosting a party to rival the grandest of Gatsby's get-togethers.
Whizz up to the 32nd floor of London's most iconic building and drink in the view... along with plenty of Champagne, natch. There's a celebratory tasting menu and you'll be serenaded by a live swing orchestra throughout. Very swish. A live DJ set will ensure you don't run outta steam and keep you dancing through 'til the early hours. As will the open bar with free-flowing spirits all night.
All of this opulence comes at a price - Gatsby couldn't have thrown those epic parties without his fortune, and if you wanna join this one you're gonna need to shell out a cool £450. Those eager to start 2019 in style without setting their credit card on fire can head straight to the 32nd floor from 23.30pm. There'll be bubbles on arrival and that free-flowing bar we were talking about - for the slightly less eye-watering price of £150.
The Shard 31 St Thomas Street SE1 9RY
If there's one night to go fully extra, it's NYE, surely? We're talking burlesque, comedy, jazz music... and a bunch of Champagne cocktails. Oriole have paired up with The Vintage Arts Agency to bring you just that. Their New Year's Eve Cabaret Spectacular will be taking place in their glam tiki-chic bar. Guests are invited to dress in their finest and enjoy some old-school hospitality and a special Moet Hennessy cocktail list for one night only. What's more, there's a live band and enough swing dancing to get you sweating into the New Year. Because you planned to do more exercise in 2019, right?
Tickets are £100 and includes a delicious welcome drink, cabaret spectacular (from 9.45pm) and live jazz music, with a free Swing lesson at 8pm.
E Poultry Ave, London EC1A 9LH
Bid farewell to 2018 and get ready to tropic like its hot at the Last Nights of Havana pre-revolution New Year's Eve party. Expect a sh*t loada rum, a live jazz band and epic Cuban street food. Shake what ya mamma gave ya with the sexy professional salsa dancers and cheers to the new year with a complimentary glass of Moet & Chandon. Tickets start from £35 & include plenty of treats throughout the night.
Get your tickets here.
Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane Gate Entrance, London E1W 2SF
It's going down up on the roof this New Year's Eve. Grab your squad and head east to check out one of the best views of the capital and party 2018 away. Skylight Rooftop has everything you need for an evening to remember; Ice skating, street food, cocktails and DJs. What more could you want? Oh, you want fireworks too? Well, you'll have a full view of the city's most impressive firework displays (or you could also watch them on one of the 12 screens around the three-floor heated venue. No excuses to miss them, then).
If you're quick, you might be able to nab yourself and your crew one of the cosy igloos to bunk down in. An epic spot for plenty of insta-worthy group snaps to look back on when your head is a little fuzzy in the morning. Tickets start at £30 and include Moet & Chandon Champagne on arrival. Igloos and huts are also available to book.
Book your place here.
Tobacco Dock, Pennington St. Car Park entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF
Wriggle into that party dress and dry-clean that suit - this hella glam party at The Rumpus Room has everything you need to see 2018 off with a seriously chic bang. With one of the best views of the London Skyline and the Thames, you have the perfect backdrop for a Laurent-Perrier Champagne reception, DJ set and live band. There's an open bar all night long, which means by 1am you're going to get a severe case of the snack attack. Luckily, The Rumpus Room have anticipated the need to feed, and there'll be bacon sarnies for everyone. Genius. No dirty kebab in the Uber home, then.
Tickets start at £160 (early birds, get flappin') and include that open bar and two glasses of Laurent-Perrier Champagne.
Get your tickets over here.
The Mondrian, 20 Upper Ground SE1 9PD
Channel some slick Malibu style and embrace your inner flamingo - Nine Lives Bar in Bermondsey are bringing a dose of tropicalifornication to December 31st. They're dishing up nine serves in the lead up to 2019, consisting of killer cocktails and sumptuous small plates. You'll enjoy the likes of the warming Nine Tales cocktail made with bourbon, palo cortado sherry and wine cordial, followed by a dainty portion of rare beef, scorched cherry tomato, green bean and watercress salad. Tasty. To finish the feast, think bespoke tropical print macarons paired with an Espresso Martini Affogato. Just the caffeine kick to see you through.
No New Year's Eve party is complete without a Champagne fountain to get the party pumping, and there's be DJs playing into the early hours. The Nine Serves menu will run from 7pm-4am for £90, or you could miss all of that and rock up from 11:15pm for £15 late entry and a glass of Champagne.
Either ping the team and email email@example.com or book a spot here.
8 Holyrood Street SE1 2EL
Because is it even New Year's Eve without enchanting geisha dancers, captivating ninja warriors and glittering fire breathers? If your answer is 'hell no', we have the perfect party for you. Head to Sexy Fish for one epically glam night, where the bright lights and revelry of Tokyo are being transported to Mayfair.
Neons, late night dining and lavish Roku Gin cocktails are going to ring in the new year, with Sexy Fish’s resident DJs play the very best house, electro, disco and funk into the early hours of 2019. Want to eat first? Get yourself a dinner ticket and enjoy a sharing-style thirteen-course feast. Dishes include Wagyu tataki and Miso marinated black cod. F*ck yes. The banging Roku Gin cocktail menu include the Firework Fizz - an explosive combination of Suntory Roku gin, citrus sherbert, mezcal and prosecco - and Countdown, which mixes Suntory Roku, Aperol, yuzu, and Three cents soda. Prepare to Roku out.
Tickets for dinner are £290 and booking is gonna be essential, so secure your place here.
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BE
Time to channel your inner Hollywood megastar and get ready for that perfect silver-screen kiss as the clocks chime midnight. Quaglino's is hosting the ultimate Hollywood Awards Night this NYE.
Dress to the nines for this extraordinary night of glamour and strut down the red carpet to pose for the paps (but don't worry, these photos won't end up on the Sidebar of Shame). Your Hollywood hostesses will then welcome you for a luxe three-course dinner. Go all out and dance the night away with a spectacular line up of live music from BELAIR - these guys really know how to party and bring in the countdown. Turning up the volume till 4am is DJ Josh Hodge; everyone knows it's at the after parties when sh*t goes off the hook. Now that's how to get your 2019 started.
Check out their NYE packages over here.
16 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AJ
There are no limits to how epic this party is gonna be. Like, literally - Callooh Callay is serving up unlimited food and drinks this New Year's Eve. Um, yes please. The canapes will be served between 8-10pm and then it's bottomless drinks. All. Night. Long.
Because it's Callooh Callay, you just know these drinks are gonna be banging. To help see you through 'til midnight, try out The Insta - a Brew 9a twist on the Espresso Martini. Or give the Governors Colt a go, made with Pisco, milk, cream, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, egg and prosecco. Then of course, there's a glass of Moet et Chandon at midnight to toast in the new year. Want to see in 2019 with your best moves? There's also a DJ setting the tone throughout the night. And that tone is fun.
Early bird tickets are £100, or £125 afterwards. Be quick, here.
65 Rivington Street EC2A 3AY
Make sure your New Year’s Eve is legendary by heading sky-high for some 70's funk. Channel the glamour of the 1970's disco era with glitter, sequins and the DGAF attitude of Grace Jones by rocking up to Sky Garden's Studio 54 NYE party.
Get down with your bad self amongst the luscious tropical greenery with that incredible glittering city backdrop - Insta game on point. Dance to the nine-piece party band all night long, and don't hold back on your outfit - the dress code demands flair. Fancy being that bit extra? Take a leaf from Bianca Jagger's book. She turned up to her own 1977 Studio 54 birthday party on a horse. Maybe don't do that, though. It won't fit in the lift.
Tickets include a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne on arrival and start from £110pp. Book yours here.
20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF
Two bars, both alike in dignity, in West Hampstead where we lay our scene... and this scene is the BIGGEST New Year's party going down in NW6. Head to epic new bar Heads + Tails for two contrasting parties inspired by the Baz Lurhman classic, and choose where your loyalties lie. Capulets will see in 2019 upstairs in the Heads bar, where you'll be given Champagne to toast at midnight; Montagues will party below in Tails with a rum punch as tropical as the Hawaiian shirt you're rocking. Speaking of which, make sure you dress accordingly - you don't want to find you've been accidentally mixing with a loath'd enemy. We know how that story ends.
Good news is the family feud is on hold when you head outside to the garden terrace, where a BBQ will be smoking away and you can get yourself a burger included with your ticket. Live DJs will kick off at 9pm and the party will keep going until 5am, so bring your A game.
Tickets start from £35, or £45 for reserved seating. Ping 'em an email firstname.lastname@example.org to nab your spot.