So here’s the big question – have you got anything in your diary for December 31st yet? After this turbulent year don’t we deserve to pop a few champagne corks and dance the night away? Although we’ve sold out our New Year Party (next time guys?), don’t despair as there are lots of other options to stop you suffering from FOMO 2017.
For those who want to sweat it out and be part of the dance throng, A Vintage New Year’s Party is back at the Southbank and it’s a big one. They’re transforming five floors of the Royal Festival Hall into a huge party space, complete with seven pop-up nightclubs. Alternatively, The Queen of Hoxton’s Just Juice NYE Circus promises to be really crazy. As you’d expect they’re taking the circus theme seriously, transforming the place with a Big Top, ring masters, and trapeze artists. If you’re after something a little more refined, try Posh at the Savoy. They’re hosting a black tie party in the beautiful Lancaster Ballroom with a seven course meal, dinner and dancing (click here for more party ideas from David Ellis of The Evening Standard).
However, getting in with the crowds is a double-edged sword – obviously there’s the cost, it can take ages to get served, you might not relish being elbowed all night and let’s face it, sometimes drink doesn’t bring out the best in some people! Why not head to high ground like Hampstead Heath or Primrose Hill? That way you can have your own space and enjoy all the fireworks that London has to offer – just don’t forget your hip flask!
For those who fancy blowing their party and holiday budget in one memorable trip, travel search engine Kayak.com has just released the top trending cities for New Year 2016. Coming in the top ten is New Zealand’s Auckland; visiting Lords of the Rings locations and dormant volcanoes making the jetlag worthwhile! Then there’s New Year’s Times Square where over a million people show up and countdown to midnight as a huge 12-foot glittering ball descends (hopefully not on your head!). Not surprisingly Sydney comes in as the 2nd most popular destination – dance parties at Bondi Beach, fireworks in the harbour and warm weather certainly sound appealing. But this year the most popular destination is Iceland’s Reykjavik. Ok it might not feel quite as sexy celebrating New Year in thermal underwear, but the Northern Lights and thermal baths sound incredible.
Whatever you opt for, if you want your NYE 2016 to go with a bang and not fizzle out, read our tips on how to Party like a Londoner. Happy New Year!