Ready for a new year and a new start? Of course you are. If you’re lucky enough not to be working on December 31st this year then it’s time to party like it’s no longer 2016. Here’s our guide to the best and most creative events for #eventprofs on a night off. We’ve created our list from events across the Capital and beyond. Did we miss something? Let us know @NoodleLive and wel’ll add it.
Not up for a big night out? That’s fine. New Year’s Even also offers plenty of fun things to do during the day. Go for a festive classic with an ice skate at Somerset House, or head to the Design Museum to catch Beazley Designs of the Year. The museum picks up on some of the most exciting and unusual design products of the year and is a great place to do some research on cool products and trends for the future of events. For some family friendly fun, head to the Winter Carnival Parade in Newcastle to see one the UK’s largest traditional parades complete with puppets, torchbearers and live bands. The event ends with a huge firework display.
Now you’re talking. It’s time to get weird.
A Christmas Carol: Immersive Dinner Experience
The Arts Theatre, London
Festive vibes, plum and apple pudding and a ghost of Christmas past. What’s not to love? As art and food continue to collide in London’s ever-inventive immersive events scene, this latest offering invites you in to Scrooge’s parlour to enjoy an ancient feast as you watch the classic Christmas tale unfold.
Dinner at Le Bun
Birthdays, Dalston, London
This brilliant pop up restaurant is open on NYE, serving classics including black truffle burger sauce and Duck Frites. Their Christmas menu includes a controversial burger made from tree-smoked deer.
Gangsters and Molls New Years Eve
Badabing Live Music Bar and Grill, Edinburgh
Live it up like it’s the 1920’s with a speakeasy style bar featuring flappers an’ dappers and set over two floors. There will be live performances and plenty of DJ appearances too. Scottish New Year celebrations tend to go big, so be ready for an all night party.
NYE Oscars Party
Archer Street, Soho, London
Walk down the red carpet and sip on luxurious cocktails as waiters and waitresses sing classic Hollywood tunes and dance on the tables. Nothing unusual for Archer’s Street but you’ll also be in with the chance to win an Oscar yourself in their huge awards presentation ceremony.
Mix Your Own Cocktails in a Breaking Bad-Style RV
Yep, it’s a travelling RV that allows a small amount of customers on at any one time for a 2-hour cocktail drinking session. Mix your own chemistry-inspired cocktails with the help of ‘WW molecular techniques’. Yes, we do know exactly what that is. Sort of.
Circus of the Lost
Beaver Works, Leeds
Feeling lost? Good. You’re in the right place. This event offers eight rooms of music, a circus tent, a real fairground and a fireworks display at midnight. Farily comprehensive NYE fun. Well done Leeds.
Candlelight Club NYE Party
Secret Location, London
Yes, it is completely lit by candles. No, we don’t know where it is either. But we do know they are throwing a cosy New Year party complete with live jazz and burlesque. So we’re willing to travel.
The Blitz Party New Years Eve Special
Victoria House Basement, London
This 1940s themed party has been a London favourite for a few years now. Expect classic 40s music, live bands, classic cocktails and uniformed soldiers. Professional swing dancers set the mood whilst the mess stall dishes out modern takes on vintage classics. If you’ve never been before you should definitely give it a try. This well run party is an inspirational event for #EventProfs.
Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
Didn’t have a school prom? Never mind, now’s your chance. Head to Camp and Furnace to enjoy a finger food buffet, spiked punch, classic 80s anthems and prizes for prom King and Queen. VIPs (those who pay more) can also enjoy limo service to and from the event.
Foundation Bar, Covent Garden, London
Spend NYE alongside mother nature at her wildest with an ‘immersive zoo experience’ at Foundation Bar. Dress up as an animal of your choice and then accentuate the look with professional body and face painters as well as snake dancers and live DJs.
It’s New Year’s Eve Somewhere
The Magic Roundabout, Old Street, London
This one is for the most hardcore of NYE enthusiasts because at the magic roundabout you get to celebrate not once but 5 times as 2016 slips away around the world. Celebrate on the hour every hour and try to pace yourself.
The Allendale Baal Fire
Looking for something completely different? Head to Allendale in Northumberland to see a traditional procession which involves locals carrying puts of burning tar on their heads and walking through the streets of the town. It’s a huge annual celebration that brings locals and visitors together. As the evening continues expect brass drums and plenty of merriment.
Thanks for reading our guide to great NYE events for #EventProfs. We publish regular monthly listings of great networking and social events for event professionals. Keep checking back on our blog if you want to stay up to date.