You’ve done it again… Nestled in the home comforts of too much food, too much booze and not enough fresh air, Christmas week has once again sped by and left you reeling in the annual “what shall we do for New Year’s Eve” predicament. Just me? From warehouse parties until the wee hours to old school glitz and glamour, here are some of our picks to wash away 2013 and see in 2014 from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day.
For the wilder amongst us, all nighter stalwarts Bugged Out enlist the help of Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery, Ivan Smagghe and Kiwi for New Year’s Eve at Studio Spaces in Wapping, keeping you out of mischief until 6am. There will be more electric fixes down with secretsundaze boasting two rooms of house and techno artists including new talents alongside electro veterans including Levon Vincent, Shed, Point G, Tim Sweeney and DJ TLR at Electric Brixton. Early bird tickets have of course sold out but if you’re quick you might be able to blag some last minute tickets.
Not feeling the celebratory vibe but still enjoy a dance? Those gleefully glum kids at Feeling Gloomy are on hand the aptly titled Stuff NYE Party at The Albany. Think they are downbeat throughout the year? Just imagine what they’d be like on a day so filled with false promise and happiness all in aid of the moving of a clock hand…
If getting sweaty with strangers isn’t your idea of fun, there are plenty of outdoor options to help you see in 2014. Still lots of strangers but admittedly less sweaty and more freezing. London’s premier fireworks display takes place by the London Eye as the UK’s biggest annual fireworks display illuminates Big Ben’s strikes at midnight. Head to Westminster Bridge or Victoria Embankment (early) for some of the best views or to Cannon Street for one of London’s many other free fireworks displays.
For a more demure, yet high end price point, New Year’s Eve, transport yourself back in time to a time of glitz and glamour at the Royal Albert Hall with The Artist – Live in Concert as London Symphony Orchestra bring this fantastic film to life. And also marks the first time the Royal Albert Hall has held end-of-year concerts this century.
Come the morning, power through the hangover and start your year with some culture as many of London’s cultural institutions open their doors on New Year’s Day. Pop in to Pop Art Design at Barbican Centre or get stylish at Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House – for those of you feeling energetic, book place for Skate! and stick around after dark for live DJs on the ice. Fill your day with a host of great exhibitions at V&A including Club to Catwalk, Pearls and Masterpieces of Chinese Painting – make sure you check out their striking ‘Red Velvet Tree of Love’ Christmas tree installation by Helen and Colin David. Early risers may also enjoy the traditional New Year’s Day Parade, kicking off the year bright and breezy at 11.45am with 10,000 performers from around the world. A word of warning, with over half a million people expected on the streets, this one might be best to avoid if you’re anticipating a ropey start to 2014…
Don’t forget, Transport for London are treating us all to free travel on New Year’s Eve from 23:45 to 04:30 – check the website for full details of closures and altered services to help you plan your night.
Happy New Year from The London Word!