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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in London can take many different forms. You can stay in or go out. You can be traditional or a bit unexpected. You can really go crazy or just relax. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you ring in 2017 in style. Here are our tips for the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in London.

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Have a wild night out 

There is no shortage of parties in London on New Year’s Eve. From bashment blowouts and garage get-downs to raucous raves and festive fetes – there’s a party to suit every taste. 

Class it up with live waltz at the Barbican Centre’s Viennese New Year’s Gala or chill out at Bounce’s NYE Ping Pong Party. Or you can appreciate other cultures’ traditions by experiencing their festivities.london-eye

The English Folk Dance and Song Society are hosting a New Year’s Eve Ceilidh – a traditional Scottish dance with live music. The Blues Kitchen in Brixton is having a Mardi-Gras-themed bash with a seven-piece brass band and plenty of creole cuisine. What’s more, trendy Indian restaurant Dishoom is putting on a Bombay Vintage Glam party, complete with some of their signature dishes.night-in-food

 

If you want to go to a specific era-themed party but can’t choose your favourite decade – flapper 20s, jazzy 40s, rocking 60s or pop 90s – get tickets to the Southbank Centre’s Vintage New Year’s Eve Party. They’ll have five floors of immersive music, from the 20s right up to the 90s.fireworks-night-out

Throw your own party

Why battle the crowds and contend with the cold on New Year’s Eve when you can keep it local and throw your own party instead? The best thing about having your own New Year’s Eve party is that you can go all out or keep it simple. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time, effort or money, just buy some pre-made pizzas, throw up a few fairy lights and put on a playlist. At midnight, you can watch the fireworks as they stream live on the BBC.

If you do want to splash out, there are many ways to make a New Year’s Eve party spectacular. You can make your own party decorations from leftover wrapping paper and glitter and buy coloured light bulbs to set the mood. Prepare simple but fancy food: create a gourmet cheese plate, use leftover baguette to make delicious bruschetta, or wrap melon slices in prosciutto for a sweet and savoury bite.

Make your party really special with customised silicone wristbands, like these ones from ID&C. Pick colours that match your décor, choose your favourite fonts and write a personal message. They’ll be delivered in two weeks and your friends will have a keepsake to remind them of your amazing party.

Whatever you do, make sure you buy a lot of bubbly and let your neighbours know that you’ll be partying until dawn.

Watch the classic fireworks

Nothing says New Year’s in London like the city’s fireworks display. The first batch of tickets has already sold out, but a second will be released on December 2nd. Be sure to book as soon as they go on sale, as you must have a ticket to attend.

You can still enjoy the fireworks for free at various spots throughout London. Cannon Street, Monument, Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge and Southwark Bridge all offer great views. Be prepared to beat the crowds at any of these spots, as they are exceptionally popular.kew-gardens

For smaller crowds, head for the hills at Primrose Hill or Alexandra Palace for unrivalled views over the city. If you don’t mind trekking a bit further, go out to Hampstead Heath, Hilly Fields in Brockley or the royal park at Greenwich. Wherever you watch, arrive early to secure a good spot and load up with snacks and drinks to keep you going. Make sure to wrap up; London can get very chilly at this time of year!

Skip it and enjoy New Year’s Day

If the pressure and busyness of New Year’s Eve gets to be too much, why not skip it? Have a cosy dinner at home, with champagne and yummy desserts. Then get a good night’s sleep and wake up early on New Year’s Day, refreshed and ready to enjoy the city. Everyone else will be sleeping in or staying in hungover, so you’ll have the city to yourself.

It’s a great time to visit London landmarks like Kew Gardens, the London Eye, Kensington Palace, the London Zoo, the V&A and the Natural History Museum. Some venues will have reduced hours, so check before you go.

dsc_1464Notonthehighstreet.com, is bringing it's nationwide Colour Truck tour to London, Kings Cross to celebrate Colour Saturday. It's there all weekend and has some brilliant gift ideas. You can grab a chance to actually see before you buy when and then order on the bus. It's great! We're all stocked now for Christmas presents thanks to it!

Visiting four cities across the UK (Edinburgh, London, Liverpool and Manchester), the truck aims to to spread the ‘colour’ that small creative businesses bring to people’s lives both at Christmas and all year round.

Visitors to the truck will be treated to a fully immersive gifting experience as they meet several notonthehighstreet.com Partners – the 5,000 small creative businesses that populate its marketplace – and watch as they create beautiful, personalised products, ready to purchase there and then.

Now in its second year, Colour Saturday highlights the vital contributions that small creative businesses make to consumers’ lives, as well as their positive impact on the nation’s economy – over £600m since notonthehighstreet.com launched in 2006.

Simon Belsham, CEO of notonthehighstreet.com, commented: “At a time of year often categorised by mass consumption, we wanted to shine a light on the tens of thousands of small creative businesses that bring colour to people's lives over the festive season - bringing the true meaning of Christmas back. It's a time to celebrate what we have together, with more personal, thoughtful products that really say something.”

The products aren't always made by people millions of miles away. They are made here, by the businesses that are the backbone of our society and economy. The magic of Christmas is about real people, and Colour Saturday is about championing them. Our tour is a way of encouraging customers to support small this Christmas, and celebrate the creative entrepreneurs who make truly inspiring, unique and thoughtful gifts.”

Colour Truck tour location and dates (from 10.30am to 7pm)

Fri 18 & Sat 19 November Edinburgh Castle Street

Fri 2, Sat 3 & Sun 4 December London - West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross

Fri 9 & Sat 10 December Liverpool Liverpool One

Fri 16 & Sat 17 December Manchester Spinningfields

More information can be found at: www.notonthehightstreet.com/coloursaturday

Partners featuring on the notonthehighstreet.com Colour Truck:

Edinburgh - Fri 18 & Sat 19 November

London - Fri 2 & Sat 3 December

  • LRM - Personalising make-up bags, wallets and card holders

Liverpool - Fri 9 & Sat 10 December

Manchester - Fri 16 & Sat 17 December

 

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Who'd of thunk it... Kodak and biting back. They may have been struggling a bit on the film and camera front but to combat that they have taken an almighty leap into phones.

Kodak Company will open a Christmas pop up in the heart of London this December as a creative hub and a place for photography enthusiasts to delve into Kodak’s photography expertise. Opening with the highly anticipated global launch of the KODAK EKTRA Smartphone, the hub will showcase a capsule collection of Kodak products whilst offering a week long calendar of experiences and creative counsel.

The Kodak Ektra Darkroom will provide a unique platform for photography enthusiasts - amateurs and professionals alike - to learn, be inspired, create and share.  Celebrating Kodak’s rich history of imaging technology, the space will showcase Kodak’s consumer portfolio of contemporary image and product innovation.

credit-discerningmanVisitors will:

  • Be the first worldwide to trial and purchase the new KODAKEKTRA Smartphone (from Monday 5th December)
  • Enjoy free tutorials, learning how to take exceptional images on the KODAKEKTRA, including free demonstrations on the many unique built in settings and applications
  • Enjoy free photography exhibitions from celebrated Kodakpartners
  • Have the opportunity to engage with in-house photography experts to learn new skills and techniques
  • Attend tutorials from guest imaging specialists
  • Be immersed in the iconic Kodakbrand, its rich history and learn about photography throughout time
  • Purchase exclusive Kodakmerchandise including fashion wear, prints and film stock, some as UK exclusives.  A limited edition Opening Ceremony Kodak capsule collection will be available to purchase in-store, for the first time outside of the USA and while stocks last

WHAT: Kodak Ektra Darkroom

DETAIL: A pop-up creative hub for photography enthusiasts and the first place to trial and purchase the new Kodak Ektra Smartphone

WHERE: 70 Berwick St, Soho

WHEN: 5th – 11th December, Monday - Wednesday 10am - 7pm , Thursday 10am - 8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am - 7pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm

st-marylebone-church-londonLondon's expensive, there can be no doubt about that. So most of us probably feel that charity needs to start at home as we have so few pennies left over half the time. BUT Christmas is time for giving and a time for being festive too (obvs). So how about putting this Carol Service in your diary.

It's raising money for Bowel Cancer and it's at the beautiful Marylebone Church.

Bowel Cancer UK, the UK’s leading bowel cancer research charity, will be hosting its fifth annual carol concert. The concert will be held in the iconic St Marylebone Church, London on Thursday 8 December at 6pm.

This year’s concert will be led by the City of London School for Girls and the prestigious Jo Padfield quartet, with readings from special guests including Patron Charlene White. This will be followed by festive refreshments.

In addition, St Marylebone Church will proudly unveil its Christmas tree with accompanying Bowel Cancer UK ‘Star of Hope’ decoration (which allows guests to write special messages to loved ones on their decorations before hanging them).

Tickets cost £15 each, and are available here: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/shop

winter-film-clubIt's all happening in Peckham at the minute and the film-loving folk behind London’s Rooftop Film Club know it. They're set to bring the magic of the silver screen back to one of London’s earliest cinemas with the launch of Winter Film Club.

For the month of December, Winter Film Club will take residency in Peckham’s cherished Electric Theatre to screen an eclectic mix of classics, new releases and Christmas showstoppers.

Staying close to their Peckham roots, the Winter Film Club will set up home in the stunning Edwardian cinema - First open to the marvelling public in September 1908, it was one of the first of the pioneering and influential Electric Theatres across London. After winning last year’s battle against turning the space into luxury flats, Winter Film Club is celebrating the theatre’s rich heritage by returning the space to its original purpose. With beautiful decaying walls, exposed original features and a 16’ x 9’ screen, Winter Film Club will stick to the cinema’s original ethos – etched on the old theatre’s door – ‘To Elevate, Instruct and Amuse’winter-film-club-2

Winter Film Club will boast a varied programme to please Elves and Scrooges’ alike, featuring Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie, British fan-favourite Love Actually, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Finding Dory, Casablanca and Absolutely Fabulous. The plush curtain will call with Christmas classics like It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, Home Alone and Die Hard.

Home to a licensed bar serving festive liquid refreshments and concessions to grab a snack or some freshly cracked popcorn to share. Settle in to a deckchair, slip the head phones on, step back into time and watch a festive favourite amongst one of London’s unique settings.

  • From Thursday 1st December – Friday 23rd December
  • Winter Film Club, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST
  • Tickets: £13
  • TICKETS RELEASED ON: Wednesday 9th November