The Gazette’s guide to the best New Year’s Eve parties
It’s that time of year when if you’re not thinking about Christmas, you’re planning for the biggest party of the year.
Working out what to do for New Year’s Eve can be a bit of a headache; should you go big or small? Club or concert? A night out or a party at home? And once you’ve decided, trying to round up your nearest and dearest can be a struggle in its self.
So this year, make it easy on yourself by planning ahead with the Gazette’s guide to the best ways to ring in 2013.
If you like fine food, great beer, slinky cocktails and good old fashioned party tunes, all at the bargain basement price of nothing, then Bruk Out at Camino could be the one for you.
This cheeky Spanish bar tucked away in a little courtyard in King’s Cross has invited DJs Mangno and Nasty Mcquaid to play a bass-wobbling mixture of soul, disco, hip-hop, house, pop and more.
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Meanwhile if fine dining is more your thing, the Tapas restaurant next door is hosting a special New Year’s Eve tasting menu from �40 per person.
Camino, Varnishers Yard, N1, from 8pm to 4am. Free visit www.camino.uk.com
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Maybe you fancy realising your childhood dreams on December 31, in which case the Old Queen’s Head could be a winner.
Astronauts, cowboys, footballers, even Ghostbusters are the order of the day at this fancy dress extravaganza.
Meanwhile deck duties are taken care of by the Cat Lovers, Bad Sex, Wolf Club and the mighty DJ Risco with red-hot jams played across both floors.
The Old Queen’s Head, Essex Road, N1 from 8pm to 4am. Costs �20 advance, call 020 7354 9993
For an altogether more civilised way to celebrate the end of 2012, pop to King’s Place for Bach Unwrapped, featuring the Wallfisch Band playing Cantatas 170 and 12 and Overture Number six in G minor. Other highlights include an exquisite solo cantata sung by distinguished alto Michael Chance and Elizabeth Wallfisch bringing her virtuoso verve to the Concerto in C for three violins. King’s Place, York Way, N1, from 6pm, Tickets from �9.50, call 020 7520 1490.
Of course, sometimes a bit of live music is just the ticket and The Queen of Hoxton have got you covered there. Chart-topping soul boys The Milk, fresh from playing at an Inbetweeners wedding are on the bill along with Wildlife, Vox Empire, Maddox and DJ’s sets from Does it Offend You, Yeah?, Mat Horne and Babyshambles.
This Session party will also make full use of the enormous Wigwam the venue boats on their roof terrace – a cosy way to see in the new year.
Queen of Hoxton, Curtain Road, EC2, from 8am to 4pm. Costs �20, call 0207 422 0958.
For reggae lovers, two of London’s biggest promoters, Reggae Roast and Nice Up, join forces for a bass heavy New Year’s Eve party to roast your Christmas turkey.
General Levy will be performing live from his roster of classics including Mad Them and Champagne Body, while grime star Terror Danjah will be destroying the dancefloor and Serial Killaz will provide some drum and bass vibes.
Plus, the first 50 people through the door will get a get a free T-shirt (worth �40) courtesy of Illustrated People.
Big Chill House, Pentonville Road, N1, from 9pm to 5am. Cost �25, call 020 7427 2540.
And for a true celebration of the world spectacle London became in 2012, head to the Book Club, for a good old-fashioned knees-up. The theme for both floors is all things East London, rolling out the barrel with prizes for the best-dressed East End icons, a cockney rhyming slang competition, a pie and mash stall, and pin-the-fag on Dot Cotton.
Music wise there will be Heavenly Social resident Jon Carter on the turntables and a live performance from the intriguingly monickered The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band – a seven-piece brass bonanza.
The Book Club, Leonard Street, EC2, from 8am to 4pm. Costs �20 (�10 after 1pm), call 020 7684 8618.