New Year’s Eve guide: Still at a loose end? Here are five top tips

09:00 26 December 2013

Revellers in Parliament Square for New Year 2011. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Revellers in Parliament Square for New Year 2011. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

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Travel is free for all Transport for London journeys between 11.45pm on New Year’s Eve and 4:30am on New Year’s Day - so here’s a list of some of the best things to do to take advantage of the freedom.

Not one for the faint-hearted. Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty ImagesNot one for the faint-hearted. Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

1. The Classic: River Thames firework display

It has to be one of the most impressive New Year’s demonstrations in the world, but trying to get a glimpse of the Mayor of London’s free display is hard.

If you can arrive early, Victoria Embankment is a good place to grab a spot, at the centre of the action with the London Eye directly opposite you. Another good vantage point is Westminster Bridge, but you will have to arrive before 10pm to get a river-side pitch.

The area will be rammed, but impressive fireworks start after Big Ben’s famous bongs, and afterwards a live DJ will continue playing tunes until 12.45am. Watch out for Tube station closures near the main viewing areas.

The one scene you won't be able to see from up the Shard. Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty ImagesThe one scene you won't be able to see from up the Shard. Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

2. Get High: Party at 1,000ft at the Shard

For undoubtedly the best view of all the capital’s fireworks you’ll have to travel to the top of the Shard.

Never one to miss a trick, the View from the Shard are offering an exclusive end-of-year party, which will set you back no less than £375 per person.

Tickets include canapes, bowl food, a welcome cocktail, beer and wine and DJ sets throughout the night. Oh, and a free glass of Champagne at midnight.

The Soutbank Centre. Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty ImagesThe Soutbank Centre. Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

3. Step back in time: Vintage New Years Eve at the South Bank

Following its great success last year, the South Bank is back with a retrospective party on a grand scale.

Four floors of the Southbank Centre will be transformed into Britain through the years, with music and entertainment from the 20s, through to the 80s. No fewer than five pop-up night clubs should cater for all vintage tastes, plus beauty parlours, photo studios and stylish dining.

At midnight guests will be ushered on to a private terrace overlooking the Thames fireworks. Tickets start at £115.

You could head to the eyebrow-raisingly named Bunga Bunga in Battersea for a Venetian masked ball. Picture: Marco Di Lauro/Getty ImagesYou could head to the eyebrow-raisingly named Bunga Bunga in Battersea for a Venetian masked ball. Picture: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

4. The Italian Job: Venetian Masked Ball at Bunga Bunga

Famous for once being a favourite royal watering hole of Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice, Bunga Bunga bar in Battersea is hosting a Venetian masked ball.

Here you’ll find a seven-course dinner and cocktail reception, for £85.

Post-dinner dancing tickets are also available for entry from 10pm until 4am.

Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesPicture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

5. Dance the night away: Slide and Get Diverted, NYE Special at the Prince of Wales, Brixton

Detroit-based disco don Derrick Carter is to take over the decks at the Prince of Wales (formerly the Clubhouse) in deep south London.

The party continues until 6am on New Year’s Day, after the success of their previous New Year parties with Todd Terje & Greg Wilson, the evening promises to be one of the best options for dancing in the capital.

Tickets cost £22.50 and are available from Resident Advisor.

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