7 ways to make New Year's Eve spectacular

In need of ideas for New Year's Eve? C&IT rounds up seven of the best NYE parties taking place around the UK for those looking to end the year with a bang.

7 ways to finish 2015 in style
7 ways to finish 2015 in style

City Cruises on Southbank, London

The New Year's Eve fireworks on Southbank are London’s hottest ticket, and with crowds searching for a glimpse of one of the best displays around the globe swelling year on year, getting a good spot is more difficult than securing a ticket to Glasto. However, if you're willing to spend a bit of cash then a front row seat awaits courtesy of City Cruises' New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Cruise.

Departing from Tower Pier, the cruise lasts a total of five hours and includes a welcome glass of champagne, a four-course dinner, live band and dancing and a first class viewing position on the Thames. Curfew is at 1.15am, which should give plenty of time to welcome in 2016 in style.

The Roof Gardens, Kensington

One of London’s favourite rooftop venues is planning something big for its New Year's Eve Party, and if you're looking for a reason to dust off that tux or party dress then this could be the night for you.

Kensington Roof Gardens is harping back to the past, 1920’s specifically, for a flappers and gangsters-themed soiree complete with the two greatest things about any New Year’s Eve party, booze and fireworks.

The themed garden will serve a variety of beers and cocktails upon arrival, as well as a winter barbecue and even breakfast canapés at 2am perfect for refueling to get you to the early hours of January 1st. An array of entertainment will include a DJ, a brass band and a casino to help fund, or refund, the night’s bar tab.

Hogmany, Edinburgh

No self-respecting New Year’s Eve list would be complete without a mention for the world’s favourite end of year party. The three-day Hogmany festival attracts party-goers from around the globe who travel to the Scottish capital to get stuck into 72 hours of spectacular events, concerts and all round goodwill.

The newest addition to the agenda is a Street Party that starts at 9pm on the night of New Year's Eve, which will feature live bands and DJs for Scotland's biggest outdoor party of the year.

Listed as one of the Discovery Channel’s Top 25 World Travel Experiences, don’t miss out on arguably the best party around come the end of the year.

Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

The Tower of London’s sister museum is set to welcome the New Year in style with a masquerade ball and three-course banquet. Masked stilt walkers, champagne and chocolate fountains will be accompanied by a fully stocked bar and resident DJ.

The night will conclude in traditional countdown fashion with a bit of help from the sensational Bogus Brothers, a rockin’ five-piece cover band who will no doubt help energise an already excited crowd.

Bourne and Hollingsworth’s Midnight Ball, The Dutch Hall, London

Back in the capital, another stylish occasion is taking place to mark the turn of the year. Set in a renovated church, Bourne & Hollingsworth invites guests to The Midnight Ball in East London’s The Dutch Hall for a night of canapés, cocktails and candelabras.

Expect elegance from the off, with guests encouraged to arrive in their best and smartest attire. Quirks include a horse drawn carriage at the entrance ready to greet guests as they enter the gothic Dutch Hall.

Lucky Voice karaoke bar

Don’t fancy paying those extortionate entry fees this New Year’s Eve? Karaoke bar Lucky Voice is opening its doors for free for all punters who want to welcome the New Year with a song.

The offer has been extended to Lucky Voice joints in Islington and Brighton and prices for private karaoke booths begin at £7. If piling into a both isn’t your thing, cocktails, including Phil (Raspberry) Collins and Drunk in Love, can be enjoyed at the main bar where there is room for plenty of dancing alongside the Lucky Voice DJ.

Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire

Start your New Year's Eve celebrations earlier this year with Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire. The Georgian Manor are inviting guests to enjoy the facilities first with a spot of afternoon tea, with added champagne, of course, before time at leisure. This can be spent searching the sprawling estate or checking into the Health Club to relax before the fun night ahead.

The evening kicks off at 7pm, where guests can enjoy a grand buffet before the dance floor opens and Eynsham Hall’s DJ takes over.

While New Year’s Eve punters in the city struggle with night buses and dash across platforms for the last train home, finish the evening in one of the venue’s Main House bedrooms where champagne and chocolates are waiting. An NYE brunch and late checkout completes the package, which for a competitive rate seemingly takes care of everything you can think of to provide a memorable New Year’s Eve experience.

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