While some might escape to warmer -or snowier- climates to end 2011, a lot of Londoners will be staying in the city to celebrate the arrival of 2012. As usual, London won’t be short of parties on the 31st. Here are a few suggestions for those still undecided.
Masked Ball at Paradise Following the success of its New Years Eve parties over the past few years, Kensal Green’s most theatrical pub will once again open up to host an elaborate masquerade extravangaza. DJs s will be playing over the venue’s two floors from 8pm to 4 am, while ticketholders arriving before 9.30pm will receive a complementary cocktail. And don’t forget: No mask, no entry! £25 www.theparadise.co.uk
Henry Conway at Sanderson The flamboyant party organiser, who has made his mark at clubs like Mahiki and Bungalow 8, is bringing his own brand of extravagance to the Sanderson on the 31st. Guests at his “evening of weird, wild and wonderful” will be treated to unusual delights like shows of stilt walkers and fire dancers, with music provided by a live band and DJs. £75-220www.sandersonlondon.com
Cuban Night at St Martins Lane The minimalist hotel will warm up on the night thanks to some hot Latin entertainment. Tumbao Tivoli, a six-piece authentic Cuban band, will be playing, while Latin dancers will perform choreographies throughout the night. Later on, a DJ will keep the party going. £75-175 www.stmartinslane.com
Rio Carnival at Maddox The members’ club -which will exceptionally open its doors to non-members for the night- will bringthe spirit of Brazil to the heart of Mayfair. Its “Favela Rocks” party will begin with a traditional Brazilian feasting supper, with complimentary Caipirinha-with-a-twist cocktails being offered on arrival, to be followed by a Funk Carioca Rio-style party at the club below. £70 www.maddoxclub.com
Stompin’ at the Savoy Money no object? Then you might want to indulge at this year’s most decadent New Year’s celebrations party. Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Tony Christie and Buddy Greco will perform to Guy Barker’s 30-piece orchestra in the glamorous Savoy’s ballroom to a crowd of just 250 guests, which will be treated to a champagne reception and a 4-course feast. £995 www.stompinatthesavoy.co.uk