If you want to welcome the New Year in style, securing a booking for any one of the following London venues would be a great place to start, with each of them sure to set the scene for a top night in their own ways.
Despite having been tastefully modernised inside, 140-144 Leadenhall is in fact a very historic building with unique beginnings, having once served as the Midland Bank in the heart of the city’s bustling financial district, built by Sir Edward Lutyens. Now, it boasts various event spaces spread across a total of 3 floors, including The Vault, an exquisite room that used to be the original strong room of the old bank. All of the private areas are available for exclusive hire, adding up to offer a whopping maximum capacity of 1000.
Ask for Janice is a glass fronted bar that overlooks Smithfield Market. With an impressive selection of more than 40 gins and 60 craft beers to choose from, the drinks should certainly be flowing all night, helping to keep everyone in the festive party spirit. The dedicated Events Manager and inhouse team will work hard to ensure that everything runs smoothly, allowing you to simply enjoy the celebrations. Centrally located, it’s within easy walking distance of both Barbican and Farringdon tube stations.
O’Neill’s Wardour Street is another offering with several options when it comes to how you book out the space, with several areas on offer. They generally feature a fun blend of old and new, with traditional touches like exposed brickwork sitting alongside quirky artwork and bold design choices. The Flamingo Room in particular is a generous open-plan room that is flexible enough to allow it to host everything from sports screenings to live music, and from product launches to private dinners.
28 West is a stylish lounge bar that is found by the banks of the River Thames, offering wonderful views out onto the water from its large windows. The laid-back atmosphere and good-time vibes make it an ideal choice for a more relaxed gathering amongst friends, with comfy sofa seating and old-school arcade style games making it easy to kick back and have some fun. Situated in Canary Wharf, the station of the same name can be reached comfortably in well under 10 minutes.
Karma Sanctum is a 5-star luxury hotel with a range of event spaces at your disposal. Firstly, there’s Restaurant REMIX on the ground floor, which serves up delicious new British cuisine and is the perfect place to be wined and dined. Next there’s the roof terrace, which is one of Soho’s best hidden gems that comes complete with its own jacuzzi for that added dash of decadence. Last but not least, there’s The Cinema, which benefits from its own private bar and full soundproofing.