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Alternative new years eve

Don’t fancy the frantic, exhausting experience of a superclub this New Year’s Eve? Or even a standard local nightclub? Well, there are other options – and they don’t have to involve sitting in front of the television (unless that’s your preferred pastime, of course).

Here are some of London’s finest for 2016...

Rave & Behave Fitness Party

Yes, you’re reading that correctly – a FITNESS party. And it’s a secret one, too – ticket-holders will be told the venue shortly beforehand (clue: it’s in the St Paul’s/Bank area). Starting at 7pm, there’ll be workouts run by fitness expert Bradley Simmonds and well-known bloggers, healthy drinks and a positive outlook on 2017. There’ll also be some prosecco and DJ sets, of course... but above all, this is a great chance to swap your little black dress for black leggings and really throw yourself into the atmosphere.

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Viennese Gala at the Barbican

Why have a messy New Year’s Eve when you can have a classically elegant one? Hear the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform a portfolio of Viennese delights – including the Blue Danube Waltz, the Die Fledermaus Overture and many more – while the Johann Strauss Dancers glide around the floor in their finest 19th-century costumes. It’s every bit as pretty and charming as it sounds.

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 O2 Twilight Climb

Urban mountaineering isn’t a bad way to celebrate New Year’s Eve – especially with the view you’ll get from the top of the O2 dome. There are no lifts or escalators, so you literally do have to climb your way up... then enjoy your reward. See the bright lights of London below and the stars above as you await 2017. Who needs canapés and DJs, eh? 

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 The Vintage New Year’s Eve Party

Book into the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall to enjoy seven different pop-up dancing spots, with a vintage appeal ranging from the 1920s to the 1990s. There’ll be cabaret, swing, soul, rock’n’roll and disco – along with a three-course meal (if desired), casual dining options, salons to smarten up your hair and photographic studios. A variety of live acts will be on hand to entertain; and there’s even a private terrace for watching fireworks later on. No need to camp along the river (yay).

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Carnivale New Year’s Eve Ball

If you simply can’t do without a party-hard atmosphere, Battersea Evolution is to host a Mardi-Gras-inspired event with street food canapés, a three-course meal, a funfair, live band and DJs. London’s now-legendary firework display will also be live-streamed at the event, so you don’t have to stand in the cold, struggling for a better view. Sounds like a fantastic all-rounder to us.

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New-year travel that’s kind to your wallet

You don’t have to spend a fortune on travel to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. The MegabusGold sleeper service runs between London and Scotland and offers you an overnight journey, comfortable bunks, free wi-fi and friendly staff.   

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