Five pop-up vintage nightclubs, jive dance classes and OTT cocktails from the TIKI Bar should all help you time travel from 1920s-1990s. The dress code: pick a decade and dress glamorously. Stop by The Torch Club for big band sounds from the Alex Mendham and his 18-piece orchestra and
if you’re feeling extra flush, book in some New Year’s Eve dining at The Clore Ballroom ‘cabaret club’.
As always there’s stylish dining, a hair and beauty salon, walkabout entertainment, photo studios and a private terrace overlooking the Thames where you’ll be able to ring in 2018 while watching London’s world-famous NYE fireworks. * Enter our competition to WIN a pair of tickets and a bottle of Champagne and toast in the New Year with us.
*Please note that access to the terrace and balcony to view the fireworks is not guaranteed and may be limited due to adverse weather conditions. This is at the direction of Jack Morton Ltd and is not under the control of Southbank Centre or its staff.
Leave the cares of the 21st century behind and step into the glamorous world of the decadent 1930s with Alex Mendham & His Orchestra. The vibrant 18-piece orchestra serenade you with hot rhythms and sweet melodies, overlaid with the evocative lyrics of timeless standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, irving Berlin and more courtesy of Alex Menham and The Dunlop Sisters.
In between the live music record collector DJ Daddy Rich will have you swinging all night as he spins some of his favourite vinyl from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, whilst dance teachers Marc & Hoc are on hand to guide you through the steps of some dances of the period such as The Palais Stroll and Lambeth Walk. After midnight, The Clore Ballroom transforms into an intimate cabaret club with more live performances, dancing and great music from a bygone era.
The Jive Romeros, Britain’s Kings of be-bop, rock’n’roll, jive and swing make a welcome rare appearance to deliver their infectious swing mix of classic American and early British rock’n’roll to Let It Rock.
Helping you slide seamlessly onto the dancefloor top jive dance teacher, Andrew Hall will be there to lead you through jive basics and some of the more eccentric dances of the 1950s, whilst DJ Mr Jinx keeps you jumpin’, jivin’ & boppin’ at all other times.
DJ Andy Smith joins us this New Year's Eve in The Studio to trace some of the legendary club nights from the mid-70s to the most culturally influential and eclectic nightclubs of the early 80s, and beyond.
Get moving to everything from 70s soul, funk and disco to early 80s electro, boogie, rare groove, along with some uber cool jazz and the best Northern Soul.
Delivering 1980s and 1990s pop, rock and dance anthems, promising ‘dancing with abandon’ are DJ Anna Greenwood and Jess Indeedy at Bar Bonkers. Disco dancing DJ Anna Greenwood promises to have you bouncing into 2018 and beyond with an all-killer no-filler set of musical bangers.
Joined by DJ Helix and the hilarious dancing grannies, Jess Indeedy delivers an unforgettable NYE edition of Indeedy Musical Bingo. Mark the songs off your bingo card as you hear them to win some amazing (and kitsch) prizes.
Shimmy and shake all night while sipping colourful cocktails
high above the River Thames in the Honolulu sky lounge,
hosted once again by the bongo-tastic House of Bamboo.
Exotica expert Martin Green (The Sound Gallery and Smashing) and Martin Karminsky spin sambas, mambos and cha cha chas, while Hawaiian hostesses hold limbo dance competitions for urban castaways.
Dining tickets are for a three-course meal. By booking a table beside the main ballroom floor of Royal Festival Hall, you and your party have a reserved space for the whole evening as well as access to a dedicated bar.
Other Food & Drink
Food and drink is available throughout the night at Central Bar, Riverside Terrace Cafe, the two Level 4 Bars, the Level 5 Tiki Bar), serving everything you need to keep you dancing into 2018.