It’s time to refresh and recharge as we look ahead to the New Year, and to a new and improved you. We’ve got your creature comforts covered, leaving you to discover, learn, and immerse yourself in London’s most enriching experiences, as we guide you through our culture-packed masterclass for a 2016 worth talking about.
Learn about London from the locals as you rub shoulders with fellow culture vultures at Disappearing Dining Club’s Back in 5 Minutes. Serving no-nonsense, seasonal dishes, this intimate restaurant experience lets you indulge in fabulous food and intelligent conversation, for a more enlightening culinary experience. Their New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance takes place in London’s one-and-only lighthouse this year, meaning you can experience a little history as you welcome in 2016.
For a more personal experience, book a booth at foodie favourite Bob Bob Ricard for an ostentatious evening of good food, great company and grandiose surroundings, complete with a personal Press-for-Champagne button, for your complete convenience. With an unconventional mix of British classics fused with refined Russian fare, you can challenge your tastebuds with an Oyster Martini and Stinking Bishop Cheese Soufflé, followed by their Milk Ice Cream and Boozy Chocolate Truffles. It’s not cheap, but it certainly offers a meal worth talking about, and a night to remember.
3. A Jazz Masterclass
For those looking for a musical masterclass, join jazz royalty at one of London’s oldest, and most distinguished jazz clubs, Ronnie Scotts. Kick off your New Year’s celebrations with an intimate evening of cocktails, canapés and the saxophony sounds of New Orleans, as you celebrate in serious style. Drink in the intoxicating surroundings, as you make a toast to the New Year, and to the greats who have passed through this institution in years gone by, from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis, to The Beatles themselves.
4. Musical Masterpieces
If you’re looking for that big band experience, then make sure the Barbican makes the cut. With the biggest names in the business, join the London Concert Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra, for an unmissable evening exploring classical music at its best. As well as the traditional masterpieces, why not wander out of your comfort zone for a more modernistic take on musical appreciation, with an out of this world performance of Star Wars & Beyond or contemporary favourite The Sound of Musicals.
6. Bright Nights
See London in a whole new light, quite literally, as the city takes on neon-tinted tones across its landmarks, theatres and streets, as part of conceptual urban festival of light, Lumiére London. TILT’s Garden of Light sees flowers, trees and plants get set to glow, for a more enlightening view of the Capital, while sculptures, projections and electromagnetic waves become illuminated, as architecture, technology and art combine.
7. Night at the Museum
Experience your very own Night at the Museum as ancient times come to life after dark at the Natural History Museum’s nocturnal spectacular, Lates. Learn about everything from dinosaurs and the world’s most momentous mammals, to the evolution and ecology of our incredible planet, hearing history first hand from industry experts, with an extensive bill of talks and events. Once you’ve fed your mind, it’s time feed your stomach, so refuel with hearty British eats, as you sip on a Somerset cider or Syrah, from the botanical bar.