From lavish supper clubs to masquerade balls, London’s got plenty of cabaret, burlesque and circus to amuse you as you toast to 2013. Nevermind your resolutions, this is the time to indulge. Take your pick from This Is Cabaret’s selection of New Year’s Eve shows, and keep the champagne coming!

And if you can’t wait until the 31st, there’s always time to catch the many Christmas shows playing in London throughout December.



Burlesque dancer Trixee Sparkle returns for another New Year’s Eve special from rocking revue Gypsy Hotel


Gypsy Hotel New Year’s Eve: Goodbye to Another Year
December 31st, 21:00. The Garage (London N5 1RD). £15
The rock and roll revue plays a special engagement at Islington’s Garage with burlesque from Trixee Sparkle and Lalla Morte, plus live music from The Dalston Devil Trio and Nigel Burch and the Flea Pit Orchestra.


Miss Hope Springs‘s New Year’s Eve Soirée
December 31st, 22:00. Crazy Coqs Cabaret (London W1F 7ED). £45-65
The drag pianist toasts the New Year accompanied by live double bass and drums, plus dancing duo Crazy Coquettes. Complimentary champagne on arrival.


New Year’s Eve Burlesque Masquerade Ball
December 31st, 19:30. Madame Jojo’s (London W1F 0SE). £20-76
House of Burlesque’s Tempest Rose hosts a Venice-themed night with burlesque from Betsy Rose, Audacity Chutzpah and Katherine Would. Includes entry to the Lost and Found New Year’s Eve party, with DJs Dave Crozier, Andy Smith and Skinny Jim.


New Year’s Eve Masquerade Extravaganza
December 31st, 19:00 (doors). The Brickhouse (London E1 6RU). £20-79.50
Variety show with burlesque and circus acts, plus after-party with DJ collective Karousel.


New Year’s Eve: Murder at Midnight
December 31st, 18:00 (doors). Volupté (London EC4A 1EJ). £40-150
Film-noir-themed cabaret show. Complimentary champagne on arrival.


Wam Bam Club New Year’s Eve
December 31st, 20:00. Café de Paris (London WC2E 8HN). £50-110
Lady Alex hosts the last date of her famous supper club revue this year. With Gracie, Jackie Le, Ruby Deshabille and Rayguns Look Real Enough.


White Mischief New Year’s Eve Variety Extravaganza
December 31st, 21:30. Bush Hall (London W12 7LJ). £30-60
The classic party bids adieu to 2012 with a limited-seat revue in a far more intimate scale. Hosted by Professor Elemental. With Australian burlesquer The Diamond Dahlia, plus variety from So and So Circus, Rubyyy Jones, Lady Cave and drag troupe Andd What?


Photo credits: Sin Bozkurt