For a NYE party cloaked in a bit of a mystery, channel your best Eyes Wide Shut and slip into Brighton's Proud Ballroom for a night of dangerous liaisons, potent cocktails and quality cabaret. The extra-indulgent you can go for the full dinner option before the entertainment starts proper. But come 10.30pm, masks are absolutely obligatory.
Tickets: From £16.50 (standing only) & £59 inc. dinner
The closest you might get to that Great Gatsby feeling this year, Swingstan's NYE Speakeasy may be set in rural mid-Wales, but it has the big country mansion complete with sweeping driveway (Baskerville Hall) and all the hallmarks of a lavish night of debauched decadence-to-remember. Evoking the spirit of the 1920s, Swingstan's brings underground speakeasies, circus cabaret, a pop-up photo booth, hair and beauty salon and a steller line-up of DJs and performers.
Tickets: From £30
Channel your best land girl utility chic or go full-on forces sweetheart at the Blitz NYE bash, which fully embraces the forties fighting spirit down to the black-out curtains and sandbags. Bunking down in Shoreditch's Arches nightclub, a Blitz-style New year's involves some of the best Swing bands in the UK, drawn-on stockings, ration books (instead of bar tabs), men in uniform and a guaranteed, good, old-fashion knees-up.
Edinburgh is over-subscribed and over-priced this time of year so go to Glasgow instead where they really do know how to throw a good party. Putting a Highland twist on history, the Club Noir crew invite you to celebrate Hogmanay with the likes of Morag Antoinette and Bonnie Prince Charlie in the speakeasy-surroundings of the Classic Grand. Party-goers are invited to get their vintage threads on for Club Noir's brand of alternative cabaret and burlesque, vintage tunes, dressing-up and the obligatory midnight balloon-drop.
Curated by Goodwood Vintage pioneers Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway, A Vintage New Year's Eve brings all the glamour of several bygone eras under one roof, for one night of decadence. Sip period cocktails, swing dance to a live band, get yourself a victory roll and stumble across one of the secret speakeasies which will be popping up throughout the venue, before decamping to the terrace to watch the fireworks over the Thames.
Tickets: From £65
For a more pocket-friendly way to bid farewell to 2012, bring the party (and maybe a hip-flask) to the Southbank for London's official (and free) New Year's fireworks display. It's all about getting a good vantage point - so stake your claim on a spot by 9pm and settle in for the midnight pyrotechnic display.
Tickets: Not applicable
If there's a theme to these 2012/2013 New Year's parties, then it's summed up by the spirit of the Prohibition Party: a secret location (although word is, it's being held at the decadent Art Deco Bloomsbury Ballroom), a vintage dress code, cocktails served in tea-cups and a healthy attitude to hedonism. The Prohibition Party's NYE special includes all the hallmarks of a classic, covert bootlegging operation, complete with floorshow and gambling tables. Time to catch up on that Boardwalk Empire box-set
If money's burning a hole in your pocket and you're in the mood to throw caution to the wind, or at least a few fifties in the direction of The Strand, then book in to The Savoy for a gala evening of glamour accompanied by your BFF, Louis Roederer. The night kicks off with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dancing to the accompaniment of an 11-piece orchestra and then the sultry tones of Ms Holly Penfield.
Manchester's 12-week pop-up warehouse party returns, and goes out with a bang on New Year's Eve with an all-nighter that's not for the clubbing fainthearted. Annie Mac, Simian Mobile Disco and Felix Da Housecat form just part of the DJ line-up for the night.
Rather unusually for a New year's Eve party, The Last Tuesday Society are holding their masked ball, not on New Year's Eve, but on December 30th. Either this means an extra day in 2013 or an early start on your hangover. Being connoisseurs of debauched decadence, TLTS take-over the Coronet theatre in South London with cabaret, . Dress code: "If you’re walking down the street and everyone doesn’t stop and stare then please go home and change."