New Year's Eve in Brockley

If, for some reason, you don't fancy fighting your way in to central London, to stand, frozen, by the banks of the Thames, watching the same (admittedly impressive) fireworks display they've staged for the last decade, then check out the local options.

The Rivoli Ballroom

Brockley's most stunning venue hosts its New Year's Eve party. Call 0208 692 5130 to book tickets. Tickets £25 in advance, £30 on door.

Jam Circus

JC will be throwing a freaks & fairytales costume party (costume not compulsory, but strongly encouraged), with the infamous DJ Saffrolla spinning records way into 2010. The team also promise some exciting bonus pre-DJ entertainment. Tickets are £10 in advance, including a glass of sparkly white stuff on arrival. Call 020 8692 3320 to book tickets.

The Talbot

If you fancy dinner on New Year's Eve, the Talbot is offering a "three course sit down meal with a complimentary glass of champagne and cheese for £40." (Presumably the cheese doesn't come in the same glass).

The menu will be prepared by Manu Lallier, the head chef of the Prince Regent, who is now the executive head chef overseeing both establishments.

Anyone wishing to book a table can call 0208 692 2665.

The Talbot will also be letting everybody in free for a drink before 10pm if they wish, after that they will be charging a fiver.