New Year’s Eve 2020: Piano Works to stay open until midnight, with music venues exempt from curfew

David Ellis
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 (Piano Works )
(Piano Works )

While most New Year’s Eve celebrations have been called off this year, the Piano Works in Farringdon is set to host one of the few parties in London – and will be able to stay open past the usual 11pm curfew.

Unlike restaurants, pubs and bars, music venues are not bound by the curfew and can close after the last performance has finished, as long as it begins before 10pm.

The Piano Works is set to take advantage of the rule with a show running until midnight on December 31, meaning the venue will be one of the only places Londoners can see in the new year outside of their own homes. While orders for food and drink must still be made before 10pm, the bar’s house band will play until the bar’s 2021 countdown, after which guest will have to leave.

In line with the Tier 2 restrictions, the party will be seated, with the dancefloor off limits. Tickets for the live music dinner start from £40 and include a glass of fizz; the menu features seabass, steak and turkey.

The party will be one of only a handful held at Piano Works this year; the popular spot has been closed since the first lockdown in March. Before New Year’s Eve, the bar will reopen for the first time on December 9, and is accepting bookings for various dates throughout the month.

Alan Lorrimer, who founded the venue, said: “We’ve all had enough of looking at static people through computer screens. At last we’ll be able to look all around and see real people having fun again and be given permission to stay up until midnight.”

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