New Year’s Eve: the night everyone either loves or loathes. To many people, it’s a disappointing and underwhelming send off to the year because plans are too complicated and expensive. London is a hectic and pricey city, and so it’s no surprise that sorting out New Year’s plans in the capital is enough to make you fall out with your friends. There are, however, ways you can have a cracking time without wiping out your overdraft. This year New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday, so you have no excuses not to do it properly.
The firework displays in London are unmatched. They’re celebrated along the Victoria embankment, but the ticketed event had already sold out months ago. They usually last for around 10 minutes and a phenomenal £300,000+ is spent each year. You can get an amazing view of the fireworks for free at several spots across London, such as Primrose Hill, Hampstead Heath, Crystal Palace and Alexandra Palace. More centrally, it’s worth heading to Vauxhall Bridge, Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Millennium Bridge.
London knows exactly how to do the Christmas period. In the run up to New Year, all of the Christmas festivities will still be up and running. Your New Year could be spent ice skating at Summerset House or outside of the Natural History Museum. If you’re looking for more of a boozy affair, head over to the Christmas markets and get more than merry on Mulled Wine and Baileys. If you’re up for something a bit different, the renowned Junk Yard Gulf is hosting a UV extravaganza for just £9.50 per person. Equally as random but as fun, the Ping Pong Club Bounce is offering good vibes for just £15.
Bars and pubs
All bars and pubs are likely to be lively on NYE. There are certain areas that will not disappoint for students, namely Shoreditch, Brixton, Clapham, Angel and Islington. Some venues that are more than likely to be fun are the Rose and Crown in Clapham, The Royal Albert in New Cross, The Duke of Edinburgh in Brixton and The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch.
Club nights in London on NYE can set you back hundreds of pounds because it attracts well-known DJs and Acts. Here is a list of some top club nights for under £35.
Peckham – South London Soul Train – Tickets for under £20
Brixton – Julio Bashmore at Phonox – Tickets for £25
Stoke Newington – Horse Meat Disco at The Nest – Tickets for £25
Hoxton – Queen of Hoxton – Tickets for £22.50
Brixton – Electric Brixton – Tickets for £35
Hoxton – Cargo – Tickets for £35