NYE is fast-approaching, and transport is free from 11:45 pm until 4:30 am. Most events aren’t free, sadly. Even your local pub will probably be selling tickets for the night. But we cheapos know where to see off 2019 without a financial hangover on January 1st. So we’ve rounded up some fun and festive London New Year’s Eve parties that are all under £30.00. Just be sure to book in advance.
Rather wrap up warm and see the fireworks instead? Be sure to read our guide to great London New Year’s Eve fireworks spots.
Hogmanay at Brew Dog
Hogmanay might be more closely associated with Edinburgh than London, but there’s still likely to be tipsy, huggy renditions of Auld Lang Syne when the clock strikes twelve. Brew Dog bars across London are putting on NYE parties. Tickets are £10.00 and include a guaranteed table, a free pint of beer or glass of prosecco, a charcuterie board for the table and a free dram of whiskey to have with the bells at midnight. Bargain!
Where: Various locations including Clerkenwell, Camden, Dalston and Brixton.
Times: 7 pm:00-late
How Does It Feel To Be Loved?
How Does It Feel To Be Loved is one of London’s best loved indie clubs, with an indie pop and soul music policy. Want to ring in 2020 by bopping to Belle & Sebastian, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, Camera Obscura, Le Tigre and Otis Redding among others? You’ll be in good, friendly company on the Nambucca dancefloor. There’s no posturing or elitism at HDIF, just top tunes and good times. Get your tickets quickly, as its NYE parties always sell out.
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Where: Nambucca, 596 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LB
Times: 9 pm–late
Tickets: £10.00 in advance
NYE Party @ Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes 80s/90s/00s
Nestled beneath The Bloomsbury Hotel, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes is a bit of central London hidden gem. It’s a retro bowling lanes, bar, venue and karaoke joint all rolled into one. Keeping the vintage vibe going into a new decade, NYE is all about the 80s, 90s and 00s.
Expect big tunes, big hair (optional, but we dare say encouraged) and mass sing-a-longs. And of course, there are pins to knock down on the lanes, and Karaoke Booths primed for slurry renditions of anthems from many decades. There’s also be a well-stocked bar, and you can grab snacks in the diner to fuel up for the midnight hour and beyond.
Where: Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Bedford Way, Basement of Tavistock Hotel, London, WC1H 9EU
Times: 8 pm–late
Tickets: £11.00 (early bird), £16.50
NYE at The Blues Kitchen
A well-known favourite among London New Year’s Eve parties, blues and rock and roll are on the menu this year at Camden’s The Blues Kitchen. There will be two sets from the BK House Band, doing covers from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac and James Brown. They’ll be followed by DJs spinning old tunes to ring in the New Year (and indeed, decade) into the wee small hours.
It’s probably worth booking a table in advance, especially if you want to eat as well as drink and dance your way into 2020. Food isn’t included in the price.
Where: The Blues Kitchen, 111-113 Camden High St, London NW1 7JN
Times: 8 pm-3:30 am Tickets:
Tickets: £28.00 (1st release)
New Year’s Eve at The Jazz Cafe
Legendary music venue The Jazz Cafe will bring the year and this decade to a close in style, with live music and DJ sets to keep the dancefloor filled until 4am. Cheapest entry is for the dancefloor only. Here you can see live performances by Djeuh Djoah, afrofuturism from Onipa. There’s also a DJ set of soul and funk tunes from Anne Frankenstein.
Tickets for the restaurant will set you back a fair bit more at £60.00–and that doesn’t include any food. So unless you’re really keen on bagging a seat for the night, it’s probably not worth the extra wedge.
Where: 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG
Times: 9 pm–4 am