New Year’s Eve in London is fast approaching, and transport is free from 23:45 until 04:30. Most events aren’t free, sadly. Even your local pub will probably be selling tickets for the night. But we cheapos know how you can see off 2018 without a financial hangover on January 1st.
We’ve rounded up some festively fun London New Years Eve options that are all under £20.00.
NYE @ The Three Compasses in Dalston
Ok, so not all local pubs will charge you to see in NYE with them. The good people of Dalston’s The Three Compasses are throwing a free bash with resident DJ Symon playing funk, soul, disco, hip hop, 50s and 60s pop and dance classics. Entrance is free, no tickets required but it might be worth booking a table if you want to guarantee getting a seat!
Winners of the National Burger Awards 2018, Cut & Brind Burgers will be busy in the kitchen on the night too.
Where: The Three Compasses, Dalston
Times: 7 until the early am
Tickets: Free, just turn up!
Colonel Fawcett Hollywood NYE Party
Camden gin palace (well, fancy pub with many fancy gins) The Colonel Fawcett is giving NYE the red carpet treatment with a Hollywood-themed party. Fancy dress is encouraged with suggestions including Marilyn Monroe, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Dress like a movie star and dance a Hollywood/American-themed soundtracks featuring indie, 80s and alternative music.
Where: The Colonel Fawcett, Camden
Tickets: £5.00 (in advance)
Lost in Wonderland
Brick Lane might not scream Wonderland to many, but 93 Feet East will convert four rooms into an immersive adventure with live Alice in Wonderland performers and a confetti shower as the clock turns twelve.
Guests arriving between 9pm and 10pm get a free cocktail, and each room will have a different music playing RnB, hip hop, trap house, soulful house and club classics.
Where: 93 Ft East
Times: 21:00 to 04:00
Tickets: £16.75 (inc booking fee)
New Year’s Eve at Flight Club
The first rule of Flight Club is: it’s definitely fine to talk about Flight Club. It’s a night for darts lovers hosted at three venues across London: Bloomsbury, Shoreditch or Victoria.
Gamemasters will be on hand with tips, tricks an prizes. You can sign up individually or in groups, and groups of 8 or more get a free bottle of fizz. Darts games can be booked in 90-minute slots and there will be post darts dancing too.
Where: Flight Club Shoreditch, Flight Club Bloomsbury & Flight Club Victoria
Times: 7pm – late
Tickets: £15.00 (in advance)
Welcome to The Freakshow @ The Exhibit
Balham Bar and Cinema is putting on an evening on entertainment and dancing until 3am. They have remained elusive about exactly what to expect, other than the entertainers will make you “either shudder of scream with glee”. Intriguing.
For the cheap tickets, book ahead and arrive before 21:00, early arrival is recommended to avoid long queues out in the cold. Note that tickets must be bought in advance and that there will be no entry after 11pm.
Where: The Exhibit, Balham
Times: Open til 03:00
Tickets: £5.00 before 21:00 | £15.00 for entry + glass of fizz before 22:00
New Year’s Rockaoke @ The Star of Kings
New Year’s Eve is always full of boozey singalongs, but instead of annoying your fellow night bus passengers, you can just join in the merriment down at The Star of King’s instead.
Sing in the New Year in Kings Cross with the help of live band to enhance/drown you out as you belt out rock and pop hits. No hiding in the karaoke booth for this one, unless you split the cost of a private room (a hefty £99.00, so only worth it for bigger groups). You can probably sing from the crowd too if you don’t fancy taking the mic.
Where: The Star of Kings, King’s Cross
Tickets: From £5.00 (early bird) | £10.00 standard entry