As if by some sort of magic, it’s almost the end of December again and the end of another tumultuous year! We know, we know, everyone will need a drink (or five) to wrap up 2018. Whether you’re welcoming in the new year, or raising a glass for making it through this past one, the capital is bursting with possibilities. From New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day, we’ve got a few suggestions to help you look beyond the Mayor’s Firework show. Chin, chin!
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The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN
Nearest Tube: Waterloo
Opening Hours: 31 December 2018 – 1 January 2019 8pm-4am
Proposing quite an alternative to the usual New Year’s fireworks display, The Vaults is hosting the finale to their Fantasia-inspired events in the form of an immersive psychedelic wonderland. From a menagerie of dancing animals to fireworks quite literally bouncing off the walls, a lot is left to the imagination in this mind-twisting celebration. With fairies and fawnification kicking off your new year, we can bet that your start to 2019 will be an interesting one!
Unit 2, 170 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB
Nearest Tube: Victoria
Opening Hours: 31 December 2018 9-11pm
Your final pub quiz of the year gets a serious festive upgrade this New Year’s Eve, as the team behind Greenwood propose the perfect pub NYE do! World Cup songs and paper plane construction competitions are on the agenda, washed down with many-a-drinkable prize – we’re convinced that this might just be the mother of all quizzes! As with any good pub quiz, the coveted prize is a £300 bar tab, the golden ticket to making this year’s NYE one to remember…
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Ballie Ballerson London, 97-113 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS
Nearest Tube: Old Street
Opening Hours: See programme
Whether you’re looking for a pre-NYE warm up or you’re in it for the whole night, Ballie Ballerson’s flexible tickets allow you to include the most ballistic party of the year in your schedule! Theatrical cocktails and a selection of DJs mixing disco and deep house will be on hand to help you extend that boogie into the night, if you so desire. As far as we’re concerned though, we’ll be ballin’ in the pits.
97 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
Nearest Tube: Old Street
Opening Hours: 31 December 2018 – 1 January 2019 8pm-2am
If, like a large proportion of East Londoners, you need a little drag in your life to provide the perfect night out, Lady Gala’s here to save the day! Predict your 2019 future by testing your luck with a bingo bonanza, as you dive into a camp night of singalongs and prizes. If there’s any certainty we’ve got for next year, it’s that Mother Monster sure knows how to throw a good party.
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20 Fenchurch Street, 1 Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF
Nearest Tube: Monument
Opening Hours: 31 December, multiple start times
Sky Garden is a favourite of ours for any kind of festive outing, and so the Sky Garden’s Studio 54 NYE do promises us we can part with 2018 on a (literal) high! With its grand views of the city, the venue is the perfect spot to capture the best firework displays the capital has to offer, giving you the most Instagrammable backdrop to showcase your NYE outfit against. We can only hope 2019 will be as glam as this party is bound to be!
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