If your bank account is left a little deflated after the expense of Christmas, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is forking out a loadaa GBP to spend on the last evening of 2016. It’s easy to assume that spending New Year’s Eve in London is a one-way ticket to bankruptcy, but we all need to restore a little more faith in our city. It has a lot to offer on the most anticipated day of the year. And they aren’t all ‘spenny.
1. Have a hoppy New Year at Pillars Brewery
Beer lovers, all your dreams might just come true in 2016 (who would have thought it?!). Pillars Brewery – Walthamstow’s hottest craft brewery to pop up this year – are holding one hell of a piss-up. You got it; an actual piss-up in an actual brewery. The event is completely free to enter. Alongside the delicious craft lager – as well as wine and spirits – there will be tasty Caribbean street food, bar snacks, a DJ bringing you all sorts of funk, soul, hip hop, RnB and disco classics, as well as lots of dancing. The party kicks off at 2pm, so you better have a good stamina if you want a hoppy New Year! You can find out more about the event here.
Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, E17 9HQ, Walthamstow, London
2. Pork and Beans at The Lock Tavern
This NYE, the upstairs of the Lock Tavern in Camden will be holding Pork and Beans – a night of live music and DJs, brought to you by Black Cat White Cat. The lovely pub isa being ever so generous to North London revelers by ensuring entry is free. Check out the full musical line-up nd find out more here.
35 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AJ
3. Junkyard Golf Club
Junkyard Gold Club are ‘glowing tribal’ for NYE, as they bring a UV party, boozy treats and dance beats to Shoreditch’s favourite crazy golf bar. The bar is free entry all night and, if you fancy doing some swinging to see out the year, rounds of golf are the same cost as usual – £9.50. Find out more and book your golf game time here.
Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
4. Pub on the Park, London Fields
One of Hackney’s best pubs is opening its doors this NYE. There will be 2 DJs across the rooms on both levels. Throughout the night they’ll be giving away plenty of prizes. Oh, and at the strike of midnight they’ll be competing with London’s massive display by putting on a bit of a firework extravaganza of their own! Find out more here.
19 Martello Street, Hackney, E8 3PE
5. Rejoice at Loves Company
If you want to see in 2017 with some uptempo disco, soul, funk and new wave music, then head to Loves Company for your fix of great beats, cocktails and toasties. Yesssir. Alongside all of the rejoicing, Loves Company will be serving up their menu of humorously-named toasties. So Play That Fungi Music (that’s their melty cheese and mushroom toastie). Genius. And practical. (Line those stomachs folks).
104-122 City Rd, Shoreditch, EC1V 2NR
6. View the firework display (without a ticket)
Head to Cannon Street, in the heart of the City, to grab some expense-free views of London’s big display.
Or, you could just stay at home and watch it all from the TV. That’s also free…
Featured image: Flickr – Tahir