New Years in London
What are you doing on New Year’s Eve? This is the question that lingers over all of us after we emerge from our Christmas pudding coma and realize that there is one more chance to party away 2018 and ring in the new year with a good time.
Luckily, London is a city that is never shy to a good time and, like always, there is plenty going on for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day. Whether you are ready to put on that sparkly dress you’ve been eying in the Primark window and dance the night away, looking to find your New Year’s snog, or if you’re simply wanting to grab a couple of pints and some good food with your mates, London has what you’re looking for. From food to booze and everything in-between, here is our ultimate guide to New Year’s in London.
Everyone knows that the classic clubbing hub of London is down in Soho. Be in the mix of all the NYE fun and excitement without paying the VIP price at Zoo Bar in Leicster square. This club is known for its massive student nights and multiple floors that play different types of music. Open until 4:00am, Zoo Bar is the place to be for the party animals of New Year’s Eve.
If you’re looking for a party that’s a little bit more on the alternative side, check out the legendary Electric Ballroom in Camden for their “Ultimate Power” party. All night they will be playing tribute to big hits and rock anthems throughout the decades. Did I also mention there will be confetti, balloons, inflatables, and an air guitar competition? Who could resist.
Being a student in London can be hard on the bank, but it is possible to have an amazing NYE night out without blowing your savings. Check out Infernos NYE Glitter Party and put on your best dancing shoes for a night of disco balls, balloons, and – you guessed it…glitter! Did I mention happy hour is 9-11pm and Margot Robbie has called Infernos her “favorite club in London.”
Let’s end 2018 with a BANG… literally! One of the most famous events in the world is the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve Firework show along the river thames. This event is broadcast live on the BBC worldwide, but why watch from behind a screen when you have the opportunity to be in the place that it is happening. Tickets to the actual event are hard to secure, but why pack yourself into a crowd when you can view the show from one of the many surrounding rooftop bars or riverboat parties.
Try the boat bar Tamesis Dock or Cottons Restaurant and Rum Shack Vauxhall for a spectacular night of views, drinks, and music that won’t break the bank.
New Years Day
Living in London, you may be sad that you missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but don’t fret too hard because London’s New Year’s Day Parade is here to fulfil all your marching band and giant balloon needs. This is the biggest New Year’s day event in London with over 50,000 spectators, 8,000 participants, and is even broadcast to a worldwide audience (hi mom).
Kicking off at 12:00pm near Green Park station and making its way through Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, this is one event you won’t want to miss.