Just one week after splashing out on Christmas presents, turkeys and mince pies, is one of the biggest party nights of the year. New Year’s Eve 2018 is much anticipated in London and beyond, but it often ends up being one of the most expensive nights out you will have for the next 12 months. London is packed full of exciting and unique events to celebrate the New Year, but a lot of them come with a hefty price tag. If you’re expecting to be cash strapped after the Christmas festivities, but still want to ring in 2019 in style, then read on to find out our best suggestions for spending New Year’s Eve 2018 in London on a budget.
Travel in London on New Year’s Eve 2018
Travelling around London could not be easier, with so many public transport links available. You can get around using an Uber or Black Cab, but expect to pay over the odds on New Year’s Eve as surcharges are sure to be in place. For travelling around London on a budget, hop on the London Underground or TFL buses which are free from 23.45 on New Year’s Eve to 04.30 on New Year’s Day. The Underground is running a special all night service on most lines, but some stations will be closed or exit only so be sure to check your route beforehand. If you are travelling into London for New Year’s Eve 2018, check for any deals on your train line, or look for coach services for the cheapest ways to travel.
Free Fireworks in London on New Year’s Eve 2018
London is famous for spectacular firework displays on New Year’s Eve, and whilst you will have to pay to view them from the very best spots, there are some places in the capital where you can watch firework displays completely free. The main fireworks displays happen around Embankment, Westminster and the London Eye, and tickets have already sold out for New Year’s Eve 2018. As the fireworks take place next to the river, if you can find yourself a good spot elsewhere along the river, the chances are you will get a good view of the fireworks without paying a penny. Some well-known spots for a great view are Primrose Hill or Parliament Hill in Hamsptead Heath, but expect to be watching with a crowd. Whilst these are further away from the main festivities, they offer gorgeous views of not only the main display in the distance, but plenty of other firework displays across the London skyline.
Alternative activities for New Year’s Eve 2018
If watching the fireworks for free isn’t your cup of tea, then there are plenty of other cheap or free activities taking place across London on New Year’s Eve 2018. You can head to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park to carry on the Christmas celebrations, although it isn’t open until midnight, you can party away in the Bavarian Village until 10pm. Entry is completely free, and you will only need to pay for your food and drinks and any activities once you are inside. For another unique and cheap London activity, you can ride the Emirates Airline Cable Car across the River Thames. The journey is just £3.50 if you use contactless payment or Oyster card, and if you travel after 7pm you will get a unique night flight experience and more time to enjoy the breathtaking skyline views.
If you want to party the night away on New Year’s Eve 2018 without breaking the bank, plenty of London’s bars and clubs are offering cheap tickets for big nights out. You could head to Dirty Bones Kensington who are hosting a Studio 54 NYE night, tickets are just £5 when booked in advance and you get a free cocktail as well! Or head to Burlock in Marylebone for a Brazilian style night, where they will be celebrating the New Year twice; once at midnight and again at 2am for Brazilian NYE.
Delicious dining on New Year’s Eve 2018
Before dancing the night away or braving the cold to watch the fireworks, you can head to The Rembrandt for a delicious three course dinner on New Year’s Eve. For just £44 per person, you can enjoy a scrumptious carvery buffet in the newly refurbished Palette Restaurant. Celebrate the start of 2019 with a reasonably priced wine or Champagne from the wine list, or treat yourself to some delicious cocktails made by experienced bartenders.
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