We all know that feeling. The panic that sets in as you realise it’s 31 December and you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing on perhaps the most overrated night of the year. Stay at home and it’ll probably end with you slumped on the sofa, glass in hand, asleep before Big Ben finishes chiming in 2014, but chances are you’ll have a much better time if you actually leave the house. Here’s a small selection of the great events on offer in London this New Year’s Eve.
Joe’s Southern Kitchen
If your heart is in Alabama… you’ll love Joe’s Southern Kitchen. Aside from being a generally great restaurant, with a delicious happy hour and the best catfish this side of the Atlantic, Joe’s are throwing a New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Matt Bandy and Lee Darlow provide the music, while Joe’s serve up delicious fried chicken and sweet whiskey. Guest list is free from here, tickets £10 on the door from 10pm.
If you want to dance the night away… secretsundaze is for you. Featuring DJ Gregory, Shed, Levon Vincent and much more across two rooms in Electric Brixton for a 10-hour party ending just in time for breakfast. What more could you want? Tickets are priced from £17.50 and are available here.
If you like to eat your little heart out… head to #StreetFeastNYE. Street Feast has brought together the best food stalls and traders of 2013, put them all in Hawker House (E2) and thrown in some live jazz and DJs to keep the party going until 3am, at which point you’ll stumble into the first night of 2014 with a guaranteed full and happy stomach. Tickets from £10 available here.
The New Year’s Eve Clash
If you’re a bouncy roller jerk… the variety of entertainment at The New Year’s Eve Clash will see you well into 2014. A roller disco, bouncy castle, jerk chicken BBQ and ball pits should keep you busy as the legendary Gin + Juice, Seedy Sonics and Running Wild join forces and make one incredible night. Limited tickets left, so get clicking here!
If none of these fantastic options take your fancy, there’s always the freezing-cold option of crowding around Embankment to watch the fireworks on the South Bank. I’d rather spend my evening listening to Rebecca Black on repeat, but whatever takes your fancy.