As New Year’s Eve rapidly approaches, you’d be forgiven for wanting to sack the whole thing off, stay in, and give Jools Holland another chance. If you’re still struggling to find a night that’s slightly different than your average New Year’s Eve fare, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some alternative New Year’s Eve happenings to tempt you out of the house…
The idea of standup comedy without any dialogue may seem like a tenuous notion: far from it. When Sam Wills’s The Boy with Tape on his Face rolled in to Edinburgh, it quickly earned a reputation as the must-see show of the Fringe. Now, The Boy with Tape on His Face is bringing his outstanding one-man show to the West End. Combining mime, props and audience interaction, The Boy with Tape on His Face is a refreshing variation on your standard stand-up shtick and a guaranteed laugh on New Year’s Eve. The evening show is now sold out but there are still tickets for the matinee. Or find more comedy in London on New Year’s Eve.
It’s highly unlikely that you’ll find a party that’ll please everyone on New Year’s Eve. Unless, that is, you go to Guilty Pleasures Vs Ultimate Power. Individually, Guilty Pleasures and Ultimate Power have proved themselves to be a highly awesome nights out. When those powers combine, well, you’re dealing with truly epic proportions of awesomeness. Sure, you may scoff at the playlists, but leave your ego at the door and you’re sure to have a great night.
Get your competitive juices flowing at the self-professed home of ping pong, Bounce. This New Year’s Eve there’ll be the usual array of ping pong, pizza and cocktails, as well as music from Mr Wiff Waff himself. You’ll be able to challenge your friends to a tournament, so this week would be an ideal time to brush up. If ping pong isn’t your bag, there’s also karaoke so you can sing yourself into a stupor. Ping pong fashion is encouraged, whatever that means.
If you prefer your NYE with a little more vim and moxie, head to the Southbank Centre for A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party. When it comes to vintage, Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway are practically royalty, so their NYE bash will be a veritable royal gala of NYE parties. The Southbank Centre will host a number of pop-up venues including The Torch Club, Soul Casino and 60s themed bar, the Pick Up Joint. Those of you with two left feet will benefit from dance lessons, so you can strut your stuff when the bell tolls. Dress code is sassy. Or find more NYE parties.
If dancing, ping pong, rocking out and mime doesn’t appeal, head to the banks of the Thames where you can join 200,000 revellers at London’s official New Year’s Eve celebration which will hopefully cap off what’s been a truly brilliant year for the capital. Boris assures us it will be spectacular. Revellers are advised to turn up early in order to bag a spot as close to the action as possible at the London Eye. If you don’t fancy standing in the cold, the BBC will be broadcasting the display live. But where’s the fun in that?
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