There’s only hours to go until polling stations across London open for people to cast their votes in the General Election. While Banksy’s offer of a free print to people who voted against the Conservatives may have been hastily withdrawn after a police investigation into complaints made, there are plenty of incentives on offer to get out and vote, no matter which candidate you mark your cross against.
Real votes for real ale
The world-conquering Scottish Brewery, BrewDog, has promised a free beer for anyone who turns out to vote tomorrow. To claim a free Punk IPA, voters must take a picture of themselves outside their polling station and show it to the bar staff at any of BrewDog’s bars, including those in Soho, Clerkenwell, Clapham and Shoreditch.
‘Vote this Year – Get Free Beer’
This campaign, initially started by a pub owner in Bristol, is offering anyone who registered to vote between May 8 and May 22 this year a free pint if they take along their confirmation email to any participating bars and pubs. In London you can head along to these boozers to raise a toast to democracy:
Spit and Sawdust, 21 Bartholomew St, SE1 4AL
The Beast of Brixton, 89B Acre Lane, SW2 5TN
The Queen’s Head, 15 Denman St, W1D 7HN
The Grosvenor Arms, 204 Garrett Lane, SW18 4ED
The White Horse, 20-22 Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR
If you’ve already registered to vote, then you can enter one of a number of competitions that ‘Vote this Year – Get Free Beer’ are running – including a chance to win two tickets to Shambala Festival when you explain the ‘best way you’ve persuaded your friend to vote’.
Hitch a free ride to the polls
Uber has teamed up with the charity Whizz Kidz – which helps to improve the lives of disabled children and young people – to help wheelchair users cast their votes tomorrow. Wheelchair users will be able to get an Uber ride to and from their local polling station, up to the charge of £10 on the UberAccess option, between 7am and 10pm tomorrow.
On polling day, the taxi app will also send out a message reminding people to vote, along with a link to help users find their nearest polling station.
Books for ballots
Two London bookshops are offering discounts to local customers aged 18 to 25 if they show their polling cards to staff either today or tomorrow. West End Lane Books are offering the under-25s of West Hampstead 25 percent off books if you bring along your polling card and promise to vote; while Big Green Bookshop – of tweeting Piers Morgan every line of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ until he blocked them fame – are offering the same deal to young people in Haringey.