7 reasons to spend New Year’s Eve in London

  1. The fireworks

You won’t get tickets for the official viewing area now (make a note to book early next year!) but the display takes place just over the river from Strand Palace, so you won’t be far from the atmosphere and the action. While ticketing, brought in in 2014, has been controversial, the consensus is that London’s New Year’s Eve firework display has been getting better by the year. Last year’s went on for over ten minutes, and look and sounded like this:

 

  1. Waking up to a peaceful city

How often do you get to experience London when it’s quiet? Waking up in the heart of the city on New Year’s Day gives you a chance to wander down the Thames or through the city’s parks without the noise and the crowds. It’s a surreal, tranquil and romantic experience you don’t get at any other time of year, so get out and discover a new side of the city while everyone else is sleeping off their hangovers…

 

  1. …that turns into a buzzing city

London’s never quiet for long. From midday, The New Year’s Day Parade will follow a route from the Green Park station to Parliament Square, via Piccadilly, Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. Expect street performers, marching bands, horse-drawn carriages, floats, ticker-tape and flag-waving. It’s a fun, colourful, and very London way to start the new year, and its increasing success means many London pubs and restaurants now open for business on January 1. Assuming that you can face another drink, that is.

 

  1. New Year’s Day is a Friday

New Year’s Day is a Friday! You don’t have to go back to work until Monday January 4, so this is the perfect year to turn your New Year’s Eve trip into a long weekend in London. Why not tack on some fantastic shopping, an exhibition or a night at the theatre on Saturday or Sunday? We’ve got some of London’s best shops and cultural attractions on our doorstep!

 

  1. Parties that take you back in time…

If you like your parties sprawling, cultured and more than a bit retro, your ideal party is just over Waterloo Bridge. For the evening of December 31 the Southbank Centre becomes a maze of pop-up clubs, restaurants and bars. This year you can enjoy everything from 20s glamour to Northern Soul classics to 80s club culture – plus there’s karaoke and a riverside terrace with views of London’s famous New Years Eve fireworks. It’s a cracking night out, and you’ll be walking distance from the hotel when the party winds down.

If you’re looking for something more intimate, trot over to Soho for an evening of 40s fun at Cahoots, featuring live jazz, Champers and ‘bottomless’ Belvedere cocktails.

 

  1. …and around the world

Alternatively, go for a tropical-themed New Year’s Eve at Barrio on Soho’s Poland Street. It’ll be a carnival atmosphere – literally – with masked costumes encouraged and a programme of samba dancers and limbo competitions and to keep you in the party mood.

Over at Battersea Park you’ll find a huge tribute to New York at the London New Year’s Eve Ball. Battersea Evolution will be transformed into several themed areas, including a Times Square set for a three-course dinner and the countdown to midnight.

 

  1. Doing it all in one place

Don’t feel like being out and about in the evening? We’ve got you covered. Spend the day enjoying London, then as night falls join us for a Champagne reception from 7pm, followed by a four-course meal, drinks and a live band, all for just £90 per person. Or make it even better, book our New Year’s eve dinner and stopover deal, so there’s no need to travel home after the party.

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