When you’re in London during the winter the festivities don’t stop on the 25th December. The entire week up until New Year’s Eve is just as eventful, and on that final night, everything goes out with one giant bang. The main problem with New Year’s Eve is deciding where to go and what to do. Whether you want to view world class firework displays, have a night out on the town, or simply enjoy a relaxing meal with a nice bottle of wine, these six events will certainly keep you satisfied.
London Sky Bar
The London Sky Bar is one of the most exclusive clubs in the city. With 360 degree views of Central London, you’ll be able to see the Millbank Tower, the Houses of Parliament, the Shard, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and much more. Tickets to their New Year’s Eve event are priced at a whopping £185 per person or £275 for the VIP package, which includes complimentary wines, beers and soft drinks, from entry until 12.30am.
Ivory House Medieval Banquet
If you’re a history buff, then you’ll no doubt enjoy feasting with Henry VIII at Ivory House. Locked away in the beautiful Katherine Docks (ten minutes walk from Tower Bridge), you’ll be able to mingle with knights, toy with jesters, and most importantly, wash down a six course meal with ale and wine, brought straight to your table by dancing wenches.
Trafalgar Square Street Party
Every year tens of thousands of people head over to Trafalgar Square for a giant New Year’s Eve celebration. If you’re the outgoing type who enjoys large crowds, singing and dancing, and you want to experience the biggest countdown in the country, there’s no better place. The great thing about Trafalgar Square is that it’s also close to Central London’s biggest and best pubs and clubs, so if you want to continue partying after midnight, you definitely won’t be short of options.
Southbank Fireworks Display
London’s main New Year’s Eve fireworks display will be launching from the London Eye and to get the best possible view, you should head down to the Southbank. Here you’ll be surrounded by some of the trendiest bars and restaurants in the city, for both pre and post-midnight drinks.
Tiger Tiger is one of the most popular nightclubs in London on New Year’s Eve. Entrance is only £35, and the event is bound to be a sell-out, so book early if you’re thinking about going. This year the organisers have decided to go all out and will be providing everything from a fantastic musical line up, to confetti cannons and stilt performers.
Dinner at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
This year Golden Tours have created a special dinner package on New Year’s Eve, which includes a luxury cruise down the River Thames while the fireworks are setting off near the London Eye. The whole event will last for roughly six and a half hours, starting with a three course meal and a half bottle of wine at the Underglobe, a beautiful space beneath the main arena. Tickets are priced at £229 if you book online.
Wherever you are in London there will no doubt be plenty of New Year’s Eve options available. If you’d like to do something extra special, consider taking a trip on the London Helicopter. Here you’ll be able to view all the city sights from above, including the Houses of Parliament, the Shard and the Canary Wharf skyline.