With an abundance of vibrant parties and festivals held across the capital, there are plenty of memorable ways to see in the new year in London. These six unforgettable events will ensure your place at the heart of the festivities, while staying nearby in one of our elegant London hotels.
London New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2016
The biggest celebration to take place in London on New Year’s Eve is the city’s official fireworks display. Attracting crowds of around 250,000 people, this huge celebration takes over the riverbanks and streets with festival revelry, before the fireworks light up the skies. Tickets must be bought ahead of time.
Last Dance with Dippy: New Year’s Eve Ball
Another of the capital’s New Year traditions is the New Year’s Eve Ball at the Natural History Museum. Held in the museum’s cavernous Hintze Hall, this year is the last chance to dance alongside the much-loved dinosaur Dippy, before it’s replaced by a whale exhibit in the new year. Guests also have the option of upgrading their tickets to include a three-course meal.
New Year’s Eve Thames Cruise
A number of Thames Cruises give guests the chance to celebrate New Year on-board, from where they’re guaranteed unrivalled views of the city’s fireworks. Bateaux London Cruises are hosting evening cruises with dinner, live music, and Champagne to toast the new year. Guests can choose between the Harmony vessel, which has an observation deck, or the all-glass Symphony boat.
New Year’s Eve Ball at the Riverside Rooms
Located by the London Eye and overlooking the Palace of Westminster, the River Rooms venue for this New Year’s Eve ball couldn’t be better placed for seeing 2017 in with Champagne, music and a view of the fireworks display. This lavish event includes a canapé reception, four-course meal, free-flow drinks, and access to the fireworks viewing areas around the London Eye, with dancing until late.
New Year’s Eve Party at The View from The Shard
Toast to the beginning of 2017 with 360-degree views of the city from the top of London’s iconic landmark, The Shard. Spread across floors 68,69 and 72, The View from The Shard without doubt provides some of the most spectacular views in all of London, which are made even more unforgettable by the New Year’s Eve fireworks display, and the chance to sip cocktails and dance the night away.
London New Year’s Day Parade
After celebrating in style on New Year’s Eve, spend New Year’s Day exploring London. The annual New Year’s Day Parade begins at noon, making its way from Piccadilly to Parliament Street. See marching bands and costumed dance troupes among the energetic participants.
Guests who stay in our London hotels over New Year can also opt for a special celebratory tailored stay, such as the New Year’s Eve Final Countdown at The Montague, which ensures the occasion is celebrated in both luxury and style.
Image credits: Cover photo of the fireworks in London © iStock / oversnap. Fireworks on New Year’s Eve in London © Flickr. Champagne on New Year’s Eve © iStock / AzmanL. Fireworks over Tower Bridge © iStock / franckreporter. The New Year Parade © Flickr / S Pakhrin.