London has plenty lined up this Christmas and New Year’s Eve with themed events, pop-up restaurants, clubs and bars and a host of their exciting festivities in store. If you are looking for an alternative to the stereotyped New Year’s Eve celebrations, London is the place to let your hair down and boogie the night away!
You need to make your hotel bookings in advance, as all available accommodation is occupied including the 5-star city hotels in London.
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Fireworks Display: One of the most awaited annual events in London is the London Eye fireworks that have been a resounding success over the years, and attracts large audiences across the Southbank area. As the spots around Central London tend to get overcrowded and finding a suitable vantage point can be a hassle, instead opt for other areas from where you can get an equally decent view of the event. Trod along to Hampstead Heath where you can muster up the will to get to the summit of Primrose Hill in North London, which is among the best vantage points that overlook the city. Enjoy the fireworks over a cup of steaming coffee or with lovely warm mulled wine.
For those who are south of the Thames, another fine location to get great views of the fireworks is the Royal Observatory over at Greenwich. It is situated on an elevated section of Greenwich Park and offers sweeping views of East London and the O2 Arena. On a clear starry night you could see as far as Blackheath and on New Year’s Eve’s midnight will see the sky light up in an array of colours. While you are not able to see the fireworks over the London Eye, it will more than compensate with the views of the fireworks in other parts of London.
Winter Wonderland: Spending a late night out with kids is not a good idea but that does not mean you cannot have a wonderful time on New Year’s Eve. A great option to enjoy a fun-filled evening is to visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. The market selling Christmas gifts and goodies remains open until 10 pm, so you can still enjoy a night out albeit not that late. With ice-skating, fabulous food markets and fairground rides, there is plenty to see and enjoy at Winter Wonderland. You even are back up home early to get the kids into bed before midnight is over. A wonderful place to visit and spend time with the family amidst festive cheer before the holidays draw to a close!
Enjoy a game of bowling: This is something which probably you have never done at this part of the year. It is time to give it a shot and if you fancy bowling then a visit to a bowling lane would be a great way to ring in the New Year. The All Star Lanes in Bayswater, Holborn and Shoreditch plays host their annual New Year’s Eve bowling events and a visit to any of their locations is well worth it. Whether you are with your girlfriend or just hanging out with the boys these are fun places to enjoy the festivities. Various packages are available, which includes a fine two-course meal, wine and a round of bowling. They also have a competition for the best-dressed guest, so get out your best attire and come dressed to kill. All through the evening, a DJ will play various genres of music ranging from house to rock ‘n’ roll to get you into your groove.
Celebrate with Ceilidh: What better way to kick-off the New Year than by setting the dance floor on fire! If you want to try something new and different this season head to the city’s English Ceilidh night at Cecil Sharp House on New Year’s Eve this year. It does not matter if you are clueless about Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee), a Gaelic tradition kept alive and kicking all over the city of London. Welcome in the New Year by taking to the dance floor and strutting your stuff to the irresistible beats and sounds of an authentic Ceilidh. Will Pound Band supplies music, and the caller is affable Sheena Mason, who will take you through the moves as the event progresses. Whether you got two left feet or a naturally talented dancer, test your skills and celebrate with Ceilidh.
Midnight River Cruise: If you a couple and planning to do something nice and romantic this New Year’s Eve, why not head out for a cruise on the Thames, courtesy of City Cruises. Apart from having a prime spot to view the fireworks display at night, there are a variety of dining packages to choose from. These range from a fine four-course meal to an enjoyable picnic spread. It will be one of the most enjoyable and romantic ways to bid 2017 a fond farewell and welcome in the New Year together!