This December, ring in the New Year in one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. London is the perfect place to be on the 31st December at midnight, with your champagne glass held high. From parties to club nights, extravagant dinners and family-orientated events, there is so much to do here on New Year’s Eve, you’ll be completely spoilt for choice.
In fact, with so much going on, you might not know which is the best option. So, here are our top picks for things going on in London this New Year’s Eve that you should seriously consider:
London New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Every NYE, taking place along the River Thames, London plays host to a spectacular fireworks display – the largest annual fireworks display in the UK. Watch the London night sky explode with celebration and cheer as you welcome in the New Year. This event is ticketed to attend the official viewing areas, but there are plenty of spots around London where you can view this magnificent display for free, such as Hampstead Heath, the Millennium Bridge and Alexandra Palace. This event is ideal for all; whether you’re a couple or a family, on a budget or prepared to spend, you can’t go wrong with a classic fireworks display.
New Year’s Eve Dining
For a more relaxed New Year’s Eve celebration, you can dine out in one of London’s incredible restaurants, many of which will be throwing special New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Ideal for those with families, the Rainforest Café is located next to Piccadilly Circus, and is a tropical paradise for children. With child-friendly meals and an intricately designed décor of waterfalls, animated creatures and aquariums, the Rainforest Café is truly an amazing experience and is certainly something to delight your children this New Year’s Eve.
All Star Lanes
Another one for those with kids, at All Star Lanes you can eat, drink and bowl, having a lot of fun in the process. The restaurant serves home style American food such as burgers, hot dogs and even lobster. With the bowling alley attached, you can challenge your family to a game and bring on the New Year whilst having a blast.
Browns Covent Garden & Fireworks Cruise
This is one for the adults willing to spend a bit more; for £195 you can sit down to a delicious three-course meal at Browns Covent Garden, before boarding the Silver Bonito Cruise to embark on a leisurely journey through the heart of the city. With an on-board bar and festive atmosphere, you can raise your glasses at midnight and toast to the New Year, all whilst getting a spectacular view of the London fireworks display from the comfort of your cruise.
The Medieval Banquet
For an unusual, quirky start to the year, check out the Medieval Banquet at The Ivory Vaults this year. This extraordinary dinner and live theatre experience will take you back in time for an impressive six-course meal with ales and wine, while enjoying a live, interactive show with acrobats, contortionists and more. Tickets range from £80 to £110.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is the perfect event this New Year’s Eve for families with children. The Winter Wonderland is a spectacular Christmas extravaganza with endless fun to be had. From exciting attractions such as a giant Ferris wheel, an ice-skating rink and an ice bar; the Wonderland also features a number of pre-bookable shows such as Peter Pan on ice, Cirque Berserk, The Snowman and the Teletubbies Christmas Show. Along with a comedy club and ice sculpting workshops you can sign up for, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is truly a magical, festive event packed full of fun and excitement.
The park is free to enter, with payable attractions inside. You can book tickets for the various shows and events in the Wonderland online and plan your visit today.
New Year’s Eve Clubs and Parties
For those wanting to dance the night away and stay up until the early hours, you can’t go wrong with a club night or party, and London plays host to so many fantastic nights out on New Year’s Eve.
Lost in Wonderland NYE 2018
From £15 – £100, you can step into the wonderful, weird world of Alice in Wonderland in Shoreditch. Split over four rooms and packed full of the hottest DJs in town, this eight-hour extravaganza consists of live performers, a free complimentary cocktail on arrival and a confetti shower as the clock strikes twelve. With so much crammed into one venue, it is certain to be the party of the year.
New Year’s Eve Ball Out
Embrace your inner child this New Year’s Eve and kick off 2019 in one of London’s quirkiest bars. Have a ball in the Ballie Ballerson Ball Pit under the neon lights whilst you sip theatrical cocktails and dance all night long as the DJ takes you into the early hours. Prices start at just £15.
Twisted Circus NYE 2018
Give yourself a night to remember with the Twisted Circus from just £20 to £35. Overflowing with fun, style and charisma, this extravaganza is a must-see attraction for London partygoers. From twisted aerialists and synchronised swinging, to daredevils and knife swallowing, there will be amazement and wonder throughout the evening. With UV candy floss, popcorn, masks, LED screens and confetti drops, this event will keep you going all night long.
The NYE Silent Disco
A silent disco is taking over the stunning Bank Hall in central London this New Year’s Eve. You can sing your heart out and dance the night away with your headphones on, switching between DJs at your leisure; pick your DJ and enjoy your party. With burgers and hotdogs with dirty fries available on the night, and tickets just £45 – £55, the Silent Disco is perfect for group parties this New Year’s Eve.
Start your 2019 off in the right way with a fantastic night out in the capital. Whether you’re young or old, coupled-up or have children, there is certain to be something going on in London for you. If you’re looking for accommodation this New Year’s Eve, check us out for a cheap hotel in Kings Cross.