If you’re looking for somewhere spectacular to see in the new year, you can do no better than head to London. The UK’s cosmopolitan capital is a hive of activity all year round, and that vibrant atmosphere is always distilled into a memorable night on New Year’s Eve.
For many people it’s party time, while for others it’s a moment of reflection and forward-planning. However you like to welcome the new year, London has something for you.
Here are some of the best things to do on New Year’s Eve in London.
See in the new year in style
Whether you’ve seen them on the TV or in person, you can’t deny the famous London fireworks display is a great spectacle. Unfortunately, the traditional event on the banks of the Thames has been cancelled for a second year in a row due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but the good news is that there are alternative NYE events taking place.
For example, there’ll be a brand new new year celebration event in Trafalgar Square, featuring live music, performances, food and drinks. The event will look back on some of the highlights of 2021, as well as looking ahead to some exciting events coming up in 2022.
If huge crowds aren’t your thing - or perhaps you want something slightly different from your new year celebrations - then there’s plenty of other things to do in the capital. So, if you do like to get out, here are some options for you.
Go on a Cruise
For an alternative way to explore London on New Year’s Eve, why not consider a boat ride on the Thames? There are several cruises to choose from, including sightseeing tours, floating bars and restaurants, and champagne dinners which can be a perfect way to see in the new year.
Enjoy a Nice Meal
If it’s a more sophisticated or lower key affair you’re after, then a meal out in one of London’s thousands of eateries can be a great way to round off your year. With a loved one, family or friends, choose from an unending range of cuisines and enjoy fine company with beautiful food.
Some of the best places to eat on New Year’s Eve are those which put on special menus for the occasion - take a browse at some of your favourites and see what they’re offering on the night.
Sample the Nightlife
For many people, New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting nights of the year. With scores of people out looking to celebrate, it makes for a lively party atmosphere. With clubs, pubs and bars open on New Year’s Eve this year, it’s a chance for people to sample London’s famous nightlife.
Some bars offer ticketed events, so you can enjoy a reserved space with drinks. For example, The Shard offers the chance to ring in 2022 with the most stunning backdrop.
See a West End Show
A trip to London is often incomplete without taking in a West End show - and what better way could there be to round off the year? With London’s many theatres opening their doors on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, watching a performance can make for a memorable afternoon or evening.
Where to stay for New Year in London
As a popular destination for tourists, London’s hotels are often heavily booked around New Year’s Eve. Though you may just want somewhere to get your head down, a good place to stay can make your break even more memorable.
That’s where Dolphin House can come in. With an array of luxuriously decorated apartments available to hire over the new year period, you’ll find no better place to stay. Get in touch today and book your new year stay in the heart of beautiful Pimlico, one of London’s most sought-after areas.