There’s nothing more synonymous with the coming of the New Year than watching the wonderful fireworks display on the Thames in the centre of London. But, with so many people crowding to the capital to witness this spectacle, the banks of the Thames can get a little cramped. So, we’ve compiled a list of the best spots in London where you can watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks without fear of your view being obstructed or feeling swamped by a large crowd.
We would like to note that there is currently uncertanty on the availability of these events due to lockdown measures, so please check first if you are considering indoor venues. This year will be significantly different that previous ones when it comes to celebrating New Year.
When considering vantage points in London, the building that comes to mind instantly has to be the tallest in the city. The Shard’s Aqua Shard restaurant on the 31st floor offers a 270-degree view of the London skyline, making it the perfect place to get that panoramic view of the firework display.
In previous years you’ll have been able to enjoy an exquisite five-course meal, live music and a DJ from midnight to help you see in the New Year in style.
What better way to watch the fireworks bring in the New Year than with a luxurious tasting menu and a glass of champagne, all from the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall. Its expertly-situated Southbank terrace gives almost the perfect perspective for the fireworks.
2019 was disco fever at the Sky Garden for New Year with a Studio 54 party! Nestled in amongst the tropical greenery of the space and against the backdrop of the gorgeous city views, guests partied the night away with live music from a nine-piece party band and late-night DJs.
The panoramic glass windows always provide the perfect viewing stations for the fireworks down the river and, if you fancy pushing the boat out, you can enjoy those views with one of the Sky Garden’s decadent dining packages in either their Fenchurch or Darwin restaurants.
It will be a shame to miss out on this venue this year.
Located atop the iconic Millbank Tower, Sky Bar usually host an extravagant New Year’s Eve party, showcasing a 360-degree view of the official NYE fireworks in a marathon 12-hour party!
With a scrumptious selection of champagne and canapes to start, roving entertainment, photobooths, DJs, and live cooking stations for that all important sustenance throughout the evening, you’d be hard pressed to find a party across London that has more going on at New Year’s Eve.
The Duck and Waffle
The Duck and Waffle resides on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower in London and provides a fantastic spot to watch, since it’s inspired by the 1920s and will provide you with both fantastic food and cocktails as you watch the fireworks scattered across the London skyline. Side note though, the fireworks you may see during the evening would not be the official London Eye fireworks, these will be shown on a screen in the restaurant, and you’d be able to see everyone else’s celebrations across London.
Those who choose to dine at the Duck and Waffle on New Year’s Eve would have been treated to either a five or six course tasting menu with a bottle of champagne and post-dinner canapes. Sadly the venue remains closed at this time.
If you aren’t looking to watch the fireworks from above, watching them from a distance is definitely an option – especially if you’re looking for something a little less expensive. This may be the best, most practical option this year.
While slightly distant, Parliament Hill offers a great perspective from which you can not only see the official New Year’s Eve fireworks by the London Eye, but also a number of other displays that will be taking place across the city.
Additionally, your vantage point will be less crowded than those right on the banks of the Thames and will allow you to stay unsquashed and still get those great views. This is really the main option for this years’ fireworks.
London – the nation’s capital, an eclectic hive of activity, brimming with culture and excitement. And, of course, a true spectacle on the global stage when it comes to ringing in the New Year.
Boasting heritage, charm and an all-year-round buzz, there’s always something to see and do in this bustling city, and when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations, you are spoilt for choice.
Witnessing London’s illuminated skyline from the comfort of the Ace Hotel’s chic rooftop restaurant has always been a fovourite. Enjoying London’s famous fireworks sipping on bubbly in this bustling cosmopolitan setting to see in the new year would be fantastic. The hotel recently announced that it was shutting down and has been taken over by hotel company Lore Group. It is unlikely the venue will be open to see in the new year in 2020.
If you’re up for the challenge of climbing Alexandra Palace’s hill, the spectacular view of the city skyline is a visual feast of a reward. Be enchanted by witnessing the firework displays the city has to offer from the top of the hill and enjoy a magical New Year’s Eve amongst stunning scenery.
Unfortunately the annual Alexandra Palace fireworks display, which traditionally draws crowds of up to 90,000 people, will not be taking place in 2020.
Stunning events in London at The Brewery
So that’s New Year’s Eve 2020 in London taken care of, but if you are looking to host your own event, wedding, conference, fashion show or product launch in London and are in pursuit of the perfect venue, contact The Brewery today.
Our team of experts will create a perfect event completely tailored to your requirements. With six event spaces, a delicious selection of food and delicious drinks, we’ll help you plan the perfect occasion, whatever you’re imagining.