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 are ticketed areas available on the banks of the Thames – primarily on the South Bank and Victoria Embankment, but as tickets have now sold out, we’ve been a bit more creative with our suggestions.
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.
Not only that, but you’ll also be able to enjoy an exquisite five-course meal, live music from The Spinettes 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.
Throughout the evening, you’ll also be able to enjoy a fantastic selection of entertainment and live music, from Tokyo and Dizzee Rascal, to Robbie Williams and Joss Stone.
Jimmy’s Lodge on the River
If you’ve been out and about in London this winter, you’ll probably have spotted a small cluster of glass igloos perched alongside the Thames as part of Jimmy Garcia’s 2018 art installation. With a fully glass surround, these offer a 360-view of the display up and down the river.
You can either choose to celebrate with 6-10 people in one of the igloos with an alpine feast, or head to Jimmy’s Lodge for an ultimate foodie retreat to bring in the New Year. They’re offering a fully festive feast for New Year’s Eve, along with unlimited drinks and a great view of the fireworks from the cosy interior.
Located atop the iconic Millbank Tower, Sky Bar is hosting an extravagant New Year’s Eve party again this year, 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’ll 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 will not be the official London Eye fireworks, but these will be shown on a screen in the restaurant, and you’ll 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 will be treated to either a five or six course tasting menu with a bottle of champagne and post-dinner canapes.
This year it’s 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, you can party the night away with live music from a nine-piece party band and late-night DJs.
The panoramic glass windows will 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.
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. 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.
Are you organising your own New Year’s Eve event? Why not consider The Brewery as the venue for your party? We have six different event spaces that can be customised to your exact specifications, plus fantastic food, made on site, and a sumptuous selection of drinks to help you celebrate and see in the New Year with style! Click here to start making your booking.