When travelling to London for New Year’s Eve you want to make sure that you have the hottest ticket in town. The capital is brimming with spectacular, lavish and unique events to help you welcome 2013. Whether you want to dance the night away in a club, watch Big Ben strike midnight or tuck into some gourmet meals, London caters to every need. With our guide to the best events in London on December 31st, you’re sure to see in the New Year in style.
If you’re looking to spend New Year’s Eve in opulence there is only one place to be, and that is at the Roof Gardens in Kensington. Live music, DJs, champagne, cocktails and fireworks are all part of the celebrations. As soon as you walk through the door, you will be greeted with a complimentary mini bottle of champagne and a selection of cocktails. Food is served until 9pm with a delicious selection of canapés to choose from with breakfast nibbles later served between 3am and 4am. Entertainment includes live music in the Marquee, DJ sets that go on throughout the night and of course, fireworks that will light up the sky at midnight.
Times: 8pm – 4am
Address: 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 5SA
Number: (0) 207 368 3992
Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington (Circle and District Lines)
All Star Lanes
If you want to try something different and make New Year’s Eve a night you’ll never forget, why not go to one of the best bowling alleys in London? All Star Lanes is hosting a Rock ‘n’ Bowl retro themed New Year’s Eve party, and it’s sure to be nothing short of amazing. A DJ will be taking to the decks to bring you the very best of the ‘50s and ‘60s to dance and sing-a-long to. You could also be in with the chance to win a bucket of beers for your lane. All you have to of is enter All Star Lanes’ Kingpin game. For £35 your party can enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco, a two course meal, a cocktail and game of bowling.
Address: 6 Porchester Gardens, Bayswater, W2 4DB
Number: (0)20 7313 8363
Nearest Tube: Bayswater (Circle and District lines)
MV Pride of London River Cruise
The London Eye firework display can be an incredibly busy event to attend. So why not save yourself from the hustle and bustle and view these spectacular fireworks from the comfort of a river boat cruise?
See London as you’ve never seen it before and take a luxury cruise with MV Pride of London. Take in the sights of St Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, the Millennium Footbridge and many other attractions from the comfort of your luxury cruise boat, and watch as Big Ben strikes midnight.
As soon as you set foot on MV Pride of London you’ll receive a glass of champagne and have an open bar at your disposal (champagne and shots are not included). Buffets of hot and cold finger food will be available throughout your cruise too.
Dance the night away on the upper deck, then watch the firework display from the outer deck or through the large windows on both upper and lower decks. Not only can you enjoy an unforgettable river cruise when you book with MV Pride of London will you also receive free entry into Opal night club.
Price: £175 per person (over 21s only)
These are three of our favourite events that are hosted in London during New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking for the perfect accommodation to end your night, why not take a look at Refresh Accommodation’s portfolio of serviced apartments in London?