2017 is nearly upon us (we can’t believe it either!) and, as the New Year draws ever closer, talk is most definitely about the impending NYE celebrations. As a small-city dweller, London is my must-go-to place to bring in the New Year in style. Take a peek at our New Year in London Itinerary and see what you can get up to!
New Year’s Eve
10AM – Get your bearings in the capital and head to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland for festive ice-skating, fun fairground rides and plenty of Christmassy cheer. There’s even a magical Santa’s Grotto for the kids!
12PM – We bet all that ice-skating has made you hungry! Tuck in to a range of fresh flavours at the nearby street food vendors. From succulent venison burgers to tasty vegetarian fare, there’s sure to be something that takes your fancy!
1PM – Venture to the Natural History Museum to see the incredible Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. A must-see for all nature and photography enthusiasts, this poignant event is a cultural treat to fit in to your New Year’s calendar.
3PM – As the night draws in, stroll to Christmas at Kew Gardens for an event to remember. As the impressive gardens get their annual festive makeover, you can enjoy a wealth of seasonal stalls, first-class entertainment and dazzling light installations.
6PM – Head back to your comfortable and central hotel to get ready for the evening celebrations. Prefer to stay in and celebrate from your hotel? The International Hotel New Year Break is perfect – you get a delicious evening buffet dinner and whole evening of entertainment!
7:30PM – Don’t fancy staying in the hotel for a meal? No fear! Head out for a delicious New Year’s meal (but don’t forget to book!) With so many great restaurants and bistros dotted around London, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
10PM – Easily the coolest place to be on NYE, The View from The Shard is hosting its very own party! Sip on signature cocktails and champagne as you admire the 360-degree panoramic views over the twinkling city. (Please see The Shard’s website for tickets).
12AM – Make your way to the Thames to see the incredible fireworks display in action from the riverbank. Arguably the most popular way to bring in the New Year, this event is certainly one to pop on your calendar.
New Year’s Day
10AM – We’ve given you a lie-in… we’re kind like that. After partying the night away on New Year’s night, you’re certain to want to take New Year’s Day at your own pace. With that in mind, we have a top selection of hotels that serve breakfast until late in the morning.
12PM – It has to be the New Year’s Day Parade! Celebrating its thirtieth year in 2016, the Parade will see more than 8,500 performers representing 20 countries in this incredible line-up. Spot the Pearly Kings and Queens, marching bands, cheerleaders, dancers, musicians and acrobats as they take to the streets of London in true celebratory style.
2PM – Treat yourself to a sumptuous late lunch at a nearby London restaurant – cheers!
3:30PM – Hit the shops and browse the vast January sales for a bargain or two (or three). With plenty of household names and quirky individual stores lining the main retail streets of London, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for during a city shopping spree.
6PM – Head home, safe in the knowledge that you’ve made the most of your New Year’s celebrations!
Are you heading to London to bring in 2017? Let us know in the comments below!
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