Ensure you secure yourself a great spot to watch all of the fireworks set off at midnight on the 1 January 2014 by watching on from Cannon Street. In the midst of St Paul's Cathedral, Mansion House and Bank, Cannon Street is a great central riverside location to enjoy the city scenery as London is set alight once again to celebrate the beginning of a band new year. It also means that you avoid the crowds in nearby London Bridge, giving you more of a chance to catch glimpses of the sparkly spectacle. Arriving to Cannon Street before 8pm is highly advisable as in recent years the station was promptly shut after 8.
Where to watch New Year's Eve Fireworks in London
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See in the New Year by taking in London's firework display from Cannon Street.
Cannon Street, City, London, EC4N 6AP
Head to Kensington for a garden party like no-other this New Year's Eve.
99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA
Kicking off 2014 with a bang, the exclusive Kensington Roof Gardens are hosting a glamorous New Year's Eve party. Perched 100 feet above the streets of London, the gardens are home to 70 full sized trees, a stream full of fish and three pink flamingos. Favoured by the Made in Chelsea cast, the venue attracts a flashy crowd and has price tags to match. Tickets for the party won't be around for long and will set you back a whopping £135, but they include champagne and cocktails on arrival and welcome canapes, plus a show-stopping firework display, nibbles for the early hours and a chance to get snap happy with your friends in their New Year's photo booth. DJ Dan Browne will be entertaining in The Club and FosseyTango, a 6-piece band, will be putting on a performance to remember on the marquee dance floor!
Duck and Waffle
Admire the city from the 40th floor of London's second tallest skyscraper.
Fancy a Rock 'n' Roll celebration with British tunes and modern British canapés, alongside an unbeatable view across the city from the top of a skyscraper? Better book yourself a ticket for the Duck and Waffle New Year's Eve party then. Perched on the 40th floor of Heron Tower (previously the tallest building in London until that pesky Shard came along and trumped it by 80 metres), the Duck and Waffle restaurant opened in 2012 and has remained open 24/7 since. The food is modern European - expect to see things like spicy ox cheek doughnuts - and they like to keep things fairly laid back. If you're looking for a really special way to welcome in 2014 then this is it, if your pockets are deep enough that is. Tickets cost £200 per person including entrance, champagne reception, passed canapés and entertainment. The party kicks off at 8pm sharp and there will be free flowing champagne until 9.30pm, so better secure your place early!
Give 2013 a spectacular send off and set sail on a New Year's Eve party boat.
Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 6NU
Forget a night on the tiles and go for a night on the Thames this New Year's Eve with one of the many boat parties setting sail in London. There aren't many better spots to say farewell to the year than bobbing along the River Thames, so toast the New Year in style whilst the bells ring and fireworks light up the London skyline.
Enjoy the Mayor's New Year fireworks from nearby Westminster Bridge.
Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London, SW1A 2JR
Tube: Westminster Station
Westminster Bridge lies on the Thames between the Houses of Parliament and County Hall, making it an ideal place to watch the London Mayor's spectacular free New Year's Eve Fireworks display. With the Southbank Centre and the National Theatre nearby, there is plenty to do before midnight providing you arrive as early as possible. The view is exceptional in every direction, taking in Parliament, Whitehall, the Strand, South Bank and beyond that - the City and the London Eye. The best way to get to Westminister Bridge is via public transport as central London will be heavily congested with traffic coming in from all corners of the city.
Victoria Embankment is a long stretch of riverfront offering magnificent views across the Thames.
Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 6PB
Victoria Embankment runs from Westminster Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge providing some of the best views of the Thames. This makes it a brilliant location to stand along the riverside before Big Ben strikes midnight as Embankment, Waterloo Bridge and Temple are situated along it's lengthy strip. Watching the firework display from Victoria Embankment also means that the London Eye is in full view.
See London's glittering lights from one of central London's tallest buildings.
101-103 New Oxford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC1A 1DD
Occupying three of the Centre Point building's top floors, Paramount's event space offers a spectacular 360-degree bird's eye view of the heart of London. Come New Year's Eve you will be in superb position to watch on as London's skyline is set alight by the New Year celebrations. The venue is reminiscent of the grand Hollywood age of the 1940s and New Year's Eve is a black tie event at this venue. The kitchens are run by Chef Colin Layfield, who cooks up some exquisitely presented Modern European cuisine, while the copper bar is custom made by Tom Dixon. For the modest entry price of £225 you will be treated to champagne and canapés upon arrival, a full five course meal, unlimited drinks until midnight, and an exclusive use of the breath-taking viewing gallery for the New Year's Eve fireworks.
A whole night event at London's most glamorous bar
21-24 Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4QP
Tube: Pimlico Station
Another contender for highest viewing platform on the riverside, the Sky Bar is one of four venues located at the top of London's iconic Millbank Tower (the others being Altitude 360°, Skyloft, the River Room & P.O.M. Restaurant & Bar) and is a suitably glitzy and glamorous venue for a New Year's Eve Soiree. This New Year's eve party will be a party bonanza spreading across all venues and lasting well into the early hours of New year's Day. We are told that each venue will offer a singular vibe which will allow guests to mix and match the atmosphere that suits them best. So you can choose to have an indulgent meal, dance to some tunes or even cosy up in the luxury cinema showing old classics with complimentary snacks. This party will be an all-nighter, starting at 6pm on the 31st until 8am on the 1st January, at which point you may need to have a small nap, and then return at 1pm if you so desire, to enjoy their New Year's Day Brunch with live music.
A view from the top at Tower 42
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, City, London, EC2N 1HQ
If all you are looking for this New Year's Eve is a civilized affair with good food and a great view of the fireworks, then look no further than Vertigo 42. This recently opened champagne bar features the futuristic named AD12 at T42, the new gastronomic outpost by Anthony Demetre. The chef has established himself as one of the most prolific culinary artist of recent years, with his restaurants Arbutus and Wild Honey still filling up tables in Soho and Mayfair. This New Year's eve celebration is a simple and classic affair, with champagne and oysters to start off, followed by a tapas selection and opera gateau to finish. Tickets are at a moderate £150 which is arguably one of the better deals around for dinner with a view on London's busiest night.
19th December 2013
IN THIS ARTICLE
The Roof Gardens
Duck and Waffle
New Year's Eve Boat Parties
SkyBar at Millbank Tower
Christmas in London
Christmas Lights in London
London Ice Skating
London Christmas Markets and Fairs
Christmas Shopping in London
London Christmas Carols
Christmas Grottos in London
Christmas Trees in London
London Christmas Shows, Pantos & Attractions
Christmas and Boxing Day in London
New Year's Eve in London
Christmas Restaurant Booking in London
Christmas Hotels in London
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