London’s New Year celebrations are certainly something to behold. Aside from the many parties and celebrations taking place throughout the capital, everyone can’t wait to ooh and aah at the mighty fireworks display that takes place over the Thames. So many people turn up for it, in fact, that it’s now a ticketed event. If you missed out on getting a ticket, or simply don’t fancy the idea of squeezing with thousands of strangers in the cold, why not book a stay at one of these hotels and enjoy the view from the comfort of your own hotel room?
Although the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard is a distance away from the fireworks, it’s hard to imagine not being able to see them from the highest building in London. The floor-to-ceiling windows will provide you with a breathtaking panorama of the capital as the sky lights up. You can enjoy the view from your luxurious hotel room with a body-contouring bed and heated bathroom floors, or you can buy a ticket to one of the Shangri-La’s many New Year parties and welcome the new year in style.
Located on the famous Trafalgar Square, The Trafalgar Hilton is perfectly placed to bring in the New Year. You’re just a short distance away from Westminster and the London Eye, so you’ll have a great view. The Trafalgar Hilton’s New Year’s package usually includes complimentary access to The Vista, a rooftop bar widely acclaimed as one of the best spots to view the fireworks. Aside from the view, you can also look forward to beautifully appointed rooms with wide-screen TVs and a stereo system, as well as a prime location in the heart of London.
An iconic luxury hotel set in West End, the Hotel Café Royal offers views of the fireworks lighting up the sky over London’s historic buildings. For the best views, ask for a room on one of the higher floors. The rooms are full of class and character, with panelled walls, marbled bathrooms and spacious lounging areas. You can wind down after celebrations in the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre with its lap pool, sauna, and gym.
Situated right along the Thames, directly across from the London Eye, the view of the fireworks doesn’t get any better than this. The classic, European bedrooms offer stunning views of the Thames. If you’re planning to spend New Year’s here, you can opt for their New Year’s package, which comes with a 6-course dinner with drinks, as well as access to the hotel’s private outdoor terrace for a fantastic view. Expect five-star luxury and a glamorous start to the new year!
Set in a beautifully restored Victorian building, The Grand at Trafalgar Square offers stunning views of the fireworks over the city on New Year’s Eve. The fireworks definitely won’t be the only highlight of the night – the hotel hosts a New Year’s party with dinner and drinks. You can view the fireworks from Vista Bar, and dance the night away after that. The hotel also thoughtfully provides a very late breakfast the next day.
6. St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original
If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit, then St Martins Lane is the place to turn your dreams into reality. Boasting the largest hotel gym in Europe, Gymbox at St Martins Lane offers laser-lit dance studios, an Olympic-sized boxing ring and DJs. As a hotel guest, you get complimentary access. After ushering in the New Year at one of the hotel’s themed parties (last year’s party was pre-revolution Cuba-themed), you can wake up and get going on those fitness goals!
You can enjoy a gorgeous view of the fireworks from the ME London’s Radio Rooftop Bar, or from one of their river-facing rooms. Located on the Strand, the ME London has a great location, both for the fireworks and for exploring London. The hotel has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling windows, a Bali shower and free WiFi.
Situated in Leicester Square, the Radisson Blu Edwardian is a distance away from the fireworks, but offers a wide view of the celebrations over the River Thames. You can join in their New Year’s Party, or simply take in the view from their sumptuous and lavishly designed bedrooms. Many of the rooms have little quirks, such as slanted walls or ceilings, or half-circled windows.
Who says your New Year celebrations can’t be special and affordable at the same time? Just 10 minutes away from the London Eye, you can expect great views of the fireworks (with a river-facing room) at an unbeatable price. You can expect tidy, unpretentious lodgings, good service and a great breakfast.
Baby you’re a firework
The whole ‘new year, new me’ attitude does get a bit old after a while, and many of us can’t quite summon the optimism that the New Year is supposed to bring. However, there’s always something magical about fireworks – somewhere in the middle of the bright lights and noises, it almost feels like anything is possible. So just this once, let yourself get unashamedly excited about these pretty explosions in the sky. As always, book in advance, and remember to request a room with the views that you want!
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