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? Here are the best hotels to watch the New Year fireworks from in London, UK.
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. You can get the best view at GÕNG on the 52nd floor, which is also coincidentally London’s highest bar. 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.
This stellar hotel is located in South Bank, in the center of all the happenings during the festive season in London. The hotel has one of the best views of the annual fireworks show in London–guests can easily walk to Westminster Bridge just a few minutes away and watch the spectacle from there. Some rooms also have impressive views of the fireworks display so you wouldn’t have to leave the comfort of your spacious and modern accommodation to enjoy the sight.
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, 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 six-course dinner with drinks, as well as access to the hotel’s private outdoor terrace where you can get the best view of the fireworks. 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 the bar and dance the night away after that. The hotel also thoughtfully provides a very late breakfast the next day.
You can enjoy the most gorgeous view of the fireworks from the ME London’s Radio Rooftop Bar, or you can also enjoy the show from one of their river-facing rooms. Located on the Strand, 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, Radisson Blu Edwardian is a distance away from the fireworks, but offers a wide, panoramic 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.
Welcome the New Year front and center and in style at Corinthia Hotel London. Positioned right across from London Eye, this luxurious hotel will reward you with unbeatable views of the evening’s celebratory fireworks display. New Year’s deals at Corinthia Hotel London will give you the option to get the best views with restricted access from the River Thames, or while counting down at their restaurants and bars, or from the comfort of your spacious rooms with state-of-the-art amenities (best views can be had from their penthouses and suites).
Another excellent spot to view the fireworks display at New Year’s is London Marriott County Hall, with its ideal location overlooking the River Thames, Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. Party the night away with an exclusive countdown celebration at the hotel’s Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar, where you’ll enjoy the best views of the famed fireworks show. Ring in the year with live music and entertainment and delicious wine and food. The next day, delight in an ultra-comfortable stay at any of the hotel’s sophisticated accommodations, rejuvenate in the fitness and wellness centers, and explore some of London’s best attractions just close by.
At this exquisite hotel, guests can enjoy complimentary access to a designated area for incomparable views of the annual fireworks display. Located in Trafalgar Square, the hotel is in an ideal position for the season’s grandest festivities. You will also appreciate its grand marble interiors. Four-star rooms will ensure you all the luxury you need to have the best holiday stay–and also help you welcome the year on a good note.
This gorgeous hotel is nestled right in the middle of the historic Temple legal district. It is an elegant luxury hotel in the bustling heart of London, with large and stylish rooms–some of which grant guests great views of the New Year’s fireworks display. Otherwise, it is a short walk to nearby viewing areas where guests could get closer to the splendid show.
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, you can wake up and get going on those fitness goals! If you’d rather stay in for the New Year festivities, you’re guaranteed great views from their deluxe rooms. Even wake up to a delicious breakfast for two to start the day–or rather, the year!
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 views of the fireworks (with a river-facing room) at an unbeatable price. And experience tidy, unpretentious lodgings, good service, and a great breakfast at the same time.
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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