London! One of the world’s most exciting cities and certainly up there in the top three when it comes to seeing in the New Year. And if you’re planning on hitting the town for the coming festivities, why not try one of the following more unusual ways to celebrate the passing of old into new…
1. Black tie at the OXO Tower
Each year the tower celebrates by putting on a second to none black tie do that’s strictly a ticket only event. Sumptuous food, music, dancing and you can celebrate the most looked forward to night of the year with the ripples of the river reflecting the bright lights of London’s famous New Year fireworks. Be sure to book early…
2. Hit the ice at Somerset House
The impressive location of Somerset House will certainly make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and that you’ve entered the realms of the aristocracy.
Warm your hands with glasses of hot chocolate, and be sure to don your ice skates and take to what’s become London’s most famous (and beautiful) winter skating venue. As the witching hour heads closer, head to your exclusive riverside terrace where you can watch the impressive midnight firework display unfold.
3. Hit the heights at The Shard
Fancy being the highest person in Europe as the clock strikes midnight? Then the only place to be is on the continent’s highest viewing platform at The Shard.
Located on levels 68, 69 and 72, The View From The Shard is definitely one of those ‘must do’ experiences that should be on your bucket list. And with views that can extend further than 40 miles, there’s no better way to see the Capital. And when your eyes tire of feasting on the vista below, head to a restaurant for some super luxurious refreshments.
4. Attend a New Year’s Eve Ball
If glamour, dancing, great food and old fashioned luxury float your boat, then don your glad rags and head to The London Ball. It’s a chance to dress up as you’ve never dressed up before, not to mention enjoy wonderful entertainment (including casino tables and dodgems!). The event takes place at Battersea Evolution, close to Victoria Station, Sloane Square tube station and Battersea Park. Purchase tickets early as it’s always a sell out event.
5. Match nights
If you’re single and looking for that special someone, then why not join the online dating site, match.com. Responsible for introducing thousands of happy couples, the Internet sensation now organises great nights out for those looking to meet a partner.
And what better way to see in the New Year than chatting and dancing with someone who might just become your significant other!
6. Walk the streets
New Year is a time for celebration, and follows a full two weeks of Christmas festivities and over indulging. But sadly, whilst the majority of us are happily enjoying the fun, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of people in a far less fortunate position.
Homelessness in London has hit epic proportions, and whatever your view on this, it’s a pretty desperate position to be in. If you’re of mind, giving up one of the most anticipated nights of the year to walk around and give a little good cheer to those down on their luck can be surprisingly rewarding. You’ll never know how much a few kind words or the gift of a sandwich or coffee can give to someone in such a position.
Of course, it’s common sense to stay safe and not to venture into any of London’s less salubrious areas. But with homeless people trying to find shelter in virtually every part of London, there’s no reason you can’t do a good deed whilst keeping your personal safety in mind. Groups such as The Samaritans or The Salvation Army would welcome your help on what is one of their busiest nights of the year.
7. Host a MacMillan ‘Night In’
With staying in being the new going out, why not get a bunch of friends and/or family around and celebrate at home? Not only that, but do it for charity!
Cancer charity, MacMillan, will happily provide you with a ‘night in’ party pack to help the night go with a swing. And you get the added satisfaction of knowing you’re raising money for a truly worthwhile cause.