Will you be seeing in the new year at one of Montcalm’s luxury London Hotels? If so, there are no shortage of ways to welcome in 2017 across the city, all of which are in easy reach. Here is our guide to the best of the bunch:
London NYE Fireworks
There are few sights as spectacular as seeing the iconic London skyline lit up by the blazing colour of New Year’s Eve fireworks. Each year, thousands of people gather on the south bank of the Thames to watch the incredible display, keeping warm with a cup, or two, of mulled wine. As well as the fantastic fireworks, there will be lighting displays and music to ensure this New Year will live long in your memory. Access to the display opens at 19:30 on New Year’s Eve and the celebrations last until 12:15am.
You need a ticket to see the show, which can be viewed from one of five different areas along the riverside. Waterloo station is just a short walk away from where the show will be taking place, while Southwark (Jubilee Line), Lambeth North (Bakerloo) and Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee) tube stations are also all in easy walking distance.
Perhaps you’d like to see in the New Year with some fine food and a bottle of wine. If so, you’ve one of the best restaurant scenes in the world to choose from. There are quality restaurants across the city, with many in easy walking distance from Montcalm’s luxury London Hotels. For example, Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Locanda Locatelli is just a few minutes’ walk from The Marble Arch by Montcalm. Meanwhile, M by Montcalm has Shoreditch’s trendy eaterie scene on its doorstep, with everything from classic British pub food to exotic international cuisines on offer. Remember that New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year, so book your table well in advance to avoid missing out..
Planning on partying your way into 2017? In London, you’re spoilt for choice. There are clubs to suit all tastes across the city and, as usual, they will be pulling out all of the stops for New Year’s Eve. Battersea Evolution will be hosting a Brazilian-themed carnival event, while The Tattershall Castle will be offering a club night that features fantastic views of the city’s fireworks display. Again, if an event takes your eye, be sure to book your tickets well in advance to ensure you don’t miss out.
Need family-friendly entertainment this New Year’s Eve? There is no shortage of things to see and do in the capital. Most of the city’s major attractions are open, including the Natural History Museum, British Museum, London Eye and London Zoo to name just a few. A number of ice rinks open across the city throughout the winter months, providing a good opportunity for some winter-themed family fun. If you’d like to go a little further afield, Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is open on New Year’s Eve and is a must-see for any fans of the wizarding world. Located around 20 miles north-west of London, the attraction can be reached via train (London Euston to Watford Junction, with a shuttle bus on to the studio), or via a coach that travels to the studio directly from central London. Families with an interest in sport may be interested to know that both Arsenal and Chelsea FC have home Premier League games on New Year’s Eve, with the
former taking on Crystal Palace in a London derby. If you’re interested in attending either match, try to purchase tickets as early possible to guarantee yourself a seat.
New Year’s Day Parade
After seeing in 2017, why not celebrate a little more by attending London’s New Year’s Day Parade? Each year, more than 8,000 performers march through the city to celebrate the start of the new year. You’ll have a chance to see dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, marching bands, historic vehicles and more at this event, which attracts as many as 500,000 spectators each year.
The Parade starts at 12:00pm at Green Park Tube station and passes through Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall before finishing at Parliament Square at around 15:30. This year’s event will have a ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ theme, with displays and performances based on famous films and TV programmes.
You can choose which part of the route you would like to watch the parade from, with each area easily accessible from Montcalm’s luxury London Hotels. The starting point at Green Park Tube Station can be reached on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines, while Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee) is the nearest station for the end point at Parliament Square.