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12 gorgeous restaurants with a view to celebrate New Year’s Eve in London

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Here’s our guide to the best restaurants with a view in London to celebrate New Year’s Eve. 

On the 31 December, London’s glittering skyline is sprinkled with even more magic than usual as the Mayor’s fireworks explode into the sky, with millions of people reveling below them. But, while you’d certainly get a good view of the action from the likes of Tower Bridge (as millions of people do), it’s… well, it’s a bit bloody cold, isn’t it? 

For those seeking an alternative (and warmer) option, we recommend booking yourself in for a glamorous night at one of London’s fabulous sky-high or riverside restaurants. From the infamous Shard to the beautiful courtyard of Somerset House, there are so many gorgeously glitzy options to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style in London. Here we’ve picked out some of our favourite restaurants with a view in London for New Year’s Eve, whether that be of the main display or the skies of London and other fireworks around the city, to give you the heads up on where to spend the 31 December. 

Happy New Year!

Sky Bar

Sitting atop of the Millbank Tower, with killer views over the Thames, Sky Bar is one hell of a New Year’s Eve venue. For most people the 31 December is the biggest party of the year, and this place is pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s a night to remember. As if the incredible location and sky-high views weren’t enough, there’ll also be 12 whole hours of entertainment with live music and DJs going on until 6am. 

Guests will be met with a glass of champagne, followed by canapes and then given free reign at the around-the-world cooking stations. There’ll be a photo booth, a cinema with unlimited popcorn and even a gourmet breakfast for when the sun starts coming up at 4am. Imagine watching the dawn of 2019 with your best friends at such an incredible spot?

Where is it?  21 – 24 Millbank Tower, Westminster, SW1P 4QP
How much? Tickets for all the above priced at £245, VIP tickets for unlimited alcohol priced at £495. 

Radio Rooftop 

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London
Radio Rooftop, the swanky partly open-air bar atop the ME London Hotel, is holding a New Year’s Eve bash which promises to deliver views of the famous Mayor’s fireworks across the river. There’ll be a DJ playing late into the early hours and a selection of hot and cold luxury canapes, artisan cheeses, sweet treats, a chocolate fountain and an open bar to ensure you’re partying all the way into 2019. 

Where is it? The Strand, Central London, WC2R 1HA
How much? Tables priced from £300

Contact Radio Rooftop to make your reservation on 020 7395 3440 or London_reservations@togrp.com.

Skylight 

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London

Wrap up warm for a cool (in more ways than one) New Year’s night atop of the Tabacco Docks at Skylight. Always abreast of seasonal changes, this open-air bar has had festive decorations and an ice rink up since early November, making it a wonderfully Christmassy place to say goodbye to 2018. There’ll be special guest DJs and the opportunity to hire an igloo or hut for you and 10 of your friends so that you have a base for the evening.

Where is it? Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping, East London E1W 2SF
How much? Entry can cost as little as £40, but to book an igloo or hut you need a minimum of ten pals and it’s priced at between £450 and £750. 

Note: You cannot see the Mayor of London’s fireworks from this venue 

Spring 

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London

You don’t have to book in at a toweringly high rooftop restaurant, or stand out in the cold to watch London’s impressive fireworks for New Year’s. Acclaimed chef and food writer Skye Gyngell’s restaurant Spring has got gorgeous views from the courtyard of Somerset House.

The restaurant is putting on two sittings, one from 5.30pm to 7.30pm with a set six course menu for £140, and the second running from 7.45pm to 9.30pm for £175 and including a set seven course menu. For those dining in the second sitting there is the option to purchase firework viewing tickets for £50 which give you access to Somerset House’s event.

Where is it? Somerset House, Lancaster Pl, Central London WC2R 1LA
How much? from £140

Oblix East 

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London

Based on Level 32 of The Shard, Oblix East is putting on a Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve party, with a tasting menu and free flowing Champagne and wine throughout the evening. The event will start to the sounds of a live swing orchestra, before a DJ sees guests into 2019 with a set lasting from 11.30pm to 3am. Tickets for the whole event are priced at £450, or you can just select the post-dinner party option for £150.

Where is it? The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, South London SE1 9RY
How much? from £150

Sushi Samba 

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London

Sushi Samba’s New Year’s Eve bash will harness the energy of the streets of Brazil, imitating the swirling colours of Carnival Samba dancers and rhythmic batucada. As a DJ keeps the music flowing throughout the night, guests are invited to pick one of the six ticket options available to enjoy the 39 floor views. 

The lounge early dining ticket starts at £200, and includes a welcome cocktail and sharing menu for two hours, before you take to the floor. The most expensive ticket is priced at £395 for a late dining table which gives exclusive stage-side seating to enjoy the live band, welcome cocktail, sharing menu, bottle of champagne and canapes to keep you going until midnight.

Where is it? 110 Bishopsgate, East London EC2N 4AY
How much? from £200

Note: You cannot see the Mayor of London’s fireworks from this venue

Duck and Waffle 

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London

This 24-hour all-glass restaurant makes for a supremely sophisticated spot to enjoy the turn of midnight, and all that comes before it. The restaurant will play host to a live band on the night, serve up some innovative cocktail creations and of course, provide those spectacular views. There’s a selection of tickets to chose from, with bar standing priced at £195 which gets you a cocktail and some canapes, and late night dining with a five course taster menu priced at £325.

Where is it? 110 Bishopsgate, East London EC2N 4AY
How much? from £195

Note: You cannot see the Mayor of London’s fireworks from this venue

Bōkan

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London

This swish Canary Wharf bar and restaurant atop the Novotel hotel is an ever-fashionable place to spend New Year. Raw materials and exposed pipe work make for lust-worthy décor, while the sky-high view sells itself. 

Thanks to being split over three levels, there’s a few different ticket options to consider, some of which will secure you a window-side spot with guaranteed views of the fireworks. Prices start at £90 for six course menu from 6-8pm, ending at £375 for firework views and unlimited drinks with buffet food. 

Where is it? 40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, East London E14 9TP
How much? from £90

Bar Elba

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London

If you’re looking for a venue that endorses getting well and truly sozzled on New Year’s Eve, Bar Elba could be for you. Positioned in partial view of the Southbank fireworks (although views are not guaranteed) this outdoor boozer is offering unlimited cocktails, prosecco, beer and wine all night in a relaxed environment. Tickets, which are priced at £125, will also include a food option although exactly what that is has not yet been confirmed.

Where is it? Rooftop Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Rd, Lambeth, South London SE1 8UL
How much? £125

The Trafalgar St James 

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London

Head to the roof of The Trafalgar for an exclusive event in the centre of London to celebrate the turning of the new year. The partially covered space looks out to the London eye and the famous fireworks, and those who bag one of the £499 tickets can also enjoy free-flowing champagne, wines, craft beers and premium spirits and an array of dishes from the menu.

Where is it? 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London SW1A 2TS
How much? £499

Ace Hotel London 

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London

This uber cool East London haunt is bound to be brimming with some of the city’s brightest young things on the 31 December as it hosts the Breakfast Can Wait New Year’s Eve event. Held in the rooftop restaurant, the whole evening ticket includes a welcome drink, three-course dinner and an after party across two rooms until 3am. 

Look out to the hippest portion of London’s skyline and you’ll catch sight of the midnight fireworks, as you toast to the New Year. 

Where is it? 100 Shoreditch High St, East London E1 6JQ
How much? £83

The Sky Garden 

Best rooftop, sky-high restaurants with a view for New Year's Eve in London

This leafy haven will be putting on a Studio 54 bash to ring in the new year, with a selection of food and drink options and vibrant live music from a nine-piece party band. 

Tickets start at £110 for standing space in the Sky Pod Bar, which includes a glass of Champagne and access to the party, while the most expensive ticket is £395 which includes a six course tasting menu and two glasses of Champagne to be enjoyed in the Fenchurch Restaurant, and access to the main party. 

Where is it? 20 Fenchurch St, East London EC3M 8AF
How much? from £110

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