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The most fabulous restaurants with a view in London to watch the fireworks on 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? 

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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 Skylight’s cosy igloos, 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!

  • Radio Rooftop

    New Year’s Eve in London: Radio Rooftop

    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 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

  • Skylight

    New Year’s Eve in London: Skylight

    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 festive decorations and an ice rink up, making it a wonderfully Christmassy place to say goodbye to 2019. 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 up to £800.

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

  • Oblix East

    New Year’s Eve in London: Oblix East

    Based on Level 32 of The Shard, Oblix East is putting on an ‘All That Glitters’ themed New Year’s Eve party, with a tasting menu and free flowing wine throughout the evening. The event will start to the sounds of the Hot Gold Jazz Orchestra, with a DJ taking over from after midnight with a set lasting from 12.30pm to 3am. 

    Where is it? The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, South London SE1 9RY

    How much? from £150

  • Sushi Samba Heron Tower

    New Year’s Eve in London: Sushi Samba

    Sushi Samba’s New Year’s Eve bash is inspired by the magic and mystery of the Amazon rainforest for a night of immersive experiences. As a DJ keeps the music flowing throughout the night, guests are invited to pick one of the seven 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 includes a 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

  • Bōkan

    New Year’s Eve in London: Bokan

    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 £95 for a seven course menu from 6-8pm, ending at £198 for a later seating.

    Where is it? 40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, East London E14 9TP

    How much? from £25

  • Bar Elba

    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 £150 for early birds, 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? from £150

  • Ace Hotel London

    New Year’s Eve in London: Ace Hotel

    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? £86.61

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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