Winter Wonderland

New year’s eve is supposed to be a night to let loose and celebrate the rebirth of the annual calendar. Revellers are enjoying their memories form the last year and welcoming in the next, giving you a chance to catch up with friends, family and make some memories you’ll never forget (unless the prosecco gets the better of you!) the problem with new year’s eve is that to get everybody into one place really requires a lot of planning, and with so many opportunities in the city, it can often be difficult to make concrete plans to make everyone happy. With some of the best budget hotels in London being offered by the Shaftesbury group, you’;ll be able to find great value accommodation for your New year’s stay, whatever your situation. This at least ticks off one item on the new years itinerary, but what about the main event?

New Years in the Royal Park

The Royal Parks of London consist of eight parks which have been opened by or given the royal status from the monarchy. This means that each of the parks are very much historic sites which aim to preserve the biodiversity and historic relevance of the areas. These parks include Greenwich, Regents, Richmond, St James and Green Park, and many of them also play host to some of the best New Years Eve fireworks displays in the country. With stellar shows and street food and entertainment being provided, the Royal Parks firework shows are very popular indeed. The main parks organising fireworks displays this year include St James and Hyde Park, for which you can find £10 tickets online. The parks are open till 1am.

Winter Wonderland


Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Fireworks aren’t the only thing you can enjoy when visiting Hyde Park. Up until 10pm on the 31st of December, you can still visit Winter Wonderland, the must visit seasonal haven full to the brim with pop up shops, food stalls, ice rinks and funfair rides. If you’re looking for the perfect start to your new year’s celebrations, a day out at Hyde Park is perfect for all ages.

New Years Eve with a view from The Shard

What better way to see the views of London on New Years Eve than from the heady heights of the shard. As one of the most iconic buildings in the city, you can enjoy funk and soul DJ’s alongside cocktails and partying from the View From the Shard, giving you possibly the best view of the London fireworks without actually being there.

New Years Eve Boat Party

Wrap up warm, and not with the ber jacket, and hop on board one of the many New Years Eve boat parties. With DJ’s, flowing drinks and a great view of the fireworks from the Thames, the boat party on New Years Eve will definitely be one to remember. Get on the tickets fast, they’ll sell out incredibly quickly as there’s only so much space on a boat!