What to Do In London For New Year’s Eve This Year

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Whether you’re frolicking by the fireplace, exploring the city’s delightful restaurants, or indulging in the best festive treats, New Year’s Eve is the perfect occasion to share with family and friends. Despite the somewhat difficult goings on, you can count on London to have an endless supply of memorable activities, for a night filled with festive cheer and a glass half full.

Whether you’re staying at home or have plans for an evening out on the town, we have inspiration for an unforgettable evening covered. Here’s our edit of the best activities to do in London over New Year’s Eve – so you can start 2022 in high style.

Activities in London for New Year’s Eve

Outdoor Bar and Cocktail Venues

Exploring some of the many outdoor pubs and bars available in the city is a great option for your felicitations. Bar Elba is one of London’s favourite rooftop bars. Their bottomless brunch has become somewhat of a cult event, and you can also enjoy a cool, crafted cocktail. They also have a host of resident DJ’s who are sure to usher in the new year with style.

Located right next to Kings Cross Station, Hicce in Coal Drops Yard is another perfect outdoor spot for your New Year’s Eve adventure. Sip on a refreshing cocktail whilst soaking in the views of the redbrick Victorian railway depot turned urban oasis. It is a buzzing place to be with bars, restaurants and outdoor events in abundance. Hicce’s glamorous party is one to look into, with the full dining experience and resident DJ’s from 10pm. It will be one to remember!

If you’re not going out for New Year you can still get delicious drinks delivered straight to your door. NIO (needs ice only) is a premium, ready-to-drink cocktail service that is sure to spruce up your evening, turning your kitchen into a Mayfair bar. Select from a wide array of classic and signature cocktails, curating a personalised box of three, six or nine drinks, and NIO will take care of the rest. Be tempted to take yours delivered, not stirred.

Bringing the Alps to London

Don’t let Omicron dull your skiing shine, there are plenty of London activities that will bring the mountains to you. Enjoy an après ski themed New Year’s Eve Ball set in the heart of Battersea Park with theatrics, delicious food and festivities-a-plenty. Feel the snow fall upon your shoulders as you enjoy canapés and drinks, before being whisked away to a four-course meal and a night full of dancing. Who needs the slopes when you have a dark London park…

Alternatively, ordering a fondue set online is a great way to catch up on missed cheese and charcuterie moments. Get your family together over a bowl of gooey, melted Gruyère cheese, cubed crusty bread and a few bottles of dry Sauvignon Blanc. What’s not to like?

Get Your Karaoke On

If Covid can adapt, then so can you. Have some fun and purchase a DIY karaoke set this New Year – and go where no one has ever gone before. A Lucky Voice Karaoke Kit transforms your computer or iPad into a karaoke machine, providing instant access to thousands of songs, including chart toppers and all-time classics. Who needs a karaoke bar when you have your front room…

Go All Out With a Glamorous Meal: Hutong Restaurant – The Shard

Located at the top of the Shard, Hutong is an award-winning Northern Chinese restaurant with gorgeous panoramic views over the London cityscape. Their New Year’s Eve dinner features an authentic four-course sharing menu including pan seared ma la chilli lobster bao and their iconic roasted Peking duck. This sumptuous food, combined with traditional Chinese décor and hanging candle-lit lanterns, creates a vibe that is relaxed, classy and inviting. After the dining experience, a DJ will be playing in aqua shard for post-dinner dancing and drinking. I would be excited for a peek of that duck.

Whether you are sipping mojitos at an outdoor bar or fondueing at home, these activities are a great means of ending the year on a high note. Make sure to book in advance to avoid any disappointment!

Words: Sidney Shepherd