An Alternative Guide to Celebrating New Year’s Eve

With the desire to mark the start of a new year with a bang, we share the best things to do in London this New Year’s Eve and that don’t all involve clubbing

London at Ten Trinity Square

If you’re still figuring out what to do in London for New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered. There's nothing quite like the buzz of the city around the festive period, from world-renowned bars and clubs and restaurants, we wanted to provide some alternative options. Be ready to surround yourself with the twinkling Christmas lights ready to celebrate NYE with a bang.

Here at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, we share the capital’s unmissable events:

Take in the Views of the City by Boat

Why not see in the new year via the water? The Thames River Cruise is offering the chance for guests to take in the spectacular views of the city, providing entertainment, live music, champagne and even dinner in a modern City Cruises RiverLiner.

Skate into the New Year

An annual tradition, the ice rink in Somerset House's grand 18th-century courtyard is a festive institution. The 900 square metre (9,700 square foot) outdoor rink is accompanied by the Fortnum's Lodge offering winter classics such as raclette, cheese fondue, smoked salmon and mince pies alongside Champagne and mulled wine; and Skate Lates will feature top-notch DJs and music nights. ​

Wine and Dine

Fancy seeing in the new year from a Grade II listed building? Head over to Mei Ume, the exquisite Asian restaurant located within Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, where you can see in the New Year with a glass of Delamotte Champagne, followed by a selection of Japanese and Chinese dishes, including steamed wagyu beef sui mai dim sum, salmon tataki and iconic roasted Peking duck, alongside entertainment put on by  the restaurant throughout the evening.

For those who want to set the bar high in the new year, head to two Michelin star French restaurant La Dame de Pic London, set within the stunning former Port of London Authority headquarters, located within Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. The one-night-only New Year’s Eve menu showcases the best of Anne Sophie Pic’s innovative cuisine, creating the perfect setting to welcome the new year.

Pinch Punch 1st of the Month: London’s Historic River Walk

Blow the cobwebs away and spend a leisurely couple of hours walking along the River Thames and let the City of London Guide tell you about history, and discover more about how the Thames helped - and hindered - the city during the Blitz of 1940 and what role it played during the Great Fire of 1666. Admire modern buildings such as the Shard and Gherkin and learn about the origins of the nursery rhyme London Bridge is Falling.

During the festive period, public transport is quieter and the crowds are smaller than usual. Use this time to beat the crowds and explore the capital by foot, there’s a lot of choice for discovering the best that London has to offer.

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Guests can also discover some of our team’s insider tips and personal city highlights with our Unpacking List – a guide to visiting London all year around.