New Year in London – 2023

Where and how to celebrate the New Year in London

New Year in London 2020

Celebrating the New Year – 2023 in London: hotel prices, how to spend New Year’s night and how much a restaurant dinner costs, where to go and what to see, as well as reviews and travelers’ tips about the holiday in the British capital.

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Holiday New Year illumination adorns London already in November. In the last month of the outgoing year, Christmas fairs begin their work all over the capital, people are entertained with free concerts, and the whole city is filled with joyful anticipation of the holiday.

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How do they celebrate the New Year in England?

On New Year’s Eve in London, Trafalgar Square becomes the center of celebrations . Since 1841 by order of the Queen, the main Christmas tree of the country is installed here. Around the same time the tradition of greeting each other with postcards appeared.

The fair in Chelsea is famous for its handicrafts, you can buy confectionery, souvenirs, postcards, sweater hand-knit. Festive specials and offers in the store windows, the traditional winter sales begin right after Christmas.

On New Year’s Eve large crowds gather in Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly. Before midnight the countdown begins, numbers are shown on huge screens and everyone gathers in chorus to count. At midnight the solemn chime of Big Ben announces the New Year, and with the last beat the sky over the Thames is ablaze with thousands of fireworks. Fireworks display usually lasts 40 minutes, then people begin to disperse slowly: the youth tend to nightclubs and pubs, older people – in restaurants.

Some restaurants in the capital practice themed parties, very popular are medieval banquets. Romantically inclined people prefer to go on a cruise on the Thames River, admiring the beautiful views of the night city and enjoying a royal dinner on board of the yacht. This is a great opportunity to “walk out” a new evening gown, and the ticket can be booked in advance on online services.

Where to look for cheap tickets? Use Aviasales. Read also for instructions on how to look for cheap airline tickets and how to get to London.

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The weather in London in December

Usually at this time there are plus temperatures of +5. +7 ° C, sometimes higher, it may drizzle with rain. The strong humidity increases the feeling of cold, but this does not prevent the British and visitors to the country to meet the holiday cheerfully and with enthusiasm. According to tourists, it is quite cool in the capital, so they are advised to dress warmer (jacket, scarf, warm shoes) and take an umbrella just in case.

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Hyde Park opens a veritable kingdom of fairs, skating rinks and rides, with free admission and all attractions payable locally. There’s also an ice rink outside the Natural History Museum, where you can always warm up with hot coffee or mulled wine.

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During the day you can walk around the Tower and Royal Botanic Gardens, visit the Palace of Westminster, Kensington Palace, Greenwich, Buckingham Palace and the famous Tower Bridge, Covent Garden, listen to an opera or watch a ballet at the Royal Opera House.

After the celebration of the New Year in London on January 1 is a parade, in which several thousand people participate: musicians, acrobats, dancers, clowns. The parade begins at noon and lasts 3 hours, the route runs from Parliament Square to Baker Street through Piccadilly. There is a fireworks show in Chinatown.

Look for author interesting tours on Tripster. Individual and group, no crowds and in Russian.

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Admission prices to a variety of museums bite, so it’s worth researching the capital’s list of free attractions in advance. The Museum of London, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery, and the National Maritime Museum all have free admission. On January 1, most museums will be closed, and on the second day working as usual.

Look at the city from the height you can many places, but one of the highest points is London Eye – Ferris wheel. It’s almost 135 meters high. There is also a 4D movie theater that offers viewers a flight over the city with birds. Tickets cost about 19 pounds. Not far from the Ferris wheel is the Oceanarium.

For gifts and upgrades you can go to Harrods or Selfridge. The beginning of sales is always rousing and it’s hard to resist shopping even if you weren’t planning on it, the atmosphere is so enthralling and the selection is so diverse.

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Restaurants and Pubs

If you’ve decided to celebrate the New Year in London, we recommend choosing a place for dinner in advance. If it is a very popular establishment, even 2-3 months before the date. In addition, keep in mind that not all establishments are open on New Year’s Eve.

The popular Oxo Tower Restaurant Southbank with a bar can boast the best view of the river and St. Paul’s Cathedral, because it is located on the 8th floor of the tower with the same name. Places here are booked in advance, the cost is high, the average check for one person – 80-100 pounds ($120-150), cocktails at the bar from 10 pounds ($15).

Fans of fine French cuisine will appreciate the skills of the chefs in the restaurant Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, awarded 3 Michelin stars. The noble interior in snowy beige and golden colors, artistic presentation of dishes (foie gras, lobsters and white truffles), each dish comes with a special wine that shades and completes the taste of the dish. Prices are very high, according to the caustic remark of one visitor – three stars dictate a three-digit price tag.

Another panoramic Babylon restaurant – this time on Kensington High Street. Live music and exquisite British cuisine: scallops, lamb, a good selection of wines. The average bill is £50 ($77).

One of the inexpensive options on Fleet Street is Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a small pub. Prices are surprisingly modest at £3 ($4.6) for a pint and the beer is only from a local brewery. The place is old and legend has it that Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens came here. Low vaults, wooden tables and benches with chairs, a small cozy room with a fireplace – here you can feel the spirit of old England.

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Another atmospheric place that is extremely popular with tourists and bohemians is French House on Dean Street in Soho. The pub also has a rich history: among its regulars is Charles de Gaulle himself, probably for this reason the institution is called French. Prices are reasonable and the average bill is £25 ($38).

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Prices in London for New Year’s Eve – 2023

London is one of the most expensive cities, so if you plan to celebrate the main holiday of the year there, get ready to splurge. The winter holidays in the British capital is not worth going without booking a hotel in advance (much earlier, it is advisable to book in early fall or late summer). Hotels in the center are expensive, but you can take part in folk festivals, see the fireworks over the Thames and the colorful parade.

The average price range for 1* hotels is $46-123, 2* – $57-230, 3 stars – $70-407, 4* – $118-713, 5 stars – $244-950. Impressive, isn’t it? Immediately for the New Year – 2023 in the center of London, the cost of accommodation is as follows (Note: The above prices are current at the time of writing and may change):

  • A bed in a hostel – from $44;
  • the most modest room in a two-star hotel costs from $68 (The Continental Hotel);
  • in a 3* hotel, a double room will cost from $88 per night when booked 2-3 months in advance (Olympia Hotel London);
  • at a 4* hotel from $169 (The Gainsborough Hotel);
  • 5* hotels from $269 (Gore Hotel London).

Sometimes you can also find ultra-expensive rooms, such as in the luxurious Haymarket Hotel London 5*, where you can spend the New Year’s Eve for $ 2335.

If you take care of your accommodation in advance and not live in the center of the capital, the prices are lower. Choose accommodations near subway stations, as it is easier to get to the attractions. Look for good deals on the service Roomguru.ru – it will help you find cheap hotels and rooms at discount prices.

According to reviews, to enter a trendy nightclub will have to pay $46-80, the cost of a night cruise on the river on December 31 – $230-300. New Year’s dinner at a restaurant will cost in the region of $100-300, drinks are paid separately.

Meals here are not cheap either. However, if you move away from the tourist areas where your check is unlikely to be less than $ 30-50, you can eat well at reasonable prices. Step into Bayswater (just north of Hyde Park) and you’ll find authentic pubs, small cafes, and fast-food joints where locals eat. There are also inexpensive cafes near Edgware Road.

A budget breakfast will cost $5-$9, lunch $9-$15, and dinner $12-$22. A cup of coffee is $1.50-$3. You can eat inexpensively in Indian or Chinese restaurants.

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Tourist reviews of New Year vacations in London

In London, there is always somewhere to go and what to see, the choice of place depends on personal preferences of travelers. For the vacations to be a success, you only need to take into account a few points:

  1. Access to bridges in the center of the capital may be limited around 8 pm for security purposes. Therefore, it is better to arrive in the center in advance, otherwise you will have to watch the holiday fireworks on TV.
  2. New Year’s Eve dinner in restaurants is held in three shifts. Typically, the price for dinner includes 3 dishes and a glass of champagne, for other drinks extra pay. Each shift lasts approximately 1,5 hours: the 1st shift starts at 19:30. You must dress smartly and when the paid “shift” ends, you must vacate your place at the table, but you can go to the bar and listen to music there.
  3. Romantic cruises on the Thames usually start around 8 pm (departure) and end by 1 am. It is not customary to celebrate until morning in the UK, the exception is dance parties in clubs, tickets for which must be purchased in advance.
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Winter London is unlikely to please travelers with good weather, but its austere features take on a special charm on New Year’s Eve, so it is especially pleasant to admire the sights of the British capital and walk through museums during this period.

Bright New Year in London!

A Brilliant New Year in London!

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A magical time is coming when the fairy tale comes true, old wishes come true, new wishes come true and you want so much to spend this time with your family and children, to pamper them with treats, new experiences and unforgettable and informative trips. London and its surroundings will serve as a perfect backdrop for your New Year’s adventures, the highlights of which we have gathered on this page. Meet 2021 in a vintage luxury train carriage, cruise ship, or celebrate in a country villa, participate in a Masquerade or Glitter Party. Or maybe you want to go to London for 4 days to visit its brightest sights and get into the spirit of the city. The tour operator “Our People” will help you plan a trip to London so that you can enjoy your trip as much as possible during these New Year holidays.

The most interesting proposals for New Year’s Eve in London

Venice Ball Masquerade

The Venetian Ball Masquerade in London

The Venetian Ball is coming to London with delivery right to your unforgettable New Year’s Eve. The carnival is a multitude of masks, dressed up ladies and cavaliers in costume, joking reenactments and champagne. Smart show program will amaze your imagination, because there is nothing more colorful than a real Venice Carnival! Dress code: evening, masks are compulsory. For guests over 18 years of age only.

Tour dates in 2023: by request.

Event time: from 19:00 to 03:00.

Ticket price: from £200.

Price includes:

  • Champagne on arrival;
  • 3-course dinner;
  • Comedian’s show and live music;
  • photozone;
  • DJ and disco.

A glittering Gatsby party at the height

Glittering Gatsby party on high

Spend the evening in one of London’s tallest buildings with an All That Glitters glitzy party! Meet the start of 2020 with sparkle!

The views of the sparkling city at night will provide the perfect backdrop for the party, and the panoramic views are one of the best places to watch the fireworks.

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There will be live Jazz music and a DJ with the trendiest music sets during the evening. Dress code: Great Gatsby style. Guests over 18 years old only.

Event time: from 20:00 till 03:00.

Ticket price: from £400.

Price includes:

  • canapés and champagne;
  • unlimited drinks;
  • DJ;
  • jazz band.

New Year on the Rooftop Bar

An unforgettable party in a rooftop bar on the 10th floor with a stunning view of London.

A unique place to watch the midnight fireworks and party to the sound of trendy music from London’s best DJs! Dress code: free. Guests over 18 years old only.

Event time: 8pm.

Ticket price: from £450.

Price includes:

  • Champagne on arrival;
  • open bar;
  • Hot and cold snacks;
  • DJ and live music.

New Year’s journey around London on a luxury train

New Year's Eve journey around London on a luxury train

An unforgettable journey aboard a luxury train will take you back to the 1920s. Celebrate the past year in style, unforgettable and unusual in a vintage train carriage! Delicious dinner and champagne, illusionists with beautiful assistants and great music! Shortly before midnight the train will stop at the station, where guests will have an opportunity to get off and celebrate the New Year surrounded by friends and relatives to the chime and melody of the holiday bagpipes. There are no age restrictions for guests. Dress code: Black Tie. Departure and arrival: Victoria Station.

Event time: 6:30 p.m. to 00:30 p.m.

Ticket price:

  • From £495 adults;
  • from £400 children under 12 years.

Price includes:

  • train ride;
  • Scottish bagpipe;
  • illusionist;
  • 5-course dinner;
  • a glass of champagne;
  • half a bottle of wine.

New Year’s cruise on the Thames.

New Year's Eve cruise on the River Thames - London, UK

Fun, reflections of fireworks in the Thames, delicious food, bubbles of expensive champagne in an elegant glass and a beautiful ship – the perfect combination for welcoming 2020! By choosing this luxurious option for New Year’s Eve, you’re choosing an atmosphere of freedom and fresh air flowing with the ship running through the waves. Exactly at midnight, go up on the deck of the ship, breathe in a breath of fresh air and raise your glass of Laurent-Perrier for the best of 2020! Dress Code: Lounge or Dinner Suits. For guests over 18 years of age only.

Time of the event: from 19:30 till 01:30.

Ticket price: from £650.

Price includes:

  • Champagne on arrival and during the chime;
  • 3-course dinner by Chef Douglas Gant;
  • soft drinks, unlimited beer and wine;
  • DJ.

New Year’s Eve at a Country Manor.

New Year's Eve on a Country Estate

Remember the movie “Exchange Vacation,” in which Cameron Diaz’s character gets to the English countryside for Christmas? At first she wasn’t happy about it, but then she realized that these places are full of mystery, Victorian grandeur, and this is where you can take a break from the eternal hustle and bustle of the metropolis. Quiet, incredible scenery and delicious food are what can be found just a few dozen kilometers from London. Green immaculate lawns, a luxurious country estate or cottage lost in the woods, a horseback ride on the first day of the New Year, meeting the chimes with the crisp sounds of the fireplace and traditional English tea parties – another option for celebrating the New Year.

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Tour dates in 2020: by request

Tour Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Tour price per person: from £1050.

The price is valid for double occupancy.

Tour program

Day 1

Arrival at the country estate 5* after 15:00.

Traditional tea ceremony.

19:00. Welcome Champagne.

20:00. Gala dinner at Michelin Star Restaurant and dancing till 01:00, Black Tie dress code.

Day 2

8:00 – 12:00 – Brunch.

Horse rides, spa, cooking classes (extra charge).

15:00 -Treasure Hunt for adults and children.

16:30-Traditional tea ceremony.

19:00-Dinner, with jazz music.

Day 3

7:30 -10:30. Breakfast and departure.

Three exciting days in London.

London Eye - London, UK

If you want to spend not only New Year’s Eve in London but also get to know the city better, this program is for you! In three eventful days you will visit the most interesting sights of the city, exhibitions and art galleries, will go on a cruise on the Thames or have dinner in a jazz club, will see your favorite musical and Cirque du Soleil performance.

Tour dates: by request.

Tour duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Tour price per person: from £1250.

Tour program

Day 1

Arrival in London, pick-up at the airport by an assistant, FAST TRAK service, transfer to the hotel in a Mercedes E Class.

Half-day London sightseeing tour. The program includes an external visit to the most interesting historical monuments of the city: the House of Parliament (Big Ben), Westminster Abbey – the traditional coronation place of the monarchs of Great Britain and the burial place of the great men of England, Trafalgar Square – one of the most beautiful and popular places of England, Buckingham Palace – home of the royal dynasties, Kensington Palace, Millennium Bridge, Downing Street (residence of the Prime Minister of Great Britain), and much more.

Visit London Eye.

Dinner at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club or dinner cruise on the Thames with jazz accompaniment.

Cirque du Soleil - London, UK

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. Tour of London’s art galleries and exhibitions, including the Wallace Collection . The Wallace Collection has some 5,500 objects and is best known for the quality and variety of French 18th-century paintings, as well as Sevres porcelain and French furniture. There are also many artistic treasures in the collection, including paintings by Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and many other world-renowned artists.

Traditional English tea ceremony in the Royal Tea Room.

A visit to a musical of your choice The Phamtom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Les Miserbales, Pretty Woman, Tina.

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Oxford and Bicester Village boutique outlet. Oxford is the best place for exploring English traditions. It is the oldest university city in England, the citadel of education in the country, and just a very beautiful place with characteristic “British” architecture. During the tour you will visit one of the largest aristocratic colleges – Christ Church College, Curfax Tower with a picturesque panorama of the city, Magdalen College, Bodleian Library building and many others.

Visit Cirque Du Soleil. All performances of Cirque du Soleil are full house. If you are going to join the enthusiastic audience at circus performances, take care of the tickets in advance, which is impossible to get before the performance. A firework of emotions awaits everyone who comes to Cirque du Soleil.

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