Sky-high: Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street
At one of the highest event spaces in Europe is a party steeped in decadence and glamour this New Year's Eve. Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, which has been welcoming corporate groups since its opening at the beginning of 2015, and venue and event operator Rhubarb is seeing an end to 2016 in style with a Great Gatsby-themed shindig.
The celebrations begin with a four-course dinner and champagne, which can be enjoyed at two sittings – 5.50pm and 9pm. Diners will be given all-night access to the Sky Pod, the venue’s decadent cocktail bar, which will be the ultimate spot to see the city light up at midnight before rolling onto the New Year’s Eve bash and into the small hours.
Groups can also opt for a more opulent package with a seven-course dinner at the fine-dining Fenchurch Restaurant on the 37th floor, featuring turbot, lobster and steak dishes.
Alternative: Hutong, at The Shard
Perched on both sides of the river, London’s sky-high venues are in constant competition for the most desirable view and opinion will surely be divided again come December 31 when the fireworks commence.
Offering something a bit different this year, The Shard is inviting hungry party-goers to its chic Chinese restaurant Hutong. While the impetus is traditionally placed on who is serving the best (or at least the most) Champagne, groups looking for an evening of sophistication and quality Asian grub will be well-pleased by a dazzling five-course menu. After the midnight fireworks, 2017 will officially begin on Level 31 in aqua shard where a DJ will be playing until the early hours of the morning.
On the water: Thames cruises
It’s the front row seat with a difference. The annual New Year’s Eve spectacular, which transforms London’s South Bank into a wall of colour promises to be bigger and better than ever every year and the crowds are rarely let down.
However, while the patient hoards cram along embankment for a glimpse of the spectacle, your group can be the envy of them all as you sip bubbly and tuck into an assortment of scrumptious canapés atop the Thames.
A variety of operators, from Westminster Party Boats to Thames Cruises, are offering an assortment of packages for corporate groups, although book quick as NYE’s hottest ticket in town rarely stays available for long. Options still free for group bookings at the time of publishing include London Party Boat Mercuria, a ‘river limousine’ that begins at The O2 and sails passed an array of landmarks before taking position in front of the London Eye.• For more breaking news, case studies and in-depth features, sign up to C&IT Magazine's daily Newstracker here