Three of the best... spots to watch the London NYE Fireworks

While the annual London New Year's Eve Fireworks light up Westminster, C&IT tracks down three of the best venues to get the perfect view, from sky-high to on the water.

Sky Garden
Sky Garden

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.


Three of the best... London day spas for groups

2017 Preview: Six of the best London openings to get excited about

5 fun things to do in London this Christmas


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

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in

5 ways technology can help hotels reopen safely

5 ways technology can help hotels reopen safely

New innovations will help hotels solve the challenges of coronavirus so that guests can return, says HBAA's Louisa Watson.

Dear C&IT: Diversity should be part of the process right from the start

Dear C&IT: Diversity should be part of the process right from the start

Event planners need to challenge the diversity of their internal teams and their clients, says WRG Live's Steve Porter

LIVE UPDATES: England to relax quarantine rules for visitors from 10 July

LIVE UPDATES: England to relax quarantine rules for visitors from 10 July

Find out which countries are on partial or national lockdown, what travel restrictions are in place and what size gatherings are allowed.

'Attention to detail is key'

'Attention to detail is key'

A-List 2020: Stephanie Aviss is an account manager at Top Banana

What does the future hold for incentive travel?

What does the future hold for incentive travel?

C&IT speaks to Black Tomato's David Heron to find out why he's feeling cautiously optimistic.

5 ways the industry can recover from the crisis

5 ways the industry can recover from the crisis

Catch up on our Crisis Briefing webinar, where experts from across the global MICE industry share their latest COVID-19 recovery plans.

Case study: Android's Partner Summit in Berlin

Case study: Android's Partner Summit in Berlin

Agency Wonder brought the tech giant's new branding to life in a former techno club in the German capital.

Events industry urges UK government to set reopening date

Events industry urges UK government to set reopening date

Senior industry figures argue that the lack of confirmed date risks losing major business to international competitors.

'It's great to be involved in the planning but onsite is where you really learn'

'It's great to be involved in the planning but onsite is where you really learn'

A-List 2020: Sarah Potts is an events project manager at BI Worldwide.

Dreaming down under: the Australia incentive

While global travel is on hold, it’s a time to dream. One Australian expert discusses her ultimate incentive itinerary for first-time visitors, including flying celebrated chefs around the country and dinner under the outback stars…