London lights up on New Year's Eve as fireworks shoot from rafts on the Thames and the foot of the London Eye. The best spots for watching are Victoria Embankment and the South Bank. Many areas require tickets, so check ahead. Better yet, hire a barge for exclusive views, then head for the pubs to sing Auld Lang Syne. But don't stay out too late — the New Year's Day parade is one of London's major events.
Galvin at Windows: Rise above the madness — to the 28th floor of The London Hilton on Park Lane — for an evening of contemporary French cuisine and majestic fireworks views.
The Candlelight Club: This pop-up party for those in the know offers one of London's most intriguing NYE celebrations, with speakeasy cocktails and Jazz Age dancing in a secret location.
Hush: This venue is within close proximity to Versace, so it should come as no surprise that it attracts the high-fashion crowd. The ambience exudes glamour and the cocktail lounge has been voted one of the world's best bars.
London Marriott Hotel County Hall: The former home of the Greater London Council boasts landmark architecture, dazzling proximity to the London Eye and a reputation as one of the city's top fireworks viewing hotels.
The Savoy: This opulent hotel offers plenty of options for New Year's Eve, all occurring within its doors. Bring your tux for the black tie party in the Lancaster Ballroom, which kicks off with a Louis Roederer Champagne and canapé reception. There will also be dinner and dancing in the Thames Foyer, as well as libations and live entertainment in the American and Beaufort bars.
Learn more about the fireworks celebration and get tickets at London's official website