Where to Stay in London for New Year’s Eve
Step into the New Year in a swanky London pad with our guide on where to stay in the city.
New Year’s Eve – you either love it or hate it. London is a fabulous place to celebrate the start of a new year, with its vibrant party scene, fun-loving people and talent for drinking. Whether you’re planning a night on the town, an evening watching the fireworks or a celebration with your nearest and dearest at home, we have just the accommodation for you. And you can rest assured that every single Plum Guide home is fanciful, luxurious and flawlessly designed. Trust us - you’ll never have a holiday like this one. Here’s where to stay in London for New Year’s Eve.
A classic London celebration
However you celebrate, there's a lot of pressure for this to be the best night of the year. This Earl of Fitzroy property will help you deliver, leaving you free to dance the night away. In the classical London location of Fitzrovia, you’re centrally located but far enough away from noise that you’ll be able to sleep off your hangover the next morning.
Decorated in a quintessentially English style (think oil paintings, model boats, high ceilings with a view of the park and cosy bookshelves), it sleeps 12 guests in five bedrooms. If you’re hoping for a very British New Year’s Eve, with plenty of room for carousing and parading down the sweepingly wide staircase, this house has your name on it. Oh, and did we mention the swimming pool? Bring your bikinis. You’ll have a hard time saying goodbye to this one.
A penthouse with a view of the fireworks
London is famous for its New Year’s Eve fireworks over the Thames and the London Eye. The street event is ticketed, making it a crowded and tiring night standing in the cold waiting for midnight to arrive. If you do choose to go, check out our England packing guide and stock up on those layers.
Or, instead of traipsing down closed road after closed road trying to get an overpriced cab once the night is over, hunker down in this Covent Garden penthouse with a private roof terrace large enough for your nearest and dearest to watch the fireworks exploding ahead. You’ll get unparalleled views of the magic from here. The chic decor makes it the perfect spot for a casual drinks gathering, and you can see in the stroke of twelve in absolute comfort (and in your slippers rather than a pair of wellies because it’s raining outside).
If a penthouse doesn't tickle your fancy (hard to please, we like it), we have plenty of other pads in Covent Garden to choose from.
It’s party time
Sometimes, you just have to party. And what better time to do so than on New Year’s Eve, when the rest of the world is partying with you? Of course, you’ll want your 20 closest friends and companions to party with you, and the perfect party pad to entertain them in.
Enter the Piccadilly Baths. Located in the heart of Mayfair – conveniently close to many of the capital’s most popular bars, nightlife spots and member’s clubs such as the legendary Annabel's – it’s truly a party house by nature. Firstly, the size means that your guests will have plenty of space to bust out their best dance moves. Secondly, there are no fewer than two jacuzzis, one in the living room and one in the private outdoor roof terrace with views over the city, so you can see in the new year in your Speedos if you so wish. And we’re guessing that you do wish, and support you entirely in that.
Thirdly, the decor and lighting is funky and fresh, leaning heavily on neon and white leather to make the perfect backdrop for that all-important NYE Instagram post. Thirdly, there’s a poker room for early-hours carousing. Lastly, (need we go on?) it’s in an absolutely ideal location for having the maximum number of options for your hangover brunch the next day. We hardly need say that this is absolutely where to stay in London for New Year’s Eve.
An intimate gathering in the treetops
Want people to be talking about the New Year’s Eve you hosted for many years to come? Book the Shoreditch Treehouse. This stunner of a flat is in the heart of glittering east London, the coolest, most happening area in town. The interior is like nothing we’ve ever seen before, in the best possible way. The wooden beamed roof has been crafted to look exactly like the inside of a treehouse. It’s a huge loft space, with incredible acoustics - which is lucky, because there’s also a grand Steinway piano just begging for a sing-song as the year turns.
This incredibly chic and well designed house with fairy lights strung above the roof beams is just begging for a party - but the best thing is, it only sleeps four, so it will be the most exclusive event in town. Everyone will have plenty of turns on the indoor swing and you’ll awaken feeling as though you’re sleeping in the treetops. Which in a way you are - the treetops of Hackney, that is. Swing from the chandelier all you want (well, maybe not too much), and then the next morning make breakfast for your loved ones in the adorably colourful kitchen.
There you have it: our recommendations on where to stay in London for New Year's Eve. Of course, you might not want to be in London at all during the holiday season. Who can blame you for wanting to avoid the cold? Swap winter for sun with our professionally-vetted homes in warmer locations. You deserve it after the year you've had.