Douglas and Gordon’s Ultimate Christmas and New Years Guide: Westminster & Pimlico
Friday, December 20, 2013 | by Douglas And Gordon
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Douglas and Gordon wish you a festive Christmas and New Years.
GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES
Christmas Lights at Oxford Street and Regent Street
Wander down London’s top shopping district to experience the beauty of the Oxford and Regent Street Christmas lights while getting your last minute shopping done. The Oxford Street Lights have undergone a huge transformationthis year, with 750 000 LED lights and 1778 baubles on display along the busy road.
Eyeskate at the London Eye
Skate with friends and family at the open-air Eyeskate rinkthis weekend. The rink is situated in Jubilee Gardens and is overlooked by the beautiful London Eye in all its glory. Tickets range between £9.30 and £12.30.
Ice Skating at Somerset House
Indulge yourself at Somerset House’s festive ice rink this Christmas. To make your experience even more glamorous you can add champagne and chocolate, dinner at Tom’s Kitchen or a luxury stay at the Savoy. During the night the rink turns into an ice dance floor as tempos are turned up and some of Europe’s top DJs perform. The rink remains open until 5th January.
Christmas at the London Zoo
Why not take the family down to Christmas at the London Zoo. Let your children experience all the magic of Christmas as they talk with Santa, make gingerbread decorations, meet the zoo’s reindeers and take part in many other festive activities. The winter wonderland will be on until Christmas Eve.
GUIDE TO NEW YEARS CELEBRATIONS
New Year's Eve Fireworks Display
They Mayor of London will be taking setting off the famous London Fireworks display at the London Eye. As Big Ben chimes 12, England’s largest annual fireworks display will light up the city of London. There are a number of designated viewing areas to ensure that you do not miss this magnificent show.
Gatsby NYE at Hush
Experience the debauchery of the roaring twenties in Mayfair’s Great Gatsby themed NYE party. Indulge in an evening of food, drink and entertainment as youparty like Gatsby himself. Dressing up is encouraged so pull on your flapper dresses, bowler hats and suspenders for a night of dancing and decadence.
NYE in the Sky
London Sky Bar presents ‘New Year’s Eve in the Sky’. Tickets range from £185and allow you to move between different rooftop NYE parties to experience the city sky by night. Venues include Altitude 360°, Skyloft, the River Room & P.O.M. Restaurant & Bar. Dancing and drinks will be the order of the night and every venue offers something unique for you to tailor your night.
The Mayfair Masquerade Ball For a touch of Hollywood glamour, why not visit the Mayfair Club this New Year’s Eve. The venue will be playing host to the city’s biggest NYE masquerade ball. All are welcome to don their masks and join in the mystery of the night. A giant countdown, entertainment, party treats and cocktail reception are all in store for guests.
Vista Predule PartyFor an unforgettablenight under the stars, stop by the Vistra Prelude Party. The rooftop event gives guests a spectacular view of Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the London Eye for the London Fireworks display. For £149, tickets will also get you entry into the Rockwell Pop Party on the ground floor.
New Year’s Eve down the River Thames
Climb aboard the Silver Sturgeon for an unforgettable night down the River Thames. The ultra modern boat will be cruising down the river as you enjoy a four-course dinner to candlelight under the famous London Fireworks. As the clock strikes 12, you can celebrate the New Year with champagne on the open deck as the Sturgeon glides past Big Ben. Finally, you’re welcome to hit the dance floor and dance the rest of the night away as you welcome in the New Year.
New Year’s Day Parade
Join thousands of Londoners for the annual New Year’s Day Parade as it caps off the festive season. Over 10 000 performers from across the world will be making their way through the streets of London on the 1st of January in celebration of the New Year. The parade starts in Piccadilly at noon and finishes in Parliament Square at 3.15pm.