Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate the Decade’s End New Year’s Eve
Another year is coming to a close, and this one feels extra special.
As we transition into a new decade, a party is in order. However, our version of a party now is vastly different from that of ten years ago.
We know we’re not the only ones in London who don’t want to bankrupt ourselves for a babysitter on the biggest party night of the year.
That New Year’s Eve hangover is extra painful these days, to very loosely paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a child who goes to bed late still wakes up very early.
Therefore we’ve taken on a new quest! A family-friendly New Year’s event that feels extra special to everyone.
Maybe this will be the year we make it out for a jog on New Year’s Day.
London’s fireworks are an obvious choice, as it’s garnered international regard.
The famous chimes of Big Ben as the clock turns midnight, followed by the largest annual firework display in London, presented over the Coca-Cola London Eye.
The fireworks are presented by the Mayor of London, and the best views have required tickets since 2014.
Those with tickets will want to pack lightly, no backpacks or suitcases are allowed at the event.
If you’re looking for a complete shift from the standard New Year’s Eve galas, the Medieval Banquet dinner theatre is sure to provide a memorable holiday.
The New Year’s Eve event includes a six-course dinner, drinks, a disco and all sorts of authentic entertainment.
Kids will love ringing in the new year with kings, queens, knights, acrobats and jesters at this grand venue.
If you’re looking for a less crowded fireworks experience, check out one of the New Year’s Eve Gala Cruises down the Rivers Thames.
Relax on one of London City Cruises boats as you enjoy a four-course dinner and live band.
Children as young as five are permitted on specific cruises, and tickets sell out quickly.
This is the most dignified and relaxing way to get the full effect of the London firework show.
This event is perfect for those with younger kids who prefer to have their children in bed at a reasonable hour more than they prefer to see the clock turn midnight.
Featuring dance teachers, face painting, games and a live DJ playing hip hop and R&B from the 90’s and 00’s, this is a super fun way to ring in the new year and introduce the next generation to great (clean) music.
The venue serves drinks, both alcoholic or soft, and patrons are welcome to bring their own snacks.
Somerset House offers one of the most unique New Year’s Eve experiences in London.
The gorgeous Somerset House ice rink becomes one of the best places to ring in the new year.
Featuring the House Gospel Choir and a full band, as well as DJ’s throughout the venue, this show will have everyone letting loose.
Partygoers will have access to Somerset House’s River Terrace, with an exclusive view of the Mayor of London’s fireworks.
There’ll also be pop-up eateries and bars, including Fortnum’s Lodge and Skate Lounge, home to the Baileys Treat Bar.
If you decide to leave the kids at home; try one of these:
Iconic riverside building the Southbank Centre is hosting a New Year’s Eve party full of music, merriment and a front row seat to the famous countdown and firework show.
Explore five-floors, including two rooms with brand new themes for 2019, multiple bars, live music DJs and dance classes, for a fun-packed way to welcome in the New Year. Prices range from £95-£295.
Unexpected places can make for great parties, and the Natural History Museum’s New Year’s Eve party, Creatures of the Night, illustrates this perfectly.
Dance the night away at a silent disco under a giant moon installation, get creative with UV body paint, create an animal mask and try Musical Bingo, all in one of London’s most magical historic buildings.
Early bird tickets are £90 and include a complimentary drink upon arrival.
Walk through snow-dusted trees and sip sparkling wine as you enter, watch a dazzling live performance and drink at a speakeasy bar.
Enjoy a four-course dinner, unlimited drinks, a buzzing dance floor, and even nostalgic dodgems. Prices from £190.
Welcome in 2020 like it’s 1920 at the Candlelight Club’s New Year’s Eve party.
Expect a night filled with swinging jazz, cabaret, live music and Charleston dance routines in the buzzing capital. Early bird tickets start from £45, rising to £55