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Top Five Ways to Enjoy a Quiet, Relaxing New Year’s Eve in Central London

new-years-eveOver the next couple of days, guests will begin arriving at our Central London serviced apartments ready to join the huge crowds at the annual London New Year’s Eve Fireworks event.

For those guests, the occasion serves as a unique opportunity to start 2017 quite literally with a bang, but what if you’re the type who much prefers a more subtle way to celebrate the New Year? Does the big New Year’s fireworks event mean you’ll be forced to deal with swarming crowds and loud noises even if that’s the last thing you’d rather do on December 31st?

Not at all.

The good news, is that there are plenty of ways you can enjoy a quiet, relaxing New Year’s Eve when you stay at our Central London serviced apartments this December. If you can’t think of any yourself, here’s a few of our suggestions.

Dinner at a Top London Restaurant

Whilst some London restaurants are promising a vibrant, party atmosphere on December 31st, that’s exactly the sort of thing you’re hoping to avoid here.

Luckily, a number of fine restaurants close to our luxury apartments in Oxford Street, and other central locations are planning a much more refined and sophisticated affair for New Year’s Eve.

Among our pick of the best in the city is Aqua Shard, the beautifully designed restaurant located less than five minutes’ walk from our London Bridge apartments on Level 31 of the iconic Shard building.

Here, you’ll be treated to a five course meal, entertainment, and breathtaking views across the capital from the tallest building in London.

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum

natural-history-museum-ice-rinkEarlier this month, we offered our guide to London’s best pop-up ice rinks. Whilst many of those close down early on New Year’s Eve, the beautifully facility outside the Natural History Museum stays open late for a special celebration.

Whilst tickets must be booked in advance, this is the perfect way to really enjoy a relaxing evening as you glide across the ice, surrounded by frosted Christmas trees gently lit-up by delicate fairy lights, the smell of delicious food lingering in the air, and an enchanting soundtrack being performed nearby.

Following the Trail at Kew Gardens

A short distance from our London Bridge serviced apartments, the enchanting Kew Botanical Gardens offers a unique way to spend your final day of 2016 in truly magical surroundings.

This year, the venue’s annual ‘Christmas at Kew Gardens’ trail offers a one-mile wonderland of seasonal illuminations and lasers which dance gracefully over tranquil waters. You’ll also find an enthralling Tunnel of Lights, scented Fire Garden, fairground rides, and fairy-tale adventures, which make this one ideal if you’re spending New Year’s Eve in London with your family.

Take in a Show

The bright lights of theatreland continue to shine on New Year’s Eve. Guests at our Oxford Street serviced apartments in Soho will be no more than a few minute’s walk away from the glittering West End, where a host of hit musicals, critically acclaimed shows, and five star performances are waiting to serve as your perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of London’s New Year’s Eve parties.

A Quiet Night in at Your Central London Serviced Apartment

Of course, nobody says you have to actually go anywhere at all this New Year’s Eve. With a fully fitted kitchen in your Central London serviced apartment, a digital TV and DVD player, and soft, comfortable sofas to relax in, you could just as easily stay right where you are.

Perhaps you could prepare a meal, sit back to watch a movie, or simply gaze out of your window and enjoy all the magic of seeing London’s night sky lit up with fireworks, without all that business of fighting your way through the crowds.

However you’re planning to spend New Year’s Eve this year, spend it in style with Smart City Apartments. Our luxury accommodation in five Central London locations can be booked directly online right now. Alternatively, to discuss your requirements, call and speak to one of our team on 020 7952 6088.


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