London’s sparkling New Year’s Eve fireworks display is returning on December 31 for the first time since 2019, after the global pandemic forced cancellations over the last two years.
Tickets to see the dazzling sprinkle of light up close are all sold out, but don’t fret; there’s still a chance to end the year with a bang from a vantage point that gives you an equally spectacular view.
One such place is Bōkan, Canary Wharf’s award-winning restaurant that resides 38 and 39 floors above the ground. One key feature for firework-watchers is the floor-to-ceiling windows that provide unobstructed and – crucially – warm, covered settings to kick back and gaze into the flashing sky with a glass of bubbly in hand.
Since it is New Year’s Eve, Bōkan have a party planned to compliment the sky lighting up at midnight. Tunes from their resident DJ will soundtrack the moment, and guests are invited to book party packages that will gain you entry from 8pm and a cocktail; and further upgrades to the premium package will guarantee a window seat and bottle of champagne per person alongside a premium platter and entry to Bōkan until 3am. As we said, it’s NYE, so that level of party is required.
Those in after 8pm will be treated to a six-course meal, which is bookended by two particularly festive items: chestnut soup with Alsace bacon , then truffles & Baileys. In between? Expect plates of king salmon sushi, foie gras terrine, cappone medallion, and more. Premium packages get you a seafood extravaganza, plating up an entire lobster, oysters, scallops and caviar.
Read more about Bōkan’s New Year’s Eve party, and book your place, on their website.
Find Bōkan at 40 Marsh Wall, E14 9TP (nearest tube station is Canary Wharf).