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London - Fireworks on New Year's Eve

madtheswine Dec 14, 2010 04:35 AM

Hi All,

Is there a quality place to dine on New Year's where I can watch the fireworks?

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    bleep75 RE: madtheswine Dec 14, 2010 04:55 AM

    Skylon - the restaurant at the Royal Festival Hall will probably have the best view - don't know if its open. Went once and the food was ok if a little pricey for what it was but lovely space and good river view.

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      pj26 RE: madtheswine Dec 14, 2010 04:56 AM

      Many places will have set menus/over inflated prices on New Years, particulary if there is a view of the fireworks. Perhaps check in Time Out or on Toptable - they will have full listings of places to eat/drink and see them.

      I would suggest eating nearby and then wandering down to the river. What type of cuisine/budget/atmosphere were you looking at?

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        Wayward biker RE: pj26 Dec 15, 2010 12:19 PM

        Supposing you had someone who is very cold sensative so good dining but also good view were important, what are your thoughts on what's good and more importantly, what is to be avoided?

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          pj26 RE: Wayward biker Dec 16, 2010 04:20 AM

          Well as mentioned above Skylon is good however looking at Toptable the 'deal' there for New Years Eve is £225 per person - goes back to what I mentioned earlier about over inflated prices! I'm sure it will be lovely, and fine for a cold sensitive person but also a person with very large wallets! I'm afraid this will be consistent with most offers that evening.

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            abby d RE: Wayward biker Dec 16, 2010 04:40 AM

            the swan at the globe (theatre) may have a more affordable approach.

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              Wayward biker RE: abby d Dec 17, 2010 10:25 PM

              Any ideas on price at the Swan - just a ball park figure so to speak?

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            madtheswine RE: pj26 Dec 16, 2010 08:54 AM

            I was looking for a relatively quiet atmosphere with a moderate budget. Definitely not 225/pp, tho. From the research I've done, it looks like I'll probably dine early and hang out close to the river somewhere.

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