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New Year’s Eve – The Cavendish Hotel, St James’s

Dinner in the Cavendish and watch the Fireworks
The London New Year’s Day Parade
New Year’s Day Evening – either
New Year’s Day Concert St Martin in the Fields or
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Sadler’s Wells
31 December 2018 – 2 January 2019 (2 nights)

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Enjoy a New Year’s luxury break at the Cavendish Hotel, St James’s with a New Year’s Eve dinner and an early ‘welcome to 2019’ drink with your fellow guests. Views of the Thames Fireworks are possible from most of the rooms that we are holding in the hotel but in addition there are several corridors/landings on the upper floors with large windows which give spectacular views across Westminster and the London Eye.   The wonderful location of the Cavendish will also give you access to the famous and very entertaining London New Year’s Day Parade which starts at midday from Piccadilly - tickets will be included for seats in the covered grandstands to ensure the best possible viewing.

Monday 31 December:  Your rooms will be ready at the hotel from 3 pm.  A drinks reception will be held at 7.30 before a four course New Year’s Eve dinner in the main restaurant.  The Thames Fireworks should (weather permitting) be clearly visible from the hotel’s upper floors with Westminster view rooms or from the wide landing windows. (Your luggage can be looked after by the concierge if you arrive before check in).

Tuesday 1 January:  All the roads surrounding the hotel are closed during the day.  Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before taking your covered seats for The New Year’s Day Parade which starts adjacent to the hotel on Piccadilly at midday lasting about 3 hours.  We normally apply for seats in the covered stands next to Fortnum and Masons.

Evening:  Two options – either make your way to St Martin’s in the Field’s in Trafalgar Square for the New Year’s Day Extravaganza Evening Concert – programme still to be advised but normally with the Festival Orchestra of London and traditional classical favourites.  Or:  Make your way to Sadler’s Wells for the 7 pm evening performance of Matthew Bourne’s internationally award winning masterpiece and powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake – this thrilling and emotive production took the dance world by storm and is highly recommended even for a repeat viewing!

Wednesday 2 January:  Check out of your rooms before 11 am. Optional timed visit to the Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace: Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs. An exhibition of the many rich and varied works of art from Peter the Great's visit to London in 1698 through to Nicholas II.  Grand diplomatic gifts, intimate personal mementos and miniature masterpieces by Fabergé shared between the royal family and the Romanovs.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 2 nights - Cavendish Hotel with full English breakfast (superior room where there is double occupancy)
  • Parade – Covered Seats, Top price Tickets for St Martin in the Fields or Swan Lake
  • Welcome reception and 4 course dinner on New Year’s Eve
  • Heritage Touring representative


Price per person: £495 (St Martin in the Fields) / £532 (Swan Lake – Sadler’s Wells)
Single supplement: £70 (per night)
Non-refundable deposit: £150 pp
Queens Gallery exhibition tickets: £11

Your choice on New Year’s Day evening to be made on booking as we have to confirm and purchase Sadler’s Wells tickets before 1st April.

The Cavendish Hotel, St James’s

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

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