November 16 2011
Two great firework displays light up the Thames each year. One – the spectacular climax to the Lord Mayor’s Show – had its 15 minutes of fame last weekend. But the undisputed best comes at New Year, when Londoners throng the banks and the rest of the world watches on television.
This year, far from the madding crowd, 250 spectators will enjoy the fireworks in true style. Not only will they have a first-class view from the overhanging Savoy, but they will also be entertained by a host of musical stars, on hand to add sparkle to the proceedings.
This event – the second in a series of Stompin’ At The Savoy extravaganzas – draws its inspiration from the hotel’s decadent cabaret nights of the 1930s and 1940s. Singer Paloma Faith headlined last month, and she’ll be performing again on New Year’s Eve, alongside other greats, including soul singer Beverley Knight and Tony Christie, of Is This the Way to Amarillo fame. Backing comes courtesy of the 30-piece Guy Barker Orchestra, and even the BBC is getting in on the act, as Radio 2 will broadcast live from the venue.
While that roll call is music to the ears, there will also be treats to tantalise the palate. A champagne and canapé reception will act as the overture for a four-course dinner, held in the hotel’s Lancaster Ballroom. Then it will be time to pop the cork again, when a champagne toast accompanies the fireworks at midnight. 2011 seems set to go out with a real bang.