New Year's Day Parade London 2018

London New Year's Day Parade 2015
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London's New Year's Day Parade started in 1987 and the annual event has since raised £1.5 million to help a wide range of London based charities.

More than 8,500 performers representing 20+ countries parade along a 2-mile route through the city. Expect to see marching bands, cheerleaders, dancers, acrobats and more. Around half a million spectators line up to watch the entertainment (come rain or shine), and around 300 million TV viewers tune in to watch The London New Year's Day Parade across the globe.

All 32 London boroughs submit a float to the parade and each is judged by a panel of foreign ambassadors and high commissioners to win money for local charities. The Parade starts at 12 noon on Piccadilly (outside the Ritz Hotel) and finishes around 3.

Useful Information

  • Aim to get to a viewing point along the route by 11 a.m. to secure a spot
  • Celebrity commentators dot the route to introduce the parade performers
  • Pick up a copy of the Parade Post on the day to find out who's performing and when (they're usually available from the commentary posts or handed out by charity workers). The paper is free but donations are gratefully received.

The Parade Route

The 2-mile parade route is as follows:

  • Piccadilly
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Lower Regent Street
  • Waterloo Place
  • Pall Mall
  • Cockspur Street
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Whitehall
  • Parliament Street.

See the parade route map for further details.

Nearest Tube Stations

On the Parade route:

  • Westminster
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Charing Cross

Near the Parade route:

  • Embankment
  • St. James's Park
  • Green Park