New Year's Eve in London

New Year Celebrations in London

New Year fireworks and Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London
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Like everywhere else in the world, we love to celebrate New Year's Eve in London. Expect fireworks, sell-out club nights, late-night bar events and plenty of fun out on the streets. 

Note: Trafalgar Square used to be the focal point for London NYE celebrations but nothing happens there anymore (although there is usually a large screen to see the fireworks happening on the South Bank).

Fireworks Displays

The big event is fireworks by the London Eye but do note this is a ticketed event and tickets cost £10.

100,000 tickets are made available to the general public in September with limited returns on offer by December. 

The event is organized annually by the Mayor of London and the fireworks display is at the London Eye on the South Bank. The display starts after Big Ben chimes at midnight and the display lasts for around 10 minutes.

If you're looking to watch the fireworks but don't have a ticket, consider heading to Westminster Bridge and the north embankment of the River Thames, opposite the London Eye. These areas are outside the ticketed zone. The fireworks are visible from across central London, as well as being broadcast live on BBC1.

Clubs and Bars

As you would expect, tickets for London clubs are more expensive on New Year's Eve. Also be aware that pubs often charge an entrance fee to try and control the numbers. It is best to plan ahead and get tickets in advance. 

River Cruises

A luxury river cruise along the River Thames can be a romantic way to bring in the new year.

Most boats plan to moor in sight of the London Eye fireworks at midnight so you will get the best view. Try these cruise companies:

Also, R.S.Hispaniola is a ship permanently moored on Victoria Embankment.

Dining

  • Where can you dine with King Henry VIII in attendance? At the Medieval Banquet in St. Katherine's Dock, near the Tower of London. Enjoy a banquet with live entertainment from King Henry's court. Plus you get to dress up too! Find out more...
  • Duck & Waffle and Sushisamba put on special New Year's Eve events with live music, DJs and stunning views of London
  • If you're really looking to splash out, the Ritz hosts two black-tie dinners with live music including a marching bamd and a traditional piper

Music

Southbank Centre NYE Party
Returning for the fourth year A Vintage New Year's Eve Party is back at Southbank Centre. It's an extravaganza of music, fireworks, dining and cocktails.

Viennese New Years Gala
The Barbican has had this tradition for over 25 years. They invite you to enjoy an evening of family favorites from the Strauss family and friends. There's a daytime gala for the family and evening gala too.

New Year's Eve Travel

Free tube travel is usually available from 11.45 p.m. until 4.30 a.m. Use Transport for London's Journey Planner or the Citymapper app to plan your route by public transport.

Countdown

How long is there to go till London welcomes in the New Year? Keep an eye on this countdown site!