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. 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 Display

The big event is fireworks by the London Eye but do note this is a ticketed event and costs £10. 100,000 tickets are made available to the general public in September with limited returns on offer by December.

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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 midnight and lasts for around 10 minutes.

Other areas to watch, outside of the ticketed zone, include Westminster Bridge and the north embankment of the River Thames, opposite the London Eye, but 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. See the Top 10 London Nightclubs.

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.


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Ice Skating

There's only one ice skating option for New Year's Eve 2016. You can skate at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink up until 23:50 (10 minutes before midnight) on 31 December 2016.


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.


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