Spending New Year’s Eve in London is an incredible experience and a great way to ring in the new year. Watch the city come to life with an exceptional firework display, lively parties, and a fabulous atmosphere. With plenty to do in the famous capital, make the most of this fantastic opportunity as you watch the vibrant colours light up the sky, creating a breathtaking spectacle.
New Year’s Eve 2023 Fireworks
Watching the iconic NYE London firework display is an experience like no other. Taking place by the London Eye as Big Ben chimes at midnight, the 10-minute display is one of the most famous in the world. You can purchase tickets to watch the display or see them from a river cruise, rooftop bar, or even a New Years party!
Best Areas to see the Fireworks
To attend the official London NYE firework event, all guests must have an official ticket. With this ticket, you can choose your preferred viewing location with six different options. Feel the thrill of counting down to midnight with thousands of people around the world!
Red area: Covering the stretch of Victoria Embankment from Golden Jubilee Footbridge to Temple Avenue, the red area provides a side view of the firework display. The closest stations are Holborn Station and Blackfriars Station.
Pink area: Providing access to Waterloo Bridge, guests will have a partial side view of the lastminute.com London Eye. This area can only be accessed from the north side of the River Thames from Holborn Station.
Green area: Allowing entry to behind the lastminute.com London Eye, the green area provides a close-up view of the firework display. This area can only be accessed from the south side of the River Thames from Waterloo Station.
White area: Providing access to Westminster Bridge, guests will have a partial side view close to the lastminute.com London Eye. Please use Waterloo Station to access the white area as you will not be able to enter from Westminster Station.
Orange area (Accessible viewing area): Covering Albert Embankment (riverside of St Thomas’ Hospital), guests will have a side view of the lastminute.com London Eye. Waterloo station is the only station providing access to this area.
New Year’s Eve Thames River Cruise
Get the best of both worlds by partying on the Thames and having a fantastic view of the 2024 firework display! Whether you’re looking to party the night away on an adult-only cruise or would rather have a formal dinner followed by a family-friendly cruise, there is something for everyone! Take a look at our range of different NYE cruises here and choose the best one for you.
If you’re looking for a family friendly cruise, the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Cruise onboard the Hurricane Clipper is the perfect choice! Providing you with a three-course meal at a restaurant before embarking on a 4-hour cruise with live music and two complimentary drinks, this is a great way to enter the new year with your friends and family.
For an adult only cruise, the New Year’s Eve Cruise onboard the Silver Sockeye is a great choice. This over 21 boat party includes a live DJ onboard to keep the party going all night! With two complimentary drinks and amazing views of the London fireworks display, what better way to cheers to 2024!
The New Year’s Eve Cruise on board the Jupiter Clipper is another great option if you’re looking for an in-between option! With live music, a glass of champagne at midnight and only over 12’s allowed, this cruise offers an enjoyable and relaxing evening for all.
London is filled with elaborate parties on New Year’s Eve, that too with a view! Enjoy a delicious meal, have a few drinks, and dance the night way at these top London locations.
Sky Garden is a great location to dine on New Year’s Eve. The renowned bar/restaurant offers stunning views of both the city and the firework display on New Year’s Eve. With food, drinks, live performances, and DJs, this party is one to experience! Suitable for over 18s only, there are a range of ticket options available.
Madison is another hotspot located in the City of London. The astonishing rooftop bar offers fabulous views of the London fireworks at one of the city’s hottest parties! With electric performances, a 3-course meal, drinks, and canapes, you’ll be sure to have a night to remember. Countdown 2024 in style and become mesmerised by the breathtaking views.
London at New Year can get extremely busy. With hundreds of thousands of people out in the capital, London transport can often become very rushed. Each year, Transport for London runs a night service on New Year’s Eve for everyone to get back home safely, with tubes running every few minutes until 2am, and every 10-20 minutes after 2am. Keep an eye out for TfL updates here.
New Year’s Day in London
As New Year’s Day is a bank holiday, most places will be closed. However, it can still be worth travelling to central London on New Year’s Day! Spend the day at the LNYDP, also known as the London New Year’s Day Parade. Starting at midday in Piccadilly, watching the parade is a unique experience. With over 8,000 performers representing 20 nations, the city will be filled with culture, colour, and music!
New Year’s Day is also the last official day of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Be sure to visit the magical location before the end of the festive season!
How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
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