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The ultimate guide to London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks

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From the amazing New Year’s day parades, New Year’s Eve shows, and all-night parties at clubs to the dazzling lights of the fireworks, you’ll find yourself lost in festivities in London! One of the best ways to welcome 2024 would be to watch the London New Year’s Eve midnight fireworks’ display, live in London. Last year’s message displayed during the fireworks was one of the most emotionally charged moments, resonating deeply with the crowd. The Mayor of London had chosen to send a powerful message about hospitality and solidarity, highlighting the city's commitment to supporting Ukrainian refugees amidst the ongoing conflict. Additionally, a portion of the display was dedicated to celebrating pride, recognizing the diverse and inclusive spirit of London.

Here's all you need to know about the London's New Year's Eve fireworks display, the best spots to watch the fireworks from (paid and free), how to get around during this time of celebration, and the location of parties and events where you can bid 2023 a farewell!

Why visit London for the fireworks?

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The London New Year’s Eve fireworks is an annual affair which is watched by half a million people, some on their TV sets while others watch the display from various places in London, including the Victoria Embankment, the South Bank, Westminster Bridge, and Waterloo Bridge which are the best ones. Over 12,000 fireworks are launched from the foot of the London Eye and from rafts on the Thames at midnight and they light up central London for an hour. Note that the London NYE fireworks has been a ticketed event since 2014. This year almost 100,000 tickets will be available on their official website.

Best spots to view fireworks in London

1. On the Thames Rivers

To catch the fireworks in all its glory, you have to make sure the London Eye is clearly visible to you. So hop onto the London Eye River Cruise along the River Thames. This 40-minute circular cruise on a catamaran boat covers top attractions such as the House of Parliament, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and many more. You can also select the Unlimited Hop On Hop Off Thames River Sightseeing Cruise.

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2. The Shard

If you want a bird’s eye view of London and its New Year’s Eve fireworks, go up to The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe and one of the most premier landmarks in London. Located in the center of London, The Shard opened its doors to the public in 2013. The Skydeck on the 72nd floor invites you to enjoy a multi-sensory experience, infusing the sounds of the city below with the one people hear at a height of 1016 ft.

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3. Hutong

Located on level 33 of The Shard, Hutong boasts the ‘ultimate view of the Mayor of London's fireworks. Enjoy their five-course northern Chinese menu of sharing dishes, along with a glass of champagne on arrival and a glass to welcome in the new year. There will be entertainment throughout. Make your booking here.

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4. The Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge is famous for its spectacular glass walkways, elevated 140 ft above the Thames. You will get one of the best vantage points to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the West Walkway. The London Eye, City Hall, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, the City, and Big Ben can be seen from here. The East Walkway offers fantastic views of the Docklands and the elegant Canary Wharf.

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To view London's New Year's Eve fireworks for free, head to Primrose Hill or Parliament Hill. Weather permitting, these locations provide a quiet and romantic atmosphere for celebrating.

Parties and events around town

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Cirque Du Soul: London // NYE

Join the ultimate bash with Sammy Virji, Flowdan, and surprise guests at Cirque Du Soul's New Year's Eve extravaganza. Prepare for a night of non-stop beats and wild celebrations in the heart of London to ring in the New Year!

ELECTRIC DREAMS NYE Party @ The Water Rats

Groove to electrifying tunes, enjoy vibrant visuals, and embrace the New Year's spirit in this iconic venue for an unforgettable night.

NYE Boat Party

Sail into the New Year with style aboard the NYE Boat Party. Cruise along the Thames, dance to live DJs, and witness breathtaking London views as you toast to 2024!

The NYE Silent Disco

Unleash your inner party animal at The NYE Silent Disco! Choose your channel, grab your headphones, and dance the night away at this unique celebration. Silent beats, loud fun – a perfect way to welcome the New Year!

The London NYE Ball

Want to experience a fancy night? Hit the New Year's Eve celebration at The London NYE Ball. Dazzling lights, live entertainment, and a glamorous atmosphere await you. Get ready for a night of elegance and celebration as you countdown to a fabulous 2024.

Madison New Year's Eve party

This rooftop bar at St. Pauls is the perfect place if you want to splurge on a chic evening. With stunning views of the London skyline and a sophisticated ambiance, you can dance the night away to live DJs, enjoy a three course meal and champagne toast at midnight.

The Lexington White Heat NYE Party

As one of the most popular indie clubs in London, The Lexington will host the White Heat NYE Party featuring some of the best alternative and indie tracks from the past decade. Expect to find a hip crowd, reasonably priced drinks, and a floor packed with music enthusiasts ready to ring in the new year with energy and style.


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London New Year's Eve Fireworks Guide