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9 Incredible Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in London

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Spending New Year’s Eve in London is an unparalleled experience — seeing the London sky lit up by fireworks in a dozen colors is perhaps among the most exhilarating ways to welcome the new year. London is rife with parties and eventsto ring in the new year with panache. If you are planning to visit London on New Year’s Eve, here’s everything you need to know about the best ways to celebrate the new year, where to stay, where to party and more.

Learn more about travel restrictions in the United Kingdom.

The following information is indicative of how New Year's Eve is usually celebrated in London.

Why Visit London for New Year's Eve?


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London offers a plethora of experiences to ring in the new year. Whether you choose to step on board a cruise along the River Thames or spend it partying in the bustling city centre, spending the New Year’s Eve in London is bound to be a night to remember. A river cruise offers glimpses of London’s best-known sights, including iconic landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Parliament House, and Buckingham Palace.

You can also spend your New Year’s Eve at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. It’s the perfect place for both kids, who can enjoy shows like Paddington on Ice, Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Berserk, and adults, who can hone their musical talents at Bar Hutte Karaoke or laugh out loud at Comedy Club.


You can watch The Shard illuminate the sky with a special New Year's Eve light show and dine at one of the many rooftop restaurants which serve food, liquor, music, and splendid views of the London sky.

9 London New Year Experiences You Should Consider


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The Shard

#1 London New Year Experience
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from £27.20

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. Located in central 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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Tower Bridge

#2 London New Year Experience
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from £8.90

The Tower Bridge is famous for its spectacular glass walkways, elevated 140 ft above the Thames. You can see the London Eye, City Hall, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, the City and Big Ben from the West Walkway. The East Walkway offers fantastic views of the Docklands and the elegant Canary Wharf. There are two lifts to take you up to the walkways, one in the North Tower of the Bridge and one in the South Tower.

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London Eye

#3 London New Year Experience
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from £13

Built in 2000, the London Eye is the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in Europe which provides a bird’s eye view of the city. Hop onto this Ferris wheel, which completes a revolution in around 30 minutes, to view the London skyline. You can spot all the major landmarks, including Big Ben, the Shard, and Buckingham Palace.

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Westminster Bridge

#4 London New Year Experience
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from £16

One of the oldest bridges in London, Westminster Bridge spans the River Thames, connecting Westminster on the north to Lambeth on the south. This bridge provides one of the most picturesque views of London, including the iconic South Bank Lion. Westminster Bridge is definitely one of the best spots to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks from. Please make sure you buy the ticket well in advance.

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Palm Court at The Ritz

#5 London New Year Experience
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The Ritz London is famous for its glamorous New Year’s Eve celebrations. It transforms the Palm Court into a fabulous 1920s-themed black-tie event which will include a four-course dinner, music by Elle & The Pocket Belles and The Lone Piper. Just before midnight, a 14-piece military marching band will escort you into The Ritz Restaurant to view the live midnight countdown accompanied by the chimes of Big Ben. For more information, click on

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Searcys at The Gherkins

#6 London New Year Experience
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from £180

If you’ve always wanted to go to Searcys, one of the most exclusive private members clubs in London situated at the top of the Gherkin’s iconic domed roof, New Year’s Eve is the night. Put on your best suit and indulge in this luxury with either the indulgent package (£180, cocktails, canapés, three-course meal) or the prestige package (£290, champagne, five-course tasting menu, unlimited access to the top two floors and the private members lounge).

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New Year’s Day Parade

#7 London New Year Experience
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After spending an unforgettable New Year’s Eve, start your first day of 2022 by attending London's 35th New Year's Day Parade. More than 8,500 performers will be representing 20 countries. There will be acrobats, cheerleaders, marching bands, dancers, and representatives from West End shows. The Parade will begin at the Ritz Hotel, taking in Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, and Big Ben, with temporary grandstands erected for better viewing in some places. Arrive early to secure a good vantage point

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River Cruise along The River Thames

#8 London New Year Experience
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from £17.50

For those looking for a relatively relaxed New Year’s Eve, there is no better way than a river cruise. Explore the city by sailing on River Thames with a sightseeing cruise. Hop onto a catamaran boat from any pier to another of your choice across 11 piers on the river between Battersea and Canary Wharf and enjoy London’s iconic sights with helpings from the on-board coffee bars.

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Tower of London

#9 London New Year Experience
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from £24.70

One of London’s premier landmarks, the Tower of London is steeped in history. Built in 1078, its buildings and grounds served as a royal palace, a political prison, a place of execution, an arsenal, a royal mint, a menagerie, and a public records office. Today, on New Year’s Eve, you can ice skate at the ‘Ice at the Tower’, the ice skating rink right next to the Tower of London and experience London as your personal winter paradise.

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Parties and Events around Town


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Southbank Winter Festival

Looking for a fun-filled family show to ring in the new year? Head to the Southbank Center's Winter Festival for the multi-sensory play installation and family favorite ‘Soundpit’. Fill your bags and bellies at the food and shopping stalls and be thrilled by the daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus at Circus 1903! And finally, as the night closes in, secure a front-row seat to London’s iconic fireworks.

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Hogwarts in the Snow

The ultimate tour for the Harry Potter fans, the Harry Potter studio tour gets a festive makeover where the Great Hall in the snowy castle is dressed for the Yule Ball scene with dripping icicles, snow-covered Christmas trees, and an orchestra playing on silver instruments. Take a studio tour to learn all the backstage secrets of the movies.

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London Party Boats

The London party boats give people the option to party on the Thames with their friends and family while watching the fireworks. These boats have a fully licensed bar on board and central heating. Some boats, like the Mercia of the Westminster Party Boats, even offer dinner buffets free of charge.

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SkyBar

London’s SkyBar stays true to their motto states, ‘Party in the Sky’. Located on the 28th floor of London's Millbank Tower, this rooftop restaurant provides a stunning view of the London skyline and more importantly, a luxurious serving on New Year’s Eve. A top-of-the-world view of the fireworks is accompanied by unlimited live food stations from around the world and nonstop entertainment from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

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New Year's Eve Party at The Vaults
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New Year’s Eve 4 Course Dinner & Drinks Cruise
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New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise with Snacks & Drinks
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Getting Around


Transport for London (TfL) has announced that people can commute free of charge (public transportation only) from 11:45 PM on New Year’s Eve through to 4:30 AM on New Year’s Day.

London Underground: Trains will run throughout the night with minor exceptions. Some stations may remain closed at night. Trains won’t run between Earl’s Court and Kensington (Olympia). The Waterloo & City line will run every 3-10 minutes until about 2:30 AM.

London Overground: Trains won’t run between Romford and Upminster, Gospel Park and Barking. Other trains will run a Saturday service. Some services will run through the night. On the DLR, trains will run every 15 minutes on all routes from 12:30am until 8:00 AM. On the TfL Rail, trains will run every 15 minutes (on the open section of the line) and continue through the night. Replacement buses will run between Chadwell Heath and Shenfield.

Trams: There will be a special all-night service every 30 minutes between Wimbledon and Beckenham Junction / New Addington.

Buses: Buses will run a Saturday service and some day routes will continue through the night. Central London routes will be diverted. Most bus services are expected to return to normal by 6:00 AM except those affected by the New Year's Day parade.

Taxi: Taxis and mini-cabs will charge 1.5 times the normal rates but they are your best option to get to central London from Heathrow Airport if you want to avoid the New Year’s Eve crowds in the tubes and buses.

Know Before You Go


Whether you choose to ring in 2022 at one of London's most famous attractions or at a restaurant/club, reservations have to be made well in advance.

Where to Stay in London during NYE

Wherever you stay, book your rooms early. Some of the great neighborhoods for tourists to stay in are South Bank, Bankside, SoHo, Covent Garden, South Kensington, Marylebone, Mayfair and Leicester Square.

If you don’t mind shelling out a handful for a luxurious stay, you can choose between The Milestone Hotel & Residences, The Beaumont, and The Savoy.

Some of the moderately priced hotels include The Chilworth, The Stratford Hotel , and The Hide London.

You can also find pocket-friendly options among the London House Hostel, Travelodge London Excel, and Sohostel.

Traveler Tips


  • Oyster card: Get yourself an Oyster Card from the airport or your nearest station to avoid standing in queues when riding the subway.
  • Hop on hop off buses: If you are not planning to travel underground, get on a Hop On Hop Off bus for a cost-effective way to explore the city.
  • Know what to pack: Pack adequately and when heading out on New Year’s Eve, carry extra layers. It gets extremely chilly by nightfall and not wearing the right clothes will become the ultimate party pooper.
  • Umbrella: Always carry an umbrella because London weather is erratic. One moment it’s sunny and the next there’s a downpour!
  • Military time: London follows the 24-hour clock, so make sure you set your wristwatch and phone clock on military time to avoid missing shows and events you have already planned and paid for.
  • Walk the way: There’s a throng of crowds on London streets and walking to your destination may sometimes be wiser. Map your path and walk to the sites that are in the immediate vicinity.
  • No tipping: Tipping is not customary in London as all restaurants add a service charge to your bill. However, it is not considered rude if you choose to tip.
  • Early booking: Book all your attraction tickets and accommodation well in advance. London is a hotspot and people from all over the world choose it as their year-end destination.

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