2024 is fast approaching and the official London New Year's Eve Fireworks are back with a literal bang to welcome in the new year. Scoring a spot in the ticketed area can be tough but luckily there are plenty of places you can go if you don't manage to get one. Whether you're partying the night away somewhere central or you want to watch from another corner of the city, you don't have to see the fireworks through a TV screen. This is our guide to where to watch the fireworks on New Year's Eve in London.
Where to watch the fireworks on New Year's Eve in London
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London fireworks on New Year's Eve 2023
- The Monument – Sky-high monument
- Alexandra Palace – Views from North London
- Oblix – Modern and luxurious
- Tamesis Dock – Vibrant floating pub
- Telegraph Hill Park – See the fireworks from Lewisham
- Sky Garden – The city's highest public garden
- Bar Elba – Lively tropical vibes
- Palace of Westminster – Get close to Big Ben
- 8 at The Londoner – Upscale Japanese experience
- Hampstead Heath – Clear views from Parliament Hill
- Hutong – Luxury Chinese dining
- Skylon – Ideal viewing spot on the South Bank
- Aqua Shard – British tasting menu and views
- Tower Bridge – Famous London landmark
- Coq d'Argent – French fine dining
- Battersea Barge – NYE boat party
- Madison – Great views all year round
- Salsa! – 1920s Latin theme
- LSQ Rooftop – Views from the ninth floor
- Ping Pong – Dim sum and drinks
- 10° Sky Bar – Views all night long
- The Riverside – Pub and restaurant by the river
London fireworks on New Year's Eve 2023
Here's where to watch the fireworks on New Year's Eve in London
The Monument is a noteworthy landmark in London commemorating the Great Fire of London. You don't need to climb its 311 steps to get a fab view of the fireworks. Being in the proximity of The Monument and Cannon Street means you're guaranteed a great view of all the action.
Views from North London
North London’s Alexandra Palace offers a great vantage point for watching fireworks springing up all over the city, as well as the main event by the Thames. There are fantastic views standing in front of the palace and looking down over London, and the park attracts a lively crowd on New Year’s Eve.
Modern and luxurious
You're guaranteed great views at Oblix - it's the 32nd floor of The Shard. It's a modern and sophisticated venue combining a relaxed bar and lounge with a restaurant, but every space offers fantastic views. Special events promise a fun NYE party, but the windows mean you'll also see the fireworks with ease.
Vibrant floating pub
Moored on the Thames, Tamesis Dock is a colourful and lively floating pub. Its location promises fantastic views, especially on the upper deck. With a fully-stocked bar, live music, and a tempting food menu, there's lots to attract a crowd. For New Year's, the venue is having a party with DJs.
See the fireworks from Lewisham
Telegraph Hill Park sits between Lewisham and Brockley. This popular local park is an ideal place for watching the fireworks without leaving South London. The park's upper section offers attractive and uninterrupted views of Central London and all the action in the sky. There are great photo opportunities from this area.
The city's highest public garden
London’s highest public garden, Sky Garden, offers fantastic views of the city and the fireworks and is a unique venue for a New Year’s Eve party. Surrounded by luscious green plants, you can enjoy a glamorous night out with dining, drinks, and music, as well as those impressive views.
Lively tropical vibes
Head to Bar Elba for an all-year-round tropical vibe and a New Year’s Eve party with fab views. Based in Waterloo, this is an ideal location for viewing the fireworks. Enjoy canapés, unlimited drinks, entertainment from DJs and live bands, and a fun atmosphere as you ring in the new year.
Get close to Big Ben
If you can get close to the Palace of Westminster, best known as the home of the UK parliament, you’ll be in prime position for taking in views of the fireworks - the ticketed viewing platforms are just across the river. This is also where Big Ben is located, meaning you’re in the perfect place to hear the famous bell ring in the new year.
Upscale Japanese experience
8 at The Londoner offers a refined Japanese drinking and dining experience, complete with a rooftop garden offering stunning city views. You’ll get sight of the fireworks as you sample exquisite cocktails, whisky, and Japanese small plates – a special menu with drinks packages is on offer for New Year’s Eve.
Clear views from Parliament Hill
Head to Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath, and you'll be greeted with clear views of Central London and the New Year's Eve fireworks. The entrance to this part of the Heath is next to Gospel Oak station – the entire space covers 800 acres, so ensure you're in the right area before midnight.
Luxury Chinese dining
Set on The Shard's 33rd floor, Hutong gives diners impressive panoramas of the city from every table. This is an upmarket destination for Chinese cuisine, with dim sum on the menu and roast duck carved at the table. For NYE, there's an opulent special menu, entertainment, and a great view of the celebrations.
Ideal viewing spot on the South Bank
Skylon's floor-to-ceiling windows and prime location on the South Bank make it a great place to view the fireworks and see in the new year. This modern European restaurant has a luxury feel, and dazzling decor gives the place a seasonal look. On New Year's Eve, you can sample an indulgent tasting menu.
British tasting menu and views
Set on the 31st floor of The Shard, Aqua Shard offers views you can't get anywhere else. The views aren't all that's impressive about this modern restaurant – the contemporary British cooking here has won awards. A decadent seasonal menu is available on New Year's Eve as you enjoy a live band and great views of the fireworks.
Famous London landmark
Some bridges across the Thames are within the event's ticketed areas, but many of the ones that don't still give you a great vantage point. One option is Tower Bridge, which is itself picturesque and full of history. Stand on this world-famous landmark at the same time as taking in magnificent views.
French fine dining
Finish off 2023 with French haute cuisine at Coq d'Argent. This stylish venue has a smart interior and a rooftop garden that's a prime spot for seeing the sky light up at midnight. For NYE, there's a special six-course menu and a party with a DJ until late.
NYE boat party
Moored on the Thames, Battersea Barge is a unique modern bar and events venue that hosts a huge range of different occasions. It's a modern space despite the historic setting of a converted Dutch barge. Celebrate NYE here with live music, complimentary grazing platters and champagne on arrival, and partial views of the fireworks. The dress code is sparkle and glitter.
Great views all year round
Thanks to its location right next to St Paul's Cathedral, you're always promised fab city views at Madison. This classy rooftop bar and restaurant takes inspiration from NYC, and it's hosting a fun event for NYE. Expect an early dinner service followed by a party with bubbles, canapés, top live entertainers, and unobstructed views of the fireworks.
1920s Latin theme
For vibrant cocktails, dancing, and a South American theme, Salsa! is the ideal lively destination. The colourful location in Temple has plenty of space and it's hosting a 1920s-themed NYE party. You get great views of the fireworks at midnight plus live music and entertainment, salsa dancing, and a glass of prosecco to kickstart your night.
Views from the ninth floor
In the heart of the capital in Leicester Square, LSQ Rooftop is a lively all-day venue in a ninth floor location that offers impressive views. Floor-to-ceiling windows promise you uninterrupted views of the fireworks as you enjoy entertainment all night long, a welcome glass of bubbly, plus canapés and limitless house drinks.
Dim sum and drinks
Dim sum lovers can see in the new year at Ping Pong on the South Bank. This quirky and fun restaurant has a heated terrace so you won't miss a moment of the fireworks. Celebrate the new year with dim sum, drinks, DJs, and a glass of bubbly as you watch the fireworks illuminate the skyline.
Views all night long
Rooftop venue 10° Sky Bar serves up gorgeous city views, and for NYE you can check out the fireworks from the venue's exclusive outdoor balcony. Amidst stylish interiors and a fun atmosphere, you can enjoy DJ sets, panoramic views, drinks and menu packages, and uninterrupted views of the fireworks at midnight.
Pub and restaurant by the river
See in the new year in Vauxhall at The Riverside. This pub and restaurant offers views of some of London's most famous landmarks, as well as views of the fireworks from the outdoor terrace. Celebrate with a three course meal followed by drinks and a DJ set. You can also book tickets without dinner included.
How long is the London New Year fireworks show?
The duration of London's New Year's Eve fireworks varies, but they typically last for around 10 to 15 minutes. The display is a dazzling spectacle of lights, colours, and music, marking the transition into the new year with a spectacular celebration.
How can I see New Year fireworks in London for free?
For a budget-friendly option, you can watch the London New Year's Eve fireworks for free from various public vantage points. Bear in mind that popular spots fill up quickly, so plan to arrive early. Some areas may have limited visibility, but the festive atmosphere is still worth experiencing.
Do you need tickets for the London New Year's Eve fireworks?
Yes, tickets are usually required for attending the official New Year's Eve fireworks display in London. These tickets are limited and often go on sale in advance. Keep an eye on official announcements and the official event website for ticket information, as the process may vary each year.
Where can I watch the London fireworks?
The iconic London fireworks are typically launched from the River Thames, making viewing spots along the riverbanks ideal. Popular locations include Westminster Bridge, Victoria Embankment, and South Bank. Some areas may have restricted access, so plan ahead and arrive early to secure a great vantage point.
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