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NYE - Plan Ahead

New Year’s Eve in London is great - but it’s also really busy so plan ahead. Think about:

  • Travel plans before the fireworks
  • Where you want to be at midnight
  • Your journey home

No ordinary night

Each year around 250,000 people come and watch the Mayor’s midnight fireworks display on the banks of the Thames. The best viewing areas fill up about three hours in advance, and the areas around the river are always packed with people. Before deciding to head out you should consider how long you are prepared to stand around outside waiting for the display to start.

A great place to be

London is still one of the best places to be on New Year’s Eve. Pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs are open well into the night across the city. However, most pubs and clubs are ticketed entry on the night, so if you haven’t booked in advance you may find it difficult to find somewhere to enjoy a drink or eat both before and after the event.

Home comforts

Many people choose to bring in the New Year at home with family and friends. Visit London has a comprehensive list of events local to you over the Christmas and New Year period. You can also enjoy the Mayor’s spectacular firework show live on BBC1.