Tickets for New Year's Eve fireworks on sale next Friday

21 September 2018

The first tickets for London’s globally renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks will go on sale at midday on Friday 28 September.

 

The spectacular display, organised by the Mayor of London, will bring together more than 100,000 spectators around the Coca-Cola London Eye to celebrate the New Year.

 

Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a pyrotechnic and lighting display choreographed to music, with more than 12,000 fireworks, 2,000 lighting cues and 30 tonnes of equipment on three barges on the River Thames.

 

The celebration will again be started by the chimes of Big Ben, which has remained silent during the year while undergoing renovation works.

 

Each ticket is priced at £10 – the same price as when ticketing was first introduced four years ago – and the majority will go on sale next week. A further batch of tickets will be released in late November.

 

Anyone without a ticket will be able to enjoy the fireworks live on BBC One alongside more than 11m TV viewers or choose to celebrate the New Year at hundreds of events at bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs across the capital.

 

The fireworks are also beamed to TV audiences around the world, reinforcing the city’s position as a global capital of tourism and culture and showing that London Is Open.

 

Those wishing to attend the display are advised to plan early and book their tickets in advance. Demand is always extremely high and those without a ticket will not be able to enter the viewing area.

 

To ensure that the event is safe and enjoyable for all, the Mayor’s team works closely with a wide range of partner agencies including the Met Police, TfL, local authorities and the emergency services.

 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Year after year we put on the greatest fireworks show in the world. The spectacular images of fireworks lighting up London’s skyline are beamed to viewers around the globe, showing off our great capital and demonstrating to the world that London is open to all.

 

“The safety of Londoners and visitors to the capital remains my top priority and we are again working closely with the police, security and emergency services to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the celebration safely.

 

“I urge anyone wanting to watch the spectacular display from the side of the Thames to book their ticket as early as possible so they can look forward to another wonderful show.”

 

Tickets will go on sale from midday on Friday 28 September. There will be a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

 

To sign up for ticket alerts and for more information go to www.london.gov.uk/nye

 

Notes to editors

MEDIA ACCREDITATION:

 

Photographers, broadcasters and ‎members of the media looking to cover the New Year's Eve fireworks display need official accreditation from the Mayor of London's Press Office. Please complete this form by Friday 7 December for your accreditation request to be considered. Note that you must be able to provide an official NUJ ID card.

 

Notes to editors:

 

The New Year’s Eve fireworks has been a ticketed event since 2014. From 2003-2013, before ticketing was introduced, the event was hugely oversubscribed, with up to 500,000 people heading into central London to try and catch the display. This put enormous strain on transport, infrastructure and the ability of emergency services to move around.  A large proportion of them were unable to see the display at all, leaving them disappointed and with nowhere to go at midnight. The sheer numbers threatened the emergency services ability to respond to a major incident effectively, and left many thousands of people cold, tired and unable to get anywhere near the event. Ticketing the event has helped to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fireworks as a safe, enjoyable event. Since ticketing was introduced in 2014, the numbers who attempted to see the fireworks but were unable to do so have reduced.

 

Approximately 103,000 tickets will be made available for the event this year. This is the same as last year, but slightly fewer than 2016 (when approximately 110,000 were available) partly due to Thames Tideway Tunnel works taking place on Embankment

 

Each ticket is priced at £10 – the same price as 2014, when ticketing was first introduced – and every penny is used to pay for the costs associated with the ticketing scheme

 

More than 3,000 people, from pyrotechnicians to stewards, work together to ensure that the capital’s celebrations run smoothly.

 

To find out more of the many exciting ways to welcome the New Year in London, go to: www.visitlondon.com/newyear