A true spectacle that locals and tourists alike wait to see on New Year's Eve is the London New Year's Eve fireworks display that lights up central London, year after year on the occasion. The fireworks go off all the way from Victoria Embankment to Westminster Bridge and remain an absolute must-see and the most exciting way to celebrate NYE in London.
Easily one of the most sought-after things to do on New Year's Day is to start the new year off by attending the London New Year’s Day Parade. This stellar event witnesses around 10,000 performers from across the globe and colorful floats parade through central London, along the streets of London's West End.
What to Expect: Huge parade, live performances, street party
Connecting Westminster on the north to Lambeth on the south, Westminster Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in London. Atop this architectural marvel, you will witness some of the most picturesque views of London. On New Year's, head to Westminster Bridge to find a perfect spot to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks and ring in the new year with pomp and splendor!
Trains: Free travel on the TfL network is usually available, including the Tube, from 11.45pm on New Year's Eve until 4.30am on New Year's Day. Double check fares and timings a day before or on the day. 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. The first and last trains services will be running on the weekday schedule.
Bus: Buses in London will be running but on a reduced Sunday service. Some day routes will continue through the night. Central London routes will be diverted. Arrival buses will not be operating at all on New Year’s Day. Stagecoach and Megabus buses will be running.
There is no dearth of options when it comes to spending New Year's Eve in London but the best things to do to get the most of the day and night is to experience London's famed NYE fireworks, take an NYE Thames river cruise with views of fireworks, or dine at restaurants which offer amazing views of the fireworks, either rooftops or riversides. You can also hit New Year's Eve clubs and parties to spend the night having the best time of your life or attend NYE shows and concerts.
You can enjoy the NYE fireworks on the streets of Central London all the way from Victoria Embankment to Westminster Bridge. If you don't secure a ticket for the same, you can also witness this spectacle from a cruise on river Thames or from restaurants and pubs or iconic buildings like The Shard. In case you can't step out, you can catch the screening on TV on BBC One.
While trains and buses are free from 11:45 PM on New Year’s Eve through to 4:30 AM on New Year’s Day, they’ll likely be crowded. You can hire a taxi for a more comfortable journey but pay around 1.5 times of the normal rate.
One of London's finest Michelin-star restaurant's Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay, is the best restaurant to go to on New Year's Eve in Central London.
The best way to get to Central London from Heathrow Airport on New Year's Eve is by hailing a cab. Bear in mind that you will be paying 1.5 times the normal rate though!
You can carry and consume alcohol in public places on New Year’s Eve but make sure you are not carrying them in glass bottles.
Bermondsey Bar and Kitchen, Kahani, Cherry On are some of the best places for brunch in New Year's Eve.
Uno Restaurant and the Montague Kitchen are some of the best places for dinner on New Year's Eve in London.
The subway and buses are the best way to get around London on New Year's Eve 2023.