Things to do on New Year's Eve in London 2016

London is a special place at the turn of the year. The city is lit up and establishments across the capital will pull out all the stops to make this New Year’s Eve in London a memorable one. So, get your nearest and dearest together and say cheers to 2017. 

There are plenty of things to do on New Year's Eve in London, from the New Year's Eve fireworks event, to memorable meals and parties into the early hours of 2017. See what's on and plan ahead to make the most of London's New Year's Eve.

Watch the London NYE Fireworks

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, London’s night skies will be a blaze of light and colour with a display of stunning pyrotechnics from the river on London’s famous South Bank, presented by the Mayor of London. The event was ticketed for the first time in 2014, and London New Year's Eve fireworks tickets were again needed in 2015. Check back nearer the time for details of the 2016 London New Year's Eve fireworks display.


Enjoy a New Year's Eve Meal

New Year’s Eve is a great excuse to put on your best clothes and head out with friends and family for a special New Year's Eve meal and a few glasses of champagne. There are plenty of places for New Year's Eve dining in London - you could try to get a reservation at a Michelin-starred restaurant, or a table with a view to soak up the NYE buzz. If you’re treating that special someone, one of these romantic spots will guarantee a special night.

Take a New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise

The Thames has to be the best place to experience New Year’s Eve in London. You get a front and centre seat to all of the key landmarks and the fireworks look beautiful from the water, but be sure to book as soon as you can.


Have a Laugh

If you're spending New Year's Eve in London, why not try something a little different with some stand-up comedy. Many of London’s top comedy clubs have New Year’s Eve packages that will ensure you welcome 2017 in with a smile on your face. 

Head to the Pub

Many London pubs will be staying open past midnight and putting on celebrations for a relaxed London's New Year's Eve. Entry to pubs on NYE 2016 in London will generally be ticketed, so do as the locals do and make sure you book in advance and tell your mates to book nice and early.

Go Clubbing with a New Year's Eve Club Night

London remains one of the clubbing capitals of Europe, and New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights of the year. There will be a whole host of special London New Year's Eve club nights in unique locations around the capital for the keen eyed, or head to one of London's well-known nightclubs for top DJ sets. Booking in advance is essential.

Enjoy Dinner and a Show

If the very idea of going to a club makes you feel tired, then this is a nice way to enjoy the buzz of London without having to queue for a drink. Many of the top West End shows perform on New Year’s Eve, giving you time to enjoy a meal, a top show and get home in time to watch the fireworks on television.

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Family New Year's Eve in London

If you're spending New Year's Eve in London with little ones, why not catch an afternoon matinee of some children's theatre, or enjoy an afternoon skate at one of London's ice rinks. One advantage of an early night (with a bottle of fizz!), watching the fireworks live on television, is you can be up nice and early for the next day's big party...

Experience the New Year’s Day Parade

London continues to usher in the New Year on 1 January with the New Year’s Day Parade. This year marks the 31st annual parade to march through London and there will be around 8,000 performers representing various countries as well as London Boroughs, including marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, acrobats and much more.

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