Things to do on New Year's Eve in London 2017

Get your friends and family together and see London light up for the new year, with parties, fireworks, cruises and more on New Year’s Eve in London.
  • You need a ticket to attend London's New Year's Eve fireworks display.

  • You can also watch the fireworks from the river on a New Year’s Eve cruise, or from a restaurant with views over the London Eye.

  • Restaurants, bars and clubs put on New Year's Eve celebrations which are usually ticketed.

  • New Year's Eve travel on the Transport for London network is free between 11.45pm and 4.30am.

Take a look below for ideas of things to do in London on New Year's Eve, from the London New Year fireworks and special New Year’s Eve day events, to dazzling meals and parties lasting into the early hours of 2018.

Whatever your plans, make sure to check availability and book in advance to make the most of London's New Year's Eve celebrations, as spaces are often limited.

Central London gets very busy during the evening, so plan your journey in advance. There is free travel on TfL public transport services between 11.45pm and 4.30am on New Year's Eve, including the Underground, buses, DLR, London Overground and trams.

London New Year’s Eve fireworks

The London New Year's Eve fireworks light up central London every New Year's Eve with a dazzling spectacle of pyrotechnics. London's NYE fireworks have been ticketed since 2014, and tickets for the 2017 fireworks display are now sold out. You can also watch it live on television.

If you're not attending the fireworks, there are plenty more London New Year’s Eve 2017 activities to enjoy – take a look at some alternatives below, including how else to see the London NYE fireworks.

NYE cruises with views of the fireworks

  • Enjoy champagne, live music and amazing views of London's New Year's Eve fireworks aboard the Monsoon Clipper or Silver Bonito, with the option to dance the night away at Opal Bar after the cruise.
  • Sit down for a three-course dinner at Minster Court, before taking to the Thames on a Meteor Clipper New Year's Eve cruise to see the fireworks display.
  • Watch the London NYE fireworks from the river on one of City Cruises' New Year's Eve cruises: choose from dinner cruises, speedboat rides, traditional boat trips with champagne and live music, or even dinner in the R.S. Hispaniola ship, moored opposite the London Eye.
  • Take a thrilling 30-minute speedboat ride, before cruising back to central London in time to see the New Year's Eve fireworks with Thames Rockets.
  • Watch the London fireworks display from a Thames Rib Experience 12-seater boat, which includes refreshments and a goody bag.

Other ways to see London's New Year's Eve fireworks

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