Things to do on New Year's Eve in London 2021

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.
Green and purple New Year's Eve fireworks surround the London Eye.
Dazzling NYE fireworks. Image courtesy of the Greater London Authority.
  • London's New Year's Eve fireworks display is usually on in Central London.

  • Restaurants and bars usually host New Year's Eve celebrations and menus.

  • There is usually an all-night service on the Transport for London network on New Year's Eve. 

London's NYE fireworks light up the skies on the night, while restaurants and venues host special events to welcome the new year.

Find ideas of things to do on New Year's Eve in the capital – from where to catch the best view of the fireworks to unmissable events in the city.

In previous years, you could welcome the new year with the following events and activities. Check back closer to the time for confirmation of unforgettable events happening in 2021.

London New Year’s Eve fireworks

Red, white and blue fireworks around the London Eye on New Year's Eve.
New Year's Eve Fireworks in London. Copyright: visitlondon.com

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. If you want to be part of the celebrations on the night, you must have secured a ticket to be able to attend.  

If you're not attending the fireworks, there are plenty more London New Year’s Eve 2021 activities to enjoy – take a look at some alternatives below, including other ways to see the London NYE fireworks.

NYE cruises with views of the fireworks

  • Choose a magical New Year's Eve cruise on the Thames, where you can watch the NYE fireworks and enjoy live entertainment as you welcome 2022.
  • 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, and even dinner in the R.S. Hispaniola ship, moored opposite the London Eye.
  • Take a thrilling speedboat ride with Thames Rockets, before cruising back to central London in time to see the firework show. Or tuck into a celebration hamper including bubbly on a Thamesjet speedboat as you watch sky light up. 

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

Tower Bridge lit up at night in purples and yellows.
Celebrate New Year's Eve in London.
  • Party through the decades at the Southbank Centre's annual New Year's Eve Spectacular. Take a breather from dancing and enjoy prime views of the London fireworks from the outdoor spaces.
  • Treat yourself to an unforgettable London NYE at The Rooftop with views of Trafalgar Square and the fireworks. 
  • Feast on scallops and beef wellington at the legendary Savoy Grill, before making the most of riverside views as the sky erupts at midnight. 
  • See the skyline sparkle from the riverside restaurant at Sea Containers hotel, or head to the rooftop and party to live music at 12th Knot.
  • End the year on a high with dinner and music at a restaurant with amazing views of the London New Year’s Eve fireworks.

London restaurants for New Year's Eve dining

New Year's Eve clubs and parties

  • Dance in front of spectacular views of the fireworks, cocktail in hand, with the New Year's Eve party at The Shard
  • Ring in 2022 under the blue whale at the Natural History Museum during its fun-filled NYE party.
  • Be transported to Times Square with the New Year’s Eve Ball at Battersea Evolution. 
  • Get your skates on and head to the NYE bash at Skylight’s rooftop bar, complete with an ice rink and bookable igloos to nestle in.

New Year's Eve shows and concerts

  • Enjoy an evening of classical music from the Johann Strauss Orchestra with the Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala at the Barbican.
  • Take in the magic of The Nutcracker as the Birmingham Royal Ballet returned to the Royal Albert Hall. 

Day and evening NYE London ideas

Old, black and white photograph showing a woman working on creation of banknotes.
Learn about the women behind the production and design of banknotes in the Noteworthy Women exhibition. Credits: Bank of England Museum. Image courtesy of Bank of England Museum.

Things to do on New Year's Day

Angel-like Christmas decorations lighting up Regent Street.
Stunning Christmas decorations hang over Regent Street. Credits: Shutterstock.

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