We know most of us say this pretty much every year, but this year in particular feels like it just sped by at lightning fast speed!
2020 is just around the corner, bringing with it not only a brand new year, but a whole new decade altogether. It’s going to be a special one and what could be a better way of bringing it in than actually getting out of the house and heading out to watch the New Year’s fireworks in person, rather than on the telly?
Although official tickets to the main New Year’s Eve fireworks by the river have sold out, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best places in London to catch the same or other celebratory New Year fireworks (some of which are free) ensuring that you’re able to bring in 2020 with sparkles and a bang.
And don’t forget that public transport is free from 11:45pm - 4:30am on all TfL networks so you’ll also get to enjoy those merry annual-new-years-eve-underground-vibes without spending a penny!
The View from the Shard
If you missed out on tickets to the official London New Years fireworks extravaganza, then don’t worry - you’ll get an ever better view from inside the tallest building in the whole of the UK, while being inside in the warmth, rather than all bundled up outside in the freezing cold!
The New Years Eve party taking place at The View from the Shard will certainly get your new year off to a flying start. With incredible 360 degree views over London and of course the incredible fireworks display, a live DJ, thrilling entertainment and complimentary champagne at midnight, this is the party of all parties.
Where: The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG
Nearest tube: London Bridge
Time: 10pm - 3am
Cost: Tickets from £249.00
Photo: Alexandra Palace
If climbing Ally Pally’s ginormous hill sounds like your idea of a great way to spend your last few hours of 2019, then heading to Alexandra Palace for New Year’s fireworks is the one for you! If not, then at least be rest assured that the climb is most definitely worth it.
The spectacular views of the London city skyline will take your breath away, and when coupled with the fireworks displays all setting off at midnight across the whole city, you will be left absolutely mesmerised. Fresh air, stunning views and good company - catching the fireworks at Ally Pally is a truly beautiful and memorable way to bring in your 2020.
Where: Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
Nearest tube: Alexandra Palace
Photo: Southbank Centre
Take a front-row seat at London’s iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks and head to the Southbank Centre for an unforgettable night of music and magic!
The world-famous Royal Festival Hall will be transformed across five floors, where you can party your way through the decades with sounds from the 1920s all the way to the modern day. There’ll be six bars, live acts, 15 DJs, continuous dance lessons, and when the countdown to midnight begins, you can head out to their exclusive terraces to watch in awe as London’s skyline explodes into colour.
Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
Nearest tube: Waterloo
Time: From 7pm
Cost: £115 per person
At 76 metres up, heading to the top of Primrose Hill on New Year’s Eve will be sure to give you near unrivalled views across the capital city, especially when the sun has gone down and you see the whole city illuminated spectacularly below you.
With a nice, friendly atmosphere and many locals, this is one of the best places for more of a personal NYE experience. Head to one of the many local pubs for food and drinks beforehand, but bear in mind that it can get busy on the hill, so don’t leave it too late until you start making your way up.
Where: Primrose Hill Road, London NW3, England
Nearest tube: Chalk Farm and Camden Town
London Party Boats
If you can’t quite catch a space on land to watch the world-famous fireworks, then watching from the water is the next best thing!
London Party Boats will have multiple open air boats cruising up and down the Thames on New Year’s Eve, giving you an up-close and personal view of the fireworks while the city goes by on either side. Tickets are selling fast for these unique and unforgettable experiences though, so if this sounds like your kind of thing, be sure to book your tickets soon!
Where: Festival Pier, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XZ
Nearest tube: Waterloo
Time: 7:30pm - 1am
Cost: Tickets from £160.00
Parliament Hill and Hampstead Heath
Parliament Hill has a lot going on on New Year’s Eve, as Londoners have realised that this is one of the best alternative places to catch the fireworks. Offering stunning skyline views across the city you’ll be sure to revel in the added magic brought by the fireworks. However, many people even bring their own, making this a wonderful outdoor party for all!
You could then venture further down to Hampstead Heath for the incredible views from its high vantage point, too. Bring a few bottles of bubbles and a group of close friends, and make this a night to remember.
Where: Heath Lodge, Hampstead, London NW5 1QR
Nearest tube: Hampstead, Gospel Oak and Belsize Park
Boat Bar on the Thames
Photo: Bar&Co Facebook page
One of the capital city’s hidden gems is Bar&Co, London’s best moored boat bar. If partying your way into the new year is your style, then their New Year’s Eve Party on the Thames is right where you should be!
This is a great, buzzing party venue to bring in 2020 with friends, offering two decks and two fully-stocked bars. The ticket price includes a selection of canapes, a small bottle of bubbly and a wristband giving you street access to the fireworks, too.
Where: Temple Pier Victoria Embankment, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN
Nearest tube: Temple
Time: 6pm - 3am
Cost: Tickets from £99.00
Although it is not 100% guaranteed that the bridges will be open (closures yet to be confirmed), Southwark Bridge and Millennium Bridge offer amazing, clear views of all the firework action. They can get extremely busy though so please only head here if you’re ready to face the crowds.
Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge are further away and still offer great views - but with more space to move. A better option for those who may not be up to braving the other two bridges.
Don’t forget to wrap up warm either way - it gets very, very cold out on those bridges!
Nearest tube: Various
London Party Bus
Go on the bus journey of your life and hop on board the New Year’s Eve boozy bus party, which will tour the city of London while you party the night away!
With an on-board DJ, an upper deck for checking out the sights and open-air dancing, and with bottomless beer and bubbles flowing all night, you’re guaranteed to have one heck of a time. The bus will also be stopping at a special spot for fantastic views of the fireworks over the Thames, before reboarding and carrying on the party well into the night.
Where: Secret start location
Time: 8pm - 1am
Cost: Tickets from £85.00
City Social Sky Bar
For luxury, decadence and insane panoramic views across the city guaranteeing you an incredible view of the fireworks, head to the City Social Sky Bar & Restaurant this New Year’s Eve.
With cocktails and champagne; DJ and dance-floor; stunning surroundings and impeccable views, and the finest Michelin-starred food, this is the ultimate place to catch the London fireworks in style.
Where: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
Time: Multiple start times
Cost: Tickets from £75.00
Wherever you decide to watch the New Year’s fireworks, remember to stay safe, keep warm and enjoy. Don’t forget to let us know in the comments below where you’ll be spending New Year’s Eve too - we’d love to know! 😊