Things to do on New Year's Eve in London 2020

Join your loved ones to see in the new year in London, with events, shows, meals and more on New Year’s Eve in London.
A lady, dressed in a black coat and white hat, stands next to a child wearing a white hat and red coat on an ice rink at night. The child is holding onto a penguin-shaped stabiliser and an illuminated Christmas tree and the Natural History Museum are in the background.
Ice skating at the Natural History Museum © visitlondon.com
  • London's New Year's Eve fireworks display is cancelled this year.

  • Restaurants and bars host New Year's Eve celebrations and menus, which require advanced booking – under current coronavirus regulations, these venues will close at 10pm.

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

Take a look below for ideas of things to do in London on New Year's Eve. The London New Year fireworks have been cancelled this year due to coronavirus, but there are plenty of special New Year’s Eve day events, shows, memorable meals and activities before 2021.

Whatever your plans, make sure to check availability for London's New Year's Eve celebrations, as spaces are often limited and many venues now require advanced booking.

Central London gets very busy during the evening, so make sure to plan your journey in advance and walk or cycle where possible. There is usually free travel on TfL public transport services on New Year's Eve, including the Underground, buses, DLR, London Overground and trams. Remember to follow the latest guidelines and regulations to keep yourself and others safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many New Year's Eve 2020 activities are yet to be confirmed – check back later in the year for more things to do on New Year's Eve in London

London New Year’s Eve fireworks

The London New Year's Eve fireworks usually 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.  

However, the London NYE fireworks have been cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stay tuned for ways to celebrate at home instead and discover more spectacular London New Year’s Eve 2020 activities to enjoy below. 

London restaurants for New Year's Eve dining

Find the latest coronavirus guidance and regulations for restaurants, bars and pubs in London.

New Year's Eve clubs and parties

Check back later for confirmed New Year’s Eve parties in London, from socially-distanced New Year’s Eve events to online gatherings.

New Year's Eve shows and concerts

Day and evening NYE London ideas

  • Enjoy an afternoon skate at one of London's top ice-skating rinks.
  • Tick off some of London’s top attractions, many of which are open during the day on New Year’s Eve.
  • Pick up something extra special to wear on New Year’s Eve in London’s shops
  • Enjoy a stroll through one of London’s parks, which are full of wintry scenery at this time of the year.

Ways to celebrate New Year's Eve from home

If you're not able to get out and about in London for New Year's Eve, take a look at our guide to experiencing the best of London from home, from online shows and events, to virtual tours and festive fun for all the family.

Check back nearer the time for confirmed online New Year's Eve events and activities.

Things to do on New Year's Day

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