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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.
Friends gathered around sparklers and smiling.
Festive fun with sparklers. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
  • River cruises, live music and theatre performances mark the new year.
  • Many restaurants and bars host spectacular New Year's Eve celebrations. 

There's no shortage of fun things to do in London to welcome in 2023. Many of London's best attractions, including restaurants, bars, theatres and entertainment venues, celebrate New Year's Eve with a bang!

Take a look at some of the top things to do on New Year's Eve in the capital  check back later for confirmed events and activities for New Year's Eve 2022.

London New Year’s Eve fireworks

Last year, the London New Year's Eve fireworks did not take place as a public event. However, you could enjoy a dazzling celebration of the highs of 2021 broadcasted on BBC One.

Make sure to check back later for confirmed information about the London New Year's Eve celebrations in 2022. 

NYE cruises with views of the city

  • Watch London in all its glory from the river on one of City Cruises' New Year's Eve cruises: choose from a sightseeing cruise, traditional boat trips with champagne and live music or a gala dinner.
  • Take a thrilling speedboat ride with Thames Rockets, before cruising back to central London to kick off the festivities. 

Capture views of the city

Tower Bridge lit up at night in purples and yellows.
Celebrate New Year's Eve in London.
  • Treat yourself to an unforgettable London NYE at The Rooftop with views of Trafalgar Square and exceptional cocktails. 
  • Watch the sun set on 2022 at Madison, which offers some of the best views of St Paul's Cathedral.
  • Feast at the legendary Savoy Grill and make the most of riverside views while toasting to the new year. 
  • See the skyline sparkle from the riverside restaurant at the 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 skyline. 

London restaurants for New Year's Eve dining

New Year's Eve clubs and parties

  • Dance, with a cocktail in hand, in front of spectacular views at the New Year's Eve party at the top of The Shard
  • Party the night away at Printworks, where spectacular DJs have you grooving into the early hours.
  • Head to The Piano Works for fun NYE events, including bottomless brunch, karaoke and live music.
  • Join the extravagant Bourne & Hollingsworth New Year's Eve party, which offers drinks, dining and dancing into the night.

New Year's Eve shows and concerts

  • Enjoy an evening of classical music by the London Concert Orchestra with the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Barbican.
  • Take in the magic of The Nutcracker as the Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to the Royal Albert Hall

Day and evening NYE London ideas

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.

Find more things to do for New Year's Eve and Christmas in London.