New Year’s Eve in London: How New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day are celebrated in London
If this year you are going to spend New Year's Eve and the New Year’s Day in the British capital, we tell you how Londoners celebrate these dates so you can take note and plan your stay.
Attractions, activities and ice skating
One of the most fun and lively options to spend the last day of the year is to visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. From the end of November to the beginning of January, a Christmas fair will take place in Hyde Park, where you will find attractions, shows, a Christmas market, bars, restaurants,... in a familiar and welcoming environment.
Admission is free, you just have to pay for some attractions and shows. It is possible and advisable to buy tickets online in advance if you are interested in attending one of their shows or enter some attractions such as the Ferris wheel, the ice skating rink or the roller coasters.
You will find more information on the Winter Wonderland website.
Last dinner of the year
There are multiple options for the last dinner of the year in London. One of them is to dine on board one of the Thames cruises. Most of them include dinner and party or show. There are various prices and there are also formal and informal ones. Some of them come close so you can watch the fireworks and others don’t reach the area. On the website Discount London you can see a list of all available cruises with their prices and route.
Another option is to book a table at any of the restaurants in the city that offer special menus for New Year's Eve dinner. There is also usually a wide range of prices for all budgets and for all tastes. A quick search by Tripadvisor will help you find the option that best suits your needs.
Chimes and fireworks
As in many other cities in the world, in London the farewell and arrival of the year are celebrated with bells and fireworks. The show takes place next to the London Eye, on the banks of the Thames. During the show you can hear the chimes of Big Ben and the London Eye lights up changing color.
For some years it is mandatory to buy tickets to see them (up close). There are several zones, but the price of the entrance is the same, 10 Pounds. If you haven’t been able to get your ticket, don’t worry. You will be able to look for a place to see them with less visibility in the streets and bridges around the viewing area or look for some hill further away from which to see them.
New Year’s Eve partys
If after the fireworks you feel like going, you can go to one of the clubs in the city where you can dance and enjoy until the early hours. In addition, there are also emblematic celebrations in the city such as the Vintage New Year's Ball, the London New Year's Eve Ball or the party at Sky Bar London (some of them with dinner option).
New Year's Day
If you have survived the New Year's Eve, there are also activities to enjoy on New Year's Day.
The main one is the New Year's parade that goes from Picadilly to Parliament Street. You can see it from any point of the route for free. There is also access to bleachers paying for a ticket. In the parade are involved neighborhoods, associations, schools,... from around the world. It is a totally recommendable tradition. After the parade, at Waterloo Place there is an area to eat something and regain strength.
We hope you enjoy your stay in London and that you celebrate New Year's Eve as it deserves. To avoid having to worry during your stay, remember to change Euros to Pounds before your trip. At Eurochange you can make your change immediately in our offices or make your purchase online and receive it in 24 hours at home.
Enjoy your trip!
November 19, 2018