London is a great city to see in the new year, with so many attractions to offer, from famous landmarks to a quite dazzling range of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, and of course one of the most watched midnight fireworks displays anywhere in the world.
The focus of the main show is the iconic Big Ben, which strikes the official midnight bells and represents the countdown focus for the whole world, positioned as it is on the Greenwich Meridien, marking the point from which everyone else measures their time.
If you're in London on new year's eve then it makes sense to also stick around for the parade on new year's day, which is a spectacle well worth seeing. For full details of this year's parade, including the times, lineup and options for live online streams, visit here: London New Year Parade 2018
The big headline performer in London this new year's eve will be Robbie Williams, playing live at Central Hall in Westminster in a show titled Robbie Rocks Big Ben Live, which will also be shown live on BBC1. The show will apparently be choreographed with the fireworks, which should be interesting! See details on our live streaming page for how you can watch this online.
The 2017 fireworks lasted around 11 minutes and we can expect similar this year - they take place on the Thames around the London Eye (now officially the EDF Energy London Eye - typical of London to embrace corporate sponsorship so gladly!) so anywhere along the river should afford you a pretty decent view. The arrival of midnight is also welcomed with the traditional rendition of Auld Lang Syne by the crowds gathered along the banks of the Thames.
One development for new year's eve 2017 was that visitors were charged to attend the fireworks display, with 100,000 tickets being made available at 10 pounds each - tickets for this year are now on sale here
With crowds at previous events several times greater than the available ticket numbers there are sure to be many people left disappointed, so make sure if you're going you get your tickets asap. There isn't necessarily a great urgency though, last new year's tickets didn't completely sell out until December.
Don't worry if you miss out on the fireworks tickets though as there is always loads going on throughout London on new year's eve - you can find a plethora of suggestions catering to most tastes and budgets via the new year's eve section on Visit London.
One of the most popular diversions for those with a decent budget is to take a cruise on the River Thames, pretty much guaranteeing yourself one of the best views of the fireworks. We especially like the look of the New Year's Eve Party and Champagne cruises departing from the Embankment Pier.
There are also decent fireworks views to be had from the Southbank Centre, where they also hold a big new year party, while the Natural History Museum also host a popular new year event.
If you prefer not to pay, or indeed endure the crowds, you can also watch London New Years Eve Fireworks display from a variety of land-based vantage points. Watch the free fireworks from The Southbank, Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment, Greenwich Hill, Primrose Hill, and one of the several hugely popular London rooftop bars.
London is regarded by many as the global capital for clubbing, with some of the best clubs, best DJs and new music. Recommended venues to try out for New Years Eve include Gem Bar in Soho, Tiger Tiger, Oxygen, East Village, Cargo, Cafe de Paris, Madame Jo Jos, Floripa, Notting Hill Arts Club and Pacha.
The London new year's eve fireworks can be watched on TV, with excellent coverage via the BBC that is also available as an online webcast stream.
There are also some live streaming webcam views ideally located to watch the display - see the full range of live coverage options here:
If you're planning on visiting London over the New Year period, then be warned it will be very, very busy and also quite expensive, so even more so than usual early reservation is strongly recommended. You can search for deals at all of the top London venues, plus other local hotels here.
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