Things to do on New Year’s Eve in London

new year evening in london

When it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations, there’s no place quite like London. On the 31st December, the capital will be abuzz as revellers wait for the countdown to a brand new year. From watching the famous fireworks display over the River Thames, to dancing the night away at an exclusive themed party, there’s plenty to enjoy in the city when the current year draws to a close.

Whether you’re seeking a family-friendly evening packed with fun and excitement, a swanky seven-course meal or an all-out party until the early hours, the city of London will certainly deliver. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in London on New Year’s Eve.

London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display

Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London

London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Naturally, the pyrotechnic spectacle that is broadcast around the world is the capital’s biggest attraction on New Year’s Eve. The display has been ticketed for some years now, and those who managed to get their hands on them will have the best seats in the house as the city welcomes in a new calendar year.

If you’re attending this year’s riverside fireworks display, be aware that the capital will be very busy all evening – try to book a local hotel to minimise travel time. The luxurious Grand Royal London Hyde Park is just a short ride away on the Circle line.

New Year’s Eve Under The Sea

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Natural History Museum

This year, the Natural History Museum will host an unforgettable party with a distinctly oceanic theme, to celebrate the arrival of Hope, the colossal blue whale, at the museum. With sea-themed cocktails, a ‘guilty pleasures’ DJ, musical bingo, a silent disco and access to all of the museum’s exhibits, you’ll be kept thoroughly entertained even after the clock strikes midnight. Don’t forget to dress to impress, using the under-the-sea theme as your style inspiration.

Berners Tavern

10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP

For a more low-key celebration, the highly-rated Berners Tavern is hosting two sittings on New Year’s Eve, both offering five spectacular courses from Jason Atherton. The restaurant won Best Interior at the GQ Restaurant Awards in 2015, so if you’re looking for an opulent setting and the opportunity to slip into your finest attire, get your bookings in now. After five courses and plenty of celebratory champagne, it might be pertinent to secure a booking at a local hotel. The Shaftesbury Suites at Marble Arch are just a short stroll away, down sparkling Oxford Street.

New Year’s Eve Special

The Blitz Party – New Year’s Eve Special

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ

Step back in time with this authentic 1940’s themed party, complete with live big bands, classic cocktails and professional swing dancers. Ladies are encouraged to don their best Victory curls and Rita Hayworth-inspired dresses, while trilby hats, three-piece suits and immaculate brogues are all part of the strict dress code for men. Don’t worry if you’re not experienced enough to cut a rug on this particular dance floor – the event includes a full swing dance class starting at 8pm. Forget 2018 – it’s time to celebrate like it’s 1948!