But surely you aren't coming all the way over to London just for the fireworks either, are you? Seriously, opinions on the fireworks vary, but the majority of Brits, based on comments in this forum see it all as a bit 'meh'.
However, I understand that for people coming form overseas, there's usually a different perspective to what us Brits have. It’s almost a sure thing that among the numerous plans floating in your mind for the New Year celebration is to watch the massive London NYE fireworks.
So if you are heading to the airport or on a layover exploring with your suitcase I would advise you to use left luggage or see the London NYE fireworks from some places mentioned below. The best ticket in town on London NYE is, of course, seeing the London fireworks on the banks of the River Thames.
You can watch new year fireworks in London from your very own room, terrace of rooftop bar of your hotel. Tickets for the Mayor’s spectacular London New Year’s Eve Fireworks celebration are now on sale.
This is a public event, and it starts on Monday 31st December 2018 at 8:00pm and ends on Tuesday 01 January 2019 at 12:45am. This is one of the best place to see London New Year's Eve fireworks as the mood on the night is exciting with great crowds and plenty of music playing while you wait for the countdown.
From the Sky Bar you can enjoy the view of London’s famous firework display and have a good time with friends and family. The London Sky Bar promises to welcome every guest with a champagne reception, a wide variety of delicacies from around the world from live cooking stations, and great music from an amazing DJ while ushering you into the New Year in a fun-filled experience.
This will all take place across stunning venues at the top of London’s iconic Mill bank Tower and will feature the well-known panoramic views of London overlooking the London Eye, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament, Asian inspired Canapés, wonderful live entertainment for up to 12 hours, a Photo Booth dedicated to guests interested in capturing the moments, Champagne toast at midnight, and movies in the cinema with free popcorn. The square in Westminster; the site of Nelson’s Column, National Gallery and frequent demonstrations will be a wonderful place to spend the New Year’s Eve.
There will be an exclusive rooftop party at Trafalgar this New Year’s Eve, boasting amazing views of a spectacular firework show, first-class cuisine and great drinks. You may contact Trafalgar St James to book tickets and find out about room overnight packages.
The Yacht London boasts of a unique nautical setting on the Thames while offering elegant European cuisines to its guests. You can also check out Gateaux Dinner Cruises which offers similar experiences over NYE.
The Yacht has built a reputation for its good food and hospitality as well as offering the best place to see London fireworks, of course. They showcase classic flavor combinations in British dishes with European twists from Head Chefs Marcus Fontaine & Antonio De Castilla while employing the finest produce.
The Yacht London also has a Top Deck and Terrace events space for parties of all occasions where you can also choose to spend part of your New Year Eve. You can pay a visit to the amazing North bank restaurant and bar on the New Year's Eve.
I hope that above gives you an insight into the best place to see fireworks in London New Year’s Eve celebrations. Make sure to use an Oyster Card or contactless payment when riding the underground to get the cheapest fares.
Zone 1 covers Central London where most of the tourist attractions and touristy neighborhoods are located. This includes major attractions like Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, London Eye, Madame Tussauds, British Museum, Science Museum etc… It covers the main areas like Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Convent Garden, Soho, Westminster, Hyde Park, Kensington, Chelsea and South bank.
*Started, Gatwick & Luzon airports are not included in the London zones. Maximum daily cost is the total amount you can be charged in one day, regardless of how many times you use the underground.
Children under the age of 11 travel free on all London public transport when accompanied by an adult child aged 11-15 pay half the adult rate when travelling on the underground, and you can buy a young visitor oyster card at all underground stations. Tourists visiting from outside the UK can also apply for a zip oyster photocard, which gives children aged 11-15 free travel on the underground.
Areas in zone 2 include Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Arlington. Zone 2 includes some areas that are solidly upper class and others that are very much not recommended for tourists.
The point about the area descriptions being somewhat fluid is quite important; I think there has been more than one person posting details of property being described as Chelsea where in reality it is in Sands End for example. West London can be a good choice (parts of Wadham Green, Parsons Green, Hurling ham, Putnam, West Kensington or Hammersmith) but not particularly that convenient for your arrival or departure.
Recently stayed in a 2 bedroom Airbnb apartment in the lovely Holland Park neighborhood. It's in a residential area so very quiet at night but pubs, shops, grocers, 10-15 minutes away.
Sleek modern room, 2 beds, excellent service, 5 minutes to the Swiss Cottage tube station. Easy stroll to Lords Cricket Ground, Regents Park and the zoo.
I wouldn't be hesitant about using zone 2 or even 3 locations if you check Google Maps/street view AND transportation links and times carefully for rentals you are considering. I like Arlington, Chis wick and even Richmond or east Wickersham for some neighborhoods.
Our preteen granddaughters were not particularly morning people 2 years ago when we stayed out to the west (Dealing) so we were never in the thick of things during commuting hours. Both of them have good graphics--maps indicating where the apartments are located, and fantastic search options (i.e. Wi-Fi, smoke-free, etc).
I've always stayed in Zone1 in the past but this time we're on the last leg of our trip and my friend and I wanted our own rooms (too much togetherness over 2 weeks lol). We're staying at Premier Inn London Dealing for about $60 each night per person.
Good tip about not getting on the tube till after commuter rush hour though. Found this property in Notting Hill, London, UK VRB Listing #370784 and stayed there July 2015.
Clean and convenient to shopping and eating on Portabello Road and also a short walk to the tube stops, Kensington Park etc. Most of the 2020s celebrations details have now been released however we are constantly updating this content as new information becomes available.
Please bookmark the page and return or join our Facebook group to stay up to date with the offerings. The biggest change for this year is that the Fireworks will be presented by the NSW State Government and not Sydney City Council.
To show appreciation to all NSW frontline workers, designated areas around Mrs Macquarie’s Point, the Sydney Opera House and Campbell’s Cove will be reserved for them.” You will find details of which passes are required and the application on the official site. If you are going to be in one of the greatest cities in the world on New Year’s Eve you are probably wondering about the best way to spend the night.
The map below clearly shows the green zone ; you cannot enter this area without a pass. With no barges shooting fireworks into the sky this year the views will be restricted to the anywhere you can see the Harbor Bridge from.
Priority for ticketed access to the Green zone will be given to essential workers who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic. The tickets will allow access to Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney Opera House, Campbell’s Cove and the Cahill Expressway and will be distributed by the organizations who employ these workers.
The view from your NYE cruise depends on the position your boat has secured This could be the year to grab a bargain on the harbor with no international visitors demand is expected to be lower.
If you want to be on the water under the fireworks, then you are looking at somewhere between $250 and A$600 per person for a basic food and drink package. All the leading tour operators offer cruises on Sydney Harbor on New Year’s Eve and most include a food and beverage package.
Their flagship the MV Sydney 2000, Captain Cook 3 and the John Cayman 2 so let’s go through what’s on offer on each vessel. Note, all cruises depart from King Street Wharf at Darling Harbor and offer individual seating.
Sydney Cove Oyster Bar will celebrate its last summer at Circular Quay after many years. On offer for the evening is a 5-course devastation dinner prepared by international and award-winning chef Kris Sierpinski.
Live music by local duo Aaron and Gemma Lyon. Aria Sydney with their premium view of the harbor has two offerings, the early seating is $300.
Making sure that the Opera House does not completely miss out on the NYE fun, Trip pas White will be hosting three dining experiences. Choose from Port side, the Yallamundi Rooms or the Joan Sutherland Theater.
I love Opera Bar; it’s the ultimate outdoor venue for NYE on the harbor. Local performers will keep you entertained and a COVID-19 safe dance floor will be available.
Located just along from Opera Bar you will find the same great view, especially from the upper tables. Hot Dub Time Machine will head the entertainment performing from 10pm-midnight.
Two types of tickets are on sale, a VIP seating at $700pp which includes a 4-hour drink package (selected signature cocktails, wine, sparkling, beer & soft drinks) and a rolling feast of charcuterie & cheese on arrival, hot & cold canapés/tapas including Australian seafood, followed by main course & dessert and a glass of French Champagne to toast at midnight. Executive chef Peter Gilmore (Quay) runs the show here, and his food never disappoints.
With front row seats to the Harbor Bridge View Squires Landing will offer a 3-hour beverage package and share menu between 6.30pm-9.30pm. The usual NYE Royal Botanic Garden events are not running this year, there are still an option on offer.
This week (Dec) has seen a bunch of new events go on sale now that COVID-19 restrictions have loosened further. Labelled NYE 2020: The Revelry Pier One’s event features an all-inclusive drinks packages, free-flowing food menus, music and entertainment throughout the night, and great views of the Harbor Bridge in Sydney.
Don your finest mask and prepare for an evening of fine food and wine with a trip to the roof for the NYE fireworks show. The Diamond Reserve tickets are $600 and include a premium hamper with some drinks, entertainment and a view of the Harbor Bridge.
Silver tickets on the concert lawn offer limited views and do not include a hamper but are only $200. The event center at Tonga Zoo will host a 5-course dinner with 5-hour drinks package, live entertainment and a midnight fireworks view.
If you are flush with funds, you can book a two-night stay at Wildlife Retreat at Tonga. This will be an adults-only stay with pricing, which includes 2 nights accommodation and NYE dinner from $2,998 per couple in a Bushland Room.
This over 18s event held in the grounds of the Sydney Observatory is a key fundraiser for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. This cocktail party features DJs and photo booth to help you celebrate while you wait for the skies to light up.
Tickets are $325 and include a substantial finger food package and beverages (French Champagne, red and white wines, beer, cider and soft drinks) More details Last year tickets did not sell out until 27/12/18 The NYE view from Cruise Bar With its position on the Overseas Passenger Terminal at West Circular Quay, this is a great place to see in the New Year.
Start with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival and a 4-Course Menu specially created for just $149. Get the family together and see out the year with a BBQ feast, live music, lawn games and a glass of wine on arrival and $10 cocktails.