Celebrate the New Year in the capital this year! Choose from a river cruise to watch the London Fireworks, a wild night out or special day events. We have gathered our top five ways for you to spend New Year’s Eve and bring in 2020 in style. There’s even a night at the museum experience, however Ben Stiller won’t be there, and sadly, the attractions won’t come to life (as far as we know…).
Image: London Fireworks
River Thames, Westminster Pier, SW1A 2JH
Nearest Tube: Embankment
Opening hours: Various departure times
Toast to the New Year onboard one of the many boats setting sail on the River Thames to get a spectacular view of the London Fireworks. With the fireworks being a ticketed event and sold out, we’ve found an alternative that will give you the best seats in the house. Tickets start from £150 depending on which cruise you get, but all offer a glass of bubbles, some delicious food and the chance to dance the night away on the water during one of the biggest nights of the year.
Image: The Shard
The Shard Illuminations
The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Opening hours: Tuesday 31st December to 1st January until 4am
The Shard lights will transform the top 20 floors of the building into a colour display, visible across the Capital. With the displays designed by school children, their designs become a spectacle for all to see. On New Year’s Eve, when the clock strikes midnight, the display will change to a unique spectacle. It will last until the early hours of the next morning for its final show. The event is free, just make sure you find a good view point to take it all in.
Image: National History Museum
Creature of the Night
National History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Opening hours: Tuesday 31st December: 8pm-1am
Night owls get ready for one of the wildest nights of 2019. The National History Museum will open their doors for New Year’s Eve and put on a show that you do not want to miss. Pick up your complimentary drink then try your hand at musical bingo, explore the galleries after hours and dance the night away. There will be massoke where a band plays the most well-known songs and the audience sings along to the lyrics behind. Finally, take the saying ‘shot in the dark’ quite literally and head to one of the many bars. Tickets start from £89 and you can get them here.
Image: Southbank New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Waterloo
Opening hours: Tuesday 31st December: 7pm until early hours of the morning
Set across 5 floors, each room is dressed in style, with the extra bonus of two new rooms being added this year. There are six bars, fifteen DJ’s, dance lessons and live acts. There is even outdoor seating available to have a front row view of the London Firework display. Get yourself dressed up and venture into one of the 6 nightclubs, each hosting a different decade. They go from the roaring 20’s to the present day, with photos booths everywhere to make this a memorable New Year’s Eve. Food and drink will also be available all night, and tickets start from £115. Have a look at everything that’s happening and see where the night will take you.
Image: La Clique
La Clique: NYE Spectacular
Leicester Square Speigeltent, London
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Opening hours: Tuesday 31st December 9.30pm-2am
The mutli award winning West End show is back and ready to help you celebrate the New Year in style. La Clique are set to perform a special performance featuring special guests and spectacular favourites. When midnight has struck, dance the night away with the DJ. The price of admission includes a glass of fizz and dressing up is strongly advised! Expect comedy, cabaret and contemporary performances throughout the night with a few gasps along the way. Tickets start from £85.00 and you can book them here.
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