Things To Do In London On New Year's Eve

Things To Do In London On New Year's Eve

This article is sponsored by London New Year's Eve Ball at Evolution London.

Party the night away at Southbank Centre. Image: Clem Onojeghuo

Whether you want to start 2023 with a bang, or would rather spend the last day of 2022 in an altogether more chilled manner, there are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve and see in 2023 in London.

Browse the best events taking place in the capital on 31 December, and get those New Year's Eve plans wrapped up.

London's New Year's Eve fireworks

Photo: Kevin Hackert via Unsplash

After two years of cancellations, London's New Year's Eve fireworks on the Thames are back! You'll need a ticket to get anywhere near them — the first batch went on sale in October, with a second batch coming early December.

If you don't manage to get a ticket, you can watch it live on BBC One and iPlayer... if you're not too busy having fun at one of these parties, that is.

New Year's Eve parties and clubbing in London

New Year's Eve at The Candlelight Club

Legendary Jazz Age speakeasy The Candlelight Club once again heralds the new year with a decadent evening of cabaret, live music and dancing. Glamorous 1920s attire is encouraged as you enjoy cabaret from Champagne Charlie, live music from the Bubbly Boys, vintage DJing, Charleston dance routines from the Gatsby Girls and a glimpse into what 2022 has in store, from fortune teller Lucius. Tickets from £50.

NYE Spectacular at Southbank Centre

Dance your way through several decades at Southbank Centre's New Year's Eve Spectacular, which has five different floors featuring music from different eras, from the 1920s to the modern day. Six bars, pop-up nightclubs and live entertainment combine for a lively start to 2023 — plus, you can catch a glimpse of those fireworks from the outdoor spaces. Tickets from £110.

Midnight Island at Bar Elba

We're fans of Bar Elba; it's got twinkly lights, fruity cocktails, and views over London's rooftops — as well as being handily located across from Waterloo station. Midnight Island is the venue's theme this NYE, with unlimited drinks and canapés included in your ticket, as well as live entertainment. By our estimations, it should be a fairly decent spot to watch the fireworks too. Tickets from £125.

New Year's Eve Spectacular at Southbank Centre offers a view of the fireworks. Image credit: Nathan Kaemena

Glitterbomb NYE at Tonight Josephine, Shoreditch

The east London branch of Bar Elba's sister venue, Tonight Josephine, is going all out with a glitterbomb theme — "the stuff of a magpie's fantasies", apparently. Dress in your blingiest outfit and party the night away with karaoke, lip sync battles and drag cabaret. Tickets from £25.

Skylight at Tobacco Dock

Another rooftop option is Skylight at Tobacco Dock, which sees in 2023 with a party featuring a selection of guest DJs. Tickets include a glass of champers on arrival, and London's fireworks will be shown on screen in the venue — though do note that you can't see them in person from the rooftop here. Tickets from £39.

Masquerade party at Neverland London

Fulham's riverside party venue Neverland London throws a masquerade party, with its various igloos, ski lift, winter cabin and Alpine lodge seating areas available to hire for groups. Music comes courtesy of the resident DJ. Tickets from £30.

New Year's Eve cruises on the Thames

City Cruises offers ample options for taking to the river on New Year's Eve — all of which offer you a prime position for watching that fireworks show. You could enjoy a sophisticated gala dinner, tuck into a picnic as you cruise, or even see in 2023 roaring up the river on a speedboat. Tickets from £230.

How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

We've spent a good few NYEs dancing away to Belle and Sebastian, the Ronettes, Orange Juice et al at indie/soul club night How Does It Feel To Be Loved? This year, it's spinning tunes at Signature Brew Haggerston, and the 8pm-3am opening means you get a decent go of it on the dancefloor too. Joyous stuff. Tickets £10.

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Dodgems, unlimited drinks and dazzling acts at this NYC-themed ball

Young adults crash into each other on the dodgems

Well, here's a New Year's Eve option that'll have you feeling a million bucks! The London New Year's Eve Ball is an all-inclusive, fully-immersive evening of revelry that brings the magic of the Big Apple to Battersea Park.

On 31 December, Evolution London is transformed into a New York City-inspired wonderland, with breathtaking scenery that'll transport you to the streets, bars, subway stations and ballrooms of the city that never sleeps. Expect neon signs, graffiti art and Manhattan-style glitz. The theme continues with the entertainment — a Broadway-style stage show complete with jaw-dropping acrobatics and trapeze art.

And the best bit? You won't pay a dime once you get inside. Absolutely everything is included with your £199 ticket price. That means bottomless beer, wine and soft drinks; a fabulous four-course feast; a live band and top London DJs to get your groove on to; plus fairground fun in the form of dodgems and pin ball machines. Get your tickets while they last!

London New Year's Eve Ball at Evolution London (Battersea Park). Tickets cost £199.

Things to do on New Year's Eve in London that aren't parties (including daytime events)

A bridge of fairy lights across a path, with wooden market huts on either side, a giant Christmas tree in the foreground and the big observation wheel in the background, all lit up at night
Photo: Winter Wonderland

Not a party animal? Want to celebrate NYE with the kids? Fancy doing something in the day, then heading home to watch the fireworks from your sofa? We've got you covered, with these alternative New Year's Eve events.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

It's the last week of this year's Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Get stuck into the markets, food and drink stalls, giant ferris wheel, ice rink, ice kingdom, circus shows and more. Open 10am-10pm (although it may close early today)

Winter carriage rides in Richmond Park

Operation Centaur is running its winter carriage rides around Richmond Park in daylight hours this New Year's Eve. Up to six people can hop in the brake and enjoy a ride through the park, snuggled up under a blanket. The experience also includes refreshments and a tour of the working stables. 10.30am-1.30pm

The Nutcracker at The Royal Albert Hall

Today's your last chance to see The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall this season. See the Birmingham Royal Ballet tell the story of Clara, her toys, and the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. 12pm/4pm

Ice skating on New Year's Eve

Why not take a twirl on the ice at one of London's winter ice skating rinks? From Somerset House to Hampton Court Palace, there's an ice rink somewhere nearish you. They may be closing earlier tonight, but there's time to get a mid-afternoon, or maybe early evening, skate in.

Last Updated 01 November 2022

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