Start your 2016 off with a bang in London! Unfortunately the Mayor of London is now charging £10 for the presentation of London’s New Years Eve firework’s this year (boo!), but fear not as we have gathered a selection of places to watch the 2016 London fireworks for both free and ticketed!
Be sure to arrive early to whichever place you go to (at least 7-8pm) in order to get a good spot, as it will get crowded really quickly and your view might be restricted. As expected, public transport will be crazy busy but will be free as well. After all there is always a price to play to watch fireworks for free in London
FREE PLACES TO WATCH New Years Eve FIREWORKS 2016:
Start your year off next to Locappy’s current home <3. With this being a free place to watch the NYE fireworks, you really need to make sure you get there early, as Tower Bridge will be met by massive crowds. Once you’ve settled into a nice spot, enjoy the wonderful fireworks over one of London’s historic locations.
Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Street London SE1 3PL.
This Camden location has always been a popular spot for NYE fireworks. Even though this place is far out from the show, you are still guaranteed a great view of the fireworks display. Primrose is located on a hill, so you will be slightly elevated while you get a clear panoramic view of the London Skyline.
Primrose Hill Road, London NW3 3NA
With a nice view of the London Eye, Vauxhall Bridge is a great place to watch the NYE fireworks. It’s quite a distance from the show, but because of the view you won’t miss a thing! You’ll get to enjoy the display of fireworks without being massively crowded by people.
Pimlico, London, London SW1V 3JN
Just past the House of Parliament is Lambeth Bridge. This is a great location to watch the 2016 fireworks as you are right in the heart of the action, but just outside the ticketed area. The view is one of the best things about this bridge as you can see the House of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. Note that this bridge will still be open for cars, but there will be a big enough space on the pavement for pedestrians.
Lambeth Bridge, SE1 7
Right in the heart of the city and just down the river next to St. Paul’s cathedral, Cannon street is just outside the ticketed area of the fireworks display, so you can enjoy it for free! However, because it’s located near the river it’s guaranteed to be busy, so if you want to enjoy those lovely NYE celebrations then arrive early. Be sure to wrap up warm as it’s always colder by the water!
Cannon Street, London EC4N 6AP
This is a little further from central London (just north of Camden), but it is one of the highest points in London, so this will surely guarantee you a great panoramic view of the fireworks show. Hampstead Heath is quite big, so there will be plenty of space for you to choose a spot, if you arrive early of course! Wrap up warm, bring a few drinks, and enjoy the fireworks from a distance while sitting in a beautiful, green park.
Hampstead Heath, London NW5 1QR
ST. JAMES’S PARK
St. James’s park is a great free spot if your in central London, as you’ll get a good view of the fireworks just above the surrounding buildings. Just to note that there will be no traffic will be allowed through the park from 2pm and the eastern side of the park will close to the public from 4pm and there will be access restrictions on all remaining footpaths – so be sure to place in advance where and how you will enter the park.
St. James’s Park, London SW1A 2BJ
NOT FREE PLACES TO WATCH NYE FIREWORKS 2016 (Ticketed):
MAYOR OF LONDON’S NYE 2014 FIREWORKS
Perhaps these are the best views of the fireworks displays, as it’s set up and organised by the Mayor of London. For the first time ever this event will require a ticket and cost you £10, but you will get a spectacular view of the fireworks going off over places like London Bridge and London Eye, along with a live DJ set. Even though this is ticketed, you still need to get there early to ensure you get the best spots. Tickets have been sold out since September, but fear not as a limited batch of tickets will go on sale at noon on December 15th.
WESTMINSTER BRIDGE, VICTORIA EMBANKMENT, AND SOUTH BANK
SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE WITH FORTNUM & MASON
Watching the NYE fireworks while skating on ice? Not much can top that as a way to spend you new years in London. You will get to enjoy and have a toast with a Fortnum and Mason’s Rose Champagne when the clock hits 12, while dancing or skating the night away with a live DJ. Fortnum’s Lodge in Somerset House will have many treats including, vermouths, schnapps, cocktails, champagnes and mulled cider to ensure you don’t go hungry. Most importantly Somerset House will guarantee an amazing view of the Mayor’s NYE fireworks show.
Tickets: spectators ticket £45 or skaters ticket £62.
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
VINTAGE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
After two fantastic sell-out events, Southbank’s Vintage NYE Party is back for a third time. In addition to watching the fireworks on a terrace overlooking the Thames, this event will hold 5 floors of set-dressed entertainment which includes 6 pop-up vintage nightclubs. And don’t worry if you don’t look the part, as you can get your hair and makeup done at the beauty parlour then capture the moment in the photo studio. You can also dine at the event but that will be an extra cost. Although a bit pricey, this event makes sure you get your moneys worth with all the events going on within.
Tickets: Early bird party ticket £97.50 or standard party ticket £117.50 (£75 optional dinner ticket).
REVEILLON AT SUSHI SAMBA
Celebrate 2016 in style inspired by the Brazilian tradition of Réveillon at Sushi Samba. This carnival-themed party will include samba dancers, drummers, a special NYE menu, and a DJ spinning all night! Have a drink on the outdoor roof terrace while you watch the fireworks and take in the view along with the new year. Locappy has been here a few times and we have a feeling that if you can spend a bit of money, this place is one of the best places to watch the NYE fireworks 2016 from!
8 NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE WINTER MASQUERADE BALL
Feeling fancy and willing to spend the cash? Avenue’s Winter Masquerade Ball will surely be a dashing way to spend your New Years in London. Prepare to be transported into the bygone area by this themed event as you will experience the magic and mystery of this very elegant masquerade ball. Before midnight, you will be invited to take a 100m stroll to join the crowd at the river end of Northumberland Avenue, where you can witness the amazing fireworks display. Upon your return you will receive a glass of champagne while you dance the night away.
Tickets: standard ticket £199 or VIP ticket £220
8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BY
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