The best free places to watch the London New Year’s Eve fireworks
Usher in the New Year with a night full of spectacle and wonder, watching the world-famous London fireworks display by the River Thames. Even though you may need tickets to get into the officially marked areas, there are plenty of places where you’ll be able to get a wonderful look at the London New Year’s Eve fireworks for free so you’ll still be able to hail the new year in style. For even more places to visit in London, check out our nine must-visit places for arts and culture in the city.
The best places to watch the London New Year’s Eve fireworks
After a visit to the Royal Observatory, get comfortable for an evening out watching the London fireworks at Greenwich Park. Whether you choose to stand by the Meridian Sundial, the Greenwich Park band stand or the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park is an open space that will have you ooh-ing and aah-ing with delight at what’s in the sky and what’s around you. Take in the festivities and stand on the prime meridian line while bringing in the new year. In a Royal Park stretching for 183 acres, there are plenty of spots at the park that will leave you marvelling over the night sky.
Get away from the busy streets of central London and watch the fireworks in Hampstead Heath. Just four miles north of the West End, Hampstead Heath is an open space with over 750 acres of greenery. One of the best places to sit is Parliament Hill, providing unparalleled views of the London skyline, with the fireworks and skyline coming together to give a fantastic display that is sure to make your New Year go off with a bang!
Let the London fireworks whizz above you at Primrose Hill and watch the London skyline come to life like never before. Situated in Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is four miles away from the centre of the action. But with its clear views of central London, see the sky burst into life with an abundance of colourful fireworks in the distance, alongside space to sit back, relax and take in the view.
One of 214 bridges over the River Thames, the Millennium Bridge was opened in 2002 and sees over 100,000 people walk across it each day. On New Year’s Eve, the bridge becomes a prime spot for people to view the fireworks. If you want to see the fireworks from this angle, you may have to stand on the bridge for around four to six hours in order to get the best views. However, the Millennium Bridge is an unbeaten location for watching the fireworks, due to its proximity and height off of the river.
Vauxhall Bridge may be one of the oldest bridges in London with over 2000 years of history, however it is still a prime spot to get a glimpse of the New Years fireworks. Connecting Vauxhall and Pimlico together, the bridge is one and a half miles away from the action, but you’ll still be able to see the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London at its finest during the night time. Offering a beautiful, clear view of the skyline, Vauxhall Bridge is a great place to stand for those who want a slice of the action with smaller crowds. If you’re looking to stand somewhere else, taking in the fireworks on Lambeth Bridge will provide a similar view.