The Ultimate List of Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in London

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If you're planning to welcome the New Year in London, you're in for a treat! Whether you're with your loved one or family, the city offers a variety of exciting events that are sure to leave you with unforgettable memories. To make the most out of your experience, keep in mind that London's public transportation runs all night on New Year’s Eve, so be sure to take advantage of these affordable services to save time and have fun!

Take the Whole Family to the Natural History Museum

If you are visiting with your kids, a visit to the famous National History Museum with its unique and larger-than-life exhibits is a must. The museum offers free entry and is the perfect place to spend a day admiring one-of-a-kind dinosaur exhibits, such as the currently running Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur.

With the opulent Park Grand London Hyde Park as your abode in the heart of the city, celebrate New Year’s Eve with some of the best events and adventures at your doorstep! On New Year's Eve, the museum hosts an on-site party with live performances, DJs, and a silent disco! You can also explore its immersive galleries during the museum's late opening hours. Keep in mind that tickets for the New Year's Eve party at the National History Museum tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to book yours now!

Experience a Broadway Show

The city of London is famous for its world-renowned theatres that offer a dazzling array of plays and musicals all year round. During the festive season, the theatres host a slate of shows, and most of them have a matinee performance on New Year's Eve. Here are our top recommendations for the best New Year's Eve show in the city:

  • Les Misérables at Sondheim Theatre
  • Frozen the Musical at Theatre Royal Dury Lane

If you're looking to score the best deals on the tickets, we suggest purchasing them directly from the TKTS booth in Leicester Square, moments away from your accommodation near Hyde Park London or at the theatre itself.

Celebrate New Year’s in Trafalgar Square

If you're planning to celebrate New Year's Eve like a true Londoner, you should head to Trafalgar Square! This renowned location offers an exciting countdown to welcome the New Year and is one of the most popular squares in the city where you can enjoy people-watching and absorb the lively atmosphere. Additionally, you can make the most of your visit by exploring the splendid National Gallery nearby.

Ice Skating at Somerset House

Reserve your stay at one of the luxurious hotels near Paddington and experience the grandeur of Somerset House, an 18th-century iconic building that is famous for hosting one of the best ice-skating rinks in the city during the holiday season. Ice-skating at Somerset House has become a part of London's New Year's Eve tradition, and it's an experience you won't want to miss! On New Year's Eve, a special ticketed event starts from 7 pm onwards, which includes ice- skating, DJ sets, delicious food, and breathtaking views of the London New Year's Eve fireworks show.

Shopping and Afternoon Tea

Start your New Year's celebrations early by indulging in wholesome festive shopping experiences at some of the city's major shopping locations, including Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, and Covent Garden. Also, make sure to treat yourself to a quintessentially British afternoon tea experience at one of the exquisite restaurants near Hyde Park.

So, what are you waiting for, start planning your London holiday, now!