10 Things to Do in London on New Year’s Eve


London is a hub of activity during the festive season, and this is never more evident than on New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re eager to join a local party or prefer to keep your celebrations a little more low-key, here are a few of our favourite ways to ring in 2020 in style…

1.) Visit Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is one of the biggest and best festive attractions in London, offering a fantastic array of Christmas-themed things to see and do. This includes everything from funfair rides to ice-skating and seasonal entertainment. On your visit, you’ll even be able to sample a few festive dishes and shop for a few mementos of your trip to London.

All of these attributes help Winter Wonderland land the prime position on our list of NYE suggestions. Located in Hyde Park, festivities usually continue until around 10pm, so you’ll need to head elsewhere to see in 2020. However, as a precursor to your final New Year’s Eve destination, Winter Wonderland is hard to beat.

2.) Join a NYE Pub Crawl

The great British pub crawl doesn’t stop just because it’s New Year’s Eve, and this year there’s even a very special way to enjoy a festive-themed version. Zoo Bar is hosting a New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl, which is the perfect way to enjoy a few glasses of Prosecco as the clock strikes midnight – all while meeting new people.

If you’re in the mood for lots of socialising and sampling local wines, beers and spirits, then this is a great way to do so while enjoying the latest M by Montcalm Spa deals.

3.) Party at the Natural History Museum

When you think of London’s museum scene, you might not immediately associate it with parties and the city nightlife. However, the Natural History Museum regularly hosts a wide variety of different events throughout the year, targeted specifically at ‘out of hours’ celebrations and attractions which bring the venue to life in a new light.

This year, you’ll be able to enjoy the upcoming Creatures of the Night party on New Year’s Eve. The event is designed to make the most of the space, with UV lighting, mask-making classes, musical bingo and much more. For party-lovers seeking the ideal end to 2019 after a spa day with afternoon tea, this is a great option.

4.) Watch the NYE Fireworks

London’s New Year firework display is famous all over the world. The main event has been ticketed for the last few years, and unfortunately tickets have already sold out. However, there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy the spectacle away from the official viewing platform.

Several of London’s Royal Parks and green spaces are hosting their own mini-celebrations with a view of the fireworks, and there’s no need to buy a ticket to attend. For those who really want to see the fireworks from the main platform, there’s always a chance you can pick up some last minute tickets on a resale site while staying at 5 star hotels in London.

5.) See The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall

The theatre scene is another famous part of London culture, and if you’re staying in the city then you should definitely take the opportunity to see a show. On New Year’s Eve, you’ll be able to view a festive favourite, with the Royal Albert Hall’s performance of The Nutcracker.

For full information on tickets and how to secure your place, head to the official Royal Albert Hall website.

6.) Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Comedy Festival

How about a few laughs to see you into the new year? The comedy scene in London is vast, and this event brings together some of the most significant figures of local comedy to keep you smiling as we head towards 2020. It’s a unique and fun-filled way to celebrate the year which has passed, and toast to a year which is just about to begin.

7.) Attend an elegant New Year’s Eve gala

The Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala is without doubt one of the most elegant and refined ways to celebrate the new year, with music from Strauss and a formal dress code. If you’re feeling particularly upmarket after your trip to the Versace Spa London, we recommend grabbing some tickets before they sell out.

8.) Sail along the River Thames

The River Thames is a major London landmark, providing both a working waterway and a delightful way to see more of the city while you’re visiting. On New Year’s Eve there will be a selection of fantastic one-night-only experiences, such as luxurious River cruisers providing delicious on-board meals, and high-octane trips in clippers.

Thames Rockets, Thames Jet and City Cruises are all providing their own spin on the idea, offering meals, great views or even celebratory hampers at midnight.

9.) Head for Southbank’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular

The New Year’s Eve Spectacular at Southbank Centre is a fantastic way to celebrate, with great views of the London fireworks and plenty of space to explore. Here you’ll find everything from tasty treats to live performances, dancing and live music throughout the night, with a dramatic artistic venue as the backdrop for it all.

10.) Spend NYE at the Gold Mansion

New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t get much more impressive than this, with the air of exclusivity as an added bonus! The dress code for the event is ‘golden’, and the Gold Mansion is only giving away its venue a mere 48-hours before it takes place.

However, a few key details have been uncovered, such as the knowledge that there’ll be tons of street food, a range of VIP areas and an art room available for guests to explore. In addition, you can also enjoy the ‘Best Dressed Guests’ competition, which is sure to produce a lucky winner.