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If you’re visiting London around New Years, you’re in for a treat. The festive season is a bit like a dreamland of Christmas lights and fun activities in the lead up to the 31st of December. As usual, on New Year’s Eve, there’s a world-famous fireworks display in Central London that brings over 100,000 people to see it in person (btw you can book tickets for that on the Mayor of London’s website).

But don’t worry, there are a ton of fun places to go on this special night (and that won’t require you to stand in the freezing cold for a couple of hours) so keep reading to find out what to do in London on New Year’s Eve.

*This post has been updated for the 2022 holiday season. Some of the links below are affiliated which helps us keep the free content coming.

(WA = Wheelchair Accessible)

Book a swanky dinner on New Years Eve in London

Book a special dinner for your New Year’s Eve celebration in London. Here’s a small selection of options.

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Masquerade Ball at The Dorchester

A masquerade ball is one of the most stylish ways to start off the new year. The Dorchester throws one of the best ones in town, featuring live music and entertainment, incredible food, and dancing into the early hours. The evening will begin with a Champagne and canape reception before moving into the stunning Dorchester Ballroom for a feast laid on by the hotel’s talented culinary team.

The Dorchester | Mayfair

The classic Ritz hotel is hosting a black tie gala with a six course dinner (including champagne), where you’ll be entertained with performances from a live band, the traditional sounds of bagpipes from The Lone Piper and 14-piece military marching band. When midnight comes there will be a countdown to the new year, and then the night continues with live music from the band The New Atlantics. This is an event of a lifetime but it does come with a hefty price tag of £1,500 per person.Image Courtesy of The Ritz

The Ritz

The classic Ritz hotel is hosting a black tie gala with a six course dinner (including champagne), where you’ll be entertained with performances from a live band, the traditional sounds of bagpipes from The Lone Piper and 14-piece military marching band. When midnight comes there will be a countdown to the new year, and then the night continues with live music from the band The New Atlantics. This is an event of a lifetime but it does come with a hefty price tag of £1,900 per person.

The Ritz | WA | Piccadilly

Revelry: A Savoy New Year is a grand gala dinner filled with lots of live music, entertainment, dancing and incredible food. Drink some champagne while you appreciate the gorgeous views of the Thames, then you’ll move onto their Lancaster Ballroom where you’ll experience a five-course dinner paired with wines and thrilling entertainment.Image Courtesy of Savoy

Savoy

Revelry: A Savoy New Year is a grand gala dinner filled with lots of live music, entertainment, dancing and incredible food. Drink some champagne while you appreciate the gorgeous views of the Thames, then you’ll move onto their Lancaster Ballroom where you’ll experience a five-course dinner paired with wines and thrilling entertainment.

Savoy | WA | Westminster

In this three Michelin-star restaurant all the menus are prepared with seasonal produce, which means the menus are constantly changing to give you the best dishes. Their New Year’s Eve menu includes some lavish dishes such as caviar, black truffle, lobster and pigeon.Image Courtesy of The Connaught

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

In this three Michelin-star restaurant all the menus are prepared with seasonal produce, which means the menus are constantly changing to give you the best dishes. Their New Year’s Eve menu includes some lavish dishes such as caviar, black truffle, lobster and pigeon.

The Connaught | WA | Mayfair

You might remember the Mama Shelter hotel from my blog post on Cool Hotels in East London or from my review video (linked below), it’s one of the best and most affordable hotels you can book in London. They are celebrating the New Year with a three-course dinner, a welcoming vodka cocktail and acts from Crystal of RuPaul's Drag Race and guest performers, and music by DJ Tina Edwards. The theme is “It's Disco Bitch”.Image Courtesy of Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter

You might remember the Mama Shelter hotel from my blog post on Cool Hotels in East London or my review video (linked below), it’s one of the best and most affordable hotels you can book in London. They are celebrating the New Year with a three-course dinner, a welcoming vodka cocktail and DJ set, live entertainment, roller disco, retro games, 70’s costumes and much more.

Mama Shelter | Bethnal Green

 

London New Year’s Eve parties

Who doesn’t want to party on New Year’s Eve in London? Here are some parties you can crash. Definitely book your tickets in advance as the best ones always sell out fast.

Watch London Fireworks from a Thames Boat Party

Geta front row seat to the amazing fireworks display that showers London at midnight with this boat party. Spread over two decks you’ll have London’s finest DJs to party to, as well as an open deck and a pub-priced bar serving drinks all night long. 

NYE Fireworks on the Thames with After-Party | Westminster

 

Ballie Ballerson is a famous ball pit cocktail bar in Shoreditch. Yes, they actually have a huge adult ball pit that you get to play in. This year they are throwing a glitter and sequins NYE party. You can choose between pre-partying before midnight (between 5-9pm) and attending the Baller Experience and spending midnight with them. Expect buy-one-get-one free cocktails, a free glass of champagne at midnight, and if you go with their VIP ticket you’ll also get pizza.Image Courtesy of Ballie Ballroom

Ballie Ballroom

Ballie Ballerson is a famous ball pit cocktail bar in Shoreditch. Yes, they actually have a huge adult ball pit that you get to play in. This year they are throwing a glitter and sequins NYE party. You can choose between pre-partying before midnight (between 5-9pm) and attending the Baller Experience and spending midnight with them. Expect buy-one-get-one free cocktails, a free glass of champagne at midnight, and if you go with their VIP ticket you’ll also get pizza.

Ballie Ballroom | Shoreditch | (2023 TBC)

Whether you have been on this planet for a while and got to experience the 70’s IRL, or you were born a little too late but want to experience that decade, then Blame Gloria is for you. For New Year’s Eve, they’ve prepared a Studio 54 party, honoring the iconic exclusive NYC disco club from the 70’s. Dress appropriately for this trip back in time.Image Courtesy of Blame Gloria

Blame Gloria

Whether you have been on this planet for a while and got to experience the 70’s IRL, or you were born a little too late but want to experience that decade, then Blame Gloria is for you. For New Year’s Eve, they’ve prepared an ABBA party. Dress appropriately to go through this ride through the realms of disco.

Covent Garden | Clapham Junction 

Carnival Fever NYE Dinner Party at Ayllu restaurant

For something more fun and colourful, Ayllu is hosting a Carnival-themed dinner party, complete with live dancers, samba rhythms, and electric sets from a stellar lineup of DJs. Your ticket will get you a delicious 9-course tasting menu meal and a glass of champagne to enjoy before you kick it up and dance your pants off.

Carnival Fever NYE Dinner Party | Paddington

 

Candlelight Club is London’s secret 1920’s party. They have no permanent venue and their events are literally lit by candles, to really set the ambiance. Their Candlelight Club New Year’s Eve event will be hosted somewhere in Central London and you’ll be able to experience the late 20’s before we enter the new 20’s. There will be live music and cabaret by Champagne Charlie and the Bubbly Boys, Charleston dance routines from the Gatsby Girls, and the fortune teller Lucius. The event attire is 1920’s glad rags, Great Gatsby style.Image Courtesy of Candlelight Club

Candlelight Club

Candlelight Club is London’s secret 1920’s party. They have no permanent venue and their events are literally lit by candles, to really set the ambiance. Their Candlelight Club New Year’s Eve event will be hosted somewhere in Central Londo, andwhat better way to welcome 2023 than by stepping back to 1923? There will be live music and cabaret by Champagne Charlie and the Bubbly Boys, live music from Elise Roth and he High Standards, vintage DJing from the Bee’s Knees, Charleston dance routines from the Gatsby Girls, and the fortune teller Lucius. The event attire is 1920’s glad rags, Great Gatsby style.

Candlelight Club | Central London

 

Musical experience: Vivaldi on the Strand

Experience a beautiful classical concert performed by The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, with excerpts from Vivaldi’s timeless masterpiece: The Four Seasons. This concert is the perfect tranquil, reflective way to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy the beautiful ambience of the centrally-located St Mary Le Strand illuminated by candlelights.

Vivaldi on the Strand | Covent Garden

Evolution is located in the heart of Battersea Park, where you can go for an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve ball with an Après Ski theme. Your ticket includes a four course dinner prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients; unlimited house beer, wine and soft drinks, a live DJ and disco, a late-night casino, photo booth, a free shuttle bus back to Victoria station after midnight, and much more. Expect gigantic Christmnas trees, fancy chandeliers, blizzards of snow, giant mirror balls, starlit ceiling and giant icicles.Image Courtesy of Evolution London

Evolution London

Evolution is located in the heart of Battersea Park, where you can go for an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve ball with a stunning New York theme. Your ticket includes a sparkling wine and canapé reception, a four-course dinner prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients, unlimited house beer, wine and soft drinks, a live DJ and disco, a late-night casino, photo booth, live streaming of London’s world-famous firework display, a free shuttle bus back to Victoria station after midnight, and much more. Expect gigantic Christmas trees, fancy chandeliers, blizzards of snow, giant mirror balls, starlit ceiling and giant icicles.

Evolution London | WA | Battersea

If you can’t be bothered with formal attire or dressing for a certain decade then check the New Year’s Eve party at Skylight rooftop bar in Tobacco Dock. There will be a DJ, ice skating, delicious Alpine food and winter cocktails. The party will be hosted in their Alpine Ski Bar and the covered Pergola area, and you’ll get a glass of Moet champagne on arrival. If you have a group of you going, you can reserve a covered hut or igloo, which will include mulled wine, champagne, dinner and ice skating tickets.Image Courtesy of Skylight

Skylight Tobacco Dock

If you can’t be bothered with formal attire or dressing for a certain decade then check the New Year’s Eve party at Skylight rooftop bar in Tobacco Dock. There will be a DJ, ice skating, delicious Alpine food and winter cocktails, plus you’ll get a glass of Moet champagne on arrival.

Skylight Tobacco Dock | WA | Tobacco Dock

For more ideas, Fever has of tons of events and things to do on New Years Eve in London.

Need some ideas for what to do in the rest of December? During this period the city is alive with tons of fun things to do, you won’t be out of options with activities like visiting the Southbank Center Winter Festival, or seeing the Christmas lights display or a theatre show

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Jessica Dante

Jess is the founder of Love and London, an online travel guide that helps London tourists to visit London like they live there. She's been featured in Refinery29, Forbes, BBC Radio 2, HuffPost, and more. Jess is also a sustainable and ethical travel advocate.

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