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Alternative Places to See London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks

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London Writer
Updated: 4 July 2018
If you’re planning on attending London’s New Year Fireworks you’ll need to think about booking well in advance. However, if you want to admire the fireworks for free (or perhaps you don’t fancy standing in the freezing cold for several hours) there are many other spots in the capital to enjoy the view from. Here are some alternative places to watch London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, which are some of the best London fireworks viewing areas.

Hampstead Heath

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Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath | © I Wei Huang/Shutterstock
Any Londoner will know Hampstead Heath offers spectacular skyline views of the city all year round, but London’s New Year’s Eve firework display is a particularly special and vibrant occasion. If you’re looking to make a whole evening of it, head to one of Hampstead’s beautiful pubs for dinner and drinks before midnight to get you into the New Year spirit. Hampstead Heath is also walking distance from Hampstead Station and Belsize Park Tube, which is great if you want to head into central to celebrate.
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Millennium Bridge

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Watch the fireworks on one of London's many bridges | © Commons Wikimedia
London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks may now be ticketed but there are still plenty of spots in central London to soak up the celebration. If you don’t mind wrapping up warm and getting there a bit earlier, Millennium Bridge is a great place a little bit further down the river to watch the London New Year’s firework show light up the sky. Similarly, Southwark Bridge, Tower Bridge, Vauxhall Bridge and Lambeth Bridge are all local to the fireworks and don’t require tickets, so if you want a clear view of the event but haven’t managed to grab a ticket these locations are great alternatives.
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Royal Festival Hall

Concert Hall
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Royal Festival Hall, London.
Royal Festival Hall, London. | © Peter D Noyce / Alamy Stock Photo
Located on London’s Southbank, Central Bar at Royal Festival Hall promises great views of the riverside firework display. Every year the venue hosts an annual spectacular vintage nightclub with music from the swinging 1920s through to the 1990s, covering swing, rock’n’roll, soul, disco, house and cabaret. Whatever your music taste, this annual event will coax you onto the dance floor. The balcony of the fourth floor has an incredible view of the London Eye and the river, so you’ll have a prime firework-viewing spot. To top it all off, every year there’s also a hair and beauty salon, walkabout entertainment and photo studios. If you’re a lover of all things vintage don’t miss this great New Year party.
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Sky Garden

Building, $$$
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You don't need to look outside for great views at the Sky Garden | © Wikimedia Commons
If you’re looking to see the New Year in with a splash of sophistication, Sky Garden’s New Year parties are renowned for being an exclusive spot to celebrate. Guests can watch not only the London New Year’s Eve fireworks but ones all across the city with an incredible 360 view across the capital. The occasion promises to be a night of luxurious cocktails and spectacular food with cooking stations offering treats from around the world. VIP tickets also include a champagne breakfast with smoked salmon and caviar served from 5am – the perfect first meal of the new year. With live music and DJs performing throughout the evening, Sky Bar’s extravagant New Year bash is certainly the ultimate way to celebrate if you don’t mind splashing the cash on a ticket.
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Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Alexandra Palace

Building, Concert Hall, Park
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Entrance to Alexandra Palace, London, England.
Entrance to Alexandra Palace, London, England. | © Alex Segre / Alamy Stock Photo
If it’s breathtaking views of the capital you’re after, Alexandra Palace is the place to be on New Year’s Eve, particularly if you’re on a budget. If you want to be super savvy, pack a couple of bottles of fizz and protect yourself from the chilling December weather with a thick coat and scarf and essentially you’ve got the same view as buildings in the capital, plus you’re saving money on drinks. If you want to keep seeing the New Year through partying when the fireworks have finished, simply hop on the overground and it will take you into central London.
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