South Bank London

New Year's Eve celebrations in South Bank

27 th October 2023

Grab front-row seats to watch one of the world's most incredible pyrotechnic displays!

The first tickets for The Mayor of London’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display go on sale on Friday 3 November at midday, and the second batch goes on sale on Friday 1 December at midday. 

The capital’s biggest night of the year will once again see more than 100,000 ticket-holders gather by the river to watch the incredible fireworks display in front of South Bank’s London Eye.

To ensure the event is safe and fun for all, since 2014 London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show has been hosted as a ticketed event. If you want to watch the fireworks from the central London viewing areas such as South Bank you must have secured a ticket in advance.

Where can I buy a ticket to watch the fireworks?

Tickets can only be purchased from this year’s official ticket sale outlet

There are 100,000 tickets available this year. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 3 November at midday. Keep your eye on the Mayor of London's New Year's Eve page for the very latest updates. A second batch goes on sale on Friday 1 December at midday.

How much do tickets cost?

Each ticket costs £20 with every penny used to pay for the additional costs associated with delivering an event of this scale.

Photo ©London Eye
London New Year's Eve fireworks.

How do I access the South Bank on New Year’s Eve?

Note that from the late afternoon on New Year’s Eve, much of the South Bank is closed to vehicles and access is restricted to ticket holders only.

If you don’t have a ticket to view the fireworks, you will not be allowed through the temporary barriers. If you do have a ticket, make sure to follow carefully the instructions and correspondence received with your tickets about how to access the fireworks viewing areas in South Bank.

You will need to show your tickets at the entrance gates to access the viewing areas. To manage any incidents of ticket touting, the main ticket buyer may also be asked to show photo ID at the entry gate.

If you are here to attend a party at one of South Bank's restaurants or hotels, follow the entrance instructions very carefully well in advance of the day.

On the map below you can see the locations of the access points to the different coloured ticketed fireworks viewing areas.

See the official Mayor of London New Year's Eve page here for full details on ticketing and access to the fireworks viewing areas.

All the viewing tickets are sold out, is there another way I can watch the fireworks in South Bank?

If you would like to join in the atmosphere on the South Bank but couldn’t get your hands on a viewing ticket, several South Bank restaurants are hosting special New Year’s Eve parties. Note that you must book for these parties well in advance and most venues also expect you to pay a deposit to secure your booking.

Pay close attention to the instructions supplied by the venue about how to access their space on New Year's Eve. Plan your travel carefully in advance as access to South Bank is strictly controlled on New Year’s Eve and public transport will be particularly busy on this night.

Which South Bank restaurants are hosting New Year’s Eve parties that I can book?

12th Knot 
Every year the chic Sea Containers London hotel hosts a glittering New Year’s Eve party at its rooftop cocktail bar 12th Knot. This year’s party includes live upbeat pop and R&B from Nic Hanson and an eclectic mix of electronic sounds with afro-house and hip-hop tunes by resident DJ LeDoe. Tickets start from £80, £215 with an open bar.

La Gamba 
The Galician tapas restaurant at Southbank Centre hosts its first-ever New Year’s Eve party. The Spanish fiesta includes welcome drinks and nibbles followed by a four-course dinner and live music. Following a New Year’s countdown on the terrace, the party continues with a DJ and dancing. Tickets cost £225.

The Southbank Centre’s branch of the popular chain Giraffe celebrates New Year’s Eve with a festive package that includes canapes and prosecco on arrival and a four-course dinner followed by a DJ party. Tickets cost £175.

Ping Pong 
Ping Pong’s New Year’s Eve party is a colourful affair kicking off from 9 pm until 2am at Southbank Centre with feasting, DJs and dancing. There are a variety of ticket options available, all of which include the festive Shanghai Feast dim sum platter and glasses of bubbly on arrival and at midnight. Upgrade to the silver and gold tickets for cocktails, late-night canapes, and access to the VIP lounge. Tickets from £150.

The contemporary restaurant Skylon at Royal Festival Hall celebrates New Year's Eve with lots of bubbly and a decadent seven-course menu that includes luxurious dishes like a trio of duck, BBQ lobster, caviar and blinis and mushrooms with winter truffle. Tickets cost £375.

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar 
You will be hard-pressed to find a better view of the fireworks than from the Marriott County Hall Hotel’s Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar. For this New Year’s Eve party, Executive Chef Jamie Welch has designed a bespoke five-course wine-paired menu. This is a black tie affair starting with Champagne and canapes at 7pm, and following dinner there’s live music and dancing until 2am. Tickets cost £450.


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