Demand for London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display is as high as ever, with the official website having crashed several times since tickets went on sale from the end of October.
100,000 tickets have been made available for the display, the proceeds of which will go to Unicef. The clock face of the Elizabeth Tower, the London Eye and other buildings will be illuminated blue in support of the charity.
Ticketholders will be granted access to a prime viewing area around the Coca-Cola London Eye and close to Big Ben.
Five Viewing Zones
Attendees can choose to stand in one of five viewing zones – blue, red, white, green and pink. Find out where each zone is located here.
Whichever area you select, the ticket price is the same.
In the hours before and after the event, access to nearby bridges will not be permitted.
In an effort to prevent ticket touts, ticketholders will need to show ID to prove they are the person named on the ticket.
Buying a ticket for another person as a gift is possible – just follow the instructions on the website.
Britain’s Biggest Display
London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks display is billed as the UK’s biggest. The area opens from 8pm, with a DJ playing from 9pm. After the epic 12-minute fireworks display concludes, the DJ will play once more.
Organisers say the event is not suitable for under-16s because it will be extremely busy, with many in high spirits. As you would expect, pets are not allowed.
The previous mayor Boris Johnson controversially introduced the £10 fee to watch the show. This year’s budget is thought to be in excess of £300,000 – a reminder of just how many fireworks will be let off this year.
Places in London to Watch the Spectacle for Free:
Nearest tube: Greenwich
Great views over the Thames.
Nearest tube: Chalk Farm/Swiss Cottage
One of the city’s highest points. Take a blanket and some Champers.
Nearest tube: Wood Green
A crowded location on this night, but one with fantastic panoramic views.
Nearest tube: Hampstead
A great family-friendly spot to watch all the action.