Lonely Planet Writer

Tickets for London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display are now on sale

If you’re planning on being in London for the New Year, you might want to keep an eye out for tickets for the city’s famous fireworks display. The first batch of tickets is set to go on sale at noon this Friday, 29 September.

Around 100,000 spectators are expected to line the banks of the Thames to watch the display unfold with a further 12 million viewers watching on TV. Tickets cost £10 each – the same price as 2014 when ticketing was first introduced. The display will feature than 12,000 fireworks, 2000 lighting cues and 30 tonnes of equipment on three barges.

New Year’s  over the Tower Bridge. Image by Getty Images/franckreporter

“London is the greatest city in the world and our amazing fireworks display on the banks of the River Thames cannot be beaten,” said the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

“Visitors will witness an extraordinary display, showing that London is open for business, outward-looking and open to all people from across the world. My number-one priority is the safety of all Londoners and, as always, the police and emergency services will be working closely with organisers to ensure the evening’s festivities run smoothly and are safe for everyone to enjoy.”

London's firework new year eve
A colourful celebration! Image by Getty Images/Towfiqu Photography

Despite the fact that Big Ben has been silent due to renovation works this year, the unmistakable bell will sound to kick-start the fireworks and ring in the New Year. Due to high demand, Londoners have been reminded that those without a ticket will not be able to enter the viewing area so they will need to book in advance.

Bookmark this website to find out more about the tickets and get alerts when they go on sale.