18 Dec 2018 — Thames River Sightseeing
If you still fancy your chances of getting a reasonable view further down the river, try the Cannon Street/St Paul’s/Tower Hill areas. But be warned, it’s possible that there will be crowds and people will get there early in order to get the best views. The fireworks are set off from the London Eye, so if you can see it from wherever you are, you know you’ll get a great view of the fireworks. However, the display is mostly an aerial one, so even if you can’t see the Eye itself, if you can see the sky above it, you’ll see something!
Other ways of seeing the fireworks on New Year’s Eve would be to book a place at one of the many events being held in bars and restaurants along the Thames. For instance, the Royal Festival Hall will be transformed into a spectacular club, with two live acts, a dozen DJs, dance lessons, and six pop-up nightclubs themed over different decades from the 1920s to the present day. You’ll then be able to go onto the outdoor terraces at midnight to see in the New Year, before going back inside to party again.
If you truly want a VIP view of the fireworks, there’s still time to book a ticket for a New Year’s Eve Party Cruise on one of our boats through our sister company, Westminster Party Cruises. We may be biased, but quite honestly, it’s the best way to celebrate the New Year. If you don’t like crowds, that’s fine because you’ll be on a boat with a limited number of people. If you don’t like being cold, you can stay in the warmth of the lounge all night having a great time – you needn’t even go on deck for the fireworks if you’d prefer to sit and watch them out of the panoramic window. Earlier in the evening, we’ll be cruising along the river, so you can have the satisfaction of raising your glass to the thousands of people standing in the cold outside and vying for the best midnight view!
Then, at midnight, the boat will moor up near Westminster and you’ll be able to have a glass of something sparkly and go on deck to watch the fireworks with uninterrupted views. And when they’ve finished, you can go straight back into the lounge for more partying. Perfect!
TFL are running free public transport services from quarter to midnight on 31st December until 4.30 on New Year’s morning. Most of the services will be running, though check the TFL website for details of restrictions.
This year, for the first time ever, we’ll be running a limited number of sightseeing cruises on New Year’s Day between Westminster Pier and St Katharine’s Pier. So, if you’re back in London for the Lord Mayor’s Parade or just making the most of what will be most people’s last day of the holidays, head on back to the Thames for more water-based fun.