The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced that London’s spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations will return to the banks of the River Thames for the first time since 2019, with the first tickets on sale next Friday.
The annual fireworks celebration will again take place near the iconic lastminute.com London Eye, allowing more than 100,000 ticket-holders to unite to welcome in the new year.
For the last two years, the capital has welcomed in the new year with a multi-site spectacular show only available to watch on TV due to the impact of COVID restrictions.
This year ticket holders will again be able to able to watch the fireworks in person, while a global television audience tunes in to see the celebrations and hear the traditional sounds of Big Ben’s chimes marking the start of the new year.
Tickets must be bought in advance and cost £15 – with every penny used to pay for the costs associated with the ticketing scheme. There are two ticket releases ahead of the event, but they are likely to sell out very quickly so it is important to book early as visitors from around the world travel to London to watch the fireworks.
Those without a ticket are encouraged to watch the display live on BBC One or via BBC iPlayer alongside millions of viewers or to celebrate the new year at the capital’s fantastic range of bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs.
City Hall is working with a wide range of partner agencies including the Met Police, TfL, local authorities and the emergency services to safely deliver the event.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, “I’m delighted that our fireworks are back and Londoners and visitors to our capital will again be able to join together on the banks of the Thames to welcome in the new year.
“The celebrations are one of the biggest nights of the year for our capital’s hospitality industry and an unforgettable moment when the eyes of the world turn to our city.
“This year will be the best ever! To watch the fireworks in person you have to buy a ticket in advance, so I urge anyone wanting to attend to book their ticket as early as possible.”
Imran Tauqir, General Manager of The lastminute.com London Eye added, “London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are renowned as the world’s most iconic New Year’s Eve celebrations and we are delighted to partner with the Mayor of London to bring this incredible show back to The lastminute.com London Eye.
“As a long established feature of the capital’s famous skyline we’ve been part of these famous celebrations since the Eye’s inception in 1999 so it’s an honour that the fireworks will once again inspire visitors from around the world to visit our great capital.
“A dazzling display of colour and sound awaits, against the backdrop of our world famous landmark, for both those here in London and for TV audiences across the globe welcoming in 2023 with their families and friends.”