Looking for a last-minute ticket to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks show perfectly? The bad news is that most fireworks shows with tickets are sold out… But don’t worry, because the good news is that there are a lot of great places where you can enjoy the night without spending a dime and still see the fireworks show.
Also, Transport for London has said that all Tubes, buses, trams, the DLR, and the London Overground will be free between 11.45 p.m. and 4.30 a.m. So you don’t have to worry about money or how you’ll get home. Here is a list of the best places where you can watch fireworks for free:
1 MONUMENT & CANNON STREET | CENTRAL LONDON
If you want to be as close as possible to the center of London, these two are your best bets. St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Mansion House, and the Bank are all close to Cannon Street. Both are right outside the ticketed area and will likely be swamped.
Cannon Street is the closest tube.
2 GREENWICH PARK | SOUTH-EAST LONDON
Greenwich Park is one of the biggest parks in south London. It has beautiful views of all of London, making it a great place to go if you live in South London.
The closest tube station is either Greenwich or Cutty Sark DLR.
3 PRIMROSE HILL | NORTH LONDON
Primrose Hill is one of the highest points in London. It is on the north side of Regent’s Park. If you can find a spot at the top of the hill, you can see a great view of central London, Hampstead, and Belsize Park.
Chalk Farm–Swiss Cottage is the closest tube station.
4 ALEXANDRA PALACE | NORTH LONDON
This should be the place with the least number of people watching the fireworks. On the other hand, it has great views of the whole city. So, if you live in the north, you should just stay in the north and go to Alexandra Palace.
Wood Green is the station closest to you.
5 HAMPSTEAD HEATH | NORTH LONDON
Another great place in North London to watch the fireworks in style is Hampstead Heath. Families who want to watch the New Year’s celebrations for free often go there.
Hampstead is the closest tube station.
Westminster, Embankment, Waterloo, and Charing Cross are the most important Tube stops in the ticketed area. You should avoid them at all costs.