Your guide to New Year's Eve in London

30 December 2019, 14:32 | Updated: 31 December 2019, 11:08

Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations.
Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations. Picture: PA
Sylvia De Luca

By Sylvia De Luca

Here is everything you need to know about travelling around London on New Year's Eve, what's going on and what the weather will be like.

It's good news for those travelling around the capital on New Year's Eve - there is free travel on TfL public transport from 23:45 on 31st December until 04:30 on New Year's Day.

Most tube routes should run all night, apart from the Waterloo & City line that runs until around 2:40am.

It is also worth bearing in mind there will be no Piccadilly line service between Uxbridge and Rayners Lane, and no District line service between Earl's Court and Kensington (Olympia).

However, underground stations near the fireworks event and in busy areas will be exit-only or interchange-only at times to help manage crowds safely.

Tube station closures on New Year's Eve
Tube station closures on New Year's Eve. Picture: TfL

Road and bridge closures for fireworks

From early afternoon on the 31st, you will not be able to walk, drive or cycle through parts of central London as roads and bridges close for the London New Year's Eve Fireworks, which begin after Big Ben strikes midnight.

Bridges closed on New Year's Eve because of the fireworks display
Bridges closed on New Year's Eve because of the fireworks display. Picture: TfL

Only visitors with tickets will be able to attend the New Year's Eve fireworks display in Central London.

If you're thinking of trying to get your hands on a last-minute ticket then you are out of luck as they sold out back in September.

London pedestrian restriction and restricted event areas map
London pedestrian restriction and restricted event areas map. Picture: London Assembly

Ticket holders have specific entry times between 8pm and 10:30pm to enable everyone to get into the viewing areas, so make sure you check your ticket.

New Year's Day

Extra overnight trains have been put in place to help people get home after their New Year's Eve celebrations and a full list of them can be found here.

Services from London Kings Cross run until 02.40, London Euston until 02.21, London Marylebone until 03.00, London Paddington until 04:27, London Victoria until 03.28, London Waterloo until 04.00 and London Liverpool Street until 00:48.

On 1st January London buses will run a Sunday service and the tube has a reduced service on all lines.

New Year's Eve fireworks over the Coca Cola London Eye
New Year's Eve fireworks over the Coca Cola London Eye. Picture: PA

Weather

The weather for New Year's Eve so far looks promising as forecasters are predicting a mainly dry and clear night, making for a pleasant and starry evening for viewing fireworks and heading out.

Winds should be light and only a little damp drizzle is possible in southern England.

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