Nothing quite lights up the night sky like a fireworks display, and when you add the beautiful backdrop of an incredible city like London, England, you’re in for a treat that is sure to make your senses go – boom! Gathering for fireworks and celebrating special dates, events, and occasions has been a cherished tradition in many parts of the world, starting as young as children. Illuminating the night sky with bursts of color and light, fireworks are always the perfect way to cap off a fun day or evening celebrating with family and friends.

In London, there are typically breathtaking fireworks shows celebrating Guy Fawkes Night, New Year’s Eve, and other special occasions. London is the perfect backdrop for these sparking spectacles and offers a plethora of vantage points to witness these sparkling spectacles. From iconic landmarks and rooftop bars to tranquil parks and the River Thames, here are the best places to watch fireworks in London, where many across the United Kingdom flock to experience the magic firsthand.


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London Fireworks Viewing Locations

For panoramic views of the London skyline, head to Primrose Hill. This uniquely elevated park in North London offers unobstructed views of the city, making it an ideal spot for watching fireworks. Arrive early to secure a prime viewing spot and enjoy a picnic while waiting for the show to begin.

Greenwich Park offers a picturesque setting for enjoying fireworks against the backdrop of historic landmarks such as the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House. Grab a seat on the park’s highest hill for some of the best seats for the big show. Make a day out of it and consider combining your visit with a stroll through the nearby Greenwich Market.


Other Good London Fireworks Viewing Options

Alexandra Palace has hosted some of music’s biggest acts, such as Led Zeppelin, Queen, Madonna, and Coldplay just to name a few. It also plays host to the most spectacular fireworks displays in London. The historic venue boasts expansive grounds and sweeping views of the capital, making it a popular choice for those looking to get a good view. Attendees can enjoy live music, food stalls, and fairground attractions before the main event. With fireworks set against the backdrop of Alexandra Palace’s iconic architecture, this annual event promises an unforgettable evening for all.

london skylineFor a truly unforgettable experience, consider watching fireworks from the UK’s highest viewing gallery, The Shard.  Located in the heart of London, the Shard offers views of London that you can’t get from anywhere else. See the city skyline, including iconic landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral, from a completely new vantage point. On New Year’s Eve, the Shard hosts exclusive parties and events where guests can enjoy champagne, gourmet dining, and live entertainment while watching fireworks light up the night sky. With its breathtaking vistas and luxurious amenities, the Shard provides a truly VIP experience for fireworks enthusiasts.


Unmatched Fireworks Views from the River Thames

While everyone loves fireworks, few experiences rival watching them from the water. With City Cruises London, you can embark on a unique journey along the River Thames and witness London’s fireworks in all their glory. Let’s explore why watching fireworks in London on the water with City Cruises is an experience like no other.




The River Thames winds its way through the heart of London, offering one-of-a-kind views of the city’s most iconic landmarks. From the London Eye to the Tower of London, you’ll have front-row seats to the heart-stopping fireworks extravaganza as you cruise along the river. With City Cruises, you can enjoy unobstructed panoramic views from the comfort of our spacious vessels, ensuring that you don’t miss a single moment of the action.


The Best Fireworks Cruises London Has to Offer

dancingGet your friends and family together and set sail on the London New Year’s Eve Galaxy Cruise. Enjoy a 3-hour cruise along the Thames, taking in London’s landmarks at night as you toast to the beginning of the new year. You’ll indulge in canapés that are served throughout the cruise, and vibe on the dance floor with a live singer serenading the celebration. Take a seat and have a drink in the heated indoor saloon or head to the upper deck to admire the view, but as the clock strikes midnight, you’ll want to make sure you are outside to have the best view, in prime position underneath the London Eye for the spectacular London fireworks show.

londonLast but certainly not least, the London New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner is City Cruise’s most prestigious New Year’s Eve celebration on the River Thames. Get ready for an unforgettable night of sophistication and luxury, as you enjoy an exquisite 5-course meal. Each course is a masterpiece, from the tantalizing canapés to the delectable dessert and cheeseboard, and don’t forget the wine pairings that perfectly complement each course! Our expert team has curated a collection of wines to enhance the flavours and elevate your taste buds throughout the evening, however, no celebration is complete without champagne. Sip on some bubbly with a “welcome glass” of champagne as you step aboard this 5-hour and 30-minute cruise and enjoy another glass at the stroke of midnight to toast to the New Year, surrounded by the bright lights of London and the jubilant atmosphere of the Diamond Gala Dinner. Dance the night away with a live jazz band that sets the mood for the highlight of the evening, spectacular views of the midnight fireworks. At the midnight hour, head to the upper deck (with champagne in hand), for an unparalleled view of London’s world-renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks display.


The Benefits of a London Fireworks Cruise

One of the biggest advantages of watching fireworks with City Cruises is our exclusive access to prime viewing spots along the River Thames. And when you choose to watch fireworks with City Cruises, you’re not just getting a front-row seat to the show – you’re also enjoying a luxurious experience from start to finish. Our modern vessels are equipped with spacious indoor and outdoor decks, elegant interiors, and state-of-the-art amenities. Relax in comfort as you sip on a glass of champagne or enjoy delicious canapés prepared by our onboard chefs. Every detail is taken care of to ensure that you have a truly unforgettable evening on the water.


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Enjoy Some Fireworks and Come Celebrate with City Cruises London!

In conclusion, London offers a wealth of options for watching fireworks, but taking in the exhilarating experience on the water with City Cruises is an experience that combines luxury, excitement, and unparalleled views of the city skyline. It’s not just a memorable experience – it’s an opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones. With our exclusive access to prime viewing spots, luxurious amenities, and expert guidance, you can enjoy a truly magical evening on the River Thames, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying a night out with friends. Our fireworks cruises offer the perfect setting for making unforgettable moments together. So, gather your nearest and dearest, and join us for an evening of fireworks, excitement, and fun on the River Thames in London!