How to see in the New Year around Elephant & Castle

Looking for a different way to celebrate new year in South London? Why not try one of the following top five things to do around Southwark – including the big fireworks show, of course.

  • 26 February 2020
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Over the past year, we’ve seen dozens of community events hosted and organised by local businesses, neighbours and organisations, all promoting the great community spirit in our neighbourhood – but next year we want more!

1. London New Year’s Eve fireworks

There are many places to watch the London New Year’s Eve fireworks for free from Southwark this year, as well as plenty more across the capital (check out this helpful list from the Evening Standard) – with many of them a short bike ride, or bus or Tube trip, from Elephant and Castle.

With tickets for the allocated viewing areas already snapped up, there are still lots of spaces overlooking the River Thames from where you can view the spectacular show, which takes place at the Coca-Cola London Eye. If you don’t mind standing and wrapping up warm for a bit, try some of the bridges such as London, Southwark, Millennium or Blackfriars, all a short walk from Southwark or London Bridge stations.

For those who don’t mind travelling a little further into South London, you could give Greenwich Park or Hilly Fields a try, both prime viewing spots for free, south of the river.

Make sure you get there early, though, because NYE is one of the busiest days of the year. The bonus is free travel running nearly all night with TfL – from 23.45 on NYE until 04.30 on New Year’s Day. See more information here, or keep an eye on @LDN_gov on Twitter.

When: Tuesday 31 December from 8pm
Where: Various, South London

2. Go ice skating

There are lots of places in London to try your hand at ice-skating this festive period – whether you are an expert skater or just starting out on the slippery stuff!

South London has some great opportunities to skate, including at a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Queen’s House Ice Rink in Greenwich – or you could head to Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, with the only Olympic sized ice-skating rink in London. Alternatively, pop over the river and try the Tower of London Ice Rink for a skate with a unique medieval backdrop.

When: Throughout the festive period
Where: Various places around South London

3. Watch The Shard’s New Year’s Eve light show

Since 2 December, the Shard London has been counting down to a unique light display across the capital’s skyline, when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Take a wander up to London Bridge with the family and take a look at Western Europe’s highest light show – #ShardLights.

When: All December, until NYE
Where: 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG

4. Check out the ‘Walking with the Snowman’ trail

Remember our Elmer at the Elephant trail earlier this year? Why not bring the family along and try out the ‘Walking with the Snowman’ trail, at London Bridge City’s Christmas by the River market this winter?

Twelve giant Snowman sculptures, each with designs based on lyrics from the ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ song, will be placed at different locations around the market.

Check out more information, including the trail map, here.

When: Until 5 January 2020
Where: London Bridge City

5. Be a tourist (for free)

Many of South London’s great sights are open either side of New Year’s Eve – check out some of the top free attractions, based on visitor numbers, here.

Most of us who live in South London don’t get around to visiting the sites ‘on our doorstep’, so why not take some time during the festive break and check out one of the amazing free attractions south of the Thames, including Tate ModernThe Southbank Centre and Royal Museums Greenwich.

Alternatively, enjoy the festive atmosphere at the Southbank Winter Market this December and January. Take a trip to Southbank and eat and drink your way down the wooden chalets lining the Thames. More information hereNote – the market is closed on New Year’s Eve and Day.

When: Late December – early January
Where: Various around London