Your Ultimate London New Year’s Day Parade Guide

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On 1st January’24, grab the opportunity to witness the greatest street spectacle in the world at the much-awaited London New Year’s Day Parade. It is one of the most beautiful New Year’s Day parades with thousands of performers representing more than 20 nations in the capital city. Book an enviably located stay at The Montcalm Royal London House well in advance and enjoy the sights and sounds of iconic New Year’s celebrations in the capital city.

Highlights of the Parade

A world-renowned event and a significant part of London’s history, the London New Year’s Parade began in 1987 and has taken place every year since then, transforming the streets of London with festive hues.

One of the most impeccable highlights of the city’s New Year’s Day Parade are exciting performances by 10,000 entertainers, musicians, dancers, acrobats, marching bands, and cheerleaders from all over the globe.

Soak in the vibrant culture and cheerful vibes at this international parade trailed by confetti with your stay at the luxurious Montcalm Hotel Chiswell Street. As one of the most spectacular New Year celebrations in the city, the parade lasts for up to three hours.

Four 25ft high giant balloons of fascinating shapes, flying along the route including one shaped like a phone box!

About half a million to a million spectators are expected to be present on London’s streets to attend the iconic parade.

Enjoy access to free-standing for the public as the parade commences at 12 noon. Ticket holders must arrive at the location at 11 am for the best experience.

Where Does the Parade Start? 

The London New Year’s Day Parade starts in Parliament Square and proceeds along Whitehall towards Trafalgar Square, Cockspur St, followed by Pall Mall, lower Regent Street and finally Piccadilly up to the Berkley Street junction.

Travelling in London on New Year’s Day

If you’re celebrating New Year’s Day in London, you must know that public transport is limited in London during the festivities. Reserve your stay at one of the ideally located luxury hotels in London and check Transport for London’s Journey Planner online to plan your day.

Who Participates in the London New Year’s Day Parade?

The participants in this year’s London New Year’s Day Parade are:

The Queen’s Horses- Witness a historic pageant recreated by a group of riders!

Carnaval Del Pueblo represents the music and hues from Latin America

A traditional dragon dance performed by London’s Chinese Community

A tartan-clad pipe band performance

A pop rock group and rock band Toploader

Representatives from selected London boroughs

Aston Martin owners’ clubs.

Be patient if the crowds get large and block your vantage point. The best way to get a good view of the parade is to grab a spot along the route or stand on the pavements. Make sure to start a long but exciting day with a hearty meal at the Montcalm restaurant. You can also take a seat at an open café nearby but check the opening hours as it’s a bank holiday!