London's New Year's Eve fireworks display will not go ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sadiq Khan has said.

The city's mayor said the annual event will not go ahead this year because "we simply cannot afford" to have people gathering as they normally would.

Speaking on LBC Radio, Mr Khan said: "I can tell you that there will not be a fireworks New Year's Eve this year like in previous years.

"We simply cannot afford to have the number of people congregate on New Year's Eve."

The mayor added: "What we are working on is to do something that people can enjoy in the comfort and safety of their living rooms on TV."


Mr Khan said that the exact details of what would happen on 31 December have not been finalised.

He said: "As soon as we manage to bottom that out I'll be letting Londoners and people across the country know.

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