If you are of the idea that a good beginning is half done, you will agree with me that to start the Valentine's day on the right foot, you have to welcome it in a truly extraordinary dream location. Well, London is the ideal place also for the New Year with the celebrations that are organized each year for the longest night are always over the top and it's really hard not to be more than satisfied for choosing London to await the arrival of the new year.
The New Year in London is one of the most famous in the world, an event that attracts thousands of people in a single day. December 31 is one of the most popular nights in the city and the series of events is endless as the stroke of midnight in the famous Big Ben clock marks the beginning of the fireworks of the largest ferris wheel, while the side and central banks of the Thames continue to fill up with thousands of people, including residents and tourists from all over the world.
The most famous event of the New Year in London is definitely the fireworks show which takes place on the banks of the Thames. From 2014, the entry has been made for a fee, allowing access to the private area to 100,000 people, so as to ensure a high standard of safety. Watching live fireworks on the Thames, fired from the London Eye costs £ 10.
The event is organized by the Mayor of London in partnership with UNICEF, and is held in front of the Houses of Parliament. A countdown is displayed on Shard (the tallest skyscraper in Europe) with 12 strokes on Big Ben to greet the arrival of the new year.
Where to see fireworks
It will not be the same thing, but if you do not find a place to see the fireworks, you might try to win a place on Tower Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge. If you are to search for the most eventful night, among a host of clubs and pubs, or an alternative evening with rock concerts and classical music concerts, or even if you are among those who prefer a simple romantic walk along the Tower Bridge or a boat trip along the river, then London becomes your city.
The square might not be the best solution to await the arrival of the new year, not only if you are sensitive to the cold, or if you have children with you, but for everyone, because the wait takes several hours of standing and difficult for those who have need to use the services.
Therefore, to see the show with more comfort you might consider if there are tables available in the restaurants with the observation position on fireworks. Consider that prices will not be accessible to some, but if you have a good budget to invest for this evening check out the proposals. Another vantage point to watch the fireworks display will be from the Thames, on which there are romantic cruises with the comfort of having a dinner and a toast.
New Year Cruise
If the idea of a New Year is to have fun and at the same time comfort, then it might be a good idea to attend on a New Year's Cruise. It departs from Tower Pier, in the center of London and lasts 5 hours and includes 4-course dinner, champagne, live entertainment and of course a fantastic night view of London and the fireworks.
New Year in Trafalgar Square
It is not as grand as the fireworks on the Thames, but a solution to be reckoned is spending the New Year in Trafalgar Square in a party with multicultural flavor and a toast to share with people from the 4 corners of the world. Here the crowd gather at the foot of the high column of Lord Nelson (British Empire's national hero), in fountains and stairs leading to the National Gallery.
The neighboring streets, including all those of The Strand, Charing Cross Road, Whitehall, then allow to reach key areas such as Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Westminster with the Big Ben.
If you are not interested in spending a night to see the fireworks at chilly temperatures, London will not disappoint and you can participate in one of the many festivals that are organized in clubs and less famous nightclubs, London Pubs, bars, restaurants on New Year that stay open all night, but many require the payment of an entrance fee. If you have not booked in advance it becomes difficult to find some free space after witnessing the spectacle of fireworks.
The locals, as you can imagine, are many and the choice is more than diverse. The London nightlife is concentrated in areas such as Soho, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Brixton, Clapham, Vauxhall, Camden Town, King's Cross. Experience the New Year at Stockwell Road, for those who love trance and progressive music. The clubs of London are always highly appreciated like those in Tinworth Street, Gaunt Street, Kings Cross, Greenwich and Farrington/Holborn.
Many prefer to attend the many themed dances, such as those hosted in the many London hotels with the prices for 2 people on average hover at around £ 200.
What to do on January 1
The celebrations for the new year does not end with the midnight, but also provide a number of initiatives on 1 January. You can visit various ice rinks in London offering moments of fun, Somerset House, located at the corner of Waterloo Bridge and the great highway of the the Strand. In this same place you can also participate in so-called late-night DJ skate session, a disco on ice in London. Among other ice rinks are those on Cromwell Road, Canada Square Park, Liverpool Street, Hyde Park, Serpentine Road, London Eye Ferris Wheel, Jubilee Garden, the Tower of London, Tower Hill, London Ice, Rink Shepherd's Bush and Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey.
The most popular event is the London New Year's Day Parade that on first day of every year, gives to Londoners and tourists a colorful, musical and very cheerful parade with about 10,000 participants, floats, cheerleaders, clowns and acrobats from around the world, particularly from the United States!
Departure is at approx 12 PM from Parliament Square, and after going through Parliament Street, Cockspur Street, Pall Mall, Piccadilly Circus and comes to 3 PM at Berkeley Street and Piccadilly Lane. The London parade also has a charity aspect. In short, if you do not want to be disappointed, the New Year in London is one of the most beautiful solutions that you can assess for a 31 December over the top.
The New Year's Eve is a new event that people never before in London really experienced in every corner of life. 2012 was a special year for the Londoners, with the great event of the 2012 London Olympic Games, and before that lest we forget the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which celebrated 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. For the London event it took four days of festivities with the so-called Bank Holiday from June 2 until June 5.
On the eve of the new year the Westminster Bridge, that of Waterloo and the pedestrian area of Embankment officially called the Golden Jubilee Bridge, as well as the entire north bank of the river opposite the Southbank Centre, becomes an ideal place to watch the fireworks as starry eyes look towards the big wheel, the London Eye, which is colored with thousands of lights and colors.
For the first time in 2011 the crowd, seated between the banks of the river and the surrounding streets, could attend a special set of fireworks with music in the background that had the songs of the greatest of English music band like, the Queen with We Will Rock You, the Beatles with Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, the Blur with song 2 and many others.
Ideas for the family for the New Year in London
Enjoy a ride on skates in one of the best ice rinks on the ice in London. Have fun at Winter Wonderland with trips, markets, shows and much more. Participates in a holiday tour in London and marvel together at the lights that illuminate the city with twinkling Christmas lights. Make a visit to some of the major attractions of London, which are open during the New Year's Day.
The famous British Museum exhibits the works of mankind from all over the world, from prehistory to the present day. Among the most famous artifacts you will find the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the mummies of Ancient Egypt collection. National Gallery of London is a huge place, full of Western European paintings from the thirteenth to twenty-first century. This famous art gallery you can find works of masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs.
In addition to the permanent exhibition of dinosaurs, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of larger animals, tallest and rarest in the world. Come and enjoy a life-size blue whale, a spider than 40 million years and the splendid Central Hall. Southbank Centre is an artistic center of world fame located on the south bank of the Thames, offering a wide range of cultural events, including music, dance, art, performances and spoken word. It includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery.
The Tate Modern, Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art, stands imposingly on the banks of the Thames. The unique shape of the building is due to its former power plant function. Inside you will find temporary exhibitions of top artists, such as Damien Hirst or Gauguin. The restaurants of the gallery offer fabulous views of the city.
The Coca-Cola London Eye is a distinctive feature of the London skyline . It is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, with 32 capsules of 10 tons each accommodating up to 25 people. Climb aboard for a breathtaking experience, with unforgettable views of over 50 of the most famous landmarks of London: and all alone in 30 minutes!
The Victoria and Albert Museum celebrates art and design through a heritage of 3000 years of incredible artifacts from around the world. A veritable treasure trove of goodies, you will never know what awaits you: furniture, paintings, sculptures, metal objects and textiles. Science Museum will exercise your brain with mental gymnastics worthy of the Olympics. You can see, touch and experience the major scientific discoveries of the last 300 years and do not forget the fantastic Imax cinema.
Somerset House is home of two London galleries. In addition to the famous collection of paintings by great masters, impressionists and post-impressionists of the Courtauld Gallery, the Embankment Galleries host a cyclic program of exhibitions dedicated to art, design, fashion and photography. Tower of London is one of the most famous buildings in the world.
Discover its 900 year history as a royal palace, arsenal, prison, place of executions, the home of the Crown Jewels and the zoo! You can admire the White Tower, the Crown Jewels and walk on tiptoe into the bedroom of a medieval king.
On New Year's Eve, the London Underground is open all night and the access is free as well as all other public transportation.
The nuclear bunker in Corsham
Underground military bunkers that can accommodate and protect up to 4,000 personalities of the national government in case of bombing, nuclear or chemical attack is located in England, in Corsham, and was built in the 1950s, during the Cold War. The property, which has thankfully lost its defensive and military significance, is now a tourist attraction, with its long corridors and rooms created by expanding the old tunnels of a mine.
The City of the Cold War, codenamed Burlington, has an interior decorated with various frescoes, that also contains a pub. It had a subterranean lake to ensure the supply of drinking water and it was only made public in 1991.