The London New Year’s Eve 2013 Guide
New Year's Eve in London has to be one of the most eagerly anticipated nights of the year. From a fabulous fireworks display to superstar DJs and world-class club nights; one things for sure the capital will be rocking when Big Ben begins its famous chimes.
New Year's Eve in London has recently become synonymous with the incredible fireworks display that has made the capital's festivities the envy of the world. With Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and London Bridge, not to mention the London Eye, creating an iconic and spectacular backdrop, this is quickly becoming a bucket-list event. This year, the Mayor of London has teamed up with Vodafone and food scientists, Bompas and Parr, to create an incredible multi sensory experience to go with the visual fireworks feast. The boffins have created an experience that will combine the sights and sounds, with fruit flavours and smells for those lucky enough to have bagged a spot in the viewing areas. And don't just take my word for it; here is what Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has to say:
“With so much to see and do, London is one of the most exciting places to enjoy the festive season and to bring in the New Year. Ours is a city of dynamism, exuberance and soaring ambition, which is encapsulated in the always magnificent fireworks display that heralds another exciting twelve months in the life of our great capital.”
Thousands of people are expected to flock down to the banks of the Thames on New Year's Eve, so it's definitely a case of the early bird catching the worm to capture a top viewing spot. Check out the interactive map below to help plan your visit and make sure it is a night out to remember.
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Things to do in London for New Year's Eve
Maybe you have been incredibly organised and planned well ahead for the big night. Or you might be a bit like me and still haven't decided what to do for New Years in London. Here are our top resources to help you organise a night to remember, from the best riverside restaurants to pubs near to the fireworks. Timeout has put together a helpful New Year's Eve guide; you can buy tickets to the gigs and parties featured. The Evening Standard has also a done a great guide to the best New Year's Eve parties. Design my night has also got the inside track on some of the best New Year's club nights. If you want to buy something to wear for the big night, VisitLondon has a nice guide to some of the New Year's sales.
The Christmas spirit is alive and well at TfL throughout the New Year period, with all journeys on London Transport from 11.45pm on New Year's Eve until 4.30am on New Year's Day, being absolutely free! For a list of tube station opening and closing times, along with other New Year's Eve / Day essential travel information, visit the TfL website.
If you still haven't booked anywhere to stay, this is where we come in. Here are our latest New Year's Eve London hotel deals.
The morning after the night before ....
If the New Year's revels have left you feeling a little "tired" at the start of 2014, this next suggestion might be best viewed in a dressing gown from the comfort of your own sofa. For those feeling a little livelier why not head into central London for the New Year's Day Parade. This year's fun-packed theme is the "Swinging 60s" - groovy baby! More than 5,000 overseas performers,15 London boroughs and 17 marching bands are expected to take part. Last year half a million people watched the parade, which begins at The Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly at noon and ends in Parliament Square. Check out the event's website for maps and transport instructions and enjoy a bit of peace and love to start 2014 off with.
Just in case you haven't done enough dancing over the festive period, The Southbank Centre is hosting their Strictly New Year's Day Ballroom event. For one afternoon you can enjoy free dance lessons and a chance to watch the professionals take to the floor, accompanied by live music. The only catch is you need to don your best bib and tucker as sparkles and suits are a must to take to the floor and make it a dazzling start to 2014.
Whatever you plan to do, or spontaneously decide on the night, have a wonderful time and wishing you a cracking 2014. From all at the lastminute.com blog - Happy New Year!