Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye. Photo by: Ian Nicholson / PA










The city of London is planning another spectacular New Year’s Eve, something we usually try to celebrate because we can never seem to stay awake for our own celebration in the states.  So lift a glass at midnight London time, and Happy New Year to all!

On the night:

Fireworks, music and Big Ben’s ‘bongs’
The Mayor’s midnight fireworks display by the Thames attracts huge crowds – usually around 250,000 people. Viewing areas fill up around 2-3 hours in advance!
An exclusive live DJ set from Radio 1’s Nihal will keep the crowds entertained pre and post the pyrotechnics, starting at 10pm.
You’ll also get to hear the famous Big Ben ‘bongs’ just before the launch of the UK’s biggest annual fireworks display from the London Eye, alongside a tailor-made soundtrack.
Remember tickets are not required to view the fireworks. If you are offered or sold a ticket, please advise a steward or a police officer. (I love this timely piece of advice)
Make the most of the night…
Allow extra time. Big crowds in central London will make moving difficult. You may have to walk further than usual to reach your destination.
The fireworks display viewing areas have a limited capacity and start getting full from 8pm. If large crowds and long wait outside isn’t your thing, you can watch the display wherever you can see the Eye – and live on BBC One from 11.55pm

Food and drink. Alcohol, food and drink will not be on sale at the event. If bringing alcohol, please drink responsibly and take plastic bottles or cans (no glass please) (would we ever have this in the states!)