It’s almost that time of year again. Where the only concerns on people’s minds are fireworks, booze, and new beginnings. Friends and families will join in together to ring in the New Year all over the world. With so many different activities to choose from, it can be stressful trying to plan a New Years celebration. If you plan on celebrating in London, let us help! Here is a rundown of the most popular activities to choose from for New Years Eve and New Years Day!
1. New Years Eve Fireworks
One of London’s most popular attractions on New Years Eve is its firework display. The fireworks are set off right over the Thames River, creating a spectacle of lights that you don’t want to miss.
Due to the recent growing popularity of the pyrotechnics, the fireworks are now ticketed. If you aren’t able to acquire a ticket, have no worries! You can watch the show from outside of the ticketed areas or on the BBC’s live broadcast.
London’s fireworks are the perfect way to get the kids out of the house and they even make for a romantic backdrop. If you choose not to party it up this NYE, make sure this is your backup plan! If you do choose to go, make sure you plan ahead. Thousands line the river to catch a glimpse of the show. It’s best to get there a little on the early side to secure a spot!
2. NYE Parties
For many people, New Years Eve is the biggest drinking night of the year. What better way to ring in the New Year than an all night long celebration with your best mates? In a city as diverse as London, it isn’t very hard to find an NYE celebration that fits your style. But just in case you’re having trouble choosing, here are some top rated ones.
For the Beyonce/hip-hop lover, there is the Flawless NYE party. It is party based on the Queen B herself. Spanning three rooms, you’ll hear the likes of Rihanna, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, TLC, and many more. The celebration goes till 5 am, so even if you miss the ball drop, you won’t miss the party!
If you’re looking for something a bit more flashy, there is the Love Come Down party in east London. Featuring tons of glitter and disco, you’ll hear Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Prince, Chaka Khan, Inner Life and plenty of other tunes to make you wanna dance!
If you’re into the New York band scene but aren’t able to make it over there for the holiday, then this next party is for you! NYE v NYC will feature a soundtrack of strictly New York bands, such as Blondie, Talking Heads, the Beastie Boys, and many more. To add to the fun, there will also be a prize for the best NYC fancy dress and beer pong winners!
If you aren’t feeling any of these events, here is a more detailed list of the top rated NYE parties that London has to offer. Make sure that you book tickets in advance for all of these events, NYE is a popular night and you don’t definitely don’t want to miss out!
3. New Years Day Parade
If you’re looking for a fun family outing, then you should really consider taking part in London’s New Years Day Parade. This is also a special year to witness the procession. The parade will be celebrating its thirtieth year!
The parade will include thousands of performers representing over 20 countries. Marching bands, cheerleaders, and dancers from all over the world will take part. There will also be live music from American style bands!
If you decide to take the little ones, then make sure you get there early to ensure that you have a good view. You can watch the parade for free or you can pay £30 to guarantee a spot in one of the three grandstands that will be erected for the event.
4. Open Attractions
If you’re the type of person who dislikes crowds, a parade probably won’t be on your list of stops. If you’re interested in getting out of the house but aren’t sure of what attractions will be open, let us give you a few ideas.
Located in Picadilly Circus, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum will leave you speechless. With exhibits like a Swarovski Crystal encrusted Mini Cooper and a matchstick model replica of the Tower Bridge, it’s definitely unlike any other museum you have experienced before.
You can also ring in the New Year by immersing yourself in some of London’s history. The Tower Bridge Exhibition will also be open on New Years Day. Visitors will experience how the bridge works, scale models, interactive exhibits and much more! You can also view the new Glass Floor and experience the raising of the bridge like you never have before!
The best part about these attractions is not only are they open on New Years Day, but you can also print out one of our discount vouchers to use for you visit! Whatever you choose to do, we hope you enjoy!