There is no lack of activity over New Year in London and in fact choosing just one party to attend is usually the tricky part. Here’s just a taster of some of the conventional and the original ways to bring in the New Year.
1 The London Eye
The London Eye has managed to steal the limelight from Trafalgar Square over the past few years. Big Ben strikes at midnight and then for ten minutes an impressive display of fireworks light up the London skyline. If you can’t make it down to South Bank, Westminster Bridge is a good place to stand, although the fireworks are visible all over London.
2 Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square has long been the focal point to see in the New Year. Join the crowd in the square, listen out for Big Ben to count down to midnight and then let out all the stresses of 2010 in a huge cheer before hugging and kissing the stranger standing next to you. It gets very crowed; make sure you buy advance tickets.
3 Bond Ball: The Secret Spy Soiree
Held at the luxurious Kensington Close Hotel, you’ll find the 007 extravaganza, Bond Ball. With an in-house casino and the obvious ordering of vodka martinis, shaken not stirred, you’re surrounded by a room of Bonds, Miss Money Pennys, Pussy Galores, and Dr Nos. Chose your character, get dressed up. If it involves lots of ducking behind walls with your fingers pointed ready to shoot the baddies, then don’t be surprised.
4 The Medieval Banquet
Another character-themed welcome to the New Year can be found at the King Henry VIII’s Medieval Banquet in St. Katherine’s Dock near the Tower of London. Henry VIII hosts the event along with jousting knights, strong man, and court jesters. For £110 per person you are treated to a five-course meal topped with champagne.
5 Thames River Cruise
For a more romantic New Year’s Eve, opt for a luxury cruise along River Thames. Most boats moor in sight of the London Eye fireworks fireworks at midnight giving you what may be the best view.