London is always an intensely exciting place to spend your New Year. Unfortunately time has mostly run out and many places will be booked up already. There’s nothing more exciting than a last minute getaway however, so make sure you consider the following awesome things happening in our capital city this New Year. Spontaneous memories are always the best ones after all! Accor Hotels currently have a winter sale too, so ensuring your accommodation is sorted before you leave will be a cost-cutting life-saver! Hotels in London are notoriously difficult to book at the best of times, so beat the rush and high prices with Accorhotels.
There’s a free fireworks display at the London Eye on London’s South Bank. The display will begin once Big Ben has chimed midnight and it’ll last for ten minutes. The best places to see it are from Westminster Bridge and the north embankment of the River Thames. It does get extremely crowded and it will be limited to 250,000 people in the specified viewing areas, so get there early.
London clubs go wild and insane at New Year and unfortunately it might actually be too late to get tickets for many of them. If you don’t have any luck this year, then beat the rush for next year instead and be one of the lucky ones. New Year’s Eve is the ultimate party night in London. You really are spoilt for choice, from warehouse parties to more sophisticated affairs, you’ll have to come to a decision about not just where to go, but where to go first.
The theme this year is “Hats Off To London – Celebration Capital of the World”. It’ll celebrate an incredible year, making reference to the Olympics and Paralympics, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The parade features more than 10,000 performers from various London boroughs and countries around the globe.
Ramblers is running 18 free walks across London as a free and adventurous incentive for people to discover the capital city this winter. They’re running from 22nd December 2012 to 6th January 2013 and people of all ages can join in. They’re a great way to burn calories at the same time as exploring one of the most diverse parts of the world. One of the walks is a seven mile stroll around Epping Forest on 30th December, a truly empowering way to break in the new year, but there of course smaller ones if that sounds a bit daunting!
You don’t have to be a train fanatic to enjoy the fact that you can make your way around London on the tube for free on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. It’s going to be absolutely heaving but when you can go anywhere you want without paying a penny, that’s not the burden it usually is.