Exuberant, lively, glitzy – it’s New Year and its London, the perfect place for experiencing New Year celebrations in style. These are celebrations that are extremely memorable and fun. A holiday in London over the New Year offers a wide range of fantastic experiences.
Hearing everything around you fall silent as the midnight hour approaches is quite amazing for this normally busy, noisy city. Then come the iconic chimes that have rung in hundreds of New Year celebrations – Big Ben can be heard clearly everywhere. Many Londoners gather in Trafalgar Square around the beautiful Norwegian Christmas tree to welcome in the New Year. It is a very good humoured party atmosphere, with total strangers wishing you ‘A Happy New Year’ and singing Auld Langs Syne.
The skyline is then covered with a dramatic pyrotechnic spectacle. Best seen close to the river, this fifteen minute firework display is usually shown on TV. Although tickets have sold out for entry to the South Bank, you can still get a good view from many of the bridges crossing the River Thames or from high buildings like the Shard which is running a special New Years Eve party in its viewing area. The Oxo Tower and Smith & Wollensky also offer good vantage points. Another very enjoyable way of seeing the fireworks is to book space on a New Years Eve cruise complete with food, drink and music. For richer experience, try booking Aparthotels London which is a great alternative to hotels
The arrival of the New Year is always a good excuse for a party, and London has some really great ones planned this year. You can welcome in the New Year at one of the three themed parties within the Bourne & Hollingsworth building. Choose from: Blitz, Prohibition or Dark Circus. Battersea Evolution has a lively Carnivale planned, while a stylish Ball can be enjoyed at the Natural History Museum. When it comes to accommodation the Serviced Apartments Central London give tourists a quick access to several places of importance.
Many of the pubs and clubs situated within London have special themed nights planned. Vintage and retro is a popular theme this year. For example, Somers Town Coffee House is holding a Great Gatesby Casino, and Icebar has a 1920’s style party. Likewise over at the Royal Festival Hall, there are several bars offering a stylish retro party with music from different eras. It’s Style Studio is focusing on disco from the 1970’s and 1980’s; whereas the Torch Club is concentrating on the 1930’s and 1940s.
As morning dawns on New Years Day, the streets of London are alive again with celebrations. Book a stay at Presidential Kensington Apartments and take your place along one of the main streets and watch the massive New Years Day parade. This has become one of the biggest in the world and is always spectacular with over 8,000 performers representing all the London boroughs and countries from around the world.