With Christmas out of the way, the thoughts of many Londoners will be turning to the next fixture of the festive season: New Year’s Eve. Opinion is perenially divided on the occasion – a unique opportunity to bring people together in celebration, or a lot of pressure culminating in an expensive anticlimax?
Whatever your view, we thought we’d make your life that little bit easier by providing a summary of what London has to offer on the 31st.
We’ll start with the obvious, and that means the Mayor’s midnight fireworks display by the Thames. The biggest NYE shindig in the city, this event is for those with patience and stamina. The crowd of 250,000 makes finding a good viewpoint difficult – unless you’re prepared to camp out the previous evening, that is.
Londonist are particularly unenthusiastic about this as an option:
‘Unless you’re lucky enough to be invited to a penthouse overlooking the Thames, fireworks, music and Big Ben’s ‘bongs’ will involve a lot of standing around in the cold, navigating big crowds and a battle for the public toilets.’
Well, Gemma, if you’re after something a little more intimate than the fireworks, The Cultural Expose give an extensive list of London New Year’s parties, with some of the most mouth-watering events including the Disappearing Dining Society, The Tassel Club Vaudeville Show in Hoxton and Urban Nerds in Shoreditch.
Londontheinsidesocial recommend checking out one of their ‘favorite bands ‘The Horrors” who ‘will be taking to the decks at one of our favourite East London boozers The Shacklewell Arms – tickets are a mere 10 pounds.’
How will you be counting down the clock to 2012? Will you take any advice from our blogging friends?
Are you heading for the bright lights of central London or somewhere rather less manic?