To prepare New Year Eve sometimes you need to plan out in advance, spontaneity might be nice but if you’re actually planning on spending out the New Year Eve in London then you will need to plan out in advance in order to has everything going smoothly without stressing.
If you plan to spend New Year Eve in London to watch the fireworks here is what you need to know to plan this out based on my experience about London NYE fireworks!
London NYE Fireworks
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For some reason I have never seen any fireworks in Paris for the new year eve. I tried a few years ago to celebrate it at the Champs Elysee but it was quite underwhelming to be honest.
New Year in London always had had some appeal to me, the idea to start the new year in London with firework over the Thames was quite magical. So to start 2017 on a blast some friends and I decided to take the leap and plan our trip to London to spend the new year eve there and see the fireworks.
31st December 2016
We arrived in London very early in the morning @ Gatwick Airport. Most of the low-cost flights to London from Europe usually lands either in Gatwick or Luton.
For our stay, a total of 3 days and two nights we spend 170€, including the plane, which I think was pretty cheap for this period of the year. Of course, it could have been cheaper by travelling by bus from Paris and then staying at a hostel.
At this point all we have to do was to check in at our hotel later on. Since everything else has been planned out since September.
Let me explain why; you can’t just walk in and set wherever you want around the Thames to watch the firework, to avoid issues and regulates how many people come in the city of London is selling tickets a few months before the venue.
Although I am pretty sure a lot of free viewing spot might exist however they’re probably as much if not even more crowded than the actual venue.
The tickets are on sales really early. For the 2017 fireworks it was at the beginning of the month of October and for the 2018 fireworks tickets were in sale early September.
You can sign up for the newsletter to know exactly when the tickets will sell out. As the sales date change every year. But it’s roughly around September and October most of the time.
They sell really quick so don’t miss it out! Also, you can only buy up to 4 tickets per person. So if you’re more than 4 people be sure to have at least two persons trying to buy them tickets.
Although if you do miss it out, like my friend and I when I was planning for it because you’re airheaded sometimes and life gets in the way.
No worries, there’s a second sale out later on with some more tickets, but the website is really laggy then. I guess it’s just as laggy on the first sale as well though. So better try and buy your tickets on the first sale just to be safe.
If you plan on going to eat at the restaurant, just like in most of the big cities you should book up a table beforehand. Most of the restaurants even the tiniest one will be crowded.
A lot of Brits and tourists are in town this last day of the year, I mean even more than usual. Hence if you hope to get a table without prior research and booking you’ll be disappointed.
We opted for a simple dinner and games at the hotel, before we headed out around 10pm to go at the firework get a spot. Of course a lot of people were already there so the best spots were taken, but anyway, none of fancied to wait for more than 2h only to see a firework.
Do I really need to tell you what you have to do during the fireworks?
ENJOY YOURSELF. It’s that easy. Do it for you, not for Instagram pictures or god knows what.
I don’t really have any nice shots of the fireworks for two reasons, I suck at taking night pictures, and I really couldn’t be bothered to try to set my camera. I just wanted to enjoy the moment with my friends.
Plus, our location wasn’t that great with the bridge right in front of us anyway.
But I got to cross it off my 2017 Bucket List.
Now, if you’re actually want to go out in a pub or clubbing, most of the places on new year eve charges some entrances fees.
We weren’t too keen on spending that much money, so we just hang around for a bit and eventually went back to our hotel.
Also, bear in mind that not every line of the tube is open. So it might be wise to check this beforehand.
We did walk around the area after the fireworks – and got lost. So despite us knowing about this, it took us quite some time to find another station to go back to our hotel.
But we got to see some Christmas decorations and cool people so at least that wasn’t too bad. I just wish I didn’t play it fancy by wearing heels because even if they’re actually comfy when you walk for around 3 hours, it hurts.
We had an extra day before we back home in Paris because we didn’t want to fly straight back home on the 1st as that would have been tiring and going to London without wandering around would be sad!
Overall it is a very fun experience. Although as I wrote above the place you pick might make your experience of the firework change, however, keep in mind that the most important thing is that you actually have fun and enjoy your night if you’re going to see the London NYE fireworks.
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