2015 New Year in London
What better way to see In the New Year than by taking a break in the capital London? Always a vibrant city, London comes alive during the festive season and throws its arms wide-open to welcome visitors from across the globe. As well as joining in the New Year celebrations, there are many other aspects of London that you can explore during a break there.
London new year breaksHere we look at where you can find the best bars and clubs for New Year, where are the best places to shop and pick up some New Year Bargains, and what else is available to do and see? We have delved into the details to put together some of the choicest morsels from entertainment to shopping, and on through to the best tourist attractions to take in on a New Year break in London.
New Year Celebrations in London
Kicking off the party at noon on New Years Eve , a New Year parade starts from Parliament Square and proceeds over a two mile route, to finish at Berkeley Street in Piccaadilly. Watched by an estimated half a million people along the route, the parade features some 20,000 performers who put on a fantastic show. London becomes very crowded over this period and public transport is by far the best way to get around. London transport offers free buses throughout the New Year celebrations. There are a few focal points for celebrations as Big Ben chimes in the New Year and a cacophony of sound and light explodes over the Thames. Many visitors head for the London Eye to enjoy this spectacular firework party whilst others line up along the Thames and on Westminster Bridge. Another traditional gathering point for revellers has always been Trafalgar Square where many people end up celebrating in the fountains.
River Cruising on the Thames
If you have ever been tempted by a cruise down the river Thames, you may be interested to know that night cruises are available to allow you to take the best seats in the house at the New Years Eve firework party celebrations. As an example, the London Eye Barracuda provides comfortable and stylish upper decks for you to enjoy the fireworks, followed by top dining in the intimate atmosphere of the lower deck. When you have eaten, you are free to dance the night away. An unforgettable experience and a New Years Eve to file away as a treasured memory. If you like the idea of a river cruise but would like to try a daytime experience, a top tip is to buy a London Pass which gives you free hop on – hop off river cruise ticket for City Cruises. Boats depart from Westminster, London Eye, Tower Hill and Greenwich. This is a great way to see attractions like the Cutty Sark,Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern.
Hyde Park – Winter Wonderland
Any New Year break in London would not be complete without a visit to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Running from 23rd of November until the 6th of January, it is free to enter; although you need to buy tickets to the various attractions. Winter Wonderland boasts the largest ice rink in the UK. Set around the Victorian bandstand and Illuminated by over 100,000 pea lights the ice rink is a truly magical sight. You might like to get the aerial view by taking a ride on the giant wheel. For the circus enthusiast the circus tent is a must. The Zippo Circus presents top performers from around the world whilst the daredevil Cirque Beserk will take your breath away with some death-defying feats. The Ice Kingdom presents some magical ice carvings and sculptures. There is also a Bavarian village which boasts an appetising range of heated cafes and restaurants. If you are in London for New Years Eve this makes a great place to see in the New Year, but is equally attractive throughout the winter season.
New Year shopping in London
London is famed throughout the world for its shopping streets, markets and boutiques. Taking a New Year break in London presents the added bonus that you arrive when the sales are in full swing. Picking up a bargain is easy with many stores knocking up to 75% off of the normal prices. With top outlets like Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum and Masons, those with a taste for designer clothes and furniture can't go wrong. The chocaholics are well catered for with many cocoa emporiums like the award winning William Curley in Richmond. If you want to get away from the high street and delve into the boutiques, head on down some of the side streets and alleys. If you prefer the raucous atmosphere of a market the Central London is home to some famous ones like Borough Market, Smithfield and of course, Covent Garden.
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New Year Clubs, Bars and Restaurants
Heading off to the clubs and bars on New Year’s Eve is not a good idea unless you have managed to secure a ticket in advance. Entrance fees to clubs are more expensive and most are ticket only. Many pubs and bars charge an entrance fee too. Aside from this, the busiest day of the year, your New Year break in London is well catered for in terms of some superb restaurants bars and clubs. For a terrific riverside restaurant head for the four mile stretch between Putney Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge. Here you will find some of the best in London. There are many great pubs in London too. For something unusual try The Heights. Situated 15 floors above Piccadilly Circus, in the George Hotel, this pub features a wall of glass through which you get one of the best aerial views of Central London available. Whatever your preference, a little research on what is available in London will direct you top quality establishments.