30 December 2011
London’s great Fireworks on NYE
Fireworks, represent one of the essential elements during the celebration of an event such New Years. Noise, to drive away evil spirits, according to tradition; colorful expression of joy; miracle of aggregation, as well as one of the most entertaining events in many festivities and celebrations around the world: this is what a fireworks display encloses. If fireworks is what you’re looking for, then Europe is definitely the place to be if you want to see some epic fireworks. And the best New Years Eve fireworks show ever, is said to be in the UK. London, in particular, although Edinburgh‘s show, during Hogmanay (the Scots word for the last day of the year) NYE Street Party, will be drawing huge crowds as well.
Well, it’s impossible not to believe it: be in London to see the New Year in with style, and you’ll love it. New year revelers across the UK, but also visitors from all over the world, will welcome 2012 at a great open-air party in London, with a spectacular firework display at the London Eye, South Bank; of course, the event, free to attend, is scheduled for Saturday 31st December 2011, to begin shortly before midnight.
Official viewing areas include Westminster Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Victoria Embankment and the area of the South Bank directly in front of the London Eye. The official viewing areas have a limited capacity of 250,000, and will begin filling up starting from 8.00pm. Please note that the official viewing areas will be closed once capacity is reached, but the show will be visible from across central London thanks to the installation of large screens.
The area around The London Eye and along the South Bank will be a vibrant place to see out 2011, with fireworks being launched off the 135 meter high London Eye for an eye popping extravaganza.
The most spectacular fireworks display will undoubtedly be by the South Bank where the chimes of Big Ben will be heard rolling along the Thames towards the London Eye from where thousands of fireworks will be set off.
The display will be amazing from under the sky, but if you feel like watching it from indoors instead, there are plenty of venues offering spectacular views. This way you can combine fun with drink and food, and make the last night of 2011 a classy one with a visit to one of the best restaurants and bars to watch New Years Eve fireworks.
Altitude 360, on the 29th floor of the Millbank Tower, offers a unique atmosphere, great food and unbeatable views across London. Las Iguanas has got brilliant views of the fireworks as well as one of the most vibrant atmospheres of any venue in London. On the other hand, the best bars to watch New Years Eve fireworks are Tattershall Castle, a stationary pub on a boat near Embankment Tube, or Walkabout Inn – another bar that provides views across the Thames towards the fireworks display.
With previous New Years Eve fireworks winning awards for their excellence, the 2011 show has a tough record to beat this year, but we’re all sure that no one will be disappointed: just get the best of the views available and welcome in your New Year with style in London.