Celebrate the New Year with about a bazillion million other people, as they gather on the South Bank to watch London's spectacular fireworks display. The display will focus on the top of Big Ben and the London Eye.
Half a million people are expected to descend on the capital to watch the fireworks -- so expect a truly colossal crowd. There will be plenty of places in London where you can see the display for free, but you will need to get hold of a ticket for the best spots.
The areas which will be ticketed are as follows:
White area -- Westminster Bridge itself. Entry will be allowed between 8 PM and 10.30 PM only, from the south side of the river
Blue area -- Westminster Bridge to Embankment underground station. Entry will be allowed between 8 PM and 10.30 PM, from the north side of the river
Red area -- Embankment underground station to Temple underground station. Entry between 8 PM and 10.30 PM, from the north side of the river
Green area -- the area behind the London Eye. Entry between 8 PM and 10.30 PM from the south side of the river
Pink area -- Waterloo Bridge itself. Entry between 8 PM and 10.30 PM from the south side of the river
The other areas which are likely to fill up very quickly are the western edge of St. James's Park, Whitehall, the Strand, Fleet Street, and anywhere along the river up to London Bridge and beyond. Many of these areas will be shut once they are at capacity.
Note: The crowds will be huge, and it is recommended that you leave any young children at home. If you lose sight of them then you will have no chance of finding them again.
According to the official FAQs, people will be allowed to bring a small amount of alcohol into the viewing areas, provided that it is inside a plastic bottle. Glass will not be allowed. See here for the official FAQs page.
Note: Bus and tube travel is usually free between 11:45 PM and 4:30 AM, but be aware that lots of train stations will be closed before and after midnight for crowd safety. Due to the huge crowds you should factor in a wait of at least 1½ hours to get onto a bus or train.
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