a VirtualTourist member from Lower Largo asked on Dec 6, 2016
Hi there, I am travelling to London over the new year with my Girlfriend. We've left it a bit last minute but we're wondering if anyone has any good suggestions on how to spend NYE. Whether that be a dinner and dance, street party, and kind of event really to make it a memorable new year? All suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
You might be interested in the firework display but apparently all tickets were sold before December 2, but i am sure that there are other places near the center where you will be able to see them. You can see the video of last years display here too.
It will be memorable that's for sure. At the risk of sounding like a real party pooper, I'd stay in to avoid all the madness and drunken carnage. Everywhere will be packed with 100,000 or more ticket holders for official viewing areas of the NYE fireworks along the Thames and another 500,000 or more non-ticket holders all getting as smashed out of their brains as they possibly can.
While events usually pass relatively peacefully, the chances of a drunken stranger vomiting on you will be 10 times greater than any Saturday night out in Glasgow.
If you like the idea of stepping over semi-conscious bodies in the street and puddles of puke then go for it. Me? I'm staying at home.
As usual, I am in total agreement with Martin who knows London so well both professionally and personally.
I have worked in central London on NYE and it really is nothing short of a bloody (in the proper sense of the word) warzone. It is really a potential site for theft, robbery, sexual assault (very common), non sexual assault and all other sorts of anti-social behaviour. Fortunately for you, you are apparently too late to get tickets for that particular crime generator.
If you are in London, find a place local to where you are staying and go there for the evening although I should warn you that many places have a ticket only policy for that night so you may wish to either buy your tickets in advance if they are available online or have a local contact get them for you as many places sell out well in advance.
Any sort of dinner and dance is going to cost you an arm and a leg. In your postition, I'd go for a local pub that is not laying on anything "special" and go and try to have a relatively normal night with your loved one. You may just be able to avoid the madness that way.
Personally, I shall be in Sri Lanka staying with a friend where I shall probably be the entertainment with a borrowed guitar!
Have a great Hogmanay whatever you decide. I am not trying to throw a damper on things for you but these are the facts and I hope it assists,
Yes, I am sure all other posters are correct. A 5 years ago we stayed at the Holiday Inn Forum (by Gloucester Underground/Tube stop) and we had pre booked their New Years Eve event. It was, if I recall $90 or 90 Sterling, though in the end well worth it. There were 8 of us (4 couples) and prior to that I thought it would be better/more fun to just visit the various Pubs and I am glad I was over ruled. We found walking around that afternoon that the Pubs were closing for prearranged events and closed to the general public. Our hotel had a great buffet, music, dancing and party favors for all included. I never dance but, I did that night and I might/would do it again on a special occasion like this.
Two of the couples had a room facing the fireworks areas and it was great to see from inside the warm room. The weather outside was good in the mid 40’s so that would not have been a problem though, it colder and snow lightly the following two days. We enjoyed it and likely there are other high rise London hotels where you could get a similar or closer view.