By Lauren Harmes
London is a spectacular city at the best of times, but New Year’s Eve is something truly special.
Unfortunately, the main event is completely sold out, but luckily there are lots of alternative ways to ring in the New Year – Catherine Wheels and fireworks galore.
Here are some of the best:
Up at the top of Ally Pally’s hill you will have a fantastic view of the Thames fireworks without the hustle and bustle of being in the centre. This North London gem of a location is the perfect place to wrap up, sink a mulled wine or two and enjoy the action.
A bit busier than Alexandra Palace – Millennium Bridge offers a pretty unrivalled view of all of New Year’s Eve’s action. Other bridges such as Southwark, Tower, Vauxhall and Lambeth are good locations to watch the show, but Millennium Bridge should definitely be your first choice.
If you totally want to avoid central London, then Hilly Fields is a great option to still get to see all the evening’s entertainment. Situated in Brockley, you can sink a few pints in one of the many local pubs before getting a great spot on the hill and soaking up the atmosphere.
Want somewhere quite fancy to enjoy the spectacular fireworks? Then Primrose Hill is the spot for you. One of the highest points of the city, Primrose Hill will be extremely busy so it’s a good idea to turn up early to ensure you get a good space to sink some fizz and watch the fireworks.
If you didn’t get a ticket for the official show but still want to stay nearby, Cannon Street is ideal.
Just outside the main event zone, Cannon Street is right by St Paul’s Cathedral and you will be able to feel like you’re in the midst of all the action even if you’re ticketless.
There will be some amazing views from Greenwich Park – specifically on the top of Point Hill, just off Blackheath Hill. Pack up a blanket, champagne and bring your nearest and dearest to enjoy everything that our wonderful city has to offer.