London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display to woo tourists

Published on : Saturday, December 28, 2013

107836281-1024x682-1-300x199London’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display at the EDF Energy London Eye is famous around the world. At midnight, Big Ben’s famous “bongs” will ring out, followed by the UK’s largest annual fireworks display.
Celebrations will continue until 12:45am with a live DJ set – staying until the end will make it easier to leave the viewing areas and go home.

Each year around 250,000 people watch the fireworks in central London.

There are designated viewing areas, which will close once full. You can see a detailed map of the viewing areas here.

Visitors will be re-directed to other viewing areas as they fill up. If you are not in a designated viewing area by 10:30pm you will not be able to see the fireworks.

If you don’t fancy braving the crowds, you can watch the fireworks live on BBC One!
If you are travelling into Central London on New Year’s Eve, make sure you plan your journey in advance. There will be major changes to regular Tube and train services, plus road and bridge closures.

There will be queuing systems and may be different routes and station exits on the night. See a map of walking routes here. You may not be able to travel home using the same route that you took in.

Plan your journey in advance with Transport for London (TfL), and make sure you follow the directions of stewards and police on the night.

Transport on all TfL journeys is free between 11.45pm on New Year’s Eve, and 4:30am on New Year’s Day.

Public transport will be extremely busy – your journey will take much longer than usual, and queues of up to 90 minutes are expected at stations close to the fireworks once they’ve finished. Consider walking part of your journey home.


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