Firstly, yes, it’s worth it. Just go for it if you’re considering going to London for new year’s eve.
I’m not much of a n.y.e. party, fireworks kinda guy, but after consulting with some friends, they all told me to go since I haven’t ever been to any of London n.y.e. fireworks events. And turned they’re quite right, it’s definitely the best fireworks display I’ve ever seen.
Tickets are required now starting just a few years ago, it costs £10 no matter which area you choose to see the display. So basically just go for the spot you prefer the most. Usually, the most popular area is the Blue Area as it’s right in front of London Eye -the centre of the show. And it is the area that I went this year so this article will be based on my experience in Blue Area.
Purchasing the Tickets
You’ve got two chances to get the extremely popular tickets. But the process of buying them wasn’t that difficult, I pretty much got my ticket as soon as they’re released, no internet traffic jam, system breakdown or whatsoever.
If you didn’t get your tickets, don’t give up, there will be some people failed to finish payment in the time slot they were given, which resulting in releasing tickets that were temporarily on hold for them. So try to refresh the page few more times. And make sure you have your personal information like card details ready, this will ensure you finish the payment before the time limit is up. Also close other purchasing tabs (if you had them opened), the system will block your payment if you do. From personal experiences, Chrome performs better than Safari in the regard of purchasing tickets online.
Once you complete your payment will receive your physical ticket by post (few days before Christmas if I remember correctly). Other than the ticket itself, the mail also includes a map and a sheet of reminders. You’ll get an E-mail with the exact content, the most important thing is to remember which entrance you’re assigned.
Scouting the location.
If you really want to get the best view, scout your favourite spot before the viewing area is closed at 4pm.
These are the steps I would suggest to ensure you get to your spot in the shortest time.
1. Locate your assigned entrance.
2. Find your favourite spot.
3. Plan your route for both getting in and out of that spot.
Photos above show what Blue Area is like. As shown in the photos, there are plenty of trees along the riverside, so it’s better to scout your spot beforehand. After all, you don’t want to put in all that effort, time and money just to see some trees blocking the most magnificent firework display in the world.
You must be at the entrance earlier than the time that says on the ticket.
Because the staff might let people in early if they think the queue builds up too long. I was one and a half hour earlier and below is what I saw.
But Blue Area is a long area with several other entrances -which thin out the crowd at some level. In the and, I was roughly at the third/ fourth row from the riverside.
There will be hours of waiting before the show starts, make sure you’ve done the following
1. Have your food/drinks ready. But don’t drink too much otherwise you’ll have to give up your spot for the loo.
2. Dress for the weather. It get cloder later, and it might rain as well, because, you know, it’s London.
3. Something to kill time. Books preferably, cellular network is pretty much dead as there’re simply too many people using it. If you’ve got nothing prepared, well, maybe start planning the coming year?
Exit the Scene
I got out quite fast actually. Because I had planned my route beforehand and there were some other events were held to stall the crowd. And also most people went for a drink after the show so the queue at the Tube station wasn’t that terrible, and I got on the train as soon as they arrived. It felt less chaotic than my friends experiences from previous years.
That’s my guide to London New Year’s Eve Fireworks, hope it helps! Leave a comment if you have any further questions.