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London New Year’s Eve Firework Display – 31st December 2015

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The London New Year’s Eve Firework Display is one of the iconic events in London of the year. It is without doubt, London’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve event, and one of the greatest celebrations of its kind in the world. At the stroke of midnight , Big Ben chimes and London’s night skies light up with a display of stunning pyrotechnics.

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In recent years the event has been a victim of its own success with large crowds creating a number of issues. Last year it was decided to have specific areas that would be ticketed. This was considered a great success and the money raised was given to charity. This year the event has a partnership with Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation.

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Most the tickets have been sold but there will be limited number available made available after December 3rd.

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Tickets are £10 and you can book up to four per person. Please note, different viewing area tickets are available – a Blue area, Red area, White area and Green area. If you are coming to the event with friends, make sure you book the same viewing area as you cannot move between them.  The event has now introduced a new viewing area for this year’s event – the Pink area.

There will be no pedestrian access across the river before or after the event, so please consider carefully which viewing area will be most convenient to travel to and from when buying your ticket.

PINK AREA tickets provide access to Waterloo Bridge, which can only be reached via the south side of the river Thames.

BLUE AREA tickets cover the stretch of the Embankment from Westminster Bridge to Embankment Underground station, which can only be accessed from the north side of the river Thames (the side opposite to the Coca-Cola London Eye).

RED AREA tickets cover the stretch of the Embankment from Embankment Underground station to Temple Underground Station, which can only be accessed from the north side of the river Thames (the side opposite to the Coca-Cola London Eye).

WHITE AREA tickets provide access to Westminster Bridge, which can only be reached via the south side of the river Thames.

GREEN AREA tickets cover the area behind the Coca-Cola London Eye, which can only be reached via the south side of the river Thames.

Important note: You will be allocated an entrance point into your chosen viewing area. This will be printed on your ticket.

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Whether you’re attending the fireworks display or celebrating at another event, remember that London will be very busy on New Year’s Eve. Public transport will operate differently to normal with planned engineering works and station closures, and travelling on foot will be more difficult due to large crowds and diversion routes. Many central London Bridges will start to close from 2pm on New Year’s Eve (with all closed by 4pm).

There will also be a number of road closures in central London on 31 December. Transport for London will be providing free travel all night on all its public transport services, from 11:45pm on New Year’s Eve until 4:30am on New Year’s Day. Free travel does not apply on most National Rail services.

For more information on tickets, visit the See tickets website here

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Review : Flying High on the London Eye

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London Eye

Location –  Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

The London Eye is a giant  wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, when it was built in 1999 it had the distinction of being the world’s largest Observation Wheel. Originally known as the Millennium Wheel, it official title is the London Eye at various times being sponsored by British Airways, Merlin Entertainments ,EDF Energy  and the new sponsor Coca Cola.   The London Eye is 443 feet (135 metres) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 394 ft (120 metres) and is one of the London’s most popular paid tourist attractions with over three million visitors per year.

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The wheel has 32 sealed and air-conditioned passenger capsules which can hold a maximum of 25 people, each capsule is large enough to walk about in , although seating is available. The wheel rotates at 10 inches per second and completes its entire rotation in 30 minutes.

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The slow rotation allows plenty of time to take in views over London especially the nearby Houses of Parliament. There is plenty of room within the capsule to get a variety of vantage points especially if you want to take photographs. The London Eye is situated next to the river and offers some spectacular views of the Thames in both directions.

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In contrast with attractions like the Shard, the London Eye is constantly moving which changes your viewing perception over time. In each capsule there are a number of touch screen devices  which will give you key information on landmarks that can be seen from London Eye as well as a 3D view of each sight.

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The London Eye has become one of London’s most popular attractions and seems  to appeal to all age groups and has complete access for disabled guests, all paying disabled guests can bring a carer free of charge.

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If you are celebrating a special occasion you can hire a capsule and capsules are often used for special events, dining, wine tasting, champagnes and even weddings.

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Either before or after your ride on the London Eye, you can watch the London Eye 4D Experience. It is a 3D film with a number of in-theatre effects, although only lasting a few minutes it is a spectacular, entertaining view of London with a few surprises for the audience.

Although a  fairly modern addition to the London skyline, the London Eye has become a main landmark that is often at the centre of celebrations along the river. Its initial temporary status has been made permanent due to its incredible success attracting millions of visitors each year. On a clear sunny day it does offer a unique view over London, part of the fun of the leisurely ride is spotting the various famous buildings and other attractions of the capital.

VLG TIPs  The London Eye is owned by Merlin Entertainments who own Madame Tussaud’s, London Aquarium and the London Dungeon, therefore if you want to go to more than one of their attractions there are significant savings if you buy a combination ticket. You can book tickets by phone, at the Box Office and online but  is  recommended to book tickets before arriving at the London Eye. If the queues are long, you may want to consider upgrading  your ticket to a Fast Track.

The attraction is very popular and at its busiest during the months of July and August. They can also be busy during school holidays, Bank holidays and weekends. Their busiest time of the day tends to  be from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

For more information or to book tickets,  click here

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Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
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