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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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See 2012 out with a Bang (and a Flash) and not a Whimper
January always seems to be such a bleak and dismal month once the Christmas festivities and glitter have passed. Start 2013 on a high note by travelling in to central London to watch the Thames erupt into a burning mass of colours as soon as Big Ben has struck twelve and 2013 has been ushered in. Right on cue, once the twelfth chime of the iconic bell has died away, the Mayor of London ensures that Londoners and visitors alike will be treated to a memorable display of pyrotechnics. Although the New Year's Eve Fireworks are set off close to the London Eye, often the most iconic scenes are those of the huge flashes of colour lighting up the skies from behind Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster. It is almost as if Guy Fawkes has returned and succeeded in blowing up the Houses of Parliament after all.

New Year's Eve Fireworks
New Year's Eve Fireworks (picture courtesy of

You may be in the most festive of moods and keen to party as if nothing else matters, but there are still a few points to bear in mind. It could be cold, wet or even snowing, so plan to dress to suit the weather, and arrive early enough to take up a good vantage point. Don't assume that you will be the only person in London. Most pubs, clubs and restaurants will probably be heaving and may be pre-booked.

2012 has been an amazing year for London: we have celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and hosted immensely successful Olympic and Paralympic Games (and earned a pile of medals). Other notable anniversaries this year have also included 50 years since the Beatles released Love Me Do, the Rolling Stones are commemorating 50 years in the rock business, and it's also a half century since Sean Connery appeared in the first Bond Film, Dr No. Why not plan to see out the old year and see in the new with a huge bang, not with a whimper? Show the world that we Londoners are not cold, reserved people, but that we like to enjoy ourselves and have as much fun as the rest of the world.

New Year's Eve Fireworks
New Year's Eve Fireworks (picture courtesy of

Nearer to the end of the year the Mayor of London's website will contain further information, including viewing maps. Transport for London should also again be offering free travel for the night and further information can be found on the website.

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Why? To see the New Year out with a Bang
When: New Year's Eve 2012
Where: Close to the EDF London Eye and along the Banks of the River Thames in Westmisnter
Cost: Free
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