Date Published 22 December 2014
2014 draws to a close next week and if you're looking for an excuse to let your hair down, there really is no better opportunity! New Year's Eve is so often an anti-climax: endless planning, heightened expectations, and braving it through the cold at 11:30pm. Well, if you're still unsure what to do in London this year then read on! Just remember: whatever you choose to do this New Year's Eve make sure you stay safe.
To some they are just fireworks, but they really are the fireworks. London pulls out all the stops when it comes to the New Year display, and 2014 is going to be no different. Make your way down along the South Bank — you'll need a £10 ticket for that — to get the best views; or, alternatively, find a spot up high anywhere in the city to get a piece of the fiery action!
Climb The Shard and join the party
When we said 'find a spot up high' to watch the fireworks, there really is no better place for this than the top of The Shard — the highest point in Western Europe. Get yourself a ticket for The View from The Shard's New Year's Eve party (starting at £99) and enjoy the best views of the city in one of the most glamorous settings.
Laugh the year away at the Comedy Store
If you're looking for an alternative entertainment source this year then perhaps a New Year's visit to London's greatest comedy club is for you. Kick and scream your way into the New Year with a hilarious line-up which includes MC Stephen Grant introducing Prince Abdi, hyperactive Kiwi comic Jarred Christmas, and mainly miserable misanthrope Romesh Ranganathan.
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Kew's annual seasonal makeover is returning. This year, a mile-long trail (inspired by the use of lots and lots of glitter) will guide you through a beautiful snowflake landscape. Spectacular light displays — designed by French design team TILT — will be dotted along the route; designed to give the appearance of fireworks frozen in time. Spread all over the festive period, including New Year's Eve, the evening openings will offer plenty of family-friendly attractions and events, including a Victorian carousel and vintage fairground rides, the snowflake grotto and live festive music.