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JOSH SMITH – 23/01/2019

NEW YEAR'S IN LONDON

A PHOTOSHOOT TO 'LIGHT UP OUR CHRISTMAS'

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NEW YEAR'S IN LONDON

London Skyline
London Fireworks

EVERY SINGLE YEAR, NEW YEAR'S EVE APPROACHES AND I ENVISAGE AN ACTION-PACKED DAY WITH AN EXCITING BUILD UP TO THE START OF A NEW YEAR.

But in reality, I’m sitting at home watching Jools Holland’s Hootenanny promising myself I’ll make plans for next year – and that’s exactly what I did this time.

Instead of watching the fireworks on TV, I decided to take a trip down to the London Eye to be a part of it as Big Ben struck midnight and welcomed in 2019.

This was my first proper trip to London (I’d visited Wembley once before a few years back but we can forget about that one!) so I headed down two days prior to NYE to take on the full tourist experience – using the tube like there was no tomorrow, visiting the Queen’s Palace, going around the London Eye, you get the picture…)

No matter where my tourist hat took me and no matter what time of the day it was, London truly did feel like a city that never sleeps – every street corner you turned, there was nowhere to move. As expected, there are people from all around the world visiting London and especially around Christmas time but after just a few hours in the City, you can tell who the locals are and who aren’t.

The locals have a sense of urgency and are always trying to get from A to B as soon as possible. Then others lack in manners and don’t care about anyone else around them, but that’s another story.

 

EVERY SINGLE YEAR, NEW YEAR'S EVE APPROACHES AND I ENVISAGE AN ACTION-PACKED DAY WITH AN EXCITING BUILD UP TO THE START OF A NEW YEAR.

But in reality, I’m sitting at home watching Jools Holland’s Hootenanny promising myself I’ll make plans for next year – and that’s exactly what I did this time.

Instead of watching the fireworks on TV, I decided to take a trip down to the London Eye to be a part of it as Big Ben struck midnight and welcomed in 2019.

This was my first proper trip to London (I’d visited Wembley once before a few years back but we can forget about that one!) so I headed down two days prior to NYE to take on the full tourist experience – using the tube like there was no tomorrow, visiting the Queen’s Palace, going around the London Eye, you get the picture…)

No matter where my tourist hat took me and no matter what time of the day it was, London truly did feel like a city that never sleeps – every street corner you turned, there was nowhere to move. As expected, there are people from all around the world visiting London and especially around Christmas time but after just a few hours in the City, you can tell who the locals are and who aren’t.

The locals have a sense of urgency and are always trying to get from A to B as soon as possible. Then others lack in manners and don’t care about anyone else around them, but that’s another story.

 

It came to the fireworks and they certainly did not let me down. We had to join the viewing area four hours prior to midnight so there was quite the wait but it was definitely worth it.

There has since been some controversy regarding the £2.3 million taxpayer-funded fireworks, mainly related to the choice of songs and colourways from London Mayor Sadiq Khan but on the night it was a fantastic viewing and I’d love to be there again next year!

Yet despite the backlash, it’s thought £950,000 was raised in sales of the £10 per person tickets to watch the fireworks up-close alone, that’s before the predicated additional £6.5 million economic benefit to London from the ticketholders...

...I’m sure the Mayor can take a few comments on the shoulder for this.

It came to the fireworks and they certainly did not let me down. We had to join the viewing area four hours prior to midnight so there was quite the wait but it was definitely worth it.

There has since been some controversy regarding the £2.3 million taxpayer-funded fireworks, mainly related to the choice of songs and colourways from London Mayor Sadiq Khan but on the night it was a fantastic viewing and I’d love to be there again next year!

Yet despite the backlash, it’s thought £950,000 was raised in sales of the £10 per person tickets to watch the fireworks up-close alone, that’s before the predicated additional £6.5 million economic benefit to London from the ticketholders – I’m sure the Mayor can take a few comments on the shoulder for this…

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