If you are making plans for New Year’s 2012 and want a great place to celebrate, consider London as the destination to be.
Hosting a spectacular fireworks show, lavish boat parties and festive food and drink, this list shows that the cultural capital of the world has so much to offer.
1. Extravagant Boat Parties
London is known for its thriving boat tours but on New Year’s Eve you can attend the most Lavish of parties hosted on numerous river boats that tour the River Thames as the evening livens up into the night.
Most will travel along a route that will show you the famous sites of London, including Big Ben, Albert Bridge, the Chelsea Bridge and the Millennium Footbridge.
If you book a New Year’s 2012 boat party, look for one that has all the amenities you need for a great party. Many cruises feature multiple dance floors, restaurant lounges and bars.
You can find boats that cater to any taste and tone, from wild energetic dance night theme to a more romantic elegant cruise for the night.
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2. The London Fireworks Display
If you love grand displays then you cannot miss The London New Year’s 2012 fireworks celebration.
The display is attended by more than 250,000 people and popular viewing sites can fill up as much as three hours before midnight.
Travellers take this chance as a great way to chat to locals and fellow travellers to make friends and London has seen many an engagement proposal on the night.
The midnight show lasts over 10 minutes and welcomes in the New Year in a poignant fashion. You can enjoy live music to enhance the London fireworks experience.
3. Festive Food & Drink
A nation of many cultural cuisines, you don’t want to miss out on the great spreads laid on at this time of the year. From casual dining to gourmet 4 course meals, you will find a party to suit your taste.
Laden with buckets of champagne, you can fill your glasses at almost all restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs. From marbled cocktail bars to the more intimate settings of a local pub you will be in the midst of a truly memorable feast.
4. New Year’s Eve Comedy
Have those last laughs to see out 2011. London hosts some of the best comedy clubs around. Attend a show at the world famous Comedy Store, where famous comedians like Mike Gunn, Ian Stone and Sean Collins perform.
Other London comedy clubs with terrific laugh-filled shows include the Top Secret Comedy Club and Monkey Business Kentish Town. Food is included with the door charge and you can laugh well into the night to ring in the New Year.
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5. The famous Ice Bar Party
This year the Ice Bar in London is hosting a spectacular British themed “Keep Calm and Party On” for New Year’s 2012. Formerly known as the Absolut Ice Bar, it is located in the heart of London.
Famous around the world for keeping the temperature at a chilly minus five degrees it’s fully furnished with ice structures and furniture made from ice from the Thorne River in Sweden but be sure to be kept cosy warm in a thermal designer cape.
One of the things that make the Ice Bar so spectacular is that every six months it is completely reconstructed and redesigned so be prepared for a spectacular sight.