There are a million reasons to visit London, but taking a trip to the capital for New Year's Eve is an extra special treat. Few things can beat the buzz of the bustling metropolis, and it really does come even more alive during the holiday season. If you're still undecided about where and how to greet 2018, here are a couple of reasons you should DEFINITELY be spending New Year's Eve in London:
1. The Firework Display is to Die For
Really, what could be more stunning than the night-time backdrop of Big Ben and the inimitable London skyline glowing majestically under a seriously impressive firework display? Exactly. London's fireworks get better and better every year and are absolutely free. The trick is to get a good spot early on in the night or, if you're feeling romantic, perch yourself up with a bottle of champagne at Primrose Hill.
2. Party like Great Gatsby
Literally. Or, if 20's style opulence and chandelier swinging isn't your style, there are hundreds of awesome and creative low-key NYE bashes happening across the city. Better yet, plan your night in a way that'll allow you to enjoy multiple style parties and venues. You only live once, after all!
3. Nurture Your Hangover With the World's Best Roast
Deny it all you want, but the cold hard truth is that your physical mind/body state post-NYE is going to leave a lot to be desired. What better way than to nurture it with some rejuvenating Bloody Mary's and an energy-restoring British roast?! London has some of the best pub joints for both, so you'll be in hangover-friendly hands.
4. You Don't Need to Pack Much
One of the many beauties that is visiting London is making use of its vibrant startup/app scene. The newest and coolest kid on the block? Rentuu.com, an online platform that makes the renting process of everyday essentials totally hassle-free. So, if, say, you're travelling with young kids and have no real intent on bringing along the gazillion bits of kit -- cot beds, high chairs, strollers, sterilisers... you name it -- or if you're simply after an extra air bed, Rentuu.com will have you covered.
5. Get Home for Free Thanks to TfL
It's hard to come by something that's free in London - one of the most notoriously expensive cities in the world. But public transport post-midnight on NYE is absolutely free, and, better yet, it runs all night! Thanks to the fabulous initiative by Transport for London, you won't have to worry about getting stranded in an alien part of town with a dead phone battery and no access to Uber. Score!