Tuesday 27 December 2016

Will You Be Watching the New Years Fireworks in London?

Photo Credit: Novotel

This year my husband and I will be doing separate things on New Years Eve. He'll be taking a group of our volunteers to Night Church in Hastings to ensure that anyone there on the streets has somewhere safe to drop in for a cuppa and a listening ear throughout the night and I'll be with our children at a community party.

We'll all have the day together, maybe taking a trip to one of our favourite National Trust sites for a frosty walk and then sharing an international dinner with around 80 other people in our community. Then once my husband has left it is party time (not because he has left you understand, just because that will be the start) with mocktails, games, dancing and lots of fun. I'm not sure if all the kids will stay up for the clock to chime twelve, we will see but whatever way it goes I know we will have fun.

I do miss our old tradition for New Years Eve though. When we lived in Hertfordshire my husband would work most New Years and we would all go up to London together and stay over in a central hotel. He'd then go to work late in the evening and watch the fireworks at midnight from the top of his building in Euston and the kids would fall off to sleep in the hotel room and I'd watch the magnificent London fireworks out of the hotel window with a glass of wine and some choice snacks.

Although it was a shame we weren't together at midnight, we really enjoyed the luxury of the hotel room that his work would pay for and also the next day in London. How we all adored the New years Day parade, it really is a show that everyone should see at least once. I can't recommend it highly enough and of course it is free too! It all kicks off from noon, so you don't have to get up super early either and have a look at the participants and route first to choose yourself a good spot, we always used to stand around Piccadilly/ Regent Street and had a great view.

If you fancy a night in London for New year to watch the fireworks, then why not check out one of the following Novotel hotels. All of these are close enough that you could get comfy in your PJ's, order some room service and sit and watch the fireworks in the warmth of your room without any crowds. Sounds good, right?

Novotel, London Waterloo
The best place to enjoy the full snap, crackle and pop, just moments from Waterloo Bridge and the Victoria Embankment. Why not make a day of it? Try ice-skating at Somerset House on the other side of the bridge before ordering room service and settling down to watch the amazing display.

Novotel, London Bridge
Make New Year’s Eve 2016 a memorable one by watching the fireworks on one of the city’s prime spots near Tower Bridge. Before tucking yourself up in bed, make sure to walk along the quaint cobbled streets of Shad Thames or enjoy drinks overlooking the river to really celebrate in style.

Novotel, London City South
London’s South Bank is the perfect spot to watch the sky light up for miles. Soak up some culture earlier in the day with a trip to the Royal Festival Hall or the Tate Modern and remember to grab a mulled wine from the Winter Market on your way back to the room!

Novotel’s ‘Warm Up Your Winter’ offer sees an amazing 25% off rooms - available to book now until 7 March 2016, and valid for stays from 5 December 2016 until 17 April 2017. Additionally, Le Club AccorHotels members can save a further 10% by booking direct at Novotel.com and anyone can join, any time.

So whatever you decide to do for New Years I hope you have an amazing time.

May 2017 be a year full of God's blessings for you and your family. Mich x

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