It almost time to welcome in the 2012, but if you’ve decided to hang up your dancing shoes this time around, here are a few alternative ways to bring in the new year.
New Year’s Eve Firework Display 2011
Without a doubt, the biggest event in London on December 31. Head down to south bank for a spectacular show against the stunning backdrop of our fair city. For the best views, arrive as early as possible, but remember there will be road closures. Oh..and did we mention it’s completely free? Happy new year indeed.
Still holding on to the festivities of Christmas? Why not opt for a bit of late night ice skating?
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Set in front of Henry VIII’s picturesque Tudor palace this 900-square-metre rink has room for 250 skaters. Listen to music as you live out your Torvill and Dean fuelled dreams – even if it is just for an hour. Warm up with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate after at the Ice Bar & Café.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
After taking a turn on the 950-square-metre ice rink, hark back to childhood memories on the fairground carousel. Leaving the skating to everyone else? Treat yourself to some festive snacks, as you watch everyone else fall over from the safety of the open-air balcony.
Or, why not laugh your way into 2012 with some top-notch comedy?
Comedy Store – New Year’s Eve Stand-Up Show
A little bit on the pricey side, with tickets ranging from £54-£75, this promises to be a night of absolute hilarity. MC Ben Norris, Jarred Christmas, Rob Deering and Sean Collins are just a few of the names competing for the loudest laughs on the night.
Want more ideas? See our guide to alternative New Year’s Eve nights out.