New Year's Eve in London Tickets to Go On Sale
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When about a half million people showed up for London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks in 2013, it was decided that the event needed to be a little more controlled if it were to remain secure and safe for all those who attended.
Thus last year, London began selling tickets at £10 per person, a fee which basically pays for the printing, distribution, ticket checks and extra infrastructure including additional fencing, stewards and toilets. New Years is a great experience in London and if you’re game to be part of it you’re going to need these tickets. The first batch goes on sale on June 19 with a second batch going on sale in September. To purchase tickets go to www.london.gov.uk/nye or visit www.visitlondon.com/newyearseve.
The city hopes the tickets will reduce the number of revelers confined to central London. In the last few years the crowds, which increased from 100,000 in 2003 to more than 500,000 in 2013, were becoming unmanageable as the event, watched by millions on television around the world, began taking on a status similar to Times Square’s New Year’s event. In 2014, the first year of ticketing the system brought the number down to a crowd of 350,000 in central London.
Crowd control is an important consideration for London, a city that is anticipating nearly 32 million international and U.K. tourists in 2015, about 2.7 million more than the record setting 2014.
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson was quick to point out that, “even if you do not have one (a ticket) there will be plenty of fantastic celebrations going on across the capital to help non-ticketholders bring in 2016 with a bang.” All over London, New Year’s Eve 2015 will be seeing special hotel packages and menus in restaurants. Many pubs and gastro pubs will be staying open past midnight; theaters and comedy clubs will be jumping even as the city’s DJ set to spinning at the night clubs.
The New Year's Day Parade comes the following day with its annual line-up of marching bands, acrobats, cheerleaders and entertainers. A London Pass is a great idea if you’re planning to spend New Year’s in London. A three-day London Pass is priced at £85 per adult and £59 per child (aged five to 15). The three-day pass begins paying dividends after just the fourth attraction is visited. Entry fees can mount swiftly. The Tower of London, the city’s most popular attraction, is priced at £20. The card also includes express line privileges at a number of attractions.
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