Burning Questions: Is New Year's Eve a great night or a letdown? How will you be celebrating?

This Is Local London: Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013

IN just three weeks’ time we’ll be into 2014 so today’s question is about the best way to celebrate on New Year’s Eve.

Are you someone who sees NYE as an excuse to party, braving the cold, crowds and cost to attend an event or join in the celebrations in London?

Or do you prefer to stay in on December 31, sticking to the warmth and comfort of home to enjoy the occasion in a simple way with friends or family?

Or are you someone who just doesn’t care about celebrating the New Year and would rather be tucked up in bed than staying up until 12 to hear the chimes of Big Ben?

Does New Year’s Eve tend to be a great night or a letdown? Add your comments below.

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8:11am Wed 11 Dec 13

steeringwheelattendant says...

I will be spending the whole night driving a 436 bus between Lewisham and Central London. Hopefully, I'll be near enough to London at the stroke of midnight to see some of the festivities :)
I will be spending the whole night driving a 436 bus between Lewisham and Central London. Hopefully, I'll be near enough to London at the stroke of midnight to see some of the festivities :) steeringwheelattendant

8:21am Wed 11 Dec 13

molsey says...

steeringwheelattenda
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I will be spending the whole night driving a 436 bus between Lewisham and Central London. Hopefully, I'll be near enough to London at the stroke of midnight to see some of the festivities :)
No doubt you'll be on treble time?
[quote][p][bold]steeringwheelattenda nt[/bold] wrote: I will be spending the whole night driving a 436 bus between Lewisham and Central London. Hopefully, I'll be near enough to London at the stroke of midnight to see some of the festivities :)[/p][/quote]No doubt you'll be on treble time? molsey

8:29am Wed 11 Dec 13

joertmclark says...

I'm off to Somerset House with a few friends to go ice-skating. Then there will be a DJ up until midnight for which we will then head off on the roof of Somerset House to view the firework display. Excited!
I'm off to Somerset House with a few friends to go ice-skating. Then there will be a DJ up until midnight for which we will then head off on the roof of Somerset House to view the firework display. Excited! joertmclark

3:31am Thu 12 Dec 13

sarfflondonbird says...

Too much hassle............ha
ving a quiet one this NYE...
Too much hassle............ha ving a quiet one this NYE... sarfflondonbird

8:02am Thu 12 Dec 13

The Original Ranter says...

Well done to all those who will be working, keeping the country going and helping people 'have a good time'. So what if the bus driver is on 'treble time (which i doubt), the majority seem to forget that hundreds of thousands of people work when others are taking their holidays. Not just emergency services, health services - don't forget the army of lowly paid 'carers' who will be out and about and others looking after vulnerable people. Many won't get an enhanced rate of pay until midnight when the Bank Holiday begins.
Well done to all those who will be working, keeping the country going and helping people 'have a good time'. So what if the bus driver is on 'treble time (which i doubt), the majority seem to forget that hundreds of thousands of people work when others are taking their holidays. Not just emergency services, health services - don't forget the army of lowly paid 'carers' who will be out and about and others looking after vulnerable people. Many won't get an enhanced rate of pay until midnight when the Bank Holiday begins. The Original Ranter

4:57pm Thu 12 Dec 13

dag says...

Will be at home doing a dinner party and quiz for my friends. It's blooming hard work but so nice to be with people you care about. Have the tele on for the end of 2013 count down. A Happy New Year to Everyone especially those who have to work over the festive season or are having a sad time.
Will be at home doing a dinner party and quiz for my friends. It's blooming hard work but so nice to be with people you care about. Have the tele on for the end of 2013 count down. A Happy New Year to Everyone especially those who have to work over the festive season or are having a sad time. dag

8:32am Sat 14 Dec 13

goldenbroomboy says...

New Years Eve was the Night of the Year when I was a young man in the seventies & early eighties. It was never quite the same after the licensing laws were changed in 1988, since anybody who wanted to drink for hours in a pub could thereafter do so anyway.

Also, from the mid eighties onwards pubs began to get too highanded, they started charging for entry tickets & locking their doors. The pub trade began to fizzle out as the internet took off, & then NuLab did their best to kill it stone dead with their smoking ban. I have not been out on New Years Eve for many moons now, I prefer to stay indoors with friends & family.
New Years Eve was the Night of the Year when I was a young man in the seventies & early eighties. It was never quite the same after the licensing laws were changed in 1988, since anybody who wanted to drink for hours in a pub could thereafter do so anyway. Also, from the mid eighties onwards pubs began to get too highanded, they started charging for entry tickets & locking their doors. The pub trade began to fizzle out as the internet took off, & then NuLab did their best to kill it stone dead with their smoking ban. I have not been out on New Years Eve for many moons now, I prefer to stay indoors with friends & family. goldenbroomboy

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