In the past few years the popularity of London’s New Year’s Eve firework display has rocketed. Our prodigious pyrotechnics make most other world cities’ look like damp squibs and ever increasing numbers have been turning up to see the spectacle live. So many, in fact, that this year for the first time the show is to be ticketed. The £10 cost will go towards the cost of safety and administration. It goes against the grain to pay for something we’ve hitherto enjoyed for free but it’s Boris’s party and he argues that the 100,000 ticket holders will all get a decent view as well as a safe night out (apparently 500,000 people turned up last year and the huge crowds are becoming a worry). You can book up to four tickets from noon on Friday September 26 at london.gov.uk/nye. Or plan to watch the action live on telly.
The last tickets for the 2014 New Year's Eve fireworks were allocated on December 15 and those without a ticket are advised to avoid the event area. TfL will provide free travel between 11.45pm and 4.30am on the bus, Tube, tram, DLR and London Overground. Check www.tfl.gov.uk for the most up-to-date travel information.