There are a number of celebrations around the world on New Year's Day for those that manage to make it out of bed in time, and aren't nursing too much of a hangover! Or possibly the exceptionally brave who haven't actually made it to bed yet and are just planning on fighting through it instead....
Of all the New Year parades, the annual event in London, often known simply as LNYDP, is possibly the best known. First held in 1987, the parade enters it's 27th year on 1 January 2014, and has so far raised in excess of 1 million pounds for good causes. It has the benefit of passing some of the most famous and instantly recognisable monuments and tourist attractions in the world - sights such as Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Piccadilly circus provide a truly memorable backdrop.
There are a total of over 10,000 performers taking part in the parade each year, with many different countries represented.
The parade route is 2 miles long, and proceeds as follows:
Lower Regent Street
The nearest tube stations to use for attending the parade are at Westminster, Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus, Embankment and St James' Park.
There are a couple of ways to view the London New Year's Day parade online (it is sometimes shown on BBC1, but wasn't last year, so we will confirm either way once we know what's happening).
These are the planned streaming links for the parade, we'll be checking they still work for this year nearer the time and will update as necessary.
To watch this on TV in the UK go to Channel 192 on the Sky platform or Freesat channel 402
If you're in London for New Year then you probably already have your hotel sorted, and will be all too aware of the additional costs invoked at this time of year! If you're still looking however, or possibly hoping to pick up a last minute bargain, then you can search for local hotels here.
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