Two days before the event, we decided to go to London. To watch those fireworks, and be in that crowd. We watched last years video on YouTube approximately 10 times, worked out the best place to stand, studied the map, checked the train times, and eventually decided that the best option would be to drive up to the end of the Central Line and get the tube in – rather than stay out til 6:30am for first train home!
Armed with a bottle of Prosecco, coke bottles of Sex on the Beach and Cosmopolitan and some plastic champagne glasses we headed off down the A12 to Newbury Park to get the Central Line to Embankment.
Surprised at how smoothly the plan was going, we had arrived by 9pm, to be taken the long way around back to the river. The street along the Thames was a lot emptier than we imagined, and although we weren’t allowed to go under the bridge to where we had planned (ticket holder’s only?!) we settled down in a good spot with a view of the London Eye.
The crowd soon filled up, a few fights and a few bottles of beer were thrown and a girl screaming at people ”MIND MY BABY!!!” (why would you bring a baby?!) but mostly people were having a good time – dancing to the music waiting for the countdown. Eventually it happened, watching on the building they project the time onto and it was very exciting!!!! 10, 9, 8….
We opened the bottle of Prosecco and watched the fireworks, while the whole crowd stood quite still and quiet videoing it on their phones…!
I’m still not sure how often one would watch their home made video back but they did inspire me to make my own video:
Happy New Year Everyone!