Hello, 2014! London New Year Fireworks

Did you see the fireworks last night? If you missed them, here are some photos by our intrepid Flickrpool photographers and the BBC’s broadcast of the event.

The New Year’s Eve fireworks were billed as a ‘multi sensory’ experience (as though masses of bangs and lights aren’t enough for some people, sheesh) with fruit flavoured mist and snow descending on some revellers, and scratch-and-sniff packs for others (Sky News said banana flavoured confetti wasn’t released because of the rain). If you were in one of the chosen spots, let us know in the comments whether your senses were heightened or disappointed.

And, of course, a Happy 2014 from everyone at Londonist.

Photos by Michael Garnett (once and twice), Real London Photos and Alpha Whiskey Photography from the Londonist Flickrpool.

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  • DavidH

    Wonderful! Happy new year from California!

  • Will Eaton

    I TRIED to see the London fireworks last night, but fences and security stopped me and tens of thousands of others. All along Strand, Fleet Street, Blackfriars
    blocked. Why all that security? We weren’t warned, the impression given by
    London authorities that riverside was open. F****!

    • JustMe

      What time did you get there? They block it off once its full and it got full VERY fast this year. Last year at 19:30 there was loads of room, but this year 19:30 was like 21:30 last year! By 21:00 they were telling people to stand as it was too dangerous to sit on Victoria Embankment. By 23:30 there was lots of pushing / shoving going on – not a good place to go if you’re claustrophobic.

      • Will Eaton

        We thought we were lucky because we live in central London, so went late, around 9.30pm. Thing is I checked London websites and they didn’t give enough info about the timing. We ended up with literally thousands near St. Paul’s and people were pretty pissed off. Could have turned into a riot!

        • JustMe

          I can understand why, but if the crowds had been any denser where we were it would have been too dangerous (big crushes). We arrived in the area at 17:30 intending to scope it out and leave, eat and come back, but it was already that busy we decided we wouldn’t get back in if we left, so we waited 6.5 hours!

    • george

      Why all that security?!?! We weren’t warned?!?! 9.30pm?!? How long have you been living in London? two months?!?! Every londoner knows that 8pm is already very late to go for a place near the fireworks. There have been warnings all around London (public transports, TV, websites) for weeks before NYE, where have YOU been?

  • Capitalist

    And once you got there, what did you do? Party and enjoy the excellent music and firework display or stand still and film it on your own phone? Cos that’s all I can see anyone in the crowds doing. You really think the footage you get on your phone is going to be better than the TV’s? Honestly, I think the fireworks should be for those people who want to have fun and party with others, not this bunch of boring old farts!