Happy 2015! London New Year Fireworks

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 37 months ago
Happy 2015! London New Year Fireworks
Photo by PrashantMeswaniLRPS from the Londonist Flickr pool
Photo by PrashantMeswaniLRPS from the Londonist Flickr pool
Photo by Umbreen Hafeez from the Londonist Flickr pool
Photo by Umbreen Hafeez from the Londonist Flickr pool
Photo by roll the dice from the Londonist Flickr pool
Photo by roll the dice from the Londonist Flickr pool
Photo by PrashantMeswaniLRPS from the Londonist Flickr pool
Photo by PrashantMeswaniLRPS from the Londonist Flickr pool
Photo by PrashantMeswaniLRPS from the Londonist Flickr pool
Photo by PrashantMeswaniLRPS from the Londonist Flickr pool
The Shard welcomes in the New Year. Photo by Francesco Camardo from the Londonist Flickr pool
The Shard welcomes in the New Year. Photo by Francesco Camardo from the Londonist Flickr pool

Didn't have a ticket to see the New Year fireworks? Given that only 100,000 did, many of us found other ways to see our world famous display without either paying a tenner or settling down in front of the telly. If you did neither of those, catch up with what you missed with these photos and the BBC's film of the fireworks, below.

We know plenty of people who ignored warnings not to go into central London unless they had a ticket, or lined the river further away from the South Bank. And, judging by the mess one of our number saw on Primrose Hill this morning, lots of people simply headed to a high point. Locals helping the Royal Parks clean-up team told us it's the worst they've seen in 30 years.

Even with officially reduced numbers there were also problems getting home, particularly around Waterloo. The always excellent @SE1 Twitter account found various people being made to walk an hour from Waterloo tube station to the rail station, or being held in The Cut. This isn't new — last year had a similar problem, with various other tube stations along the Jubilee line being closed for overcrowding. Just goes to show that, even with ticketing in place, London's fireworks needs better planning to deal with its popularity.

Last Updated 01 January 2015

Andy

What's the green thing that hovered in the sky then made a brief appearance in the top left side of the screen??

Diane

I was very dismayed at the amount of litter. The bins were over flowing. Could they not have had extra bins installed. Disgusted that people would just not give a hoot about where they drop the rubbish. It is OUR country and we all have to look after it.

Geno

I was in London NYE and watched the fireworks from Waterloo place. The whole of the city was a mess and Boris should be asked to explain himself. Whitehall was closed off at Trafalgar Sq but for no reason as you would have needed to be VERY tall to see the wheel from most parts of it. Piccadilly circus was rammed with people sitting around with drink etc and milling over in to the road. Much better to put the big screens back up at selected points and encourage people to go to them spread out around the city a bit. Typical Boris b***s up if you ask me.
Pete