Visiting London - Greater London

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Like everywhere else in the world, London loves to celebrate New Year's Eve. If you haven’t planned anything yet for New Year, not to worry, it is never too late. Here are a few tips on how to spend a memorable New Year’s Eve in this wonderful capital.

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In London this year, there are a few ice skating options for New Year's Eve 2009: The Natural History Museum has a 1050-square-metre rink, plus a Cafe Bar and fairground carousel. It is open till 1am on 31 December 2009. Somerset House Ice Rink is open 10am-8pm (last session starts at 18.45) so it could be a great way to start your evening celebrations.Go to the Southbank Centre where the English folk band “Bellowhead” will perform three outstanding different performances alongside DJs. Shortly before midnight the party will move outside to an exclusive terrace overlooking the Thames, where you can enjoy the fireworks away from the crowds.The free fireworks are the big event for New Year's Eve 2009. Taking place at the London Eye on the South Bank, the 10 minute display will start after Big Ben chimes midnight. The event is so popular that it will not be possible to enter the viewing area once capacity is reached. The best spots to watch the fireworks are from Westminster Bridge and the north embankment of the Thames, opposite the London Eye, but they will be visible from across central London, as well as being broadcast live on BBC1.Finish off the evening at ‘The O2’. If you are want clubs, music and dance, go to the Ministry of Sound Party. The celebration is set to be one of the biggest New Year's Eve parties in Europe. There is also a Christmas Fair with over 25 rides including a 30 metre high swing ride and a Reindeer Rollercoaster! There are a variety of fun fair rides making the fair good for both adults and children. Open throughout New Year’s Eve until 6am! (Adults: £20 – Children: £17.50). Where to stay?Blue Star Hotel & RestaurantA new, very modern hotel, well located, with lovely rooms and an Asian restaurant. Double room £10051-53 Steyne Road, Ealing, Londres W3 9Where to eat?Piccadilly's Pigalle Club If you are looking for something different, the place offers a special New Years Eve celebration. This year the Pigalle Club will be inspired by the 1940s. A New Year’s Eve gig by singer, pianist and guitarist Mike Sanchez will follow a three course sophisticated dinner. £95.00. 215-217 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HN

Did you know ?

What is “Big Ben”? Most people have an impression that it’s the name of the world famous clock, or perhaps the tower that houses it. Not true! The name actually refers to the 13 ton bell, while the tower is known as St. Stephen’s Tower.

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Located on the River Thames, London is the largest metropolitan area and urban zone in the United Kingdom and in the European Union with a population of over 15 million in the metro area. London is a global city and a centre for art, commerce, education, entertainment, finance, fashion, research and development, healthcare, tourism and transport. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway in the world. Popular attractions in the city centre include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the British Museum, Piccadilly Circus and 40 West End theatres. It is also home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, Greenwich, and the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St. Margaret’s Church. London has a temperate oceanic climate. Winters are chilly to cold with frost. Light snowfall occurs during the winter months. Winter temperatures normally range between 2 and 8°C. Summers are warm to hot with average high temperatures between 20 to 23°C. Average precipitation in London is about 590mm.