THE New Year’s Day Parade will see more than 10,000 performers take to the streets of London’s West End today. Dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, marching bands, historic vehicles and more will kick off the colourful celebrations at midday. Here’s the lowdown on what’s going on. What is the New Year’s Day Parade route? The New Year's Day parade runs from Piccadilly at 12pm, proceeding towards Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street. The parade can be seen for free from all the streets along the route, or tickets can be purchased for the grandstand for those looking for a better view of proceedings. Dozens of roads along the route will be closed until 6pm. A comprehensive list of all the roads affected by closures for the parade can be found here. How can I get there? There are dozens of means of travelling to the parade. Here’s the lowdown on how to get there: … [Read more...] about What is London’s New Year’s Day Parade route and what roads are closed?
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You might be waking up this morning with your head pounding after a night on the pop for New Year's Eve. But as New Year's Day sets in, you could be regretting those one or two extra Martini's or vodka shots you had at 1am. Luckily though, we have a number of handy tips that could help you come out fighting on New Year's Day instead of staying in bed moaning and writing the entire Tuesday off. So, if your head feels like a band of furious Norse gods are fighting with hammers in your skull then read on because what follows could be helpful. What is a hangover? Alcohol is a poison. It can kill pretty much anything in big enough quantities – which is why it can be used as a disinfectant because it kills bacteria. After all, the loss of inhibitions, and feelings of euphoria may make you better at busting out your moves on the dance floor, but it also reduces your brain's perception or danger – and ability to avoid it. The jury's still out on the categorical reasons why you … [Read more...] about Helpful tips to cure your New Year’s Day hangover
Preparations are under way for London to ring in the new year, with the organisers sending out the message that the capital "welcomes the world'. Barriers are being put in place in central London for the New Year's Eve fireworks and the New Year's Day parade, both of which will see hundreds of thousands of revellers on the streets. The Metropolitan Police said officers will be on duty across inner London and all 32 boroughs as the capital celebrates the start of 2019, urging those participating in the events to keep each other safe. Performers were practising in Trafalgar Square on Sunday for the January 1 parade, with marching bands and dance troupes due to walk the two mile route from Piccadilly to Parliament Square. The 33rd year of London's New Year's Day Parade (LNYDP) will be broadcast on TV stations worldwide, with over 8,000 participants from across the globe taking part and raising money for mayoral charities across the … [Read more...] about London prepares for huge New Year’s Day parade that will ‘welcome the world’
We’re sure you’ll see 2018 out in spectacular style on New Year’s Eve, but this is your friendly reminder to spare a little bit of energy for New Year’s Day. There are plenty of events happening across London on January 1 to make sure you start 2019 right. With options for both the sore-headed and the early risers, this is our pick of what to do in the capital on the first day of the new year. Watch the New Year’s Day Parade This annual spectacular will once again take to the streets, seeing the capital baton-twirl, samba and drum-roll it’s way into 2019. This year’s parade is set to host 10,000 participants from the UK, USA and Europe, and see 500,000 turn up to watch them perform from Piccadilly to Parliament Square. The parade is free to view, and hungry revellers will also be able to tuck into treats at the street food village in Waterloo Place. Mayfair to Westminster, lnydp.com Go for a bracing outdoor swim Shake off the cobwebs of … [Read more...] about Nine things to do on New Year’s Day in London
Three years and a billion miles past Pluto, NASA's New Horizons probe is on the verge of at least one more pioneering, once-in-a-lifetime milestone: a New Year's Day flyby of a small body known as 2014 MU69, unofficially dubbed Ultima Thule -- "beyond the known world" -- in a NASA naming contest. Like Pluto, Ultima Thule is a denizen of the remote Kuiper Belt, a vast realm beyond the orbit of Neptune populated by uncounted dwarf planets and a reservoir of frozen remnants left over from the birth of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago.Little more than a dim point of light to even the Hubble Space Telescope, Ultima Thule will be the most distant object ever directly explored, a record that likely will stand for decades to come if not longer.If all goes well, New Horizons will race by its target at a velocity of 32,000 mph -- nearly nine miles per second -- at 12:33 a.m. on New Year's Day, passing within about 2,200 miles of Ultima Thule's as-yet-unseen surface.Four hours later, the … [Read more...] about NASA’s New Horizons probe on course for historic New Year’s Day flyby of Ultima Thule