Celebrating New Years Eve in London with kids

7pm final touches to the perfect party outfit and then, New Years Eve dinner at 7:30pm. Traditionally, like many Norwegians we serve golden crisp roast turkey on New Years Eve, with bacon and mushroom stuffing, steamed vegetables and potatoes.
This year we had a light dessert, “egg flip” then followed by our famous almond, egg and sugar layered cake “Kransekake”.


Then killing some time with boardgames, Monopoly is both exciting and time consuming. Later on in the evening we’re getting ready to leave the house, bringing along Champagne for us and pink “champagne” for the children -plus 4 Ikea wine glasses in a bag.


11:50pm trying to find a parking space at Primrose Hill. Noted down for next year to leave the house earlier… Walking among masses of festive people, arriving at the top of Primrose Hill only 3 minutes until count down; 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – electric atmosphere by now – 3 – 2 – 1 … and Happy New Year! London Eye lights up the sky with majestic fireworks -creating a fantastic ambiance, whilst champagne corks flies up into the air! People around us wishing everyone a Happy New Year!


Smiles everywhere, more fireworks, this time also from the tiny hill were we’re standing. Pictures being taken, people holding hands, then Chinese lamps disappearing into the sky whilst the never ending firework display from the River Thames creates a marvelous view. Little A and B holding hands, entering a new year together with the people of London.


Walking back to the car, masses of cheerful and happy people everywhere -what a fantastic night and a Happy New Years Eve!


Note: Our girls are 10 and 6 years old. Throughout the holidays the girls have been allowed to stay up longer to make it easier to stay up until midnight on the 31st. We also watched a comedy, the Smurfs, before leaving the house. Anything to keep the girls awake and cheerful.
Primrose Hill is a hill of 256 feet (78 m) located on the north side of Regent’s Park in London, with a clear view of central London to the south-east. We found Primrose Hill on New Years Eve very family friendly, with people of all ages, not too much drinking and also several police cars keeping everyone safe and happy.

4 Comments

  1. Oh how wonderful that they got to see the fireworks for real! I never thought of going to one of the hills – must try to remember for next year. Mine were still up to see it on the TV and it looked awesome!

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