London’s Iconic New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display Has Been Cancelled For The Second Year Running

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London’s huge New Year’s Eve fireworks display won’t be happening this year.

One of the earliest markers of a quieter end to 2020 was revealed last September, when London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display was cancelled due to fears over coronavirus transmission. And whilst we’re (hopefully) in for a fuller festive season, owing to the return of attractions such as Winter Wonderland and the Natural History Museum ice rink, 2021 won’t end with the usual bang, as the NYE fireworks have once again been cancelled.

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As you probably guessed, “uncertainties due to Covid” have been cited as the reason for cancelling the huge end-of-year bash for the second time in a row. Hundreds of thousands of visitors gather for the annual pyrotechnics, which are traditionally screened across the UK to welcome in the new year, but fears of coronavirus transmission (even after the success of the NHS’ vaccination programme) have prompted a second cancellation.

It’s a pretty devastating blow, as the iconic sight of the London Eye surrounded by fireworks is as integral to a NYE party as toasts at midnight, singing Auld Lang Syne, and making resolutions you’re never going to keep. Like last year, running the display and simply asking people nicely not to come along was never a viable option, but plans are afoot for an alternative celebration in Trafalgar Square, per a spokesman for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. These are set to be revealed closer to the year’s end, and as always, Secret London will keep you updated. Hopefully, the classic New Year’s Eve fireworks will be back (with a very literal bang) in 2022.

Get your fireworks kick by checking out photos of the display in previous years.

We’ll keep you updated on any further developments and alternative celebrations.

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