Happy New Year

From the best seat in the house

And what a spectacular New Year’s Eve it was at Southbank Place.

Residents enjoyed front line seats to one of the greatest spectacles on earth.

The annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display takes place in front of the London Eye and at midnight the fireworks light the skies.

Big Ben bonged in England’s capital as the hands struck midnight and 12,000 fireworks streak across the sky.

The sold-out show was designed to send a message of ‘love and unity’, as it highlighted the Lionesses’ history-making Euro win at Wembley, marked 50 years of London’s Pride with a message from Peter Tatchell from the Gay Liberation Front, and sent a message of support to Ukraine.

The display also paid tribute to the late Queen, featuring a voice recording from her and words from Dame Judi Dench, before honouring the King, together with a message from Charles about the need to preserve our planet’s future.

Complete with music that included Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, Ukrainian Eurovision winner Kalush Orchestra, and hits from Stormzy, Dua Lipa, Cher, Dave, Rihanna and Calvin Harris, the show concluded with the traditional Auld Lang Syne.