Tonight celebrates the New Year in London with fireworks, lasers, drones and live performances.
A live broadcast on BBC One featured iconic landmarks across the capital, including Shakespeare’s Globe, Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College, Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Despite London Mayor Sadiq Khan canceling the official fireworks display this year and encouraging people to watch it on television, people gathered along the Thames.
But many were left disappointed as they could not see the fireworks from where they were standing on the river and others reacted to the incident on social media, who were not impressed.
Instead of a large fireworks display, there were smaller pyrotechnic shows over the course of 13 minutes along the River Thames with live performances from Ollie Alexander and The Pet Shop Boys.
Fireworks and drones were launched from Old Royal Naval College to the music of Elton John, Dua Lipa and Blur, with words from Sir Ian McKellen, England football manager Gareth Southgate and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
The event on television also included performances from the West End Musical Choir at Shakespeare’s Globe and messages from Paloma Faith and Jesse Ware.
London’s Tomfoolery wrote a special poem for the event which was performed by actor Giles Terreira.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘For the first time, we also included live performances to celebrate London’s world-class creative sector, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. Our unique cultural offering is one reason we are the greatest cities in the world, and I am glad that tonight we have sent a message to the world that we are strong, we are resilient, and we can look forward to 2022. London with enthusiasm.’
Fireworks lit up the sky with a smaller display than usual in front of the London Eye at midnight
Before the celebration, at the London Eye, a group of anti-vaxxers staged a protest, resulting in a heavy police presence.
It involved Piers Corbyn and comes after he was arrested in late December for encouraging people to burn down lawmakers’ offices.
Despite festivities and crowds in London, Hodgman was canceled for a second year in Scotland.
There were no major events in Scotland or Wales because of the restrictions, but that hasn’t stopped some people from celebrating the new year anyway.
About 1,000 people of all ages climbed to the top of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill for the traditional countdown to the bells at midnight.
The banks of the River Thames were much quieter than normal New Year’s Eve as Londoners stayed away
The Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral were used as the backdrop for tonight’s fireworks display
Pedestrians walk along the Thames to join in the celebration of the New Year
London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged Londoners to watch the demonstration on television
The crowd didn’t have the experience they expected in fireworks, with no one able to see them
Crowds gathered on the Southbank near the Thames for New Year’s Eve, but saw no fireworks
As well as fireworks and lasers, the New Year’s Eve show was performed by Ollie Alexander and the Pet Shop Boys.
One of the people who gathered on the Thames hoping to see fireworks resorted to climbing a checkpoint for a better view—but still saw no fireworks.
Hundreds gathered before midnight in central London, although this year’s fireworks display was not visible from the grounds
Huge crowds of masked and masked people turned up to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, but nothing was really visible.
In the presence of a heavy police force, people gathered on the banks of the Thames to watch the fireworks, but the display was not visible from the ground and many were left disappointed.
This year part of a 13-minute demonstration featured drones showing different patterns and shapes in landmarks across London
Drones hover over London’s Old Royal Naval College in this year’s display
The sky was shining with a lion’s head in the new year as part of BBC One’s special 2022 show
Fireworks are set in the sky over the Old Royal Naval College after the normal New Year’s fireworks display was canceled due to the pandemic
In Brighton, the celebration was also welcomed into 2022 as people set off fireworks on the beach.
And in London, Big Ben was illuminated as renovations were completed at the iconic landmark.
It ‘bond’ to watch the New Year in style during a BBC special at midnight.
Big Ben was illuminated during the ceremony and it rang when the clock struck midnight
Social media users were not impressed by the fireworks this year, with one using Mr Bean’s picture to express their disappointment
Another wrote “British public reacting to “fireworks” display in which Gavin and Stacey gif saying ‘Is it?’
But London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote a positive social media post, wishing Londoners and the world a ‘Happy New Year’ and showing off parts of the midnight demonstration.
Piers Corbyn was part of an anti-vaccine protest tonight in celebration of the New Year, despite his recent arrest for encouraging people to burn down lawmakers’ offices.
Image: Anti-vaxxers clash with police at their protest at Jubilee Gardens ahead of New Year’s celebrations
Angry protesters fight with police at an anti-vaccination event in Jubilee Gardens ahead of a New Year’s Eve television show
Anti-vaxxers demonstrate in central London with various people protesting Covid-19 regulations and possible vaccine passports
Masked protesters stand on the Southbank next to the London Eye for a late night protest against COVID rules
The lasers were shot over the London skyline from St Paul’s Cathedral