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London, United Kingdom
What better place to spend New Year’s than in the city that had the greatest year? The Olympics, Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and the announcement of a new royal baby made 2012 the year of the Brits. So there’s no question that London will ring in 2013 with more style than ever. The city’s official fireworks display begins at midnight off the South Bank right by the London Eye, and with 250,000 spectators gathering as soon as 3 hours before the event it’s clear this is the place to be New Year’s Eve.
When Her Majesty the Queen of England isn’t parachuting from helicopters into Olympic venues, she is most likely in her official residence at Windsor Castle. The Royal Standard flag flies from the castle’s Round Tower when she’s in and a Union Jack flies when she’s not. Walk in her footsteps through the lavishly decorated Semi-State Rooms where she entertains world leaders and the State Apartments that have slept 39 monarchs since the 1600s.
With all due respect to Big Ben, Trafalgar Square is arguably London’s most iconic attraction. Anchored by Nelson’s Column in the center with statues and fountains scattered throughout, this public space – erected in 1854 to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar – has lent itself to countless political demonstrations and New Year’s Eve celebrations. And though efforts have been made to limit the flocks of pigeons for which the square is known, they persist in staying -- they know a good thing, too, when they see it.
For a bit of dramatic flair, head to Shaftesbury Avenue in central London. Take your pick of theatrical productions: Les Miserables at Queen’s Theatre, Anthony and Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre, to name a few. The avenue was also a film location for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- film buffs will recall Hermione Granger saying that her parents often took her to one of the avenue’s famed theaters in her youth.