New Year's Eve in London: how to make it extra special

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New Year's Eve in London: how to make it extra special

New Year's Eve is one of the most exciting evenings of the year. Not every night requires pre-planning, as sometimes spontaneous nights are the best. However, we think it's wise to plan ahead a little bit for New Year's in London – as there are so many things to do.

We want you to make the night memorable, so here are a few of our suggestions of things to do before you head to a party, bar or nightclub.

Watch the fireworks at the South Bank

When someone starts talking about New Year's in London, one of the first things we picture is the spectacular fireworks on the southern bank of the River Thames.

Hundreds of thousands of people gather each New Year's Eve to watch the display – with many more watching at home. We think it's an essential experience for anyone living in London – so you should take advantage of the opportunity while you're studying in the city.

Of course, the firework display takes place around midnight, but for many of you this will be the start of the night still, so why not check it out before you head to wherever you're going?

Attend a comedy gig

This might sound like an unusual one, because it is. There are many comedy gigs taking place this New Year's Eve – and the way we see it, laughing yourself silly is definitely a good way to start 2015.

TimeOut has put together a detailed list the best NYE comedy gigs in London, so take a look and see which one appeals to you the most.

Go ice skating

You might have already been ice skating earlier in December, but there's no reason you can't go again – and New Year's Eve would be one of the best nights for it. We've suggested a few London ice rinks that are definitely worth visiting, so take advantage while you still can.

See When Harry Met Sally at the cinema

If you've seen When Harry Met Sally before, you'll understand why the Prince Charles Cinema is screening it on New Year's Eve. If not, you'll have to go along and see for yourself.

It's considered one of the most original and timeless romantic comedies of all time, so head down with that special someone or a group of friends. It'd be a great way to start the evening. And don't worry – it's an early showing (19:15), so it won't hinder your plans for later on.