Big Ben’s bongs came back to welcome 2018 in style
Happy New Yeeeeaaaar!
2017 is now well and truly in the dust, and we’re firmly in 2018.
As everyone finalised their New Year’s resolutions and downed champagne, Big Ben’s famous bongs struck midnight – setting off a beautiful fireworks display in the capital.
As usual, the fireworks in London were spectacular, lighting up the South Bank’s London Eye.
Now, thanks to us, you can relive the moment with some of the best photos of the evening.
Around 100,000 ticket holders gathered on the banks of the Thames to watch the 12-minute spectacle, which lit up the city’s beautiful skyline.
Big Ben was turned back on especially for the event, amid significant repair work.
And this year the event paid tribute to women – which was fitting, after 2017 saw the empowering Million Women March and the #MeToo campaign, which saw women all over the world speak out against sexual abuse and harassment.
It also marked 2018 being the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in the UK.
Songs by Ariana Grande, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Dua Lipa, Florence Welch and other strong female performers’ work was played during the women-only second half of the world famous show.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also launched his campaign for gender equality.
Landmarks across London – including the BT Tower, Piccadilly Lights and Royal Festival Hall – were then lit up with the campaign slogan, #BehindEveryGreatCity.
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