I've done New Years Eve in central London several times before.. twice in Waterloo - standing on Waterloo Bridge for 4 hours in advance to get a place and once in Trafalgar square. I never want to do the standing for 4 hours in advance ever again, it is bitterly cold on the bridges, especially with the cold air coming off of the water and the high winds. To me it's simply not worth standing in the cold for 4 hours to see 10 minutes of Fireworks.
So I thought I'd try something different and see if my friends want to meet me in Camden for dinner and drinks in the local pubs from around 7pm and then get to the top of Primrose Hill before midnight. From past New Years Eve's will the pub be packed at that time? We were thinking of going to the big Wetherspoons on the Canal for drinks and Food.
I've never been to Primrose Hill on NYE but I've seen a couple of YouTube videos and it looks like a nice, friendly atmosphere.
How much time, taking into the crowds should I give myself to walk (with a big group of people) from Say Camden High Street to Primrose Hill? I was considering leaving the pub at around 11:15pm ?
Is that too early? I don't want to spend too much time in the cold but also don't want to miss midnight.
What happens after the Fireworks on Primrose Hill? Do people just disappear from the Hill or do they party on the Hill? I assume it's OK to bring your own food and drinks to the Hill?
Is there anywhere else you can go afterwards? Any insights into NYE in Camden/ Primrose Hill would be great :-)