Well, I will be looking at the fireworks from the terrace while the Professor flies off to Hyderobad to teach a course for four months. The fact that he decided to fly on NYE is a sign of how little store he sets by these meaningful moments.
Ivanhoe suggested that anyone not already doing something fantastic on New Years eve, should get together and celebrate in SE1 together.
... but to make it interesting, (and possibly funny and memorable) we should have one party/do at several different locations.
so for instance, people turn up at Mr A's house at half six and drink cocktails, and then at, say, half seven, they go down the road to Mr B's house and have crisps and dips, and then at half eight, they pop to the Such and Such for a beer, and then at half nine, over to Miss C's flat for some lasagne and mulled cider, and then maybe to Mr D's at half ten for profiteroles, and ice cream (maybe with more drink), and then somewhere else, before heading down to the river to watch the (not too loud) fireworks on the Thames, before maybe one of those 24hr pubs in SE1....
or something along those lines - obviously with this arrangement people can drop in and drop out as and when.
It came to me as a potentially good idea, that could combine the best bits of a houseparty with a bit of variety, and also watching the NYE fireworks from somewhere by the river, which is pretty much what I want to do on NYE.
If we're staying in London, then I'd like to make sure I spend at least some of it out and about in SE1, enjoying some of the things that make this such a great place to live in.
And the multi-venue thing was, IMHO, a way to keep things moving along, and to share the effort. It wouldn't be much effort to host a little bit of a party, and everyone generally has at least one drink/one snack that they make really well (Vodka and chips definitely count, before anyone asks). The walk between venues could be used profitably to do fun things like: the "try to tell a joke worse than one of Jon's" competition; Hot Buttered Rum/Cider pitstops; etc