As party goers flock to the capital for New Year's Eve celebrations, police have issued a guide to staying safe.

Thousands will attend the impressive fireworks display at the London Eye or hit London for the final party of 2013, and 3,800 police officers will be on duty to ensure that everyone who attends has a safe and enjoyable time.

Chief inspector Robyn Williams, the Metropolitan Police spokesperson for the event, said: "This year we have witnessed the birth of a Royal baby, the funeral of Lady Margaret Thatcher and the hottest summer since 2006. New Year's Eve in London will doubtless be as popular as ever with lots of people flocking to the capital to see the old year out and welcome the New Year in.

"It is an exciting time of year and we want all who come to central London to have a good time. Officers will be out and about to deter criminals and keep crowds safe but we need you to do your bit to look after yourself and those around you as well."

Police have issued the following advice.

If you're coming to view the fireworks check out all the information you'll need on the organiser's website -

Don't leave it to the last minute to watch the fireworks as you are likely to be disappointed. The viewing areas are very popular and get full early on in the evening. Once areas are full event organisers will close them to the public. Wrap up warm as you could be in for a long wait.

To guarantee a good view, watch the coverage on television.

Tickets are not required to view the fireworks. If you are offered or sold a ticket, please advise a steward or a police officer.

Most bars and clubs are ticket only or you need to book in advance.

Travel around town by public transport, if you drive into town during the day you won't be able to drive home once road closures have been put in place. Visit for information on road closures that could affect your journey.

If you're travelling by public transport, plan your journey and check the times of your last bus / tube / train. Visit for travel information.

There is a huge demand for public transport at certain points in the evening - post midnight you may have to wait some time before getting on the tube or train so be prepared to queue.

Criminals use the cover of crowds to commit crime - keep a close eye on all your belongings and only carry the essentials.