The Year That Was 2021

I don’t know about you, but the year that was 2021 seems to have come and gone in a New York minute. Equally, it feels like a lifetime since the UK (and London Town) was in full lockdown, when in fact it was just nine months ago.

Whilst it may have appeared gloomy, with true British stiff upper lip, we all soldiered on and there were some great moments of joy and cause for celebration.

Here are our favourite highlights of the best things that came out of the year:

  • Covid-19 vaccine production got a welcomed boost – with over 480m people now vaccinated and vulnerable populations protected
  • The return of large gatherings, outdoor events, and legendary London festivals including Wireless, the Yam Carnival, and Field Day
  • London’s much-loved West End Theatre returned with some brilliant shows including Moulin Rouge, Cinderella, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Old ‘Friends’ returned – including the hit series!
  • The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics began (a year later). Better late than never, we say…
  • The United Nations declares 2021 the International Year of Peace and Trust
  • Kamala Harris becomes the first female and black Vice-President of the US
  • A big win for the environment when the European Union’s ban on single-use plastic items. The idea is to halt the use of a lot of the throw-away goods that have a way of ultimately winding up in the world’s oceans such as disposable plastic cutlery, plates, and straws
  • The UK hosted the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) to set the global agenda on climate change for the next decade. Let’s hope everyone sticks to their word. Now is the time for action
  • The twenty-fifth Bond film, No Time to Die with Daniel Craig starring (and presumably the last time as 007) hit the big screen
  • Blood Moon – the total lunar eclipse in May turned the sky deep orange over Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and the western U.S – a sight not to have been missed
  • Eurovision (and live music) returned! Thank you, Rotterdam
  • Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon – the 18 quarterfinals and 119 matches he has contested or played at Wimbledon were both tournament records!
  • British legend, Adele returned with a belter of an album to mark her 30th year
  • Oh and Disney Turned 50…congratulations, Mickey and Minnie