Scotland Yard has cancelled leaves of over 2,000 armed officers to guard London during the New Year celebrations.
This is the first time every firearm officer has been ordered to cancel his/her holiday and be on duty New Year’s Eve.
The news comes as an unnamed intelligence agency warned that terrorists may be planning an attack on European cities.
London Mayor Boris Johnson downplayed threats and said “it’s business as usual” for the capital.
“From our fantastic fireworks on the banks of the Thames to thousands of events in pubs, clubs and restaurants across the city I’d urge Londoners and visitors alike to get out there and soak up the best we have to offer.
“As with any other major event in the capital our policing response will be appropriate, but I’d stress we’ve seen nothing to suggest a specific threat to London,” he added.