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New Year's Eve events in London

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Looking for a lesuirely way to spend New Year's Eve in London? How about a fun-filled day out with the kids? Or an evening spent enjoying the fireworks over the Thames? Check out ways to spend New Year's Eve, whether you're looking for venues open on NYE, daytime activities or an evening out, there's tons of things to do in London this NYE. 

We'll be updating this page with more details nearer the time, so be sure to check back.

RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to New Year in London

Venues open on New Year's Eve

British Museum

One of the world's oldest museums, the British Museum is vast and its collections, only a fraction of which can be on public display at any one time, comprise millions of objects. 

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Bloomsbury

Churchill War Rooms

Critics' choice

The Churchill War Rooms are dedicated to the life and achievements of former British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965). There's much on his political career, and many of his trademark props – including a cigar and his red siren suit – are on display.

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Whitehall

Fan Museum

The Fan Museum is dedicated to the history of handheld fans and the craft of fan making, with a collection of more than 3,000 specimens from all over the world, some dating from the eleventh century. 

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Greenwich

Foundling Museum

Critics' choice

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, England’s first hospital for abandoned children, founded by Thomas Coram in 1739. It houses a fine collection of paintings by artists including Gainsborough, Reynolds, Hogarth and Hudson. 

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Bloomsbury

Hampton Court Palace

Henry VIII had many palaces, but Hampton Court is one that oozes drama - and its prestige continued long after he had departed: Elizabeth I entertained here, Shakespeare performed for James I, and Cromwell made it his home after the Civil War. 

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London

Horniman Museum

Critics' choice

An anthropological museum set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens, the Horniman has a traditional natural history gallery – dominated by a bizarre, overstuffed walrus – where the exhibits are displayed in traditional cases with no computer touch-screens in sight. 

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Forest Hill

Imperial War Museum

The IWM London has had on a major refit - by Foster & Partners architects - which opened in 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the start of World War I. The Central Hall is still the attention- grabbing repository of major artefacts: guns, tanks and aircraft hung from the ceiling (not least a Harrier GR9 that saw action in Afghanistan). 

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Kennington

Kew Gardens

Critics' choice

Kew Gardens is a magnificent World Heritage Site covering 300 acres with over 30,000 species of plants. A few of the specimens are represented by models but Kew is able to represent many examples of primitive plants from its own living collections. 

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Kew

Kew Palace

Kew Palace is a brick mansion with a distinctly Dutch look in the grounds of Kew Gardens. In the eighteenth century, it was here that George III was confined during episodes of the mysterious and debilitating illness that is now believed to have been porphyria.

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Kew

London Zoo

Critics' choice

The Zoo, which opened to the public in 1847, covers 36 acres. It's home to more than 760 animal species, many of which are endangered – your entry fee contributes to ZSL London Zoo's conservation projects across the globe. 

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Regent's Park
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Daytime events on New Year's Eve

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Now in its fifty-first year, the renowned and celebrated annual wildlife photography competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet, captured by professional and amateur photographers. 

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Natural History Museum , Brompton Until Sunday April 10 2016

Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection

This showcase of jewellery from the Indian subcontinent will gather 100 artefacts of the type collected by 17th-century Mughal emperors and used in their royal ceremonies. Highlights will include diamonds from the Maharaja of Nawanagar's turban; a jade-handled dagger belonging to Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal; and a gold tiger's head finial from Tipu Sultan's throne. 

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V&A , Brompton Until Monday March 28 2016

Project Tobong

These vibrant photographic portraits depict one of the last remaining nomadic theatre troupes in Indonesia. Dressed in the traditional costumes of Ketoprack – a type of Javanese theatre – the performers pose in modern-day settings. The project is the result of a collaborative period of work between British artist Helen Marshall, Indonesian artist Risang Yuwono and the depicted community of travelling players.

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Horniman Museum , Forest Hill Until Saturday April 9 2016

Big Bang Data

What does data look like? Loads of 1s and 0s floating through the ether? A mass of serpentine cables? A nice-looking cat? The answer, as presented by Somerset House’s epically informative Big Bang Data exhibition, is all three. 

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Embankment Galleries , Temple Until Sunday February 28 2016

Evening events on New Year's Eve

Looking for things to do on New Year's Day?

Things to do on New Year's Day in London

It's business as usual for most of London's top museums and attractions, so peel yourself out of bed and start your cultural year as you mean to go on. 

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Jenny Jen
Jenny Jen

Yes! New Years sorted! Finally found a hotel for me and the hubby! Can't wait!!! If you are still looking this shows all hotels in London for NYE - https://HotelMap.com/pro/M5Z3T