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.
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Venues open on New Year's Eve
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).Read more
Daytime events on New Year's Eve
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Percy & Founders
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It should work: an expensive and well-designed interior; well-trained, smiling staff who are eager to please; and an experienced restaurant group that’s made a success of venues such as The Orange in Pimlico and Thomas Cubitt in Belgravia. For both looks and service, Percy’s a pro. But Percy & Founders failings are those of far too many smart West End restaurants: a dull menu, married to high prices. It’s a mistake to be innovative or wacky for the sake of it, but playing safe isn’t always the best route either. When you scan a menu and the most interesting items are tagliatelle or a grilled chicken salad, you wonder why you didn’t go to a Harvester. Prices were at times on the cheeky side. A main course of sea bass (£18.50) was a few fillets that would be a starter-sized portion in many restaurants. Side dishes (£4) were almost a requisite. Wine pricing followed a similar pattern of ambitious pricing. If you’re intimidated by a long wine list and order a simple glass of chardonnay, it’s £12.50 for a 125ml glass. Ouch. The cheapest wines by the glass do, however, start at £3.50. We liked the desserts best; treacle tart was good, as a small segment costing £7.50 should be. Chocolate mousse tasted fine, but looked as it had been accidentally tipped over the plate. At the end of an evening of faultless service but unremarkable food, all the little extras had mounted up to a pricey meal. Percy’s also has a quiet bar with attentive and smiling staff. But if you’re looking f