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New Year's Eve events in London

Looking for the perfect New Year's Eve in London plan? You've come to the right place – we've got December 31 sorted

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Are you after the perfect 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? Whether you're looking for things to do in the daytime, venues and attractions open on NYE, or a spectacular evening out in style, there's tons of things to do in London on New Year's Eve.

RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to New Year in London

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

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

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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

Recommended

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

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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

Recommended

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

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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

Museum of London Docklands

Housed in a warehouse built 200 years ago to store sugar, coffee and rum, the museum tells the story of the Thames and its port and the people from all over the world who settled there. Thousands of objects and pictures – many rescued during the 1970s and 1980s when containerisation and competition forced London's port to move downstream – trace the area's history, from the arrival of the Romans to the rise of Canary Wharf. 

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Canary Wharf

Pollock’s Toy Museum

Pollock’s Toy Museum, a quirky museum of old plaything, is housed in a pair of wonderfully creaky, unrestored Georgian town houses. Pollock's is named after Benjamin Pollock, the last of the Victorian toy theatre printers. 

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Fitzrovia
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Daytime events on New Year's Eve

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2015 and open on New Year's Eve if you're still in need of some festive fun post Christmas.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Friday November 18 2016 - Monday January 2 2017

Christmas in Leicester Square

Santa called. He’s added another date to an already busy schedule, you can now catch him and his trademark twinkly, goodtime atmosphere to 'Christmas in Leicester Square', the capital’s latest Crimbo destination. The ‘square’ in Leicester Square will be home to a grotto, traditional Christmas market and a vintage Speigeltent – a velvety, wooden, mirrored home to a stocked programme of Christmas cabaret brought to you from the Underbelly team including Ursula Martinez, TheEnglish Gents, Hamish McCann’s pole act, and Denis Lock’s bubble act.

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Leicester Square , Leicester Square Friday November 11 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017

Disney On Ice presents Frozen

Just when you'd got 'Let It Go' out of your head, Disney go and transform their smash hit flick into an icy spectacular and it's right back in your noggin. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will narrate Anna and Elsa's story as it unfolds on skates and a number of Disney princesses and other winning Pixar characters will make appearances too.

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The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Wednesday December 21 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

Evening events on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Fireworks

The magnificent fireworks display which showers the Thames with light each New Year's Eve is now ticketed each year due to the huge numbers of people who crowd the riverbank to get a good view. In 2015 the main release of £10 tickets went on sale on October 2 on London.gov.uk. If you are hoping to buy tickets for 2016's display you can sign up for ticket alerts on the Mayor's office website.

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South Bank , South Bank Saturday December 31 2016

New Year's Eve Salsa Party

Incognito Dance, a Latin dance company that hosts workshops, courses and club nights, are putting a party on for New Year's Eve, which doubles up as a celebration for their fifteenth birthday. Dance the night away to salsa, bachata and kizomba, plus save some pennies with the inviting BYOB policy.

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Chiswick Town Hall , Turnham Green Saturday December 31 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017

Electric Dreams New Years Eve Party

One for all the ’80s lovers longing to see in the New Year to synthpop, electro, new wave and post-punk. Expect plenty of Depeche Mode, The Cure, Soft Cell and more.

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Cannick Tapps , Bank Saturday December 31 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017

More New Year’s Eve parties in London

London is chock-full of incredible New Year's Eve parties, from quirky fancy dress events to heads-down raving, here's our full list of all the parties kicking off in town. 

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By: Tristan Parker

Find 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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By: Time Out London Things To Do

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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