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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.

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Venues open on New Year's Eve

British Museum

What better way to spend the run up to NYE partying than mooching around 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

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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

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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

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

Natural History Museum

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Both a research institution and a fabulous museum, the NHM opened in Alfred Waterhouse’s purpose-built Romanesque palazzo on the Cromwell Road in 1881. Now joined by the splendid Darwin Centre extension, the original building still looks quite magnificent.

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Brompton

Daytime events on New Year's Eve

Sensational Smithfield

Take a stroll through the city on New Year's Eve and discover more about the Smithfield area. Hear tales of body snatchers, ghosts, film locations and medieval monks. Book in advance via the event page.

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Various , London Saturday December 31 2016

Turner Prize

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Head to Tate Britain on NYE for one of the last chances to see this year's Turner Prize showcase. Over the years the coveted art prize’s annual exhibition has caused quite a stir amongst both critics and the general public. Celebrating its thirty-second year, there's four shortlisted artists selected by a jury including ex Art on the Underground curator Tamsin Dillon.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Monday January 2 2017

Beazley Designs of the Year

The last David Bowie album cover, a robot surgeon and a drinkable book: all these and more are celebrated in the Design Museum’s annual Beazley Designs of the Year awards and accompanying exhibition. As the museum likes to boast, someday this stuff is going to be on display in other museums. We never miss this show. Every iteration turns up products that are life-saving, lovely to look at or just so clever you really, really wish they’d been your idea. 

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Design Museum , Kensington Until Monday February 20 2017

Hair by Sam McKnight

It’s a well-known trick that if you get a facelift and you want it to remain a secret, you should get a haircut at the same time because then everyone will attribute your fresh face to your new ’do – such is the transformative power of hair. Yet when it comes to fashion it’s the hairdresser who is often overlooked, but not anymore. This beautifully exhibition curated by Shonagh Marshall celebrates the 40-year career of hairdresser Sam McKnight, a man who has no less than 180 Vogue titles under his tool belt. 

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Somerset House , Temple Until Sunday March 12 2017

Sherlock Holmes and The Blue Carbuncle

These free walks are based on a short Sherlock story of the same name. There's no need to have read it as the plot will be unravelled as you walk. Magnifying glasses and spy props always welcome. The walk starts at the Central Saint Giles meeting point. 

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Various , London Friday December 30 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

Skate at Somerset House

The grand 18th-century courtyard that is home to Somerset House ice rink provides a stunning location for a skating session this winter – and no matter how unimpressive your skills a trip to this 900-square-metre outdoor rink will look the very definition of festive fun on Instagram. There are lots of tempting extras too: the Fortnum's Lodge will offer champagne, afternoon tea and even private dining; Club Nights will feature DJs from Rough Trade Records, Green Man Festival and a “sober morning rave” from Morning Gloryville. 

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Somerset House , Temple Until Sunday January 15 2017

Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity

When Horatio Nelson died, he left his mistress, Emma Hamilton, £2,000, his house and his pigtail. It’s a perfect metaphor for Emma’s life: romantic, precarious and ultimately determined by others. Within a few years she’d spent the money, been forced to sell the house and wound up in debtor’s prison (presumably she hung on to the pigtail, since it appears in this show).

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National Maritime Museum , Greenwich Until Monday April 17 2017

Christmas at Kew Gardens

If you're still feeling Christmassy on New Year's Eve, Kew Gardens will be more than able to suffice. The magnificent gardens get a beautiful seasonal makeover, as Christmas at Kew brings illuminations to light up the buildings, trails and planting. The mile-long trail will lead visitors past tow huge Christmas trees, a scented garden and all kinds of nature-inspired lights.

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Kew Gardens , Kew Until Monday January 2 2017

The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Belgian artist Carsten Höller (who set up a pair of spiral slides outside the Hayward Gallery as part of his 2015 exhibition) has designed this new addition to the Olympic Park's sculpture-cum-attraction. Guests will be able to fly down the world's longest and tallest slide as part of their visit.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit , Stratford Until Saturday December 31 2016

Teenage Bedrooms

Amazing curator Carey Newsom persuaded 26 teenagers to let a photographer document their bedrooms: now you're invited in to see the results at this exhibition on the museum's concourse. Like homes inside of homes, each room reflects the person who created it, as well as commenting on how how teenagers handle the new privacy created by social media, smartphone tech - and the surprising resurgence of letters and vinyl.

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Geffrye Museum , Hoxton Until Wednesday March 1 2017

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

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party

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Organised by Vintage Festival curators Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, the Southbank Centre's New Year's Eve Party should offer a stylishly retro way to see in 2016. Pop-up venues inside the Royal Festival Hall include The Torch Club for full '30s and '40s entertainment and sounds, the Soul Casino with music ranging from deep funk to Northern soul, 1960s-themed bar The Pick Up Joint, The Style Studio for 1970s and '80s disco tunes.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Saturday December 31 2016

The South London Soul Train New Year's Eve

Peckham's hugely popular soul night spreads out at the Bussey Building for a nine-hour NYE special to welcome in 2017, using all five levels of the building to host five different rooms of soul, rhythm and blues, funk, disco and Northern soul. Meanwhile, Soul Train residents Jazzheadchronic and Nik Weston play the best of everything in Room 1.

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CLF Art Cafe (Block A, Bussey Building) , Peckham Saturday December 31 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017

New Year's Eve: Horse Meat Disco + Special Guests

London's sleaziest disco outfit is throwing their last party of the year at The Nest. Spinning loads of italo, house and funk records to keep that sweaty NYC loft vibe throbbing til 5am, the HMD DJs will be showing 2016 the door and waving in 2017 with their typically hot selection of filthy floorfillers.  

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The Nest , Dalston Saturday December 31 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017

Regression Session NYE - Let's Get Weird

The super-silly Regression Sessions have a weird-themed warehouse party planned for the last night of the year - perfect for partygoers who want to let their hair down, but don't take NYE too seriously. Expect house bangers, a ticker tape drop at midnight, games, a bouncy castle, spacehoppers and fancy dress galore. 

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Great Suffolk Street Warehouse , Southwark Saturday December 31 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017

Up On The Roof NYE 2016 with Norman Jay

Norman Jay MBE plays an epic four-hour old school funk, disco, reggae and soul set over the countdown at this Brixton rooftop party. Colin Dale plays the second venue, the Acid House Hotel, and takes over from Mr Jay after his headline set. Enjoy hot toddies in the rooftop bar and party til the sun comes up on 2017. 

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Prince of Wales , Brixton 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

New Year's Eve at The View from The Shard

Can’t decide which fireworks display to go to? How about seeing them all at once. The View from The Shard, in association with Time Out, is throwing the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration, offering a 360-degree view of the capital’s celebrations from the tallest building in western Europe. Celebrate the new year in style as guests will be treated to a welcome cocktail, DJ sets throughout the evening, a glass of champagne at midnight and a fantastic goody bag to take home with you.

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The View from the Shard , London Bridge Saturday December 31 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017

Comedy Store - New Year's Eve Stand-Up Show

The infamous stand-up show once again welcomes you into the New Year with a fun line-up. This year, like last year, there are two shows – one at 6pm, the other at 9.30pm. So who's on the bill? The witty, assured Jo Caulfield is joined by Markus Birdman, Larry Dean, Phil Nichol and MC Charlier Baker. Those who can still remember it the next day won't be disappointed.

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Comedy Store , Piccadilly Circus Saturday December 31 2016

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

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