Things to do on New Year's Day in London

Some of the capital's best museums, galleries and attractions are open on January 1 2016



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It's business as usual for most of London's big museums, so peel yourself out of bed and start your cultural year as you mean to go on. Note that some attractions have reduced opening hours, so be sure to check details in advance.

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Museums open on New Year's Day

Churchill War Rooms

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.

  1. King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ
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Horniman Museum

An anthropological museum set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens, the Horniman Museum has a traditional natural history gallery, a state-of-the-art aquarium and gardens that offer spectacular views over London.

  1. 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ
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Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum holds an important collection of twentieth-century art as well as collections of the machinery of war, official communications and manuscripts of war literature.

  1. Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ
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London Transport Museum

The museum's design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. For children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area.

  1. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB
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Museum of London

The history of London, from prehistoric times to the present, is told in the Museum of London through reconstructed interiors and street scenes, alongside displays of original artefacts found during the museum's archaeological digs.

  1. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
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National Maritime Museum

As well as the National Maritime Museum, on this Greenwich Park site you'll find the Queen's House and the Royal Observatory, which houses the only public planetarium in the UK and features daily shows with astronomers.

  1. Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
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Natural History Museum

The handsome Alfred Waterhouse building houses a collection that contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens and the famous plaster cast of a diplodocus that lords it over the Central Hall.

  1. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
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Science Museum

The Science Museum features seven floors of educational and entertaining exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command module and a flight simulator. Launch Pad is a popular hands-on gallery where children can explore basic scientific principles.

  1. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
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Sherlock Holmes Museum

When you visit you are likely to be greeted by an august person wearing a bowler hat and whiskers; this, you will deduce, is Doctor Watson. The museum bristles with murder weapons, Victoriana and waxworks depicting scenes from the stories.

  1. 221b Baker St, NW1 6XE
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Somerset House

Open noon to 6pm on Jan 1 2012. The venue houses a formidable art gallery (the wonderful Courtauld), a beautiful fountain court, a terraced café and a classy restaurant. The Embankment Galleries explore connections between art, architecture and design with a series of temporary exhibitions.

  1. The Strand, WC2R 1LA
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The V&A houses one of the world's greatest collections of decorative arts, in such varied fields as ceramics, sculpture, portrait miniatures and photography.

  1. Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
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Wallace Collection

This handsome house, built in 1776, contains an exceptional collection of eighteenth-century French furniture, paintings and objets d'art, as well as an amazing array of medieval armour and weaponry.

  1. Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN
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