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 2014

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Science Museum

Science Museum

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.

Attractions open on New Year's Day

Hampton Court Palace

Henry VIII had many homes, but this one oozes historical drama. Shakespeare performed here and Cromwell made it his home after the Civil War.

  1. East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
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HMS Belfast

Europe's largest cruiser from World War II, HMS Belfast is now a floating naval museum, a landmark on the Thames near Tower Bridge, with nine huge decks.

  1. The Queen's Walk, SE1 2JH
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Kensington Palace

Catch the inspired 'Enchanted Palace' installation before it closes, at this royal residence in Hyde Park.

  1. The Broadwalk, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a magnificent World Heritage Site covering 300 acres with more than 30,000 species of plants. The Xstrata Treetop Walkway – 18m up in the air and 200m long – provides a fresh perspective on Capability Brown's woodland.

  1. Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
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Sealife London Aquarium

The aquarium is well placed for the attractions of the South Bank; it's right beside the London Eye and a 20-minute walk along the river from Tate Modern.

  1. County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB
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London Bicycle Tour Company

Hire a bike or tandem to ride independently, or go on one of the regular tours, which include one covering the main London landmarks (it's available in seven languages), and rides out to east and west London.

  1. 1a Gabriel’s Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP
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London Eye

The world's largest observation wheel offers a number of trip options: for instance, you could combine your revolution with a river cruise, take a Champagne flight or book a private capsule.

  1. South Bank, SE1 7PB
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London Wetland Centre

The centre offers all sorts of other entertainment for all ages, including guided walks and courses for those who want to learn more about the birdlife or the flora, bat-spotting walks, wildlife photography courses and pond-dipping sessions.

  1. Queen Elizabeth's Walk, SW13 9WT
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London Zoo

London Zoo is home to more than 600 animal species, many of which are endangered. There are plenty of cafés and picnic spots, and the zoo offers educational and craft activities as well as events exploring science and conservation.

  1. Outer Circle, Regent's Park, NW1 4RY
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Tower Bridge Exhibition

The Tower Bridge Exhibition is an entertaining display on the history of the bridge, located in the old steam rooms and the west walkway, which provides a crow's-nest view along the Thames.

  1. Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP
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Madame Tussauds

'Premiere Night' is an area in which contemporary stars including Harrison Ford and Sean Connery mingle with legendary icons such as Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.

  1. Marylebone Rd, NW1 5LR
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Original London Sightseeing Tour

Hop-on, hop-off, open-top bus tour covering most of tourist London on three different routes, with commentary in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese. The ticket price includes a river cruise and two walking tours.

  1. 17-19 Cockspur St, SW1Y 5BL
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Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Attraction showcasing weird and wonderful items from around the world, such a piece of the Berlin Wall, shrunken heads and a Swarovski crystal-covered Mini Cooper.

  1. The London Pavilion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0DA
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Looking for London Business Travel List for Dining , Museum Visits and Things to Do this Season Have an upcoming business trip to London? Jet Lag is one of the most common problems business men and women experience when traveling overseas. Why not indulge yourself to a relaxing spa day at your hotel after your flight? It can erase those bleary eyes and disoriented state of being from jumping through time zones. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel near Hyde Park features a luxurious spa offering hydrotherapy, color therapy and an opportunity to create a custom spa experience. There’s also Urban Retreat (for the ladies) and The Refinery (for gentlemen) at Harrod’s .Harrod’s also provides a menu of services as a quick jump-start for the hard-working businessperson. Once you’ve relaxed your mind, body, and soul, there’s nothing better than a rich meal to top it off. Treating yourself to luxurious restaurants and outings can really turn a trip around. London is home to some of the finest and luxurious restaurants you can find. West End restaurants in London to enjoy dinner at include The Ivy London, Thames Barrier and dinner by Heston Blumenthal. The Fat Duck, the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park location of Din-ner are all restaurants from acclaimed 3 Star Michelin Chef which are packed with foodies who come for degustation of ofal and classic British country fare prepared with modern gastronomic technique. If you have a morning free before you head off to your meetings, you should enjoy an authentic English breakfast at The Wolseley. It offers an award-winning full English breakfast starting as early as 7 am for early risers (or those not yet adjusted to London time). The breakfast menu features a viennoiserie basket, the famous The English (eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato, black pudding and mushrooms), and lighter fare like grapefruit or granola. Reservations are recommended as this event is very popular amongst the business set during the week. Then you can soak up the city by going to some of the most controversial and intriguing contemporary British art at the Saatchi Gallery. Located in a 70,000 square-foot space in Chelsea, exhibitions of sculpture, painting, photography, video and installations keep the eye and mind engaged. After that, you can stop by Buckingham Palace and try and see the queen! Explore London between meetings and after the business day ends with Carnet ‘s entertainment and dining guide for the on-the-go business traveler, for both the jet-lagged and the ambitious explorer.

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