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Things to do on New Year's Day in London

Check out which of London's institutions are open on New Year's Day, along with the best events to see in the new year

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

RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to New Year in London

Things to do on New Year's Day

New Year's Day Parade

We reckon if you can haul yourself out of bed after the madness of New Year’s Eve, you deserve some sort of parade. Good news: there’s one every year. Arrive early to beat the rush and get a good spot to see more than 8,500 performers from 20 countries ring in the new year in style.

Until Sun Jan 1

Bump Roller Disco

Do you love nothing more than rolling with your homies? Bump is a wooden-floored roller disco that's popping up under Hungerford Bridge as part of the Southbank Centre's Winter Festival. It opens at 3pm on New Years Day, so you'll have the morning to get over any NYE hangovers.

Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Sunday January 22 2017

The Sherlock Holmes Experience

Prepare for the 'Sherlock' special on New Year's Day by swotting up on the Baker Street detective. Trek down to the basement of Madame Tussauds, where a Sherlock Holmes-themed interactive experience awaits. Explore the world of the Conan Doyle character, featuring Holmes's drawing room.

Madame Tussauds , Regent's Park Until Saturday July 15 2017

Mighty Boosh Exhibition

To celebrate ten years of The Mighty Boosh Live, The Book Club is hosting an exhibition and events. Noel Fielding's illustrations hang alongside Dave Brown (aka Bollo)'s photos and work by other Boosh-linked artists Ivana Zorn, Andy Hollingworth, Mr Bingo and Jake.

The Book Club , Shoreditch Until Monday January 30 2017

Venues open on New Year's Day

All Star Lanes

Styling itself on stateside ‘boutique’ bowling alleys, this retro-themed venue is one of four branches of All Star Lanes in London, all of which are open on New Year's Day.

Bloomsbury

Cutty Sark

The world's last surviving tea clipper was the fastest and greatest of her age. That was over a century ago now, but the Cutty Sark is certainly still a venerable sight, perched on her glass pedestal on the water's edge in Greenwich.

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Greenwich

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.

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London

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.

Forest Hill

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.

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Kennington

Kensington Palace

Recommended

Catch some inspired 'Music at the Palace', performances run at the royal residence in Hyde Park until January 2.

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Kensington

Kew Gardens

Recommended

Clear the new year drinking fog with a breath of fresh air, literally, among the natural splendour of Kew Gardens. You can also take your Christmas tree for recycling by the arboretum team. Gates open at 10am and last entry is at 3.45pm, but given the vastness of the grounds, the earlier you arrive the more you'll be able to take in.

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Kew

London Eye

So long as you don't get vertigo, and your not too queasy from NYE activities, hop on the world's largest observation wheel to get a good nosey at the city while the majority of its inhabitants rest. On a clear day you can even see Windsor Castle, 25 miles away. Booking is advised but a number of tickets are held back for same-day sale on site, so it may be worth turning up and taking pot luck if you haven't booked.

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South Bank

London Film Museum

Formerly known as The Movieum of London, London Film Museum celebrates the silver screen with props from films such as 'Superman', 'Star Wars', 'The Italian Job' and 'Batman'. They also currently have the largest collection of Bond vehicles on show as part of the 'Bond in Motion' exhibition.

South Bank

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.

Covent Garden
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