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Jogging, feasting and techno: your New Year's Day sorted

Written by
Sonya Barber

Whether you've got the sorest head you'll have all year, or you're feeling smug and hangover-free, here's the best ways to kick off 2017.


Serpentine Run

Want to make good on that drunken NYE resolution? Put your money where your mouth is and take part in Serpentine Running Club’s annual NYD10K run. Or if you’re still feeling tender, go for the 3K fun run.

Hyde Park. Hyde Park Corner. Sun Jan 1 2017. 11am (10K) & noon (3K). £19.


Christmas at Kew

The west London gardens get their annual festive makeover, with a mile-long trail leading visitors through huge rows of Christmas trees, a scented garden and Santa’s Snowflake Grotto.

Until Mon Jan 2 2017. Kew Gardens. Richmond tube. £18.


Elizabethan Christmas at Hampton Court Palace

Enjoy a royal start to 2017 with all the best bits from the Elizabethan era: sumptuous costume, lilting blank verse and court musicians, followed by an enormous feast in this play, written especially for Hampton Court Palace by award winning playwright Elizabeth Kuti.

Hampton Court Palace. Hampton Court rail. Until Sun Jan 1 2017. 11am-3.30pm. £18.10.


New Year’s Day Parade 2017

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.

Sun Jan 1 2017. Parade starts at The Ritz. Green Park. Free.



Swing in the new year whilst drunkenly proclaiming your distant Irish heritage at the Ceilidh Liberation Front ‘s NYD bash, part of the Southbank Centre Winter Festival.

Southbank Centre. Waterloo. Sun Jan 1 2017. 1pm-5pm. Free.


 New Year's Day Gala

Start the new year in style. Join the London Concert Orchestra at the Barbican Centre for classic numbers from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers to Debussy’s unforgettable Clair de Lune, alongside traditional British favourites.

Barbican Centre. Barbican. Sun Jan 1 2017. 2.30pm. £19.50-£45.


Turner Prize

Your very last chance to see the massive golden bum - otherwise known as Anthea Hamilton’s ‘Project for Door (After Gaetano Pesce)’ – along with winner Helen Marten’s puzzling, poetic sculptures, as the Turner Prize wraps up its thirty-second year in typically controversial style.

Tate Britain. Until Jan 2 2017. Pimlico. £12.50.


Percolate NYD Breakfast Club

New Year’s Eve still going for you? Percolate have teamed up with The Breakfast Club again to lay on a selection of pastries with a buffet table of DJs including Jane Fitz' 5-hour ambient techno set. Disco house head Mr Solid Gold, Saoirse and Park Ranger join for a breakfast for champions.

The Pickle Factory. Cambridge heath overground. Sun Jan 1 2017. £10-20.

Plus, here's loads more parties to go to New Year's Day.

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