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New Year's Eve events in London

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After the perfect way to spend New Year's Eve in London? Whether you're looking for things to do, venues and museums that are still open, a spectacular evening out, or just the very best New Year's Eve parties and nightlife, there's tons of things to do in London on New Year's Eve. Say goodbye to 2016 in style.  

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Things to do on New Year's Eve

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

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

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

STAR WARS Identities

Explore a collection of 200 props, models, costumes and artworks from the Star Wars film series to explore the genetics and psychology of characters in its universe. You can even develop your own original character while you visit.

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The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Until Monday September 4 2017

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World

The opening exhibition at the Design Museum's new Kensington home sees 11 installations exploring prominent issues, defining our time. Themes include networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads. Architecture practice OMA present a response to the recent Brexit vote, while fashion designer Hussain Chalayan has conceived a series of wearable devices that pick up on emotions and project them for others to see.

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Design Museum , Kensington Until Sunday April 23 2017

Out of the Fire

This exhibition explores St Paul's Cathedral before, during and after The Great Fire of London. The blaze which consumed the London landmark 350 years ago was rebuilt to designs made by Christopher Wren after the flames tore through it. Here you can discover objects that survived the fire, follow a family trail or join a tour and find out how the heat make the cathedral's stones explode like grenades.

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St Paul's Cathedral , St Pauls Until Saturday April 29 2017

Beatrix Potter's London

2016 marks the 150th anniversary of celebrated children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor to the museum where she would often sit and sketch. This exhibition celebrates the date with artworks, original sketches and her earliest published works on show.

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V&A , Brompton Until Friday April 28 2017

Evening events on New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve parties in London

London is chock-full of incredible New Year's Eve parties, from quirky fancy dress events to heads-down raving, here's our full list of all the parties kicking off in town on NYE. 

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By: Ellie Broughton

New Year's Eve Ceilidh at Cecil Sharp House

Do Auld Lang Syne properly at Cecil Sharp House’s Ceilidh event on NYE from 8pm to 1am. Don’t worry, it includes a lesson at the start for anyone who’s still trying to brush up on their steps. 

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Primrose Hill

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
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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

Yes! New Years sorted! Finally found a hotel for me and the hubby! Can't wait!!! If you are still looking this shows all hotels in London for NYE - https://HotelMap.com/pro/M5Z3T