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Things to do on New Year’s Day in London

Ring in the (hopefully brilliant) new year in London on New Year’s Day 2022

Chris Waywell
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Chris Waywell
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication, but please check with venues before you head out

Okay, we’ve made it into 2022. And that has a good ring to it. You’re probably paying the price for seeing off 2021 in appropriate style, but there’s plenty of stuff to do in London on New Year’s Day. Go for wintry stroll somewhere beautiful. Spend an afternoon in an atmospheric London pub. Or both. You know, it’s a brave new world and all that.

Recommended: our guide to New Year in London.

Great things to do on New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day parties in London
  • Clubs
  • House, disco and techno

There are so many great New Year’s Day parties happening across London, meaning that the NYE fun doesn’t have to stop on January 1. So if you’re still standing after New Year’s Eve, head to one of these great events and start 2022 in the best way possible.

  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens

Had a raucous New Year’s Eve? Grab a hat and shake off the cobwebs by heading out on a wintry walk around one of London’s picturesque green spaces. We reckon these routes are the most beautiful of the bunch. 

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  • Things to do
  • Events & Festivals

Lightopia London, the immersive illumination experience in Crystal Palace, has officially been switched on. This year’s all-new display features interactive lights and lanterns that together create a multi-sensory wintry wonderland.

The light trail includes 22 trees representing unity and growth. This year, visitors can walk the two-kilometre trail to experience the unique display, which includes lit-up water and lasers.

  • Things to do

While there are always more than enough festive things to do in London – light displays, ice rinks, endless department-store browsing – sometimes we all need to get out of the capital. Away from the noise, smog and, yes, all that endless shopping. What’s needed is crisp country air, a stiff walk or a serene spa day. Here are our fave day trips from London to enjoy this winter, all under two hours from Zone 1.

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