Happy New Year! January 1 2019 is here, and chances are it’s bought a powerful hangover and a pounding headache with it. But, whether you’re full of energy or feeling a little worse for wear, there is plenty of things to do in London on New Year’s Day. There’s the New Year’s Day Parade, for starters as well as dances, walks and fun runs for the energetic. Plus, 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. Just be aware that some venues will have reduced opening hours on New Year’s Day, so be sure to check details in advance.
If you're not quite ready to say goodbye to the festive season, don't fret. There are plenty of high-spirited events taking place on Tuesday January 1 2019 too, so keep the festivities going!
We’ll be updating this page with events for New Year’s Day 2019 as they are announced.
RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to New Year in London
Great things to do on New Year’s Day
Museums and attractions open on New Year's Day
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.
While everyone else is chilling at home after a hefty night of partying, join the animals who'll be out and about at London Zoo. It's home to more than 600 animal species, so make time to visit most of them, if not all. The walk-through aviary, the Meet the Monkeys attraction and the Animal Adventure children's zone are all worth a look-in.
Now that stuffing the turkey is done and dusted for another year, go and hang out with something else stuffed at Madame Tussaud's (open 9am-6pm). Their stock in trade is waxworks of the famous and infamous, plus a dark ride – 'The Spirit of London' – which provides a whistle-stop tour of London's history.
The handsome Alfred Waterhouse building houses a collection that contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens and the huge blue whale that now lords over the Central Hall, replacing Dippy the famous plaster cast of a diplodocus, which is currently on tour.
Kick off your new year by braving the Shark Walk and waddling along with the Gentoo penguins at the London Aquarium because it's open all day (10am-7pm). Just make sure you peel yourselves from a post-partying slump before 6pm as that's last admissions.
The very public progress of this mammoth building (just how do you keep a skyscraper under wraps?) ensured that, by the time of its completion in 2012, the Shard was a familiar part of London's skyline, visible from all over the city – contentiously so in the case of London's many protected views.
Looking to party on New Year's Day?
Start spreading the news: for a spot that’s at least a six-hour flight from Manhattan, this little joint in the middle of Chiswick has, surprisingly, nailed it. The wood-fired pizzas are epic – thin and crispy, with chewy crusts, and graced with layers of sharp tomato sauce, oozing mozzarella and a tasty mess of toppings. Then there’s the venue. Just like New York, everything about Pizza Street is straight to the point. The dark wood and metallic interior makes dining in not the worst idea in the world, though with just the radio for entertainment, hard seats and plastic cutlery, there’s not much of a vibe (except in the funky, fake-grass-clad loos). This place is great for takeaway, and there’s even a massive sign above the till that tells you how to grab your grub and go. Dinnertime is busy, with a constant stream of locals collecting a single slice for £3.50, a large pizza for a tenner or X-large for £15. I opted for an X-large, as it’s the only way you can get a half and half, which will cost you an extra three quid. The Buffalo is wonderfully spicy and meaty, heaped with pepperoni, smoked ham, sausage, jalepeño, chilli flakes and lots of oregano. The Anchovy – a classic combo with capers, olives and mixed peppers – is equally grand, if a little too salty. That’s nothing that a good cocktail can’t cure, but sadly the only drinks here are your typical fizzies, beers and cheap wine. Forget about the sides too. An avocado salad (£3.50) was pretty bland. But fancy isn’t th
Venue says: “Come and try the best artisan, New York-style pizza in Chiswick! Offering super thick shakes with our new recipes and flavours.”