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English National Ballet Nutcracker Delights at Coliseum Theatre, London on December 17 2020. Photo: Amber Hunt
Photograph: Arnaud StephensonEnglish National Ballet Nutcracker Delights at Coliseum Theatre, London on December 17 2020. Photo: Amber Hunt

Things to do on New Year’s Day in London

Ring in the new year with fun Covid-friendly online events happening in London on New Year’s Day 2021

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Time Out London Things To Do

So long to a chaotic 2020 and hello to a brand spanking new year. If you’re welcoming 2021 a little worse for wear, there’s still time to disentangle yourself from the bed (or the floor, if the party with your household got really wild) because there’s still plenty to get stuck into at home in London on New Year’s Day.

Catch the online New Year’s Day Parade, or shake off the cobwebs with a wintry stroll in your local area. 

If you’re still in the festive spirit there are lots of Christmas events taking place online on Friday January 1 2021, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa. So grab your fave Christmas jumper and a glass of wine and get stuck in.

Recommended: our guide to New Year in London

Great things to do on New Year’s Day

  • Theatre
  • Theatre & Performance

’Tis the season to veg out in front of the TV. But, thankfully, you won’t have to be resigned to mindlessly scrolling through Netflix for festive specials. Until January 5, you’ll be able to watch performances on the YouTube channels of theatres across London and the UK. London venues taking part include the Donmar Warehouse, Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells, plus Little Angel Theatre and Unicorn Theatre for kids’ entertainment.


Get the New Year off to a more alternative start by tuning into the Barbican’s online listening room ‘Soundhouse: Intimacy and Distance’. Listen to experimental podcasts and radio from around the world, visit ‘listening rooms’ curated by audio artists, Ariana Martinez, Axel Kacoutié and Arlie Adlington, and encounter thought-provoking and atmospheric stories. 

  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens

Had a raucous New Year’s Eve with your household? Grab a hat and a mask 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. Remember, always stay 2m apart from anyone not in your social bubble. 


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