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. Note that some venues will have reduced opening hours, so be sure to check details in advance, oh and - Happy New Year!
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Things to do on New Year's Day
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.
Prepare for the 'Sherlock' special on New Year's Day by swotting up on the Baker Street detective. Trek down to the basement of Madame Tussauds, where a Sherlock Holmes-themed interactive experience awaits. Explore the world of the Conan Doyle character, featuring Holmes's drawing room.
Venues open on New Year's Day
Clear the new year drinking fog with a breath of fresh air, literally, among the natural splendour of Kew Gardens. You can also take your Christmas tree for recycling by the arboretum team. Gates open at 10am and last entry is at 3.45pm, but given the vastness of the grounds, the earlier you arrive the more you'll be able to take in.
So long as you don't get vertigo, and your not too queasy from NYE activities, hop on the world's largest observation wheel to get a good nosey at the city while the majority of its inhabitants rest. On a clear day you can even see Windsor Castle, 25 miles away. Booking is advised but a number of tickets are held back for same-day sale on site, so it may be worth turning up and taking pot luck if you haven't booked.
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.
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Le Restaurant de Paul Tower 42
This version of Restaurant de Paul is not nearly as French‐looking as the Covent Garden branch. In fact, it’s positively Silicon Valley by comparison, with chunky upholstered green, blue and red chairs, bright monochrome rugs and busy black tiling across floors and walls. The menu, though, is exactly the same. Classic starters lead into main courses featuring meat, fish, burgers or salads. We shared a perfectly decent but forgettable ham with celeriac remoulade to start. The poussin roti with aubergine and potatoes had good flavour but a smoked duck salad was underwhelming and lacked dressing. As you’d expect from a business with a baking background, the bread is top notch. So too, are desserts – the ‘bottomless’ mousse au chocolate is worth visiting for alone, and you can have as much as you dare. So then, with decent food and little atmosphere, Restaurant de Paul is solid, if not exactly ooh‐la‐la.
Venue says: “Relish our new 'express menu' from noon to 3pm. £15 for two courses between starter, main or dessert, and £18 for three courses.”