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?
Although Artesian is tucked inside one of central London’s elite hotels, it does its best to maintain a down-to-earth edge. It’s a stunning room – epically tall ceilings, doric columns, blinging chandeliers, you get the picture – but you’ll never feel out of place on the more casual side of smart-casual. That’s probably down to friendly staff (on the smarter side of smart-casual, of course) who chicane around tables with complementary canapés. While there’s people-watching to be done (there are a fair few media darlings propping up the bar), you’ve probably come for the cocktails. And with Alex Kratena – head bartender and a star of the drinks industry – crafting wacky drinks that come with their very own hashtag, there’s certainly the wow factor. Cocktails demonstrate spectacular balance, even when using mad ingredients (‘vodka, shochu, artichoke, coffee, yuzu, passion, coriander’, runs one description). And presentation is taken to showstopping levels… although it probably should be at £18 per glass.
Venue says: “Artesian is at the forefront of London's sophisticated bar scene, showcasing the city’s largest collection of rums, Champagne and cocktails.”