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.
Find your perfect New Year's Day party
With a futuristic sliding entrance door (set off by placing your hand on a sensor), a plush, dark interior and polished service, Umu is guaranteed to impress. The bill too is likely to leave a lasting impression, so it’s best to save this swanky venue for a special occasion unless you have an expense account. (There was no shortage of high-powered diners on our most recent visit.) On such a celebratory occasion, opt for the multi-course tasting menu and you’ll get to explore an elaborate range of Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine, presented on attractive dishes. The modern sushi doesn’t always make the grade, though, so stick to the classic version. Luxury ingredients abound on the à la carte: wild Scottish lobster tempura, wagyu beef tataki (grade 9) and Irish abalone steamed in saké. For a less bank-breaking taster of the menu, come at lunch for a set meal (such as a bento with grilled fish, meat or tempura, or somen noodles) – all served with soup, salad and a dessert. Our nigiri sushi selection was of the utmost quality. The ample wine and saké lists are worthy of exploration too.
Venue says: “Umu's kaiseki tasting menu is now being served - eight exquisite courses, full of seasonal produce from the British Isles.”