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Things to do on New Year's Day in London

Check out which of London's institutions are open on New Year's Day, along with the best events to see in the new year

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

New Year's Day Parade

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.

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Until Sun Jan 1

Venues open on New Year's Day

All Star Lanes

Styling itself on stateside ‘boutique’ bowling alleys, this retro-themed venue is one of four branches of All Star Lanes in London, all of which are open on New Year's Day.

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Cutty Sark

The world's last surviving tea clipper was the fastest and greatest of her age. That was over a century ago now, but the Cutty Sark is certainly still a venerable sight, perched on her glass pedestal on the water's edge in Greenwich.

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Horniman Museum

An anthropological museum set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens, the Horniman Museum has a traditional natural history gallery, a state-of-the-art aquarium and gardens that offer spectacular views over London.

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Forest Hill

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum holds an important collection of twentieth-century art as well as collections of the machinery of war, official communications and manuscripts of war literature.

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Kew Gardens


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.

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London Eye

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.

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South Bank

London Film Museum

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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South Bank

London Transport Museum

The museum's design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. For children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area.

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Covent Garden
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Find your perfect New Year's Day party

New Year's Day parties in London

There are loads of great New Year's Day parties happening across London, meaning that the NYE fun doesn't have to stop on January 1.

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By: Amy Smith