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Oh hi 2015! Fun free ways to spend New Year’s Day

Posted at 10:15 am, January 1, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Free, Fun London, Outdoor London
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So the majority of you are probably in some way too hungover, knackered or skint from all of this year’s amazing festivities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start the New Year on a high. Here are a few great ideas for how to spend New Year’s day in London without spending a penny. 

Go on a refreshing New Year walk

Whether you’re considering a stroll with the family, an active jaunt with a pal or a solitary meander to reassess your over ambitious resolutions, there are plenty of routes to choose from at our guide to London walks.

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Snuggle up with a film

Check out our latest reviews and head down to your local cinema for a cheap and cheerful bit of hangover distraction. Or save your pennies, grab a blanket, open a bag of popcorn and watch one of the 100 best movies on Netflix.

 

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Get cultural at a museum

If you’re getting restless after too much mindless Christmas TV and eating, then reawaken your brain at one of London’s museums. There are still plenty of them open and free to visit including Museum of London, National Maritime Museum, Somerset HouseNatural History Museum, and Science Museum.

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Wander around a gallery

Similarly you can still get a darn good art fix too, with Tate Britain, Tate ModernNational Portrait Gallery, Somerset House  and V&A all still open for perusal.

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Carry on celebrating at the New Year’s Parade

Don’t want the partying to end? Get yourself over to London’s 2015 New Year’s Parade. There will be 8,500 performers including cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, acrobats, dancers, and performers from West End shows. The 2.2-mile route of drumming and dancing starts at the Ritz Hotel and weaves through central London, but be prepared for the crowds.

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Pretend it’s still Christmas at a winter market

Realising that Christmas is over and you’re facing a two month stretch of grey misery can be pretty grim, so grab hold of the last remains of Christmas with a mulled wine and mouthful of street food at Winterville and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

Take a look at more things to do on New Year’s day here.

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