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Five things to do on New Year’s Day in London

Posted at 10:15 am, January 1, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Music & Nightlife, Outdoor London
Low winter sun London

Ah, New Year’s Day. A time to reflect on the previous year (or last night’s gossip) and to reflect on the year ahead. It’s a day to break those resolutions you made a mere 12 hours ago and to possibly lie in the dark all day nursing your sore head.


It’s nearly time to go back to work, folks! So how about making the most of today and starting the new year how you mean to go on?

That’s right, ease off that sofa, throw on some clothes, take off the giant 2014 party glasses you thought it would be hilarious last night, and check out what you could be doing in London town today:

New Year’s Day Parade


The annual parade is a huge extravaganza, featuring thousands of performers dancing, playing, marching and cheering their way between London’s landmarks to celebrate the new year. Over half a million people are expected to turn out to watch them so try to get to your chosen spot early for a good view.

Head to a museum or gallery (or even the zoo)

V&A Michelle Grant / Time Out

A lot of London’s tourist attractions are open to visitors today (including the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, the Zoo and the Aquarium, and Hampton Court and Kensington Palaces) and they probably won’t be quite as busy as all the other bank holidays.  If you feel like starting the year with a bit of culture, find the full list of museums, galleries and attractions open here.

Go clubbing

clubbing © Ryan Dinham

Last night didn’t quite live up to the hype? Or was it so good that you’re just raring for more? Either way there are plenty of places you can get your clubbing fix in London today, find the best of them here.

Go for a run (for fun!)

Brooks Serpentine © Anthony Bliss

Brooks Serpentine are again hosting their annual 10k or 3k run through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The first starts at 11am and is held under the UK Athletics Rules, the second is a fun run starting at noon – both from Main Street.

The Seven Noses of Soho New Year’s Day Pub Special

7 noses (picasa)

Award winning guide Peter Berthoud takes you to discover the secret ‘Seven Noses of Soho’, with a few stops at some interesting pubs on the way. Starting from Covent Garden tube station.

If you’re still stuck for New Year’s Day inspiration, head here for more ideas.

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