Things To Do In London: Friday 2 January 2015

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Dakhla perform at Southbank Centre


ICE SKATING: Make Christmas last longer; take a spin on London’s seasonal ice rinks — mostly open into the new year.

EXHIBITIONS: Why not get a bit cultural this year? Exhibitions currently on in London include Wildlife Photographer of the Year (★★★★★), Drawn by Light (★★★☆☆), Guy Bourdin (★★★☆☆) and Elvis Presley (★★★☆☆). Take a look at our Museums page for more ideas.

NUTCRACKER: Take young people along and introduce them to ballet with pop up performances of The Nutcracker at the V&A, South Kensington. Free, just turn up, 11am, 1pm & 3pm

NASDUO: Feed your ears with music from the New Art Sound Duo — that's clarinet and percussion — playing Iberian and Latin American influenced music at this St Martin in the Fields free lunchtime concert. Free (donations welcome), just turn up, 1pm

DAKHLA: The Bristol-based musical quintet perform at Southbank Centre, combining evocative harmonies, intricate rhythms and rich soundscapes. Free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Thought the festivities were over? Footprints of London's guided walk might be your last chance to see the Christmas lights before they're taken down for the year. Hear the stories behind the lights and see the festive window displays that make a West End Christmas. £10/£7.50, prebook, 7pm

NYD CONCERT: As part of the New Year's Day Parade Concert Series, hear the Festival Massed Choir accompanied by the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and conducted by James Blair perform at Westminster Central Hall. £10, prebook, 7.45pm

COMEDY HOOTENANNY: Laugh Out London comedy club holds its second annual New Year celebration with LOL’s Holland Hootenanny at the Camden Head. Performers include Tobi Wilson, Joz Norris, Caroline Hardy and more. Free, just turn up, 8.30pm

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Olave Parish Church in Fenchurch Street, Immanuel and St Andrews Church in Streatham and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.

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Good Cause of the Day

Want to get fit this year? Get your New Year's Resolution off to a cracking start by signing up for the Vitality North London Half Marathon, taking place on 15 March 2015 — plenty of time to get in shape.

From The Archive

And sticking on a sporting theme, take a peek at parts U and V of our Where To Play Sports In London series.