Things To Do In London On New Year's Day

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Things To Do In London On New Year's Day

Below are the details for 2020. We'll update this page with information for January 2021 when it's announced, so keep checking back.

The New Year's Day Parade takes place in the centre of town

Looking for something to do on New Year's Day? Get your 2020 off to an excellent start with these events taking place on 1 January (note: it's worth checking opening times before you travel, as they may differ from usual as it's a bank holiday).

First things first: if it was a heavy night last night, you'll be wanting to visit the best places in London to deal with a hangover. Sorted? Good.

ICE SKATING: What better way to shake off a fuzzy head than by going ice skating? Twinkly lights, elegant gliding — it'll have you feeling right as rain quick-sharp. London's seasonal ice rinks are mostly open into the new year.

Dance into 2020 at Southbank Centre

GO FOR A WANDER: Take your pick from our series of weekend walks — wherever in London you are, and however energetic you're feeling, there's something for you. Free, whenever and however you like.

NEW YEAR'S DAY PARADE: Floats from all over the world feature in the New Year's Day Parade, alongside a number of boroughs, bands, schools and car rallies. The parade begins on Piccadilly, before making its way down to Whitehall. Free (or treat yourself to Grandstand tickets), just turn up, from 12pm in Piccadilly

BARBICAN CONSERVATORY: For a gentler introduction to 2020, take an afternoon stroll around the City of London's tropical conservatory. Among Barbican's brutalist architecture lies something of a green paradise, with trees, plants, cacti, fish, and even a few terrapins. 12pm-5pm

Barbican holds a New Year's Day Prom

NEW YEAR'S DAY CEILIDH: Didn't do enough dancing on New Year's Eve? Get involved in Southbank Centre's New Year's Day Ceilidh, involving folk music, dance and theatrics, with performers from all over the world. Free, just turn up, 1pm

CLASSIC CARS: London's classic car drivers roar into the year with the first Park It in the Market of 2020 in Greenwich. Vintage cars and motor bikes pull up for the public to coo over them, while the market stalls are open for business as usual. 2pm-6pm

NEW YEAR'S DAY PROM: If you were planning to go easy on the booze in 2020, there's a chance that the complimentary drink at Barbican's New Year's Day Prom might derail your well-laid plans. Enjoy a performance of classic tunes by the London Concert Orchestra inside the main Barbican Hall. 2.30pm

Last Updated 06 January 2020