Things To Do In London On New Year's Day 2019

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Looking for something to do on New Year's Day? Get your 2019 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.

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

DISCOVERING LONDON: Pubs, fascinating trivia and infinite wealth — how's that for a banging start to 2019? Discovering London tour guide Peter Berthoud leads a special edition of his Seven Noses of Soho guided walk, which incorporates four interesting pubs stops. Peter will show you the famed seven noses of Soho — believed to bring infinite wealth to anyone who finds them all — plus share some other fascinating trivia as you explore the area. £25, book ahead, 1pm-4.30pm

Celebrate New Year's Day at Barbican

NEW YEAR 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

NEW YEAR'S DAY PROM: The London Concert Orchestra performs classical music work at Barbican, including Puccini's Nessun Dorma, along with traditional British anthems such as Land of Hope & Glory. £19.50-£44.50, book ahead, 2.30pm