UPDATED DECEMBER 2017
Whether you’re nursing a hangover from the night before or feeling bright, breezy and ready for round two, we’ve searched high and low to bring you the coolest events in London this New Year’s Day, guaranteed to keep the party going. From pizza parties and bowling sessions to theatre shows and breakfast banquets, take inspiration from our pick of London’s hottest New Year’s Day events.
Skate at Somerset House
Get your skates on in the grand setting of Somerset House. Transformed into an icy, wintry wonderland, the sprawling courtyard ice rink is one of the most stunning spots in London for a winter skate session, and with Fortnum’s Lodge, you can relax and indulge in a spot of après-skate – once your feet have had enough.
Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA; 15th November – 14th January; tickets from £8.90
London New Year’s Day Parade
There’s nothing like a jaunty parade to yank you out of a miserable hangover, just get there early to beat the rush. There will be more than 8,500 performers from over 20 different countries across the globe, including everything from marching bands to cheerleading skits, to get you in the festive spirit this New Year’s Day.
Piccadilly Circus, 12pm
All Star Lanes
Get the gang together and bring in 2017 with a friendly game of bowling. All Star Lanes’ retro-themed venue will be open all day for bowling, banquets and a side of boogying – if you can muster!
Various London locations
BUST A GROOVE HERE: Bugged Out New Year’s Day All Day-er
Catapult into 2018 with Bugged Out’s legendary all-day blinder. An unrelenting DJ squad will provide revellers with disco, Balearic, pop gems, yacht rock and rave. It's free entry for anyone rolling straight through from NYE parties before 2:30pm.
Bugged Out New Year’s Day, Old Queen’s Head, Islington, N1 8LN; free entry until 2:30pm, £10 after
SADDLE UP HERE: Christmas Bike Lights Tour
Take a three-hour, two-wheeled trundle around the capital to kick those NYE hangovers to the curb. See the sights and take a glimpse at this year’s sparkling, festive illuminations – Carnaby Street and Regent Street are particularly impressive.
Various London locations
STEP BACK IN TIME HERE: Natural History Museum
With ancient fossils, gigantic dinosaur installations and of course the majestic outdoor ice rink, the Natural History Museum is the perfect place to head to with the kids this New Year’s Day.
TAKE THE KIDS HERE: London Zoo
You can’t get much more wholesome than a day trip to the zoo, so take the kids on a wondrous wildlife tour. With over 600 animals, get your fix of giraffes, lions, tigers, monkeys and more.
London Zoo, Regents Park, 10am-4pm, Tickets from £20.45 adults, £16.40
BRUNCH HERE: New Year’s Brunch at Devonshire Club
Brunch in style this New Year’s Day at Devonshire Club’s newly launched member’s haunt, where foodies can indulge in unlimited food from a glorious menu of sweet and savoury plates. The designated 'Chefs Egg Station' will whip up classic egg dishes, from eggs royale to creamy omelettes, whilst the kitchen serves up delightful dishes of French toast with cinnamon and berries; truffle mac & cheese; club burgers and Full Monty breakfasts. Or, for the more adventurous diner, opt for the sushi brunch with delicately prepared plates of crispy seafood tempura, roast pork belly and miso blackened cod.
4 & 5 Devonshire Square, The City, EC2M 4YD; breakfast 8am – 4pm; sushi brunch (11am – 4pm) 50pp including a glass of prosecco
GET ARTY HERE: Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain
One of the biggest voices in contemporary art, this exhibition celebrates over 25 years of Rachel Whiteread’s internationally acclaimed concrete sculptures.
Millbank, Westminster, SW1P 4RG; running until 21st January; tickets £17
FEEL GOOD HERE: Re: Solutions Festival
With yoga, meditation, inspiring talks and workshops, and epic Cuban dance classes, this body-boosting health festival will provide a welcome break after weeks of Christmas-themed indulgence.
Juju's Bar & Stage, 15 Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, E1 6QR; 1st – 31st January; tickets from £25
GO BACK TO BLACK HERE: A Night of Amy
After a series of phenomenal sell-out shows, Camden’s The Jazz Cafe will pay homage to the iconic songstress with an evening of classic songs from the late Amy Winehouse’s ‘Frank’ and ‘Back to Black’ albums, performed with a full live band.
The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PG; 7pm-11pm; tickets from £12
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX HERE: Barbican’s New Year’s Day Gala
Start 2018 with a spot of culture and classical musical at Barbican's New Year's Day Gala.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, Farringdon, EC2Y 8DS; 2:30pm; tickets £19.50 – £44.50
SLIDE AWAY HERE: Slideatron
Can you think of a better way to slide into the New Year than on a giant LED-lit helter-skelter? Oh, and it belts out all your favourite Christmas hits too. Slade and Mariah, we’re coming for you…
Wembley Park, Wembley; running until 2nd January; FREE but you’ll need to book in advance
GET NOSTLAGIC HERE: Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
Explore the magical world of AA Milne’s timeless children’s tale at the V&A’s playful exhibition.
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL; running until 8th April 2018; tickets £8
GET FESTIVE HERE: Winterville, Clapham
With roller discos, cinema screenings, fairground rides and delicious foodie treats, as well as a roster of live entertainment including everything from musical bingo to live DJ sets, Winterville is the perfect place to unwind after a night of New Year’s revelry.
Windmill Drive, Clapham Common, SW4 9DE
ON YOUR MARKS HERE: Serpentine New Year’s Day 10k and 3k Fun Run
Start the New Year with a spring in your step – the Serpentine annual 10k run will take you on a journey through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, or for those who are still feeling effects of last night’s tequila, you can opt for a gentler 3k course instead. Hello New Year smugness.
Hyde Park, 10:55am, £20 entry
BUMP ’N GRIND HERE: Artful Dodger at McQueen
Look forward to an epic playlist of big old school garage beats, from legendary 90s duo Artful Dodger.
McQueen, 55 – 61 Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4AA; 5pm – 3am; tickets £10
GET JIGGY HERE: Ceilidh Liberation Front
Don your best dancing shoes and practice your Highland Fling, this colourful troupe promise to deliver the New Year in jubilant technicolour.
Belvedere Road, Southbank, Lambeth, SE1 8XX; 2 –5pm; FREE
LIGHT UP HERE: Christmas At Kew
This magical after-dark experience transforms the traditional gardens into a botanical wonderland boasting over a million twinkling lights, giant baubles, singing trees and a flickering Fire Garden. Follow the illuminated trail past the Sledge Tree made of 360 wooden Santa’s sledges, before ending with the spectacular light display on the Palm House.
Kew Botanical Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AB; running until 1st January 2018; tickets from £10
GET FESTIVE HERE: Magical Lantern Festival
Last chance to catch Chiswick House’s annual Magical Lantern Festival. This year it returned with a galaxy of celebrity fans including Ant and Dec, Emma Bunton and Emilia Fox. As well as light installations and Christmas-themed markets, there’s a virtual reality area, ice rink, pop-up ice bar and street food stalls serving up steak sandwiches, smoked meats and Asian-inspired fare.
Chiswick House, Conservatory Yard, Chiswick, W4 2QN; running until 1st January; tickets from £11.21
SPLASH OUT HERE: SANTA TUG
Join the big man and his elves for a festive spin along Regent’s Canal, as the Santa Tug fires up the wood burning stove to take Londoners on a steamy trip around the capital.
Islington Boat Club, 16 – 35 Graham Street, Islington, London N1 8JX, fits 7 people, from £32pp
LAUGH HERE: Shoot From The Hip
This funny foursome has received rave reviews from the likes of Time Out, The Londonist and The Metro. Catch them in all their spontaneous improv glory at the Angel Comedy Club this New Year’s Day.
2 Camden Passage, N1 8DY; 8pm – 10pm; FREE entry
SHOP HERE: London Bridge Christmas Market
Continue the festive frolics at London Bridge Christmas Market, where you can stock up on homemade gifts, delicious street food and warming winter tipples.
Between London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the south side of the River Thames; open until 3rd January, 11am – 1pm
TAKE A DIP HERE: Hampton Pool
If you can brave a short sprint in sub-zero temperatures, dive head first into the tropical warm waters of Hampton Pool, to start the New Year feeling fresh.
High St, Hampton TW12 2ST; open 8am –2pm New Year’s Day; £6.40