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Things to do on New Year’s Day 2019 in London

London's New Year's Day Parade © Matt Sprake Photography
From the New Year’s Day parade, special tours and festive activities, to January sales, iconic attractions and walks in the park, there are plenty of reasons to get out in London this New Year’s Day. Read More

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Make the most of the first day of 2019 with these New Year’s Day events and activities in London.

London's New Year's Day Parade

The highlight of the New Year’s Day celebrations in London is the New Year’s Day Parade, which sees more than 8,000 dancers, acrobats, musicians and performers fill the parade route and hundreds of thousands of spectators line the streets to witness the event.

New Year's Day activities

Many of London’s iconic attractions and most popular activities can be enjoyed on 1 January. Always check opening times in advance:

New Year's Day after dark

As night draws in, there's still plenty to do on New Year's Day:

  • Spot the Christmas lights still shining bright across the city, and look out for London's best Christmas trees. It's even more fun to see them on an evening open-top bus tour.
  • Watch a best-selling West End musical or if you're still feeling festive, there's still time to enjoy a magical Christmas show.
  • Celebrate at a New Year's Day concert: both St Martin-in-the-Fields and Barbican Centre usually host New Year's Day shows.
  • Avoid the New Year's Eve crowds and party at a special New Year’s Day club night instead.
  • Relax with friends and family in one of the capital’s best cosy pubs or celebrate the New Year with a cocktail at a rooftop bar.

Travelling in London on New Year’s Day

Public transport is limited on New Year’s Day; check the TFL Journey Planner for travel details.

If you are staying in London over the festive period, make sure to also take a look at our essential information, and guides to New Year's Eve and Christmas in London.

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