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Seven Things To Do On New Year’s Day in London

Don’t waste the first day of 2015 buried under your duvet. There’s plenty to do and see in London on 1 January. Here are just seven ideas:

1. Experience London’s New Year’s Day Parade

The New Year’s Day Parade is a spectacular procession that takes place every year in London. More than 10,000 performers fill the parade route, from dancers and acrobats to musicians and local groups. Watch the highlights of last year’s parade for an idea of what treats lay in store:

2. Hear the classics at the Barbican’s New Year’s Day Gala

The Barbican Centre presents wonderful programme of classical music in its New Year’s Day Gala. The London Concert Orchestras, with Anthony Inglis as conductor, will perform a range of classics and favourites, from Tchaikovsky’s Finale from Swan Lake and Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers Duet, to Nessun Dorma, Land Of Hope And Glory and Rule, Britannia!

3. Take a spin on a festive ice rink

Burn off some of those Christmas calories and have a blast at one of London’s ice rinks. Many are open on New Year’s Day, including Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, Somerset House and Westfield London. Don’t forget to book your skating session in advance. More London ice rinks.

Somerset House Ice Rink

Somerset House Ice Rink

4. Grab a bargain at the Sales

London’s famous ‘January Sales’ actually often begin on Boxing Day, with many retailers cutting prices as soon as Christmas is over. But the sales usually continue well into the New Year, so there are still plenty of bargains to be had. Check our January Sales listings to find out when the sales begin at London’s top shopping destinations, including Selfridges, Harrods and John Lewis.

5. Blow away the cobwebs on a winter walk

Wrap up warm and enjoy the beautiful wildlife and nature of London on a crisp winter walk. There are plenty of walks to choose from. If you want a short stroll in Central London, walk around the beautiful lake in St James’s Park and watch the ducks dipping in and out of the water. For a longer ramble, why not explore the ancient woodland of Highgate Wood or spot red foxes, stoats, kingfishers and other winter wildlife at Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve. And on New Year’s Day, London Wetland Centre is also running a ‘Tick And Twitch’ guided walk for keen birders.

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes

6. Have a laugh at The Comedy Store’s New Year show

Laughter is the best form of medicine, so if you’re feeling a bit delicate come 1 January, dose yourself up at The Comedy Store’s special New Year’s Day Best In Stand Up show. The line-up includes MC Sean Meo, Canadian comic Phil Nichol, Josh Howie and the aptly-named Jarred Christmas.

7. Carry on the party at XOYO’s New Year’s Day club night

If you’re still in the celebratory spirit after New Year’s Eve, mark the first day of 2015 at top Shoreditch club XOYO’s New Year’s Day bash, featuring acclaimed deep house act Âme – aka German duo Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann – known for their track Rej and remixes of Radio Slave and The xx. Plus special guests including Marcus Worgull.