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What to do on New Year's Day

London's New Year's Day Parade

Continue the New Year party with London's New Year's Day Parade, which celebrates its thirty-first year in 2017. More than 8,500 performers, representing 20 countries will take part, including Pearly Kings and Queens, cheerleaders, marching bands, dancers and representatives from West End shows.

Serpentine New Year's Day Fun Run

Kick-start the January diet with the Serpentine New Year's Day 10k and 3k Fun Run. Head there for 11am for the 10K and noon for the 3K and run through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Receive a race memento for all finishers and vouchers for the first three men and women, while those finishing the fun run will receive medals. A great accomplishment for the year.

Shakespeare New Year's Day Walk

Instead of running, take a Shakespeare themed New Year's Day walk. Learn more about the man, his work and locations connected to the playwright, plus see the original site of the Globe Theatre and the spot where 'Othello', 'King Lear' and 'Macbeth' are believed to have been written.


bump roller disco

Head down to the Southbank Centre for some roller-skating fun at Bump Roller Disco. Hire some skates and enjoy rolling around to some music with friends or family. Bump Roller Disco is one of the many festive activities of the Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre, until the 25 January. 

winter wonderland

If you're still feeling festive, why not head over to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park for mulled wine, ice-skating or fairground rides. There's something for everyone to enjoy, so make sure you head over between 10:00 and 22:00 until 2 January.

getting around london

London Transport will be operating, it will run as normal until noon, then a reduced Sunday service comes into effect.

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