Things To Do In London On New Year’s Day 2023

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Things To Do In London On New Year's Day 2023
Things To Do In London On New Year's Day 2023

Dancers in red costumes take part in the parade

Happy new year, folks! Photo: London New Year’s Day Parade

Looking for something to do on New Year’s Day? Get your 2023 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).

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.

DUVET DAY: Can’t be bothered with the outside world? Stock up on mince pies, kick back and work your way through the videos on our YouTube channel.

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, from 12pm

BARBICAN CONSERVATORY: For a gentler introduction to 2023, take an afternoon stroll around the City of London’s tropical conservatory. Among Barbican’s brutalist architecture lies a green paradise, with trees, plants, cacti, fish, and even a few terrapins. FREE, 12pm-5pm

NEW YEAR’S DAY PROMS: Barbican welcomes 2023 with a celebration of well-loved music from across Europe, including Land of Hope and Glory, Nessun Dorma, Hornpipe and Rule Britannia, performed by the London Concert Orchestra. 2.30pm

NEW YEAR’S DAY BOOGIE: If you prefer to eschew the madness of last night, and go partying on New Year’s Day instead, get to The CLF Art Lounge & Roof Garden, Peckham, where All About Da Boogie are hosting their monthly dancefloor blowout. FREE, 4pm-10pm

KARAOKE SPECIAL: Camden’s Jazz Cafe hosts a New Year’s Day Karaoke special, with the mic handed over to the public for a selection of RnB and slow jams — think tunes by Summer Walker, SZA, Drizzy Drake, and Donell Jones. 5pm

COMEDY STORE PLAYERS: If you’ve made it to 7.30pm on New Year’s Day after last night’s antics, you deserve a laugh. Head to The Comedy Store in Leicester Square for an improv show by the resident Comedy Store Players. They ask the audience for suggestions, and improvise a show based on the answers. 7.30pm

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