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Things to do on New Year’s Day 2020 in London

London's New Year's Day Parade. Image courtesy of Matt Sprake Photography.
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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


Make the most of the first day of 2020 with these New Year’s Day events and activities in London.

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

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 10,000 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 concerts

  • Watch a live band perform classics songs by legendary singer Amy Winehouse with A Night of Amy at the Jazz Cafe in Camden.
  • Head to the Barbican for the annual New Year’s Day Prom and the start the New Year by listening to thrilling music from the likes of Verdi and Strauss.
  • Enjoy an evening of Baroque music with the New Year’s Day Extravaganza at St Martin in the Fields church as it’s beautifully lit by candlelight.

More New Year's Day activities

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New Year's Day after dark

  • 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 plenty of time to enjoy a magical Christmas show.
  • Avoid the New Year's Eve crowds and party at a 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're 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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