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Things to do on New Year’s Day 2021 in London

London's New Year's Day Parade. Image courtesy of 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


Make the most of the first day of 2021 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. It sees more than 10,000 dancers, acrobats, musicians and performers fill the parade route and hundreds of thousands of spectators line the streets.

New Year’s Day concerts

  • Visit one of London's beautiful churches and cathedrals, which usually play host to spectacular New Year's Day concerts.
  • Head to the Barbican for its annual New Year’s Day prom and listen to thrilling music from the likes of Verdi and Strauss.

    More New Year's Day in London activities

    New Year's Day after dark

    • Spot the London Christmas lights still shining bright across the city and look out for some of the capital'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 toast to 2021 with a cocktail at a rooftop bar.

    Travelling in London on New Year's Day

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

    If you're staying in London over the festive period, find all the essential travel information. Plus, check out these guides to spending New Year's Eve and Christmas in London.

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