London is England’s capital, and is a leading global city. It is a centre of business, arts, history and culture, and welcomes thousands of visitors every year.

New Year’s Day is a bank holiday across the UK, and with many places closed for 14 hours you might be wondering what there is for you and your family to do; well, the answer is plenty!

London is a bustling city all year round, and New Year’s Day is no exception. With so many family-friendly activities to choose from, you’re really spoilt for choice.


There are a variety of museums open across London on New Year’s Day; this is a brilliant activity perfect for the entire family. For example, the Museum of London will take you through the history of London from prehistoric times to present day.

If you’d prefer to take your family to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, that is also open on New Year’s Day. Here you can see waxworks depicting famous scenes from the Sherlock Holmes’ books, and you will even be greeted by a person dressed as Doctor Watson.

Alternatively, you could also visit The Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum, London Transport Museum, National Maritime Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Somerset House, which will all be open on New Year’s Day.

The London Eye
London has so many attractions you can go visit.


Taking your family to the theatre is always a fantastic idea! Many of the West End London theatres have shows playing in the evening of New Year’s Day, giving you the entire day to relax and catch up on sleep, or visit museums and explore the city.

Some of the fantastic and exciting shows available include the longest running musical in the world: ‘Les Miserables’, as well as ‘The Book of Mormon’, which has just been extended due to its fantastic success.

As well as these popular musicals, there are also a variety of other productions showing throughout London, so why not check online or in tourist information and see what shows take your fancy.

New Year’s Day Parade

The London Parade has taken place on the streets of the West End since 1987. It is the biggest New Year’s Day street event of its kind in the UK, and is used to raise funds for a variety of charities. The parade is also used to honour particular boroughs in London that have done something heroic in the previous year.

The 2-mile parade route begins at Parliament Square in Westminster and finishes at Green Park, after passing through Parliament Street, Trafalgar Square, Regent Street and Piccadilly among other places. Thousands of visitors enjoy this magnificent event every year. With so many floats, colours and costumes, there’s something for everyone!

London Zoo

An all-time favourite whatever the season is London Zoo. It only closes on Christmas Day, meaning that you can visit all the animals and wish them a happy new year on 1st January.

London Zoo is the world oldest scientific zoo, opening in 1828. Today it houses over 755 different species, with approximately 16,802 individual animals. London zoo also holds the only population of humming birds in the United Kingdom.

London at night
London by night is a beautiful sight.

So whether you enjoy seeing the giraffes, creepy crawlies or tigers, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.


London is a wonderful city with so much to do, even on New Year’s Day! Of course, if you don’t fancy the museums, theatre, parade or zoo, then the incredible sights such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace can be seen all year round!

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