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

Whether you're looking to nurse a pounding head, keep the party going, or kick off your New Year resolutions, the first of January sees London arise from its sleepy festive slumber and kick off the New Year in style. From boozy feasts, to crisp winter walks and top West End shows, we've rounded up the best ways to spend the first bank holiday of 2020 (and none of them involves getting sweaty in a darkened warehouse, thank god).

Last updated on 6th December 2019




After a week of sleeping on a blow-up mattress with only your childhood sleeping bag for cover, it's no wonder family tensions can start to boil over by January the 1st. Instead of remote control battles and pass-agg comments, however, relieve the stress with some good old-fashioned games. From Monopoly to ping pong, these bars promise to be an awful lot cheaper than family therapy, and probably more fun too.

Get Your Skates On

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Head to one of London's stunning ice rinks to kick off 2020 Torvill and Dean style. From the impressive surroundings of The Natural History Museum and Somerset House to Hyde Park favourite, Winter Wonderland, all offer the chance to show off your skills and get some cracking festive content for the 'gram while you're at it.

After a heavy few weeks of drinking, partying, shopping, drinking, socialising, drinking, entertaining and...drinking, it's fair to say your liver could probably do with a bit of a break. Whether you're just looking to cut down your intake or have a full month of sobriety planned, check out our guide to the best alcohol-free activities in London.

@ Maskelyne & Cooke on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 and 2 other dates

Hidden within one of London's most exclusive hotels, Maskelyne & Cooke's Magic Masterclass is the perfect bank holiday activity. Ticket holders will get to enjoy a delicious cocktail before being treated to an awe-inspiring show and learning how to replicated four of the tricks for their own friends and family. 

@ The Arts Theatre on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 - Fri, 31st Jul 2020

The capital city is known to host some of the very best performances in the world, and 2020 is set to be no different. If you're after something a little more low-key to see out the festive season, why not book yourself tickets to one of the many shows on offer. From family-friendly pantomimes to tear-jerking dramas and feel good singalongs, there truly is something for everyone.