New Year is one of the highlights of the year and London is still to bring in 2017 in style.
New Years Eve
Of course there are plenty of parties and events happening on New Years Eve across the city. There are numerous fireworks displays, with the largest taking place right on the River Thames.
New Year’s Day Parade
Every year for more than three decades, the annual New Year’s Day Parade takes place at 12pm.
The parade takes a route through to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street – it eventually finishes around 3.30pm.
Even if you don’t want to follow the parade for the full three and a half hours, it is well worth catching some of it as the parade itself has become one of the city’s best loved traditions. More than 10,000 people take part in the event and the streets are filled with dancing and music.
Enjoy some culture
Many of London’s key art galleries and museums are actually open on New Year’s Day and it can be one of the best days of the year to pay a visit because they are unusually quiet – giving you the chance to get up close to the exhibits.
Some of the attractions open on the day include the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Britain, Imperial War Museum and the Natural History Museum.