Things To Do In London On New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day Parade 2013. Photo: Dave Pearce

First things first: if it was a heavy night last night, you’ll be wanting to visit the best places in London to deal with a hangover. Sorted? Good.

ICE SKATING: Make a head start on the New Year exercise regime with a trip round one of London’s seasonal ice skating rinks

GO FOR A WANDER: Take your pick from our series of weekend walks — wherever in London you are, and however energetic you’re feeling, there’s something for you. Free, whenever and however you like.

TICK AND TWITCH: The early bird catches the, er, bird, on this morning walk at London Wetlands Trust in Barnes. Over 180 species of bird are seen at the site each year — let an expert guide help you identify as many of them as possible today. £3, prebook, 9.45am

PARADE: London’s New Year’s Day Parade begins at noon on Piccadilly and in Parliament Square at 3.30pm. Never seen it before? 10,000 performers take to the streets, raising money for London’s charities. Find out all you need to know about this year’s parade. From noon

SEVEN NOSES OF SOHO: Discovering London tour guide Peter Berthoud runs an extended version of his regular Seven Noses of Soho walk. As well as discovering all seven of the noses and learning about their creation, there will be three pub stops along the way, plus plenty of other interesting sights to see. £20, prebook, 1pm-4.30pm

NEW YEAR CEILIDH: Dance a merry jig to welcome the new year at Southbank Centre. The Ceilidh Liberation Front leads the annual New Year Ceilidh in the Clore Ballroom. Free, just turn up, 2pm-5pm

NEW YEAR’S DAY PROM: Start 2016 with a hearty rendition of such classics as Land of Hope and Glory, and Rule Britannia at this prom at Barbican Centre. See full programme. £19.50-£44.50, prebook, 2.30pm

PUPPET BARGE: The Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice puts on a show of Mr Rabbit Meet Brer Santa. Perfect for little ones who want some fun and mums and dads who want to sit in a dark room. £8.50-£12, prebook, 3pm

COMEDY: Jimmy McGhie, Paul Tonkinson, Markus Birdman and Nathan Caton, with MC Charlie Baker, are on the bill at The Comedy Store’s Best In Stand Up show tonight. £20, prebook, 7.30pm

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