Have a watch
Struggling to move today? Let us take you around London without having to leave your home — watch some of our best videos from the past year:
- How many buses can be ridden in an hour?
- How to befriend London’s wild parakeets.
- Behind the scenes at the McVitie’s chocolate digestive factory.
- Ever been to the Hindu temple in Neasden?
Things to do
Note: it’s worth checking opening times before you travel — they may differ from usual because of the bank holiday.
ICE SKATING: What better way to shake off a fuzzy head than by going ice skating? Twinkly lights, elegant gliding — it’ll have you feeling right as rain quick-sharp. London’s seasonal ice rinks are mostly open into the new year.
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.
THE WOMAN QUESTION: Start your year with a bracing bit of history on this guided walk about some of the pioneering women (and men) who helped to get some women the vote for the first time in 1918. Goodge Street Station, £10-£12, book ahead, 11am
NEW YEAR’S DAY PARADE: Floats from all over the world feature in the New Year’s Day Parade, alongside a number of boroughs, bands, schools and car rallies. The parade begins on Piccadilly, before wending its way down to Whitehall. Free (or treat yourself to Grandstand tickets), just turn up, from 12pm in Piccadilly
DISCOVERING LONDON: Pubs, fascinating trivia and infinite wealth — how’s that for a banging start to 2019? Discovering London tour guide Peter Berthoud leads a special edition of his Seven Noses of Soho guided walk, which incorporates four interesting pubs stops. Peter will show you the famed seven noses of Soho — believed to bring infinite wealth to anyone who finds them all — plus share some other fascinating trivia as you explore the area. £25, book ahead, 1pm-4.30pm
NEW YEAR CEILIDH: Didn’t do enough dancing on New Year’s Eve? Get involved in Southbank Centre’s New Year’s Day Ceilidh, involving folk music, dance and theatrics, with performers from all over the world. Free, just turn up, 1pm
ALL-DAYER: This Hackney pub hosts a chilled all-day event of live music, DJs, drinks and dancing, ideal for staving off a hangover — or keeping the party going from last night. The Star by Hackney Downs, free entry, just turn up, 1pm-1am
NEW YEAR’S DAY PROM: The London Concert Orchestra performs classical music work at Barbican, including Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, along with traditional British anthems such as Land of Hope & Glory. £19.50-£44.50, book ahead, 2.30pm
Good cause of the day
Sign up now to take part in the London Winter Walk 2019 and raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The 20km walk around the capital takes place on 13 January — more details and booking here.