Free events in London 1st Jan, New Year’s Day

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Free events in London on New Year’s Eve, Sun 1st January

Our guide to free events in London on New Year’s Eve, Sunday 1 January 2017.

Free event in London at Parliament Hill

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Parliament Hill Enjoy London's skyline from the top of Parliament Hill, which takes in the Gherkin, London Eye, St Paul's and Canary Wharf.
Free event in London at Spitalfields City Farm

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Spitalfields City Farm Spitalfields City Farm is a nice place to take your kids, but did you know that you can volunteer to help out on the farm?
 
Free event in London at One New Change

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One New Change One New Change is a shopping centre close to St. Paul's Cathedral, which offers some great views from their roof terrace.
Free event in London at Primrose Hill

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Primrose Hill Primrose Hill is a lot higher than it looks, and boasts one of the finest views of the London skyline from anywhere in the city.
 
Free event in London at Sky Garden

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Sky Garden The Sky Garden is a three-story garden that spans the top three floors of 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie Scorchie).
 at Big Ben, London
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Climb up Big Ben, and see the bell

Big Ben This tour will take you all the way up to the top of the clock tower, where you can stand next to Big Ben as it strikes the hour.
 
Free event in London at Horse Guards

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Horse Guards The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 O'Clock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at the Horse Guards.
Free event in London at Little Venice

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Little Venice Have a nice walk around Little Venice, past all the pretty houseboats, and stop for a cup of tea in one of the nice cafes.
 
Free event in London at Horse Guards

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Horse Guards Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, but is usually a lot less crowded.
Free event in London at Tower of London

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Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys is over 700 years old, and represents the traditional locking up of the Tower of London at night.
 
Free event in London at Covent Garden

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Covent Garden Enjoy some free street entertainment in Covent Garden -- everything from buskers, acrobats and clowns to opera singers.

We don’t have any more free events, but how about these other events in London on 1 January?

Yeoman Warder tour, at the Tower of London1 JanuaryOne of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the “Beefeaters”).

Climb to the top of The Monument1 JanuaryThe Monument to the Great Fire of London has a balcony at the top, which gives tourists some decent views of The City.

Great view from the Tate Modern restaurant1 JanuaryCheck out the restaurant and bar at the Tate Modern art gallery, for a great view of St. Paul’s Cathedral across the river.

Harry Potter Tour, at Warner Bros Studios1 JanuaryExplore the magical world of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studios, and see some of the props and sets from the movies.

Thames Clippers, from Putney to Greenwich1 JanuaryThames Clippers offer one-way, return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich.

View from The Shard — London’s tallest building1 JanuaryEnjoy the stunning views from the top of The Shard — London’s tallest skyscraper — more than 1000-feet above the city.

New Year’s Day Gala, at Barbican Hall1 JanuaryStart your New Year with a concert of classics at Barbican Hall, performed by the London Concert Orchestra.

Meet the animals up close, at London Zoo1 JanuaryHere’s your chance to enter the animal enclosures, watch them feed, and get close to some of the animals at London Zoo.

Have a ride on the Docklands Light Railway1 JanuaryThe driverless Docklands Light Railway lets you to sit right at the front of the train, giving you a fantastic view of the track.

 
 

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