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”).

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.

See the view from the top of Wellington Arch1 JanuaryThe balconies on Wellington Arch have views of Constitution Hill, Apsley House and part of Buckingham Palace’s gardens.

Day out at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo1 JanuaryBattersea Park Children’s Zoo is a good place to visit for families with young kids, with plenty of small animals and birds.

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.

TRS river cruise, from Big Ben to Greenwich1 JanuarySpend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich, and see some of the sights along the river.

Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall1 JanuaryThis guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the auditorium.

Ride an old-style double-decker bus1 JanuaryRelive London’s history, and ride a 1960s double-decker bus (the ones with a conductor and an open platform at the back).

Watch a 3D movie at the BFI IMAX cinema1 JanuaryGo and watch a 3D-movie at the BFI IMAX with state-of-the-art surround sound, and the largest cinema screen in the UK.

 
 

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