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7 Wholesome and Pure New Years Day Activities

19 December 2018 | Billie Manning

Think forward a little while. It’s the first of January. Last night you pulled on some jeans, headed out onto a free tube and descended into a debauchery so deep you believe you may never actually be able to climb out. That’s where we come in. London Calling is here with the most wholesome and pure activities you can enjoy in London on the first day of 2019, and (hopefully) use to cleanse your soul.

1. The New Year's Day Parade
Similarly to the Lord Mayor’s Parade in November, London’s New Year’s Day Parade features fun floats, music and performances from a huge number of groups. Starting on Piccadilly at 12, the parade goes all the way down to Whitehall, so you can turn up whenever you want if you accidentally sleep in, and it’s totally free to enjoy, which will lift some of the post-Christmas stress on your wallet.

New Years' Day Parade, starts in Piccadilly at 12pm
 
2. Southbank Ceilidh
Get your dancing shoes on and head down to the Southbank for a good old communal knees-up. Featuring British folk music by celebrated musicians, get led through the moves to create a dance that explores Britain's history, and lets you shake off 2018 and get ready to embrace new year.


Image: Southbank Centre via their website

New Year's Ceilidh, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
 
3. Ice-skate at one of London’s outdoor rinks
Shake off the special brand of existential dread caused by not only being fuzzy-headed but it also being the very first day of a whole new year where we probably have to keep reading news articles about Brexit by getting back in touch with your body. Head out to one of our recommended outdoor rinks for some gentle and ever-so-festive exercise – new year, new you, right?


 
4. Disco Loco: New Year's Day!
The perfect one to occupy the kids while you try to pretend you’ve ‘never even heard of a hangover, darling’. You can put your feet up with a Bloody Mary while they’re enchanted by a silent animation screening, or if you feel up to it, you can dance all together to the sweet sounds produced by DJ Emilia Harmony or maybe even craft up some art.


Image: Disco Loco via their website

Disco Loco, Hackney Showroom, Shacklewell
 
5. The 'Pre-Loved' Loved-Up NYD Rave
You really can’t get a more wholesome and pure start to your year than this 'cruelty-free, eco-conscious rave'. Hitting all the notches on the scale to get those moral brownie points, there will be dancing, yoga, a clothes exchange all powered by vegan food, smoothies and other drinks – all non-alcoholic of course.

The 'Pre-Loved' Loved-Up NYD Rave, The Steelyard, Bank
 
6. Circus 1903
This last one is all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus with none of the guilt at dancing bears and elephant riders. Instead, CIRCUS 1903 includes life-sized elephant puppets created by the same puppeteers of War Horse fame, as well as featuring traditional acts like acrobats and trapeze artists.



Circus 1903, 19 Dec 2018 to 5 Jan 2019, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
 
7. Alice in Winterland
Stretch those sore legs at the Alice in Wonderland-themed lights and lanterns festival in Southwark Park. Featuring a five-metre-high Alice alongside 159 other handmade lanterns arranged in 29 immersive scenes (including the Mad Hatter’s tea party), the display will provide interactive festive fun. Traditional seasonal delights aren’t eschewed entirely: you can also pay a visit to Santa in his grotto or sing along with favourite Christmas hits - performed live on stage.


 
Alice in Winterland is from 28 November until 5 January; adult tickets are £15, with concessions and family tickets available.
 
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