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Wholesome and Pure New Years Day Activities in London 2020

1 December 2019 | Billie Manning

Think forward a little. It’s the first of January. Last night you headed out onto a free tube and descended into a debauchery so deep you believe you may never be able to climb out. Well, that’s where we come in. Culture Calling is here with the most wholesome and pure activities you can enjoy in London on the first day of 2020, and (hopefully) use to cleanse your soul.

New Years' 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.

Starts in Piccadilly at 12pm
 
Southbank Centre's New Year's Day 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.

1pm - 4.30pm
 
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?
 
Go on a wintry riverside walk
New Year's Day wouldn't be New Year's Day without a good walk, and winter's a great season for an urban walk - it’s good for birdwatching, and it’s just as good for stopping at pubs for a warming hot chocolate... or mulled wine. Lucky for you, we've got the lowdown on the best riverside walks in London to embark on this season, so you can grab your mittens and walk off that hangover.
 
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.
 
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