Celebrate the New Year in style and ring in 2014 in the British capital. Read on for our top 4 picks of what to see, where to go and what to do in London after the clock strikes 12.
When the clock strikes twelve and the year 2014 is officially with us, it’s not long before most people start to feel the post-holiday blues. With the festive season well and truly winding down, it might seem like the next thing to look forward to is the Spring, but in reality, London is still exciting as ever in January.
Whether you’re visiting from out of town and making the
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport your base for a few days or are a London local and planning to show around some lingering guests, our list of the top 4 things to see and do around the city are sure to delight even the most hard to impress…
New Year’s Day Parade
A tradition in London for more than 25 years, the New Year’s Day parade is a festive opportunity to start 2014 with a bang. Running from Parliament Square to Piccadilly, up to half a million people line the streets each year to take part in the fun. Starting this year at noon on Wednesday 1 January, the parade will last for roughly three hours and feature horses, marching bands, and floats from participating London boroughs. If you want to know more about the event, you can check out the London parade website where you can find everything from transportation information to a detailed history of the parade itself.
Why end the festive season on the 1st of January? England’s neighbours to the north, Scotland, have another big celebration at the end of the month that manages to make its way down to London too. The famous Scottish poet is a national treasure and each year on the 25th of January – Robert Burns’ birthday. The celebration includes a traditional haggis supper, typically followed by a poetry reading and a toast – for the adventurous, you can usually also have a fling around the dance floor at a Ceilidh. Bars and restaurants all over the city are known to host their own Burns Night celebrations, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one near you, no matter which corner of London you’re staying in.
Ice Sculpting Festival
Winter just wouldn’t be the same without a little snow and ice, and what better way to mark the coldest month of the year than with the London Ice Sculpting Festival? From the 10th to 12th January, Canary Wharf is set to be transformed into an icy playground as it hosts this sculpted extravaganza. The three main events are the single block competition, freestyle competition and big block competition. 10 teams and 20 international sculptors will compete for the top prize, creating some amazing meltable artworks along the way. There’s lot of opportunity for visitors to get involved, too – over the weekend there will be masterclasses, along with a food market to fill up between events.
A favourite with audiences since it began in 1977, the month-long Mime Festival runs from the 8th of January at venues around the city including the Southbank Centre, Barbican, Royal Opera House and Leicester Square Theatre – just to name a few. Performers from around the world will be showcasing new and exciting works, exploring the medium of mime and challenging audiences to think about physical theatre in a new way. Tickets are on sale online – links and the full programme can all be found from the website.
What are your favourite things to do in London for the New Year?