New year’s day is always a weird one. While many of us write it off, others may not be so keen to hang around the home all day. If we’re not back in a lockdown by then and you’re in the later camp, here’s our guide on how to kick 2022 off in style…
Photo: Natural History Museum
1 Brunch at Wild Honey St James
Whether you’re feeling fragile or not, a meal at Wild Honey St James is a great way to start the new year. Fill up on the likes of farmhouse country terrine; burrata with black truffles; grilled halibut with nut brown butter, shrimps, lemon and parsley; hand cut Scottish beef tartare and warm chocolate soup with toasted rice ice cream. Available between 12.30pm-6pm and for three -courses it’s £49.50 per person.
2 Kew Gardens, Richmond
Always a good option for when you want to feel like you’ve gotten out of London and gone for a walk, but are too lazy to actually get out of London and go for a walk and would like to stroll around nature with creature comforts such as hot tea, snacks and the loo nearby. For after dark activities, Kew’s light trail runs into the new year, and check out the Zadok Ben-David installation as well – it’s beautiful.
3 Brunch at Decimo at The Standard, King’s Cross
Start the year on a high and head to the 10th floor of The Standard hotel for a live music brunch at Decimo. Served from 12-4pm, the brunch offers Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’s Mexican and Spanish-influenced brunch dishes, including Huevos a la Flamenca and Gambas Rojas Tortilla, live music from DJ Harv-Inder and unparalleled views of the London skyline. There’s jugs of Decimo‘s signature margaritas on the menu too, should you need hair of the dog, and even if you don’t.
4 New Year’s Day Prom at the Barbican
The Barbican, like many of London’s fine galleries and museums, is open Jan 1 and is hosting its annual New Year’s Day Proms once again. With a complimentary glass of fizz in your hand listen, to some of the best classical orchestral music ever composed including Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Coates’ The Dam Busters March, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers Duet and Edward Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory. Tickets start at £18.50. If classical music however is not your thing, Licorice Pizza, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights) and The Tragedy of Macbeth featuring Frances McDormand or explore the centre’s brutalist conservatory under Akari light sculptures by Isamu Noguchi.
5 New Year’s Day Parade, Waterloo Place & livestreamed
Going since 1987, London’s New year Day Parade (LNYDP) features more than 10,000 participants from UK and beyond, and has raised more than £1.5million for London charities. The details of this year’s spectacle are still to be confirmed, and tickets to see the show in person have now sold out, but fear not – the parade will be live-streamed, so you can watch it from the hungover comfort of your own home. Just like 450,000,000 people did last year.
6 Festive activities
Many of London’s festive pop-up activities will wrap up come January 2 or 3, so the first day of the year really is your last chance to ice-skate in one of London’s festive pop up rinks, or walk around Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Many of the festive light trails will still be running, so is the delightful Gingerbread City in Belgravia and the Curling Club at The Langham.
7 Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Not only is it your last chance to skate at the Natural History Museum’s Ice skating rink, before the museum re-wild the site to encourage the biodiversity on its doorstep, there’s several exhibitions to take a look at, on top of the dinosaurs and mammals galleries and the Fossil Marine Reptiles gallery too. There’s the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcasing 100 photos that reveal the planet’s beauty and fragility, and it’s your last chance to see the Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, which closes on January 3.