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10 Amazing Things to do in London on New Year’s Day 2023

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Love This? Save and Share!This year is barely over and you’re already wondering what you can do in the next. Luckily we’ve got you covered with a guide of things to do in London on New Year’s Day 2023. New Year in London. It can be a nightmare or a daydream (depending how hungover you are). Transportation is all over the place, or to be more precise – not. Your favourite restaurants are shut but you’ve got to show your out-of-towners a good time in the big smoke. So what do you do? Well fear not. We’ve put together a guide to some of the best things to do in London on New Year’s Day Things to do on New Year’s Day in London Attend the New Year’s Day Proms The conductor lifts his arms, the band brings the music to a shattering crescendo, confetti cannons stream glittering paper down upon you. It’s 2023. You’re doing it big. That’s how we imagine it anyway. The New Year’s Day Prom’s at the Barbican centre run through some glorious classics to get British blood stirring (Land of Hope and Gory, Rule Britannia… you get the gist). They also hit the high notes with some opera, Tchaikovsky and Johann Strauss II’s classic Blue Danube Waltz. If classical music’s your thing, or you want to start 2023 with all our imagined grandeur, this is the place for you. Book tickets hereTake a Wintery Walk Nothing says New Year’s Day like a blustery winter walk – talking resolutions you probably won’t keep and ambitions for the year ahead as you stroll off that hangover in the fresh air. London might be a concrete jungle but there are plenty of places you can grab a bit of nature and some green space for a stroll. Hampstead Heath is always a popular spot with our families and there are plenty of great pubs nearby to warm up in after. Or if you fancy getting a bit further away from central London, Richmond park never fails to provide on the strolls-through-nature department. You might even see some deer. Find a Cosy PubAssuming you’ve not begun the year with a dry January, or you’re not nursing one of those I’ll-never-drink-again hangovers, planning the year ahead and talking resolutions can be just as delightful in front of a roaring pub fire as it is on top of a windy hill somewhere. We’ve got enough pub recommendations to drink CAMRA under the table for pretty much every part of the city, but chances are for a quiet day like the first of Jan, your local will do just fine. See the Last of Lightopia New Year’s Day will be pretty much your last chance to walk through the magical light installation at Crystal Palace Park that finishes on the 2nd. Lightopia is an immersive wonderland made of artistic light sculptures, some of which are genuinely massive – like enormous glowing elephants, and others that are just purely magical like fairylands and a crescendo light show that features jets of water and looks just, well, beautiful. It’d be a pretty excellent way to squeeze that last bit of festive cheer out of the season before it comes to a close. Book your tickets here. The New Year’s Day ParadeThe London New Year’s Day Parade is the most classic event of the first day of the year, and probably something you should go and see at least once in your life in this city.The parade features floats of the best bits the city has to offer, from giant inflatable beefeaters to massive red telephone boxes with brass bands and cheerleaders (so American, we know) in accompaniment. London’s New Year’s Day Parade starts in Piccadilly at noon, and makes its way through central, finishing up in Westminster. If you want to secure some prime seating you can book a ticket here. Visit a Museum A lot of places shut down on New Year’s Day, but if you’re looking for a bit of culture to kick off 2023 there are a couple of museums you can visit. The Tate Modern will be open on its normal hours for all you art lovers out there. As will the Natural History Museum for anyone who can’t get enough of dinosaur bones and animal education (us). The latter is even more surprising as they’ve got a big New Year’s Eve party planned for the night before. We guess the cleaners will be working round the clock picking up champagne corks, red plastic cups, and removing party hats from the exhibition’s animals. Go Ice Skating at Hampton Court PalaceKick off the new year with a skate in front of a palace and plot how you’re going to get your house to be as opulent as Henry the 8th’s were. The grand building was built by his cardinal Thomas Wolsey but after Wolsey fell from grace Hampton Court Palace was Henry’s for the taking and became his favourite residence, enlarged to accommodate all his courtiers. If you’re at a loss for what to do, their annual ice rink stays open on the 1st so you can skate around and take it all in. See a Comedy Panel Show How about a good laugh to kick the new year off? Comedy for the Curious, a regular comedy panel show with a sciencey theme is doing a special New Year’s Day show. No word on who the panellists are yet but they regularly have famous people from off the tele come to join the team for banter and stand up routines. If you’re keen, or want to check back to see if they’ve announced the full line up yet, you can check here. Splash Out On a Meal to RememberPhotography: Sam HarrisThere’s no better way to kick off the new year than to dine in style, stumbling home half cut on fine french wines and passing out from a fortnight of overeating. Some restaurants in London will be open on the big day. The new St. John in Marylebone is one of those. Or, if you really really want to push the boat out, the Ritz are doing a special four-course lunch at their Michelin-starred restaurant, to the backing of a bit of live music. What a way to start the year. Have an Existential Moment at the Prince CharlesThe new year is a time for reflection, and what better way to get reflective than by watching two films that are pretty much guaranteed to make you re-evaluate your place on earth, you insignificant wonderful little human you. The Prince Charles will be showing Godfrey Reggio’s extrospective masterpiece Koyaanisqatsi, a scriptless tour of the forces of nature and rugged, elemental landscapes cut with shots of humanity’s concrete jungles. It’s a sure fire way to ask some real questions about your place in this world. Coming on after that bombshell is 2001: A Space Odyssey, a wild existential classic that needs no introduction but maybe a little explanation, and is sure to put a few things into perspective. If neither of those take your fancy, Dazed and Confused is on at 3.15…Book tickets herePractical Tips for Spending New Year’s Day in London It’s always best to check ahead and see if the place you want to go to is open, you don’t want to get caught short. Don’t be that friend who promises to hang out but then doesn’t show up ‘cos they’re too hungover. Frequently Asked QuestionsIs Anything Open on New Year’s Day in London?As a general rule of thumb, no. Most stuff will be closed on the day. If you’re desperate to do something, best to check if it’s open first. Where can I go out to eat?Again, treat this one on a case by case basis. If you’ve got friends or family in town and plan to take them to a nice restaurant, call ahead to see if they’re open. Probably best to book a table too. Are Shops Open on New Year’s Day in London?Most major shops like supermarkets and chain clothes stores will be open but probably running on reduced hours. Smaller, independent shops are likely to be closed. Is Public Transport Running? Generally yes, a normal service should be running on all public transport. But let’s face it, that’s a rare treat these days. New Year’s Day in London: Map New Year’s Day in London: Read Next

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ICE London 2023 to feature exhibitors from record 68 nations – IAG

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Industry trade show ICE London will feature exhibitors from a record 68 nations, topping the previous best of 65 set three years ago, according to organizer Clarion Gaming.
ICE London returns as a full-sized show for the first time since 2020 from 7 to 9 February, with the total 623 exhibitors representing everything from Argentina to Australia and Macau to Mexico.
“No other exhibition in the gaming space can come anywhere near the internationalism of ICE,” said Clarion Gaming Managing Director, Stuart Hunter.
“To have 68 nations represented by our community of exhibitors means that visitors are immediately part of what is a global experience with unique access to the smartest gaming innovators drawn from every corner of the world. There are very few exhibitions of scale in any industry sector which are able to compare with such international representation and legitimately lay claim to being a ‘global’ or a ‘world’ event.
“Once an event is recognized as being genuinely international, stakeholder groups including brands, regulators, trade associations, media groups and strategic industry-wide bodies focus their activities accordingly.
“Research that we’ve undertaken has shown that for many people ICE and iGB Affiliate London actually start on the Sunday preceding and finish on the following Saturday. In that week we estimate that over 100 gambling industry events will take place outside of the show hours providing a new and compelling perspective on why ICE and iGB Affiliate London are so influential and important to the world industry.”
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David Ford and Annie Dressner Live in London

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There’s something special about London on a Saturday night – there’s a certain buzz in the air as you head into the Capital city. For me that buzz was extra special, as I was going to see David Ford and Annie Dressner at The Lexington in Islington. I literally listened to their ’10 Days (Live)’ album for the first time a week ago, but since then it’s been on repeat and heading in I knew that the night was going to be special.
The Lexington is a great place for music, with a bar on the ground floor before heading up the winding stairs to the spacious venue itself. And as the crowd started coming in, the atmosphere in the room was growing by the minute.
Opening the night was Scottish singer songwriter Gary Stewart. He set the night off really well, with an engaging set that got the crowd onside from the start. He opened with his 2021 single ‘Hot To Trot‘ and you already knew the set was going to be a good one – a rousing folk song with great lyrical dexterity. The highlight of the set was ‘Frontlines’, a simply gorgeous song (check out a YouTube video of the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDCLwYwsesk). Gary ended with a fine cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Song for the Asking’.
It was time for a quick visit to the bar before settling down for the main event. 
The duo appeared on the stage to great applause, David in an orange shirt and Annie in a sparkling black dress. They opened with ‘Easy Falling’, the first song that I’ve ever heard of theirs, and a song that convinced me I needed to listen to the rest of the album. This slow and moving number is a touching love song and shows off the brilliant harmonies of David and Annie – there’s something special about the English (David) and US accents (Annie) mingling in the way that they do. 
Throughout the set, there were so many highlights. ‘Something I’ll Have to Learn‘ is a song with an almost timeless feel that feels like a conversation in song, Annie’s original ‘Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names‘ was simply brilliant and ‘Some Folks Are Lucky I Guess‘ is a song with a great sentiment. ‘Can’t Help What I Want‘ (below) is a great example of those brilliant harmonies that the two share.

‘Trash‘, a cover of the Suede hit, was a particular highlight – a song that was a nice surprise on the live album. As they break into ‘Oh maybe, maybe it’s the clothes you wear‘ it almost feels like this was a song that Suede wrote for David and Annie, their version is that good. Outstanding.
The set had a second cover, a song that Annie introduced as ‘an American classic‘. This classic was ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You‘ from Chas and Dave, a song that typified the cockney sound of London back in the 1980’s. I love the way they re-worked it and there was something special about the way Annie sings the word ‘Darling’ in her US twang that just resonated and put a smile on my face.
There were great moments of humour throughout the night, the chat between the two great. At one point mid-song, Annie passed her guitar to David, exclaiming ‘I knew there were chords in this song, I just didn’t know which ones‘ which had the crowd laughing.
The best of the night was saved till last. ‘Warning Sign’ had quickly become my favourite song from the pair and hearing it live in person lived up to all expectations. There’s such a beauty in live music, and hearing songs like this with other people in a venue can really bring a song home – and almost even change your own personal relationship with a song.
The final song of the night (there was no encore as David explained that they literally had no more songs!) was ‘Put Me In A Corner’. Annie’s vocals take the lead in this track and it was just magical, the emotion of the song emanating from the stage and filling the room. You can listen and see for yourself below.

You never know what to expect when you see an artist or artists perform for the first time. Some exceed expectations and some just don’t hit the heights you expect. In David Ford and Annie Dressner, it was definitely the former. The gig was stripped back – just two people on a stage creating a moment. And what a moment it was.
Annie and David and reviewer Nick Cantwell
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***Note – I need to say a word about the audience for the gig. The audience was impeccable, with barely any talking at all at any point (apart from whispered orders at the bar). Credit goes to Gary, Annie and David, who managed to grab the audience from the start, but also to everyone there. If you were there yourself, give yourself a high five!***
Review written by Nick Cantwell (instagram.com/nickcantwellmanagement)
 
 
 


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