Brush off that hangover and clear out those cobwebs, get out and have some fun around town.

Perhaps go ice skating at the Ice Rink at Winter Village, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush W12 or at the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Lightopia at Crystal Palace Park, SE19 last day is tomorrow the 2nd of January. It is described as an award-winning and visually spectacular lantern and light festival where you can explore interactive exhibits, immersive light installations, and the magical illuminated trail.

The New Year’s day parade starts at midday outside The Ritz Hotel and ends up in Whitehall. There will be floats from all over the world representing their respective cultures and traditions.

Live music at the Barbican today, January 1st starting at 1430hrs this concert is a celebration of music including Tchaikovsky’s finale from Swan Lake; Johann Strauss II Champagne Polka; Edward Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations and Giacomo Puccini’s Act 1 Finale from La Bohème

Hyde Park hosts a winter wonderland until January 2nd. With a giant ferris wheel; Zippo’s Circus; Cirque Beserk and an ice skating rink there are things for all ages to enjoy.

Kew Gardens is worth a visit where there is a trail which highlights the natural world glittering with millions of lights. Open until 8th January, this 2.6km walk (approx. 75 minutes of leisurely strolling) has time slots starting between 4.20pm and 8pm. They advertise a spectacular light, music and water display, in front of the iconic Palm House; a Christmas Cathedral with thousands of sparkling fairy lights; flames that dance in the wind with fragrant scents in the Fire Garden, and streams of light flowing through water and into the abyss, at the geometric installation on the lake.

If all that sounds too strenuous, then a bit of retail therapy might be in order. The London stores usually start their sales on Boxing Day, but from New Year’s Day and beyond there are bargains to be had. Maybe it is time to visit some of the stores we don’t go to on a weekly basis. I’m thinking of Fortnum & Mason: Hamleys: Harrods: Harvey Nichols and Liberty’s.