London is one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year, and there’s no better way to kick off your January trip than by seeing in 2016 in style. Many of London’s premier attractions will remain open on New Year’s Eve, including the British Museum, the Churchill War Rooms, Kew Gardens and the Imperial War Museum. These are just a few options of things to do in the daytime, before the celebrations kick off in the evening. To really see in the New Year with a bang, get a ticket to London’s famous fireworks over the Thames. Tickets cost £10 and are available at London.gov.uk. the display promises to be magnificent and lights up many of London’s most famous sights, including the London Eye, Tower of London and Houses of Parliament. The Montcalm London City is easily accessible from the New Year fireworks, making it a great hotel for your stay in London in January.
Learn about the Celts at the British Museum
As if you needed another reason to visit the country’s most popular tourist destination, the British Museum is hosting a fascinating exhibition about the Celts in January 2016. The term ‘Celtic’ encompasses a range of loosely associated cultures and traditions, across Europe and spanning centuries, and this exhibition in just as far-reaching. Celts were originally defined by the Ancient Greeks, who encountered them on their travels west through Europe, in opposition to themselves. And while their definitions were generalising and reductive, they were certainly right in their perception of the Celts as decidedly non-classical. That means this exhibition adds yet another dimension to the apparently bottomless treasure trove of art, culture and history that is the British Museum, as you can go from this exhibit to see those most classical of artefacts, the Elgin Marbles – and pretty much everything in between.
Explore Tintin’s Universe at Somerset House
It’s fair to say that Tintin, the blond-quiffed reporter and his loyal dog Snowy are two of Belgium’s most cherished cultural exports. His adventures were first given to the world courtesy of cartoonist Hergé in the form of a Brussels newspaper in 1929, and have been enrapturing readers worldwide ever since – they’ve sold a staggering 200 million copies overall. Held in the Terrace Rooms of the beautiful Somerset House, this exhibition explores the character and his creator with exhibits from the Hergé Museum in Brussels, and will enrapture kids and adults alike – kids age 7 and over will particularly love it, but there’s no lower age limit.
Discover the History of the Painted Garden
For those who are more fine art-orientated, this exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts in Mayfair delves into the rich history of painters turning to gardens for inspiration. It features over 120 works by legendary painters such as Monet, Kandinsky and Cézanne, and also features decorative panels by Edouard Vuillard which have not been displayed since the 1920s. If you’re a painter, art buff, or a gardener or horticulturalist yourself, you’re sure to be inspired by this incredible collection of art from some of the world’s most celebrated painters.