Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

A last chance to see an exhibition of animal photography, the world’s biggest darts tournament and, of course, New Year’s Eve celebrations are just some of our top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week.

1. Monday until Wednesday - Animal photography

Get down to London Zoo for the last chance to see an acclaimed photography exhibition featuring stunning pictures of animals from across the globe. From threatened species to the weird and wonderful, beautiful photographs of colourful creatures are on display until the end of the day for the Zoologicial Society of London’s Annual Photography Exhibition 2014 at the zoo in Regent’s Park. The winning photo, of a striking panther chameleon snaring its prey, is among the images on show along with a black and white close-up of a mighty orangutan, and a joyful shot of a gentoo penguin leaping over the waves. Entry to the exhibition is included with a zoo entrance ticket.

2. Wednesday - New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is upon us and millions of Londoners will be letting their hair down to see off 2014.

With Mayor of London Boris Johnson set to end the tradition of free fireworks along the Thames, revellers may wish instead to head to Primrose Hill.

The Hill has become a favoured spot for many to survey London’s skyline as its New Year firework displays get underway (residents are reminded not to bring their own fireworks or Chinese lanterns).

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If you instead fancy a night of music and comedy, head to the Camden Head pub in Camden High Street, Camden Town.

Downstairs will see DJs leading the party until 3am (entry £5), while upstairs sees a line up of top-notch comics laughing you into the New Year (tickets £15).

3. Wednesday - Alternative New Year’s Eve

For something a bit different, electro-acoustic sounds of the Hosepipe Band will be filling the hall of Cecil Sharp House in Regent’s Park Road, Primrose Hill, as it hosts its New Year’s Eve ceilidh.

The traditional folk music and dancing event will be led by Rob Sibthorpe who combines British and European influences. Suitable for all ages. Tickets £22. Call 020 8731 8083 to book as tickets are in high demand.

4. Sunday - Darts

The world’s biggest darts tournament comes to a close at Alexandra Palace today as the sport’s top players go head-to-head to battle for the title. Arrive from 11am to enjoy entertainment, street food, and bars in the Fans’ Village at the William Hill World Darts Championship 2014/15, before enjoying the final few matches.

Fancy dress is encouraged as the last daily competition will be held at 5.30pm at the William Hill on-site pub, where contenders could go away with two jugs of beer and rosettes for their team. Winners will be announced at 6.30pm. Tickets start from £25. Book online at

5. Sunday - Creative family workshop

Artists will show families how to bring some of Kenwood House’s world-famous paintings to life at a creative workshop. Adults and their children will work together to try out different artistic techniques and use crafts before exploring the Hampstead house and finding out more about its collections from 12pm until 4pm at the house in Hampstead Lane. Entry free.