Things to do in London in January

Ready to kick off the New Year in style? January in the capital might be chilly, but the city’s energy is red-hot! From cosy pubs to dazzling light displays, we’ve got your guide to making the most of London’s winter wonderland. Bundle up and let’s dive into a month of hidden gems and cultural delights.

London’s calling – make January unforgettable!

London’s New Year’s Day Parade

1st January

New Year's Day Parade in LondonThinking about venturing out on New Year’s Day? Join in on the fun and excitement of London’s New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP). From noon, you can expect to see over 10,000 incredible performers from around the globe putting on a breathtaking series of indoor and outdoor performances. From hair-raising marching bands to captivating dancers, unbelievable singers and more, there’ll certainly be something to make you smile.

And as you stand amongst a crowd of over 500,000 people, you’ll definitely feel the famous buzz of the LNYDP. Grab your tickets as soon as you can – this enormous event promises to sell out fast!

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UK Americana Music Week

23rd – 26th January, Hackney

Calling all music lovers! If you’re looking for a week packed with incredible tunes and good vibes, the UK Americana Music Week is the place to be! This celebration is a whole week dedicated to the soul-stirring sounds of Americana music, bringing together awesome artists, industry insiders, and fans who just can’t get enough of that authentic, storytelling magic.

From folk to country and everything in between, this event is a melting pot of musical goodness. Catch live performances that’ll give you goosebumps, from rising stars to seasoned pros. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just curious, the UK Americana Music Week is your ticket to a week filled with unforgettable moments and a newfound love for the timeless sounds of Americana. Don’t miss out on the fun – mark your calendar and get ready for a week of musical bliss!

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Glide at Battersea Power Station

10th November – 7th January

Glide at Battersea Power StationExperience the winter wonderland of London like never before at Glide Battersea Power Station! This event is pure magic set against the backdrop of one of London’s most iconic buildings. As skate around three enchanting rinks, you’ll be surrounded by a sea of twinkling lights and a show-stopping 30ft Christmas tree to add that extra touch of festive cheer.

But the fun doesn’t end on the ice – head over to The Glass House for a toasty hot chocolate or something a little stronger to keep the good vibes flowing. You can sit back, relax and watch skaters glide, or soak in the stunning Battersea Power Station views – yes, the bar is all glass! And when you’re ready to refuel, the power station is brimming with over 120 shops, bars, cafes, entertainment venues and restaurants. Don’t miss out on this magical winter adventure – Glide at Battersea Power Station is where the festive season truly comes to life!

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New Year’s Day Proms

1st January

live orchestraGuess what’s ringing in the New Year with a symphony of style and class? The New Year’s Day Proms at the Barbican, and you won’t want to miss it! Picture this: a dazzling venue, world-class musicians and an electric atmosphere as you bid farewell to the old and welcome the new in a spectacular musical celebration.

Whether you’re a die-hard classical music fan or just looking for a unique way to kick off the year, the Barbican Proms on New Year’s Day are where it’s at. So, grab your tickets, dress to impress, and make some unforgettable memories as you usher in the New Year with a symphony of joy at the Barbican!

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London Short Films Festival

19th – 28th January

BFI SouthbankFilm enthusiasts, rejoice! January marks the return of The London Short Film Festival, showcasing the best in short-form cinema. Discover emerging talent and witness captivating narratives that pack a punch in a concise timeframe. Whether you’re a cinephile or just looking for an entertaining night out, this festival has something for everyone.

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Disney100: The Exhibition

Until 21st January

Disney100 at London ExCeLThis January, celebrate 100 years of Disney magic at London’s ExCeL. With a stellar tribute to this iconic brand’s heart-warming characters, costumes and stories, Disney100: The Exhibition features ten spectacularly themed galleries honouring the classic characters, original artworks and epic real-life costumes seen across the live-action movie franchises – including MARVEL, Star Wars and PIXAR!

With limited exhibitions across the globe, don’t miss out on this enchanting London day out! The last day of entry is the 21st January 2024.

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Celebrate Burns Night

25th January

Burns Night WhiskyAs January draws to a close, don your tartan and join in the celebration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Various venues across London host Burns Night events featuring traditional Scottish music, dance, and of course, a hearty serving of haggis.

It’s a lively and jovial way to wrap up the month.

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Life – St Martin in the Feilds

Prepare to be mesmerised at the enchanting Life – Son-et-Lumiere event taking place for a week at St Martin-in-the-Fields! This magical experience, which completely sold out its tickets earlier this year, is making a comeback with a fresh new show by Peter Walker and Luxmuralis. The exterior of the church will be adorned with a free video display, but the true wonder lies within.

Enter through the crypt, transformed into a captivating video display, and ascend to the church where half the space will be transformed into a breathtaking symphony of sound and light. The ingenious effects range from video films to mind-bending 3D illusions, creating an immersive experience that will leave you in awe.

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