And just like that, so begins another year. From Dry January activities to Veganuary-inspired menus, there’s a whole host of events going on this month, without even one appearance from Joe Wicks. January 2021, what a time that was, eh. Let’s look forward to a fun-filled month, with our guide to the best things to do in London in January 2022.
1. Shake a leg at a sober virtual rave (January 1)
Leave the hangovers in 2021, and start 2022 with a six-hour sober rave in the comfort of your living room on New Year’s Day. Morning Gloryville will start with lively disco yoga and keep you entertained with pumping music, streamed live performances, and wild dancing throughout the first half of the day. So grab your green smoothie and welcome the new year with a bang! Find out more here.
If a hair of the dog is a more realistic New Year’s morning plan for you, why not raise a glass to 2022 at a boozy bottomless brunch? At the capital’s best brunches you can get daytime-sozzled and nobody even bats an eyelid. Whether you’re a raving party animal or are more keen for a small-scale chinwag, check out one of these below or make a whole list of brunches to try throughout January.
Bottomless brunches on January 1:
More smashing bottomless brunches to try in January:
🥂 UKG Brunch
🍾 Disco Bottomless Brunch
🥂 Boy Toy Brunch
🍾 Comedy Brunch and Cocktails
🥂 DnB Brunch with Bottomless Fried Chicken & Cocktails
🍾 Bottomless Pie & Mash Brunch
🥂 Manga Bao Bun, Brunch & Bottomless Bubbles
🍾 Beyonce Bottomless Brunch
🥂 Burlesque Bottomless Bubbles Brunch at Tonight Josephine
🍾 Tai Pan Alley: Asian Street Food Bottomless Brunch
How well do you know the stories of the fateful RMS Titanic passengers? Find out at Titanic: The Exhibition, housed at Dock X. Focusing on the real histories of the voyage and the stories of the passengers, this emotive exhibition will put you at the heart of the tragedy with cabin reconstructions, over 200 original artefacts, and moving testimonies from those who survived the sunken ship. Get your tickets here.
18. Enjoy a neon-lit night of circus, comedy, and cabaret in Leicester Square (until January 8)
The multi-award-winning cabaret extravaganza La Clique is back to dazzle and delight Londoners this winter! The sensational show is a heady concoction of cabaret, music, comedy, circus acts, and contemporary vaudeville that has won over critics and earned them a wealth of fans around the world. They’ve high-kicked and hula-hooped into Leicester Square and will be sticking around until January 8, so hurry up and book your tickets now!
19. Say goodbye to the Natural History Museum’s magical ice rink (until January 16)
It’s time to say goodbye to one of our favourite Christmas experiences in London — but not before one last spin on the ice! The Natural History Museum’s magical ice rink is open for one last skating season this winter, before the museum’s Urban Nature Project transforms the space into a biodiversity hub later in 2022. For the past 16 years, this classic holiday activity has enchanted skaters with its stunning backdrop, beautiful Christmas tree, and festive food and drinks on the sidelines. The dreamy ice rink closes for good on January 16, and bookings are filling up fast… so if you want to enjoy one more memorable skate here, grab your spot while you can! Get all the info here.
20–21. Snuggle up in an alpine lodge
Just because Christmas is over, it doesn’t mean all our favourite winter activities have to be.
❄️ Nestled in Fulham’s enchanting Winterland, forest igloos, chalets, and alpine cabins await, ready to welcome guests for cosy celebrations. You’ll receive a glass of bubbly on arrival, and then can purchase a sensational spread of Alpine cuisine and cocktails. Book your igloo, chalet or cabin here.
❄️ The Secret Garden offers exclusive dining in Kensington, sheltering you and your guests from the cold in decadent heated domes. Gather your loved ones for a private evening of three-course meals, drinks, and fun. Book a dome here.
This immersive exhibition dedicated to Van Gogh and his incredible art is taking London by storm. Visitors can step inside a world of sunflowers and starry nights, immersing themselves fully in the 360° digital art experience. The gorgeous Spitalfields venue, a former horse and carriage repository, has been transformed into a multi-sensory canvas, brought to life with Van Gogh’s masterpieces by projectors, screens, and high-tech VR technology. Find your tickets here.
Enjoy an evening of classical music in a gorgeous venue, bathed in candlelight. No more January blues here – it’s a warm yellow glow for us. Including covers of musical scores, soundtracks, and chart-topping hits, there’s be plenty of renditions you’ll know All Too Well.
🕯️ Candlelight: Best of Magical Movie Soundtracks (January 12)
🕯️ Candlelight: The Best of Anime (January 14 and 27)
🕯️ Candlelight: A Tribute to Coldplay at Southwark Cathedral (January 15)
🕯️ Candlelight: A Tribute to Ludovico Einaudi at Central Hall (January 22)
🕯️ Candlelight: Tribute to Taylor Swift (January 28)
🕯️ Candlelight: Han Zimmer’s Best Works at Central Hall Westminster (January 29)
Nothing warms the cockles more than a satisfying roast dinner, and on the Farm to Table Notting Hill: Gather and Cook Experience, you can enjoy one you’ve made with ethically sourced, farm fresh ingredients you’ve gathered yourself that morning. Come evening, you’ll rustle up a delicious roast dinner using a digital guide (which also offers dinner games to impress your guests). What’s more, the experience even includes a locally made dessert. Book the experience here.
Warm up the dark January evenings with wonderful winter cocktails; on this experience, you’ll visit three great venues for Instagrammable cocktails, mixology insights from the professionals, and a host of delicious snacks to complement the flavours of the drinks. Book your ticket here.
Bringing the area’s history, culture and cuisines to life, the Taste of Hackney experience will encourage you to uncover quirky activities and new flavours in the area, solving clues and riddles as you go. All the while, you’ll enjoy an incredible mix of food, drinks and activities. A pretty good incentive, if you ask us. Book your spot here.
33. Admire an iconic masterpiece at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition (until January 16)
A fusion of high definition photos and a special printing technique have allowed the fascinating frescoes of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to be re-created and displayed right here in London. The exhibition is perfect for those who might have been turning out their pockets and dreading the idea of a turbulence-ridden plane journey, to witness a beautiful piece of Rome right here in the capital. Get tickets here.
34. Browse the bright lights of the Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival (from January 19)
Home to over 20 installations that will dazzle you with light and colour, the Winter Lights Festival makes its seventh return to Canary Wharf. The exhibition mixes new installations and old favourites, all of which play with perspective and one’s senses. The stunning showcase of neon, LED, and everything illuminated will see light artists from around the world gather in London, to show what an unbridled imagination and state of the art light technology can do. Find out more here.
The bar scene in Shoreditch, arguably the hub of East London, has become the stuff of legends over the past fifteen or so years. Some local venues are regularly named among the world’s best cocktail bars, while others offer some pretty outrageous décor and decadent vibes that unforgettable nights out are made of.
Rev up on Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road and assemble the best team on FIFA; this Shoreditch gaming bar will deliver a knock-out get together. Cocktails and Controllers combines a competitive games night, with winter cocktails and wood-oven pizzas. Table service means you’ll not have to pause to refuel, and 90 minutes will give you ample time to browse – and play – Platform‘s vast gaming collection. Get your tickets here.
A vegan diet doesn’t mean missing out on fabulous flavours; from fine dining to tasty ‘junk food’, there are delicious alternatives available all around the capital.
Who says the pubs get to have all the fun? This cheese crawl will take you on a journey around some dairy-filled hot spots around the city. With stops at Fortnum & Mason, who are the official cheese suppliers for the royals, and London’s often overlooked gem Little Italy, you’ll soon be belly full with the gouda stuff. Book your spot for a Saturday in January here.
48–51. Immerse yourself in interactive audio-visual sessions at the Southbank Centre
The Southbank Centre‘s performance series, the Purcell Sessions, celebrate pioneering UK and international artists, allowing them to present their music in new ways. In 2021, this included creating audio-visual exhibitions, collaborative performances, and more; the successful sessions look to continue into 2022.
In recent years, crazy golf courses have become a bit of a ‘thing.’ They’re dotted throughout central London, up on rooftops, in abandoned WW2 bunkers, shopping malls, parks and beer gardens… Continue battling it out for points in January at one of these crazy golf courses in the city.
The first of its kind in the world, Monopoly Lifesized has plenty to keep you occupied on your quest for property. Taking the Monopoly board as inspiration, the creative team have turned it into so much more; players will need to participate in physical and mental challenges to move around the massive board, such as building London’s landmarks against the clock, solving murder mysteries, or staging a Mayfair heist. Read more about it here and buy your tickets here.
59–64. Head into the great outdoors
The surge of Omicron may have us relegated to life in the great outdoors once again, but don’t worry, there is plenty to do out there. Grab a warming hot chocolate and get exploring.
65–73. Mosey along to these art exhibitions (before they’re gone!)
It’s last chance saloon for you to catch this incredible lot!
☀️ Royal Academy Summer Exhibition @ Royal Academy of Arts (until Jan 2)
💃 Poussin and the Dance @ National Gallery (until Jan 2)
🗿 Noguchi @ Barbican Centre (until Jan 9)
👛 Bags: Inside Out @ V&A Museum (until Jan 16)
🤖 Hyundai Commission: Anicka Yi @ Tate Modern (until Jan 16)
📸 Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet @ Royal Academy of Arts (until Jan 23)
📖 Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything @ British Museum (until Jan 30)
🍑 Heather Phillipson, Rupture No 1: Blowtorching The Bitten Peach @ Tate Britain (until Jan 23)
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