What's on in London this January

Pick up some bargains, enjoy winter activities and make the most of London's free attractions in January.

  • The January (Boxing Day) sales offer bargains to shoppers. 

  • January events include the New Year’s Day Parade, the London Art Fair, the London Boat Show and activities for Burns Night.

  • Festive Christmas activities continue with ice rinks, the Winter Festival at Southbank Centre and Hogwarts in the Snow remaining open through January. 

  • Some years Chinese New Year falls in January.  

January is one of the best months to visit on a budget. The January sales are on, so you can shop at some of London's top shopping destinations for less. Plus, many hotels offer reductions at this time of year.

London's attractions are quieter than usual this month, so it's a great time to enjoy a stroll around a quiet museum and avoid queues at popular attractions. And, don't forget, many of London's attractions are free!

It's a cold month so make sure you wrap up warm when out exploring the streets of London. Take refuge from the cold in one of London's cosy pubs, or enjoy a hot drink with a view on a heated rooftop terrace transformed for winter.

January events in London

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London's New Year's Day Parade gets the year off to a great start. Join the thousands of onlookers and cheer on the marching brass bands, colourful performers and elaborate floats as they wind their way through the city on New Year's Day.


If you're still feeling festive, some seasonal and Christmas activities continue into January. Many of London's temporary outdoor ice rinks are still open at the start of the month, while Wintertime at Southbank Centre and Hogwarts in the Snow welcome visitors until the end of January.

Browse and buy contemporary British art at the London Art Fair, with work on display from more than 100 galleries.

Set sail for the London Boat Show in January, which showcases hundreds of water-bound vessels of all shapes and sizes.

Celebrate Burns Night in London with haggis and tatties, bagpipes, dancing and plenty of whisky, to mark the birthday of the Scottish poet. Look out for special Burns Night menus and activities across the capital's restaurants, bars and attractions.

London's huge Chinese New Year celebrations, including a colourful parade, free performances and a spectacular fireworks display, take place each year in January or February. In 2018, Chinese New Year falls on 16 February, and the central London celebrations are likely to take place around this date.

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