Best Events in January

January can test the resolve of even the happiest, most optimistic of souls. New Year's resolutions have been abandoned within days and trousers that were once so comfortable now seem incredibly tight after the Christmas festival of eating. It needn't be all doom and gloom, though! There's a whole catalogue of events going on in this here city to raise your spirits; check out our guide to the best things to do this January in London, from winter walks to brand new immersive experiences.

Last updated on 21st January 2020

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Various dates from Wednesday 29th January 2020

This epic immersive experience is based on Jeff Wayne's iconic soundtrack to The War of The Worlds. Step into the midst of an alien invasion in the year 1898 and spend the next two hours absorbed into a world of virtual reality, immersive theatre and cutting edge technology, bringing you closer to the action than ever before. You'll even get some nosh and a drink to calm your nerves at the end.

It's all haggis and cracking ceilidh's this January in the city as Burns Night returns. While a renowned Scottish celebration, London has more than embraced the tradition, bringing the parties that celebrate the renowned poet to a whole other level. Let the fun commence.

Bringing you some of the best food, drink and craft classes in London this month, Petersham Nurseries are showing you how to pair wine, make pasta and create your very own hand-tied bouquets. Head down to their gorgeous Covent Garden venue and see if you don't end up with a hobby for life.

Supa Dupa Fly is the place to be for amazing parties in great locations – from your favourite clubs to mansions – whether you're here to see the DJ or are just hip hop and RnB mad, they've got all that and more.

Christmas may be over, but the festive fun doesn't have to be. West London's Winterland is an enchanting alpine forest complete with private igloos, shuffleboards, mouth-watering street food (think fondue, sourdough pizza and gourmet burgers) and its very own hot tub. Bring your gang and spend the evening playing games, drinking and dancing to the live DJ.

Add a little light-hearted fun to your dull and dark January evenings with a night at one of these wonderfully wacky immersive events. Take your pick between bopping along to musical bingo, trying your luck at fast-paced quizzing or singing your heart out with the help of a gospel choir to help you out at Gospeloke.

Hip Hop Brunch LDN

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Brunching just got cool(er). The almighty London collective, Hip Hop Brunch invite you down to a super secret squirrels location where you'll be fed a mighty, meaty 3 course 'Dirty South' menu of, you guessed it, Americana inspired foods. There'll be bottomless cocktails for an hour and a playlist of only the biggest and baddest classic Hip Hop anthems. 

The Grand

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Enjoy your favourite movies like never before as The Grand kick your viewing experience up a notch with mass sing-alongs, themed drinks, dance-offs and prizes for the best costumes. They've even got 5ive performing live on 25th of January for an incredible evening of 90s throwbacks.

Meantime Brewing Company

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If you're averse to the thought of not drinking this month, Meantime Brewing Company has got just what you need. From private tours to multi-course meals and the chance to meet the brewers, this is one for the beer lovers out there.

One of the best cocktail experiences in the capital, Alcotraz is a bar for the bucket list. Their collection of prison-themed venues will have you smuggling you own booze past the watchful wardens before some very talented inmates whip them up into a series of delicious drinks for you. 

@ Mercato Metropolitano on Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February 2020

Spice up your chilly evenings with a trip to Mercato Metropolitano where you'll be treated to a circus extravaganza as part of the food halls newest collaboration with a travelling circus. Catch contortionists, acrobats and pole dancers whilst noshing on tacos, bratwurst or whatever else takes your fancy from the multitude of food stalls.


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Banish any lingering January blues by thrashing it out big kid-style at Star Command: The Outpost in the heart of Stratford. With themed laser tag nights including the Wild Wild West, and Witchcraft and Wizardry, you'll have to duck, weave and stealthily navigate your way through the luminous maze, shooting fellow gamers as you go. 

  Strictly Come Drag Queen

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@ Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern on Saturday 1st February 2020 and 3 other Saturdays

Don't let the January blues get to you as Strictly Come Drag is here to brighten the winter month. London's best drag acts will be heading to secret basement bar Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern to lip sync their way to winner and there will be towers of brunch food from The Breakfast Club and bottomless booze to add to the fun.


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Whether you're looking to pick up some new kitchen skills or get stuck into some good old fashioned eating this January, temper's London restaurants are sorting you out for all that and more. From bottomless butchery masterclasses to taco night and Burns celebrations, this month is looking anything but boring.

January is still serving the city a bitter chill, so where to set that aside? At some of London's best fondue locations. So gouda you won't want to miss them, enjoy everything from raclette in Alpine restaurants to gooey cheese in a unique pop-up.

New Motion Fitness

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Working out doesn't have to be a bore; head to south London's Lightbox, where New Motion Fitness bring a party atmosphere to all of their sessions alongside awesome light shows and music to keep you pumped.

@ The Round Chapel on Fri, 31st Jan 2020 @ 19:00 - 22:15

Head to Hackney for a night of heart-stopping and breathtaking short films and campfire fun. Over the night Roundhouse Chapel will be hosting a pop-up bar with mulled wine, beers and hot dogs, as well as campfires and free marshmallows before showing 6 award-winning short adventure films.

The Reggae Brunch

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Inject some Jamaican heat into your winter Sundays with delicious brunch dishes, flowing drinks and the biggest hits in reggae, dancehall and bashment. For just £15 you'll indulge in three courses of Caribbean flavours complete with a bottomless rum punch hour, that's enough to get anyone's temperature rising. 

Looking for things to do in Shoreditch this January? Head to Bull in a China Shop where you'll find everything from a Burns Night event that sees whisky and food pairings, through to a hands-on session with Compass Box whisky-maker, Jill Boyd.

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FEST have a whole host of goodies in store to get you out of those January blues. With entertainment from burlesque stars to fire performers, it's certainly one way to heat up winter nights. 

Tropicana Beach Club

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Let 2020 be the year you shake things up - and what better way to start than with a trip to Tropicana Beach Club's Cabaret Night? Not only will you to catch an impressive array of circus, burlesque and live entertainment but you'll also get to celebrate afterwards on their dancefloor as the keep the party going till the early hours.

@ Various on Various dates from Thursday 30th January 2020

Is your New Year's resolution to get a bigger dose of culture in your life? If so, this incredible immersive show is for you. Not only does it have a limited number of tickets available to keep it intimate, but it also takes place in a different venue every day, adding a little bit of intrigue to the whole affair.

@ Secret London Location on Various dates from Wednesday 29th January 2020

A stunning new immersive experience from the Secret Cinema team, this action-packed event is transforming a secret London location into Hawkins, Indiana for an amazing series of screenings that will have you sipping on cocktails, chowing down on American eats and listening to quirkiest tunes of the 80s.