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 January events in London and get your 2019 underway in style.
Last updated on 14th February 2018
Head to this pre-weekend party where you can play on everything from trampolines and foam pits to laser mazes and ninja warrior obstacle courses. And you can do all this to the tunes of an amazing DJ.
Fight off the New Year's slump with steaming hot cocktails at the Hot Gin Roof pop up in Soho. Full of warmth and wonder it's one of January's best London events.
Make January one of the most exciting months with a night at Cafe de Paris, one of the oldest cabaret clubs in London. From jaw-dropping acrobats to dazzling burlesque events, this is one night that you won't forget in a hurry.
Join the hip hop brunch you’ve been waiting for as Supa Dupa Fly team up with Ace Hotel, delivering two courses of great food, a throwback hip-hop quiz, prosecco and a hip hop soundtrack.
Fancy a glitzy night of burlesque performances, a three-course meal and prohibition-styled cocktails for just £40? Well, naturally. Proud Cabaret City invites you in for a night of illicit activity and speakeasy excess, as they transform you to the glamorous times of a bygone era with their Saturday night soiree. Don’t hang about; this special offer is only applicable for January and February!
Whether you’re an expert or just a beginner, these design workshops are perfect for people to mix together and collaborate, all while learning how to use professional equipment, where to source their materials, and how to set up a studio space at home.
With a sharp tongue and a sassy attitude, Ettiboo returns to Aeronaut for one January's best events. This cabaret show and variety performance never fails to entertain, so if you're looking for a cool and quirky night out in London, this could certainly be just the ticket.
Scrape together all the pennies you can spare this January in London for one of the hottest theatre shows in town. A tale of magic and charming drama, if there's any show you should be seeing in London, we think it's Wicked. No really, it's wicked.
This great London drinks tasting class in Mayfair will teach everything there is to know about some of the world's finest spirits. With tips, tastings and tipples aplenty it's one of the best January events in London.
Tuck into one of the most devious bottomless brunches in London as not only is there food and entertainment aplenty from host Ginger Flappage, Rascals is one of the only waterproof dining rooms in the world.
Retox or Detox at this brunch event, where you can indulge in a delicious mix of naughty and nice dishes while enjoying bottomless bubbles, or enjoy only the healthiest snacks with unlimited access to the fresh smoothie bar.
This January try out karaoke like you’ve never done it before, with the sounds of Afrobeat on the speakers. Join for great songs, delicious food, fun activities and games all combining to make the ultimate Thursday night out.
Fancy trying something pretty special this January in London? Kick off 2018 with one of the most high-octane activities in the city as this speedboat trails you around the Thames with sites and scary moments galore.
Travel back into the time of baggy jeans and spiky hair as the 90s is coming back to life at The 90s Brunch. This throwback party features awesome food, an hour of bottomless cocktails and the chance to lip-synch battle with your fellow Nostalgia hunters.
Mix up your burger eating habits with this fun and experimental class at BOBO Society in Fitzrovia. Taking place in their laboratory, the class will include a starter, matched wine and the chance to craft your perfect burger with a whole host of unusual ingredients.
This January, prepare to see London like never before, as you enjoy this 15 minute speed boat experience dashing across the Thames, before settling into Ping Pong for a delicious several course set menu.
From open mic to renowned jazz singers and performers, Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club is an intimate live music venue in Kensington with a whole host of great nights.
Enjoy the ultimate night out this January, as you enjoy a spectacular three course dinner at Indigo, followed by a screening in their 30-seat cinema of some of the year’s best photos, all with a glass of Lallier Grande Reserve Champagne in hand.
The Hanger SW6 in Fulham opens up its secret underground bar this January, offering West London's brunch mad crowds a bottomless feast like no other. The team will serve two delicious courses of amazing brunch food, including a hearty steak and eggs offering, alongside as many glasses of Bloody Marys and prosecco you can handle.
Solve riddles and crack puzzles across London in this ultimate treasure hunt, where you’ll use your brain and see the sights. You’ll end up at the Treasure pub, where you’ll receive 20% off your bill. Try the Westminster version too.
Put on your pearls and head over to Wringer and Mangle in Spitalfields for a brilliant night of murder mystery fun. The immersive experience will throw you into the depths of the Cold War, and it's up to you to ensure world peace, with clues, puzzles and challenges.
Benoit Viellefon Hot Club take over Ronnie Scotts for one of the most hotly anticipated live music events in January. Playing tunes from their most recent album, the band will have you swinging all evening.
Have you ever wanted to drink prosecco just inches away from sharks!? That wish can now be fulfilled with Sea Life After Dark, where you will be able to visit Sea Life London Aquarium after-hours. Travel the hallway at your own pace and visit the pop-up bars scattered throughout for an educational and fun experience.
With teapot cocktails and fish finger sandwiches, there's no better way to see of the New Year chill than at one of these great January events at Little Nan's bar in Deptford.
Ever fancied running away with the circus? Find out at this fun and quirky January event in London. Watch stunning feats of fireplay and acrobatics from the stunning surrounds of Acton's Aeronaut.
The renowned Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild are putting on a week of great masterclasses this January; join them for everything on how to pair whisky and chocolate through to haggis making.
Taking place in a secret Masonic lodge, this yoga class is aiming to put a bit of oomph back into your January. The class will be lead by professionals, with access to the hotel's facilities afterwards, along with a nutritious two-course vegan brunch.
Ever fancied dining inside a tube carriage? No, us neither, but the Basement Galley may be about to change your mind. This great London supper club held inside a decommissioned Victoria Line carriage is back up running to bring you some of the best food events in January.
Start the year off with a laugh by heading down to one of Bar Rumba's 'Comedy Carnival' nights! Every Friday and Saturday night here, award-winning comedians from all around the globe bring the funny. Names such as Russell Brand, Flight of the Conchords, Michael McIntyre, Micky Flanagan and Jim Jefferies have graced the stage here. Expect to be left in stitches.
Listen to Daft Punk's greatest hits in a way you've never experienced before at this amazing event at XOYO. To Celebrate 20 years since the release of 'Homework', a 16-piece orchestra will be playing all those hits you know and love. It's due to be one of January's best London events.
Inspired by famous TV and movies, Alcotraz is the buzzy pop-up that's been making waves in London. By tickets for this London January event and step into prison, with orange jump suits, cells and smuggled booze.
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.
Ever wanted to sing with the backing of a full gospel choir? Join Gospeloke, the most euphoric singing experience you’ll experience. With an amazing host, an amazing selection of songs and the best feelings, you won’t regret going.
Enjoy the weekly brunch party at Mercato Metroplitano, where you’ll eat French delicatessens and enjoy bottomless bubbles, all while their DJ plays an awesome mix of disco, house and hip hop.
Get stuck into this cutesy cocktail class in January as the Mad Hatters Mar-tea-ni Masterclass will have you pairing Black Cow vodka with lashings of extras in a fun evening that'll have you spinning new tricks with your friends in no time.
Taking place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Comedy Carnival is a brilliant way to see your favourite comedians. The show takes place at Bar Rumba in Leicester Square with previous acts including Sara Pascoe, Lee Nelson and Reginald D Hunter.
Foray into the forbidden pleasures of Cellar Door this January in London as some of the best burlesque babes in the city take to the stage. From vintage vivaciousness, and luxe cocktails, to a sparkling evening of cabaret inspired antics and unique performances, High Tea & Tease is set to be just that, the ultimate tease.
Some of the coolest up-and-coming and big name comedians all flock to Good Ship Comedy, occurring every Monday night and bringing as-seen-on-TV names like Brendon Burns, Iain Stirling and John Robertson.
This January see Reverend JW Simpson hosting its special Burns Night masterclass with Copper Dog Scotch whisky. Learn everything there is to know about the spirit then mix yourself a few special cocktails and raise a toast to Rabbie Burns.
This stunning immersive production at the Vaults will leave you reeling with awe. Dark and seductive this great burlesque performance is one of the best events in January.
Musical Bingo is travelling south of the river this January, offering up all the bingo mayhem you love, but instead of numbers – it’s songs. Expect twists, drinks, and lots of prizes!
The new year should be all about trying new things, no? So why not make trying those new things, drinking more beer. Found at TT Liquor this January, head on down for a whole roster of new bottles to try.
Learn something new this January as the chefs at Ping Pong in Covent Garden let you into their kitchen for a dim sum masterclass. Things kick off with a welcome cocktail before the chefs show you how to roll, fold and fill the pastry.
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, you’ve found a home here.
Experience a night celebrating the music and songs of some of the best emerging talent from all over the world. All acts are handpicked by hosts Nate James and Ilana Lorraine to guarantee a night of amazing music in the intimate Looking Glass Cocktail Club.
Don't let the January blues get to you this month as Strictly Come Drag is here to brighten those winter months. 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, there will be towers of brunch food from The Breakfast Club and bottomless booze to add to the fun.