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 2017 underway in style.
Last updated on 26th January 2017
Drinking, dancing AND seeing some of London's most iconic sights after dark - all completely possible aboard The Golden Flame as they set sail down the Thames. Dip and drop to the music you fancy at the silent disco, all while passing the beautiful Tower Bridge, Big Ben and Canary Wharf; tickets have sold out for January but register you interest to find out about new releases here.
Known as having some of the best in nostalgic action in London, join Hot Since 91 this January as you dose up on the noughties. Not only will there be karaoke and fancy dress, there's plenty of drinks, retro games and a photobooth to go around.
Have you ever thought about playing a boardgame in a bustling bar? Well, now you can - and it couldn't be funner. Try playing Shuffleboard at Burdock for a great thing to do in London this 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.
Add a bit of sophistication into your January with Champanois Champagne Dinner at The Clerkenwell Kitchen. You’ll be greeted by a champagne and canape reception, followed by a three course meal to show off the quality and diversity of the wine. Later, a Champagne bar will serve additional beverages until late.
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.
Natural Born Storytellers is a unique evening of stories, laughter and emotions. Head to Camden to join this unique collective of storytellers as they recount tales of everything from lost love through to mishaps and meanders.
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.
Showcasing the 'brightest, freshest, alternative improv comedy', the Instant Laughs Comedy Club have set up shop at the award-winning modern Mediterranean restaurant Grove Bar in Hammersmith. Whether you're looking to enjoy a crop of the latest up and coming talent off the circuit or even try your hand at blind comedy dating (details to be revealed soon), then give this night a go.
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.
January is the time for feeling good, and what could be better than a workout event, especially not when it's run by ROOTED and 1 Rebel. Combining boxing and yoga, there will be two classes to get you feeling fit and healthy before munching on nourishing bowls of acai, key lime pie or chocolate waffles.
Little Nan’s brings a dash of vintage kitsch Caribbean style to her tropical den in Peckham. Fresh from extending her stay until the end of February, catch one of the quirkiest concepts in south London for yourself as Little Nan invites you in for a feast of sweet and savoury treats. A £25 ticket gets you a choice of scones, pastries, seasonal treats and sandwiches, washed down with half a teapot of cocktail each.
Having taken some of Britain's biggest cities by storm, the team at Ultimate Power arrive at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, hosting a club night like no other. The music policy here is simple; the team of DJs play only the best music ever written. Featuring the likes of Bon Jovi, Oasis and Michael Jackson, all the songs played here are well known and popular with all crowds. Framed by confetti cannons and boasting one of the best sound systems in town, their monthly installment of frivolity returns this January.
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.
The Phoenix Artists Club is based in the depths of bustling Soho and hosts one of London's most talented drag artists this January, Vanity Von Glow. As an internationally ignored superstar, Miss Van Glow entertains the masses with dazzling musical numbers and tales of misfortune. From stories of personal heartbreak to hilarious incidents with her Hollywood nemeses, these side-splitting stories are sure to leave you grinning from ear to ear.
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.
Whether you're a wine connoisseur looking to sample some of the best wines in the capital, or simply a novice looking to expand your palette, Bedales' Wine Tasting Workshop at Borough Market (Jan. 27th) is a quirky and off-beat approach to wine tasting & education that caters to all. And if you're super serious about your wine, head down to Leadenhall to take part in The Wine & Spirit Education Trust's tasting class for a WSET wine-tasting qualification (Jan. 23rd)!
Try a cocktail making class with a difference this January with Christabel's bejewelled cocktail masterclass. Head to the secret North London location for a night of concoctions, glitter and edible confetti as expert bartenders teach you how to whip up two delectable tipples before letting you loose on the canapes.
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.
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.
Slapstick comedy, frightfully funny folk and funny bone frivolity. Looks like it's time to catch the Laugh Train Home. A great night on the comedy tiles this January in London, join a jolly ol' troop of comedians as they tear up the stage with brilliant laughs and cracking novelty moments.
Treat yourself to an award-winning music and arts venue this month as The Forge continues to impress with its diverse range of events. Hosting anything from classical, contemporary, folk, storytelling, poetry, rap, workshops, jazz and many, many more, this is a venue to properly expand your perceptions. There’s also a Cantina upstairs serving delicious Latin American street food and cocktails.