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 2018 underway in style.
Last updated on 23rd November 2017
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.
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.
Join this wine tasting event exploring the flavours of New Zealand, where you can try more than 450 Kiwi wines from regions across the country – with Antipodean canapes to match.
Blues Kitchen Camden are throwing another swinging party, this time focusing on the music of The Rolling Stones. Head to North London for a night of their greatest hits, performed by two live bands and a DJ until 2.30am.
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.
Paranormal investigator Jack Daw will take you on a Victorian ride of drama, desire, deceit and betrayal as he awakens the past and uncovers the truth behind a child’s cry 100 years after a mystery.
Celebrate Scotland's most famous poet in the way he would have wanted at this great January event in London. With haggis, neeps and tatties prepared by Julia's Kitchen, and London's wildest ceilidh band, Fiddle Paradiddle, providing the music, it's the perfect way to warm up on a cold January weekend.
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)!
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.
With a full orchestral band, this night at XOYO in Shoreditch will be playing all of Daft Punk's greatest hits.
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.
The Black Tie Ballroom Club offers Londoners the chance to experience all the glamour and glitz of the prohibition era. Starting with a fun dance class for beginners - where guests will learn how to foxtrot, waltz and tango - the event will conclude with a huge party, featuring great live music and incredible dancers. Perfect for anyone looking to try something new this January, this event is certain to push you out of your comfort zone.
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.
Be taught how to sing and dance like a West End star, by a West End star, as they instruct you on how to do the routines of sexy, sassy crime thriller, Chicago. There’s free-flowing prosecco all night 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.
From Survivor through to Charlie's Angels, this event is bringing to life Destiny's Child's greatest hits with a full orchestral band.
For Burns Night, enjoy a three-course dinner of traditional Scottish food – including haggis, neeps and tatties, of course – all paired with premium wines picked specifically to compliment the flavours.
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.
Shake off the January blues at this great winter pop up. With afternoon teas, festive cocktails and cosy vibes, it's one of January's best London events.
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.
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.
Three days before his 71st birthday, Blues Kitchen Brixton is celebrating David Bowie. Head to the party spot as a live band blasts out all his best known hits.
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.
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.
January is the perfect time to start new things, so why not get involved with the Chelsea Prayer Room's A-Z Cocktail Challenge. With 26 separate cocktails to be collected, it's a fun thing to start doing in January.
Head over to Bourne and Hollingsworth in Islington for a night of Scottish celebrations. The beautiful venue will be pulling out all the stops as they host a whisky tasting and Burns supper complete with a speaker.
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.