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 2016 underway in style.
Last updated on 10th August 2016
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!
Revealing the deep, dark secret of some of the most mischievous magic and trickery, sleight of hand magician Steve Truglia takes you on a journey to expose the world of gambling cheats and con artists. With demonstrations, live shows, music and other features you'll be shown behind the curtain of conjuring and card manipulation.
This January, take part in the Sounds Familiar Music Quiz at West End bar, Phoenix. We say 'quiz', but it's more just a disco in a pub quiz format. By the end of the evening most teams will just be singing and dancing around the tables... Anyway, the premise here is simple - listen to a clip of a song before trying to name the track and the artist. Always a cracking laugh - hence why it's become the most popular and raucous music based quiz in London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful? By damned it is. Head over to the titillating Proud Camden for their weekly cabaret show featuring sizzling burlesque acts, glitter galore and wildly weird entertainment. Think the 'sex, drugs and debauchery of the 1920s' as you tuck into a delicious three course to accompany the performances. January blues; January WHO?