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 3rd March 2017

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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.

Boat Party, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
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2 events @ The Grand with 2 upcoming dates starting on 28 Apr 2017

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. 

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For over four years London-based catering company Basement Galley has hosted their flagship dining experience "The...
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Supper Clubs, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Background Music
Walthamstow
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@BallieBallerson on Various dates
We reopen on 10th February as GlowyMcGlow: an adult play pen set over two floors; the underground club is kitted out...
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Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Activity
Funk & Soul
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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.

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Date Night, Something A Little Different, Activity
Background Music
City of London
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12 events @ 2 venues with 12 upcoming dates from 06 May 2017 until 19 Aug 2017

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.

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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.

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Food & Drink, Activity, Classes, Pop-Up, Hen Party
Notting Hill
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@South Place Hotel on Various dates

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.

Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Daytime, Activity
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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.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Stag Do, Hen Party
80's Music
Camden
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6 events @ 2 venues with 18 upcoming dates from 25 Apr 2017 until 12 Nov 2017

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)!

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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.

Live Music
Funk & Soul
Shoreditch
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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.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Canary Wharf
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28 events @ 2 venues with 35 upcoming dates from 29 Apr 2017 until 26 Aug 2017

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. 

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1 events @ The Grove bar and restaurant with 1 upcoming dates starting on 28 Apr 2017

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. 

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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. 

Comedy, Date Night, Fun Time Partying, Hen Party
Commercial/Pop
West End
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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.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Daytime
Burlesque/Piano
West End
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@SEA LIFE London Aquarium on Various dates

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.   

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Something A Little Different, Date Night, Activity, Walks & Tours
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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.

Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Daytime, Hen Party
80's Music
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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. 

Comedy, Date Night, Something A Little Different
Not Applicable
Battersea
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3 events @ The Camden Head with 3 upcoming dates starting on 17 May 2017

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. 

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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.

Food & Drink, Activity, Daytime, Fun Time Partying
Fulham
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