It's all haggis and cracking ceilidh's this January in the city as Burns Night returns. While a renowned Scottish celebration, London has more than embraced the tradition, bringing the parties that celebrate the renowned poet to a whole other level. Let the fun commence.
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 things to do this January in London, from winter walks to brand new immersive experiences.
Soak up bottomless fizz and tuck into mouthwatering brunch dishes in one of London's quirkiest locations. Haven't been to this glowing ball pit? Well now's your chance and it's going to be a killer.
Ditch the dull outdoors for an immersive VR experience this January with Hyper Reality. These guys will be giving you an exclusive all-access look-in with two hours of riding rollercoasters, exploring new worlds and chasing high scores, with hearty refreshments to fuel the action.
It was a box office success, and has songs that know how to work their way into your head, so what if it was a brunch too? That's right, The Greatest Showman has been transformed into a magical brunch experience to remember.
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, they've got all that and more.
Inject some Jamaican heat into your winter Sundays with delicious brunch dishes, flowing drinks and the biggest hits in reggae, dancehall and bashment. For just £15 you'll indulge in three courses of Caribbean flavours complete with a bottomless rum punch hour, that's enough to get anyone's temperature rising.
One of the best cocktail experiences in the capital, Alcotraz is a bar for the bucket list. Their collection of prison-themed venues will have you smuggling you own booze past the watchful wardens before some very talented inmates whip them up into a series of delicious drinks for you.
Wrap up warm and prepare for a truly memorable trip along the Thames. You'll zip along in a Thames Rocket speedboat past the city's iconic landmark as part of an inspiring guided tour, with a soundtrack of hits blasting and a welcome cocktail for when you return to land.
Whether you're back on the lash or going sober this January, Electric Shuffle's brunch has you sorted. Head to the east London fave for an afternoon of pizza, shuffleboard and DJs backed by flowing fizz and juice for the non-drinkers.
January is still serving the city a bitter chill, so where to set that aside? At some of London's best fondue locations. So gouda you won't want to miss them, enjoy everything from raclette in Alpine restaurants to gooey cheese in a unique pop-up.
If you're averse to the thought of not drinking this month, Meantime Brewing Company has got just what you need. From private tours to multi-course meals and the chance to meet the brewers, this is one for the beer lovers out there.
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.
Bringing you some of the best food, drink and craft classes in London this month, Petersham Nurseries are showing you how to pair wine, make pasta and create your very own hand-tied bouquets. Head down to their gorgeous Covent Garden venue and see if you don't end up with a hobby for life.
Add a little light-hearted fun to your dull and dark January evenings with a night at one of these wonderfully wacky immersive events. Take your pick between bopping along to musical bingo, trying your luck at fast-paced quizzing or singing your heart out with the help of a gospel choir to help you out at Gospeloke.
Working out doesn't have to be a bore; head to south London's Lightbox, where New Motion Fitness bring a party atmosphere to all of their sessions alongside awesome light shows and music to keep you pumped.