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 corker.
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.
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.
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 our favourites January events in London, Blame Gloria is brightening up our weekends with its ABBA-themed brunch bash. Gather your bubble, get your flares on and head over to the glamorous Covent Garden bar where bangers, bubbles and games await.
Whether you're back on the lash or going sober this January, Electric Shuffle's brunch has you sorted. Head to the London fave for an afternoon of pizza, shuffleboard and DJs backed by flowing fizz and juice for the non-drinkers.
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.
Bat away those January blues with a trip to The Vaults for their Mulan Rouge event. This impressive and hilarious show is serving up a queer-tastic blend of burlesque and humour, taking inspiration from the Disney classic and infamous Parisian hotspot.
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.
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.
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.
Get out of your January funk with a trip to The Big London Bake. The fun and light-hearted event will see you and your pal heading to a cool marquee where you'll compete against other teams to make a 90-minute masterpiece.
Put in an order with Cassidy's and you'll be getting more than just dispatch updates. The immersive cocktail delivery company will be getting you involved with their 'smuggling' plans, complete with interactive content.
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.
See off the January blues with a trip to this gorgeous East London bolthole where the Gin-House Burlesque team will be in residence to bring you stunning feats of burlesque, circus, cabaret and musical talent.
One of London's quirkiest brunch events is back to add some extra sparkle to your January afternoons. With a stunning five hours of musical hits form some of the West End's biggest stars, you'll be wined, dined and amazed by this unique experience.
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.