It’s a new year and you’re searching for new things to do in and around London. Thankfully you’ve got us to help guide you through the best of what’s happening each week. 

For those wanting to brave the baltic weather this weekend, we’ve rounded up the 11 best things going on, from new exhibitions to theatre productions. And for those who are looking at their weather app and thinking they’ll be hibernating, we’ve also included our favourite series that’s got a new season this week. Read on to find out more…

Relive your childhood by visiting this Beano exhibition 

Add some fun to January and book in for a visit to the Beano exhibition running at Somerset House. On show until 6th March, the exhibition will bring all of your favourite childhood characters to life before your  eyes. 

Take a trip down memory lane as you jump into the pages of the comic and visit Beanotown, exploring the icons that became principal to childhood and bending the rules of artistry. See all of the gang, from Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Bananaman and the Bash Street Kids. 

When: Until 6th March
Where: Embankment Galleries, South Wing, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
Website: www.somersethouse.org.uk

Explore the UK’s first alcohol free off licence 

Tackling Dry January? Luckily for you, Club Soda has opened up the UK’s first alcohol-free off licence to keep you going through the whole of the month! The pop-up, located on Great Portland Street, is the first of its kind, serving up Londoners a new way to explore this mindful drinking movement.

Running until 30th January, Club Soda will be bringing their expertise to the table, showcasing some of the biggest and best names in the low- and no- alcohol industry. Explore the pop-up and browse brands including ALT, Allotment Drinks, Double Dutch, ISH, Lyre’s and Nine Elms. 

Head down this weekend to stock up on delicious alcohol free alternatives for your next dinner party. 

​​WHEN: UNTIL 30TH JANUARY
WHERE: 59 GREAT PORTLAND STREET, W1W 7LJ
WEBSITE: WWW.JOINCLUBSODA.COM

Take Veganuary to the next level at one of these restaurants

Finding restaurants that serve vegan options isn’t as difficult as it once was. Even all of the major fast food chains have an option on their menu these days. Finding somewhere that thinks outside of the box and doesn’t serve up deep fried alternatives is a little more tricky. For those wanting something fresh, original and completely delicious, look no further as we’ve rounded up our favourite vegan restaurants making waves in London. 

From all vegan Chinese restaurants to the fine dining destination from Alexis Gauthier, here’s where to dine this Veganuary and beyond. 

Holy Carrot
Gauthier Soho

Unlock the untold stories of… hair at this exhibition 

A hairstyle can speak a thousand words. It tells a story, a situation and unlocks endless possibilities, but it doesn’t get enough air time. Which is why Horniman Museum & Gardens has curated an exciting new exhibition dedicated to the stuff – and it’s untold stories. 

Available to see until 19th June, this intriguing exhibition spills all on hair. Expect to get to know more about the stuff through a series of complex, interesting and inspiring stories. Uncover stories from Forest Hill hairdressers to the global hair trade, as well as work from artists, filmmakers, designers and members of the public.

Hairy Postcard, Germany 1900s. Credit: Horniman Museum and Gardens
Credit: Sanne Visser / Photography by Tom Mannion

When: Until 19th June
WherE: The Studio at Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 2PQ
Website: www.horniman.ac.uk

Catch the chilling theatre production, 2:22 A Ghost Story

Thriller junkies, book in for a sell-out performance peppered with mystery, suspense and supernatural moments. 

Running until 12th February, 2:22 follows Jenny (Giovanna Fletcher) and Sam (Elliot Cowan) as they host a housewarming dinner for friends, Lauren (Stephanie Beatriz) and her new partner, Ben (James Buckley). Written by award-winning writer Danny Robins and directed by Matthew Dunster, this is a theatre production that follows two couples over one night. Secrets erupt and ghosts begin to appear. You’ll be left wondering who you can trust…

When: Until 12th February
Where: Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR
Website: www.222aghoststory.com

Book a table at this exciting new opening 

Plant-based restaurant, Erpingham House has opened up a London branch this January at the wellness and lifestyle club, Cloud Twelve. 

Since launching in 2018, the restaurant brand has been striving to become a place for innovative, delicious and sustainable food that delivers on taste and flavour, without compromise. It’s 100% plant-based, plastic free-and mostly organic, so will fit in perfectly at Cloud Twelve. 

On the menu, expect dishes such as whipped tofu parfait; seitan filet mignon; and fermented beetroot risotto. The plantain cream pie is also ticking all of the right boxes for those wanting something sweet to finish.

OPENING DATE: 11TH JANUARY
WHERE: CLOUD TWELVE, 2-5 COLVILLE MEWS, NOTTING HILL, W11 2DA
WEBSITE: WWW.ERPINGHAMHOUSE.COM

Become a pro at floristry with Petersham Nurseries

Looking to take on a new hobby this year? Give floristry a go and become a pro at flower arranging in no time. Here to help the budding florists out is Petersham Nurseries and their spring arrangement masterclasses. 

The first one kicks off this Saturday, and will see their expert florists guide you through all of the ins, outs and secrets to making a wild, foraged scented bouquet. You’ll be able to select seasonal flowers before being shown how to care and condition the stem and spiral to keep the charm of the florals, as well as learning how to gift wrap.

When: 15th January, 12th February, 26th March & 16th April
Where: The Petersham, 2 Floral Court, WC2E 9FB
Website: www.petershamnurseries.com

Discover Battersea Power Station’s Light Festival 

Hoping to brighten up the wintry months is the return of Battersea Power Station’s Light Festival. Open from today until 27th February, expect six stunning installations, all curated in partnership with the Light Art Collection. 

Two of the festival’s installations Antenna Sud by Italian lighting designer Michela Bonzi and Picto Sender Machine by Felipe Prado will excitingly be making their UK debut, while LAVA’s ‘Digital Origami Tigers’ will nod to the Chinese New Year on 1st February. Don’t miss this Light Festival and the chance to wander around with a warming drink or patisserie from one of Battersea Power Station’s sites.

When: 13th January – 27th February
Where: Battersea Power Station
Website: www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk

Say Yes To Yakitori At Marylebone’s Hottest Japanese Restaurant

Junsei in Marylebone needs to be on your January resto list. The elegant Japanese restaurant puts the spotlight on yakitori (meaning ‘grilled bird’), using every part of the animal. Other must-try dishes include kushiyaki vegetable skewers, elevated donabe (rice) bowls and seasonal Japanese hot plates.

The star of the show is the selection of zero waste, delicately grilled and beautifully seasoned yakitori, all washed down with Bincho Sour, a Japanese whisky cocktail of whisky soda and house made plum syrup and jam created by General Manager, Rizwan Khan. Sit yourself at their counter seats and watch the chefs cook the dishes over flaming charcoal right in front of you!

Where: 132 Seymour Place, London W1H 1NS

Website: www.junsei.co.uk

Enjoy a steak and a cocktail at this new opening

For the theatre enthusiasts, we’ve found the perfect new restaurant to wine and dine pre and post performance. Enter The Jones Family Affair, sister to The Jones Family Kitchen in Belgravia, is an independently owned, modern steak restaurant and cocktail bar. Boasting 150 covers, it’s the new place to head for succulent steak, healthy light lunches and cocktails come the evening. 

Expect dishes such as pan-fried scallops with black pudding; pan-fried cod with fennel, spinach and orange; and of course steak for those who are looking to indulge. For cocktails, try the Almost Old Fashioned which blends both whiskey and rum.

Where: Jones Family Affair, 40-42 William IV Street, WC2N 4DD
Website: www.jonesfamilyaffair.co.uk

Credit: Netflix

Or, stay in and binge After Life Season 3

The third – and final – series of After Life will be making its way onto our TV screens this Friday, allowing us to follow Tony and his journey as he learns to cope with life following the loss of his wife. 

In this final series, we’ll see the newspaper journalist, played by Ricky Gervais, push further and begin to change a few aspects of his life. Muddled amongst humour, fall back in love with the hilarious characters that make this show so special one last time.

Release Date: Friday 14th January
Stream it on Netflix 


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