Who said January couldn’t be as fun as December? Yes, we might have just waved goodbye to Christmas, but January is bursting with wintry festivities, glorious art fairs and London’s best light installation. So to prove January isn’t just December’s fiercer step-sister, we’ve rounded up 15 of the best pop-ups happenings in and around the city this month. Enjoy!
Banishing rumours that Christmas is the only time that London sparkles, Canary Wharf’s winter display is set to return for a sixth year with an entrance come Thursday 15th January, mesmerising Londoners once again with their incredible must-see light display that’ll break your phone with beauty.
Come January, Canary Wharf will be armed with a 340 metre display of neon and LED glowing lights flowing through Jubilee Park, glistening trees and blooming flowers illuminating the streets and a four metre high ‘Mountain of Light’ (whatever that means…) Don’t miss your chance to be dazzled away by London’s best light installation this January.
Thursday 16th – Saturday 25th January
Ready, steady, let’s get bargain hunting!
Known for attracting international audiences, collectors and interior designers, The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair returns to The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square this January. Nuzzled against the glorious backdrop of the newly refurbished Westminster Ballroom, you’ll find everything from period furniture to antique jewellery, tapestries and 20th century design pieces. If you know your antiques, it’s not one to miss.
Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th January
’Tis the season for healthy eating so here to help is Michelin-star chef, BBC presenter and bestselling author Tom Kerridge as he hosts an exclusive conversation on how to start the New Year in great shape. Spilling his tips and tricks, Tom will guide guests through tales of his life and career, and what he’s learned in his quest to get fit and lose weight, without having to compromise on great food and flavour combinations. With chef’s techniques for the best lower-calorie cooking, plus tips for stepping up to fitness targets, he’ll give guests the inspiration they need to lose weight and get fit.
Thursday 9th January
Tally ho, Kitty girls!
RuPaul’s DragCon is flying across the pond to London for the first time! Bringing all of their goops and gags from their fabulous US convention and packing it into two days. You’ll be able to shop the amazing vendors, visit the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and select US Queens, and enjoy some of your favourite panels and performances at the Main Stage. Now sashay away!
18th – 19th January
Bingo cards at the ready!
The fabulous Bongo’s Bingo is partnering with mental health charity CALM for a special collaboration to beat Blue Monday – dubbed the most miserable day of the year. Highlighting the importance of mental health and checking on your friends, each and every day, the show will aim to brighten spirits with cash prizes, dance-offs, rave intervals and dancing. Profits from all four UK-wide shows will, of course, go to CALM.
Here’s another one for the art fanatics. London Art Fair provides local and world renowned artists a space to showcase the most exceptional modern and contemporary art of our time, to discover and to buy. Nurturing collections at all levels, you’ll find everything from prints and editions, to major works by internationally renowned artists. Let’s get collecting!
22nd – 26th January
Stoned Art Exhibition Pop-Up
To celebrate Jo Wood’s legendary new book, Stoned, Carnaby London has announced the opening of an exclusive pop-up exhibition and shop in honour of the release.
Offering the ultimate Rolling Stones experience, you’ll be given a real inside scoop into the world of the iconic band as Jo Wood, the former wife of Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood, opens up her private archive of never-before-seen photographs, notes and mementoes from life with The Rolling Stones.
Until Friday 17th January
London’s most stylish terrace is welcoming renowned Gstaad Chef, Marcel Reist, from Hotel Bernerhof for an exclusive chef takeover at Dalloway Terrace. Formerly of the world-famous Palace Gstaad, and the Michelin star awarded Grand Hotel Bellevue Gstaad, Reist will offer guests the opportunity to experience an authentic Swiss five-course supper club amongst the magical backdrop of the terrace. Expect to be gobbling your way through creamy raclette, Swiss salmon and cheesy fondue. Delicious.
Thursday 23rd January
Who said you can’t have florals in Winter? As the festive season continues throughout January, you’re still able to catch French elderflower liqueur company St Germain’s glorious Winter Bloom Experience. Heddon Street Kitchen has been transformed into a floral winter wonderland for all to explore.
Until Friday 31st January
Premium tonic and mixer brand Double Dutch has launched an exclusive winter pop-up at Indian restaurant The Cinnamon Club to celebrate the launch of its limited-edition seasonal flavour, Rhubarb & Pineneedle. Catch the last few days as the expert team at The Cinnamon Club create bespoke cocktails and non-alcoholic warmers throughout January in collaboration with Double Dutch.
Until Friday 31st January
Say hello to your first winter campfire of the season as you head to the Round Chapel in Hackney this January. Six of the finest adventure films to have ever been made at the Round Chapel in Hackney will be showcased at this adventure fuelled event.
We’re hopping over to Copenhagen this month to experience a day of all this Nordic at the glorious Norwegian kitchen, Ekte. Head chef Jamie Lee of Kødbyens Fiskebar in Copenhagen will be bringing Londoners a slice of the Danish way of life in his lunch and dinner takeover. Expect to be munching through Norwegian specialities like Brill, smoked mussel, seaweed, burnt onion and rye; Squid with lemon verbena, kohlrabi and chicken wing; and cod, lovage and ling liver.
Light up your life and catch the last few days of Eccleston Yards’ multi sensory light installation this January. 500 individually suspended orbs, each with their own unique voice (bare with us), will light up Eccleston Yards and help visitors feel calm and balanced. Even if you don’t end up feeling calm, it makes for a super cute Insta!
Until 11th January
Waltham Forest’s reign as London’s Borough of Culture has come to an end and they’re passing the baton over to Brent for a year of championing Brent’s diverse culture. The year long celebration kicks off with RISE, a retelling of Brent’s story through dance, theatre and projections. Don’t miss it.
Starts Sunday 18th January
Join the many Londoners stripping down this Sunday 12th for no trousers on the tube day! This year marks the eleventh anniversary of London’s de-pantalooning, but the movement has also caused quite a stir globally, with over 60 cities including Jerusalem and Moscow taking part in this annual strip tease.
Sunday 12th January
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