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London events in January

Your guide to the best happenings, events and things to do throughout January in London

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Start the New Year in London off as you mean to go on with a crash course in the best culture, cinema and nightlife. Forget the gym and forget the diet, this January cram your diary full of the capital's biggest and best events to inspire you for the rest of the year. 

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Our January 2016 highlights


New Year in London

See the New Year in with style with our guide. Enjoy a leisurely New Year's Day at some of London's best attractions and museums when the masses are at home, nursing the hangover.

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By: Time Out editors

Celts: Art and Identity

The many tribes of people in Iron Age and Medieval Europe who are known as Celts have a fairly patchy history – their geography, ethnicity, languages and even cultures are greatly varied. The one thing they did have in common, though, was the production of beautiful art objects, and this exhibition tells their story through intricate jewellery, stylised religious pieces and decorative arts from the late nineteenth century which were inspired by the Celtic designs of the past.

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British Museum , Bloomsbury Until Sunday January 31 2016

The Fallen Woman

This exhibition brings together paintings, drawings and newspaper illustrations depicting the Victorian women who campaigned for the Foundling Hospital to take their illegitimate babies into care. Works by popular nineteenth-century artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Redgrave and George Frederic Watts are included, shedding light on the way 'fallen' women were understood and mythologised at a time when sexual respectability was highly valued. The show has been funded through Art Happens, a crowd funding platform for the UK's museum sector, with the Founding Museum raising more than £25,000 to bring it to fruition.

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Foundling Museum , Bloomsbury Until Sunday January 3 2016

Tintin: Hergé's Masterpiece

Everybody's favourite Belgian reporter, the bequiffed Tintin, first tasted adventure in a Brussels newspaper comic strip in 1929. Since then, he has starred with his dog Snowy in 24 books ('albums'), which have sold an extraordinary 200 million copies across the world. Held in the Terrace Rooms, this free exhibition will use artefacts from the Hergé Museum in Brussels to explore both the character and his creator.  

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Somerset House , Temple Until Sunday January 31 2016

On Their Own: Britain’s Child Migrants

Between 1865 and 1970, an estimated 100,000 British children were sent to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries as part of initiatives run by charities and religious organisations claiming to offer boys and girls as young as four years old the chance of a better life in Britain's Empire Overseas. The publicity photographs at the time depicted smiling, carefree kids waving from the decks of ocean liners, but what followed were stories of isolation and trauma from children already victims of poverty, parental death or illness. Although some found loving new homes and care, many were subject to institutional brutality, and the vast majority of children never saw their homes or families again. This exhibition sheds light on their stories and explores how the migration schemes totally changed their lives through first-hand stories, photographs, and personal possessions belonging to the children.

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V&A Museum of Childhood , Bethnal Green Until Sunday June 12 2016

Cancer Research UK Winter Run

Take on this chilly 10k in aid of Cancer Research UK and you'll be rewarded with plenty of wintry fun along the route – runners can expect a snow blast-off, snow cannons and even polar bear hugs. The London route will (subject to approval) take in the north bank, St Paul's, the City and Trafalgar Square, with Blackfriars Tunnel due to be turned into a 'snow cave'.

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Various , London Sunday January 31 2016

The Adventure Travel Show

This large-scale show is just the excuse you need to get bitten by the travel bug and book yourself a new long-haul adventure. As well as stands from tour operators, volunteer services and tourism representatives from all over the world, the exhibition will host more than 100 free talks, and visitors can book in for travel writing and photography seminars. The event celebrates its twentieth year in 2015, so expect some impressive names to be added to the line-up nearer the time. Booking recommended, especially for the seminars.

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Olympia London , West Kensington Saturday January 23 2016 - Sunday January 24 2016



Don't forget The Legends of Darts Masters at Indig02 a must see!

diane quinn
diane quinn

I like the detail of the dates that you include both for christmas, but again heading into January. Also - the fact that you outline when items are free and when they are family friendly. This is my go-to when heading to big cities in advance so I know what to do when I arrive.

Candace Devine-Koczera
Candace Devine-Koczera

Couldn't find a listing for classical music productions in January. Date choice option did not work. Gave up rather quickly because I was bothered.