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London events in January

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

© Janet Echelman

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 pack 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 highlights


New Year's Day Parade

More than 8,500 performers representing 20 countries will take part, including Pearly Kings and Queens, cheerleaders, marching bands, dancers and representatives from West End shows. The American-style extravaganza of musicians, dancers, acrobats, clowns and floats twirl, march and drum a 2.2-mile route beginning at the Ritz Hotel, taking in Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Big Ben, with temporary grandstands erected for better viewing in some places.

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Various , London Sunday January 1 2017

Magical Lantern Festival

The UK's Chinese Lantern festival floats back to Chiswick House and Garden for a second year - this time, with VR, theatre, performances and over 50 light installations. Look out for the giant fire rooster to celebrate the New Year.

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Chiswick House and Gardens , Chiswick Thursday January 19 2017 - Sunday February 26 2017

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 event hosts  more than 100 free talks, and visitors can book in for travel writing and photography seminars.

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Olympia London , West Kensington Saturday January 21 2017 - Sunday January 22 2017

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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.