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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 off as you mean to go on with our crash course in the best culture, cinema and nightlife in London. 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 2017 highlights


New Year in London

The fun doesn't stop on New Year's Eve. Start 2017 off with a bang with our guide to New Year's Day in London. Check out which of London's museums and attractions are open or just take a refreshing walk around the city, whilst the masses are at home nursing the hangover. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about celebrating in London. Happy New Year! 

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By: Time Out London editors

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

Serpentine New Year's Day fun runs

Kick-start the new year with the Serpentine Running Club's annual NYD10K run through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, or opt for the more easygoing 3k fun run. The former is held under UK Athletics Rules with a race memento for all finishers and vouchers for the first three men and women, while those finishing the fun run will receive medals. It's not just about winning: at last year's event a couple got engaged to be married on the finish line.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Sunday January 1 2017

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

Lockwood Kipling – father of poet Rudyard – was one of those quintessially Victorian jack-of-all-trades. An artist, designer, sculptor, teacher, curator and champion of the Arts and Crafts movement, he is largely responsible for the V&A's glittering collection of Indian cultural artefacts. This show will look at his remarkable legacy.

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V&A , Brompton Saturday January 14 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Hackney Flea Market

This Stoke Newington institution returns to Abney Hall. There’ll be over 30 traders, offering an eclectic selection of vintage clothes and furniture, handmade jewellery, comics, records and antiques. As ever, there’ll be an array of delicacies available at the on-site café, with DJs providing the tunes.

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Abney Hall , Stoke Newington Saturday December 17 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017

Escaped Alone


'Escaped ALone' returns for 2017 prior to a UK tour and New York transfer. Casting is TBA. Four oldish women sit serenely in a garden, drinking tea and chatting. Lots of idle chit-chat, lots of gossip about friends and family, lots about each other – their pasts, their fears. Plain-spoken Vi (June Watson) killed her husband and did time for it. Prim, proper Sally (Deborah Findlay) is terrified of cats. Gentle Lena (Kika Markham) seems unable to leave what we take to be her back yard.

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Saturday January 14 2017 - Saturday February 11 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



Anders Trentemøller has slowly been edging away from his role as the master of warm and emotive techno toward beautifully muted, shoegaze-laced indie material with more or less the same vibe: 'Lost', his last album, leant towards hushed, noir-ish blues.

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Electric Ballroom , Camden Town Saturday January 28 2017

Snowdrop Days

Crocuses may be more colourful, daffodils more dazzling, but snowdrops hold a special place in the hearts of gardeners for being the first spring bulbs to appear. Hardy harbingers of the season to come, these pure little blooms dare to put on a show when temperatures keep most plants underground – and most flower fans curled up on the sofa.

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Chelsea Physic Garden , Chelsea Saturday January 28 2017 - Friday February 3 2017

Find great things to do all year round

101 things to do in London

London is a treasure trove of brilliant days out and activities worth boasting about. Find great new ways to fill your free time with this list of our favourite things to do in the capital.

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By: LauraLee Davies



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.