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London events in January

Our guide to the best events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions and things to do throughout January 2020 in London

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By Time Out London Things To Do |

January 2020 in London is going to be a belter. Though the festive season is coming to a close and the days are still as dark and chilly as ever, there's tons of fun stuff happening in London throughout the New Year to enjoy. Whether you want to keep warm by a pub fire, dine out at the best new restaurants, take in the best theatre openings this month, start a new hobby or embrace a healthier lifestyle (bye, mince pies) or welcome in the ‘Year of the Rat’ at London's Chinese New Year celebration, which take place in January, we've got you covered for London in January. January is also the month of the New Year's Day Parade through central London, the London Short Film Festival, the London Art Fair, Winter Lights at Canary Wharf and Burns Night. So what are you waiting for?

Hey, and while you’ve got your diary out, remember that it's never too early to start planning for February either.

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Our January 2020 highlights

Things to do

Burns Night in London

Raise a wee dram to Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns! From foot-stomping ceilidhs to haggis-fuelled feasts, London's got Burns Night celebrations covered. Take a look at our pick of the best Burns bashes. 

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Flea at Flat Iron Square

icon-location-pin Vinegar Yard, Borough and London Bridge

A weekly vintage and makers market with heaps of antiques, clothing, homeware, books, bikes and cameras to search through.

Nam June Paik 'TV Garden' 1974-7 (2002). Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf, Germany) © Estate of Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik: The Future is Now

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, Bankside

Nam June Paik predicts how technology influences our lives. This Tate show brings together works made across five-decades by the artist credited with inventing video art.

© PA Prints 2008

Mary Quant

icon-location-pin V&A, South Kensington

Go big and go bold at this Mary Quant V&A exhibition. See what fast fashion was like back in the day.

Art, Arts centres

Vault Festival

icon-location-pin Waterloo

See live performance, theatre and dozens of comedy shows - from the like of Dane Baptiste, Lazy Susan, Jessica Fostekew, and Desiree Burch - under the arches of Waterloo. 

Restaurants, Contemporary European

The Big January Giveaway

icon-location-pin Soho

Head to Carnaby Street to freebies throughout the month. This week, there are High Brow kits from Benefit up for grabs on Thursday and free chicken burgers at Whyte & Brown. Follow @CarnabyLondon for more info.

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