Our January 2019 highlights
Cold and skint now January’s arrived? This three-day fest is here to see you through the bleak season. Join happiness workshops, ecstatic dance classes or jump into a room filled with hundreds of eco-friendly balloons. Sounds like a gas.
See the self-made, internet-famous New York-based musician-cum-comedian.
Alan Partridge is bouncing back for this special bingo night at Moth Club, where the numbers have been swapped for swapped classic Partridge quotes and characters. Back of the net.
Street Feast’s first ever fully vegan street food party has taken two years to plan, and the veggie line-up does not disappoint. Chow down on vegan cheeseburger tacos from Club Mexicana in collab with Temper, and plant-based treats from Alexis Gauthier – London’s only vegan chef to have held a Michelin star – plus plenty more.
Plant-based chef Sophie Gordon is putting on a veg-tastic spread for this intimate four-course meal, which will involve no wasteful packaging what-so-ever.
Remember nights in front of the box watching ‘Desmond’s’, ‘No Problem!’, ‘The Fosters’ and ‘The Real McCoy’? Spend an evening celebrating black British sitcoms that changed the comedy landscape and became a vital piece of black representation in the UK, with side-splitting stand up from Femmes of Colour Comedy Club.
See fiercely political paintings that change with the ages. Immendorff’s bile is still as powerful as it was back in the day.
If you weren’t totally freaked out by Black Mirror’s ‘Bandersnatch’, play newly commissioned video games, design your own and find out how we’ll be one-upping in the future at this gaming late.
It may not be October 3rd, but there's always time for some ‘Mean Girls’ appreciation. Grab your clique, don your fetchest outfit and get ready to shout along to a screening of your fave teen-flick.
Gobble down a ‘cheese’ board with all the trimmings, exclusively of the plant-based, meat-free variety, at this vegan bash.
Get to know London's oldest Royal Park, St James's on this walk teasing out the lesser known stories of the green space. Discover the history of iconic locations such as 'The Mall' and 'Horse Guards Parade', before seeing the resident pelican's daily feed.
Is intelligence just a human concept, or can our furry friends teach us a thing or two? Find out at this late exploring intelligence in the animal kingdom with live nature talks, pop-up science stations and behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s zoology collection (£15).
Hang out after-hours at this regular late-night arty party at Tate Modern. The first late of 2019 takes inspiration from the Pierre Bonnard: ‘The Colour of Memory’ exhibition and features meditation sessions, Tai Chi in the Turbine Hall and a colour therapy nail bar.
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.
Frame, the supercool gym, is turning ten. To celebrate it’s taking over the east London party warehouse with mini trampolines and big tunes for a ‘Rebounding Rave’.
Wasted Chic is a fashion platform championing young emerging designers and small independent fashion labels. Join them as they set up shop in a huge east London converted warehouse.
There are few tickets remaining to see the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’s winner. Catch him now before he inevitably moves to Vegas.
Take a teeth-chattering plunge into a chilly Tooting Bec Lido to raise money for homeless charity Crisis.
See a single series of works by a giant of modern art. Focusing on just one bit of Rauschenberg’s work is a proper treat.
The bright lights of Canary Wharf's towers provide quite the spectacle after dark, but the business district glows brighter than usual throughout January thanks to the addition of light installations from international artists.
US playwright Lynn Nottage's devastating look at American working-class life.
The sketch comedy star and actress hits the West End. Are we bovvered? Yes, we are, actually.
Already lined up to transfer to Broadway in 2019, see this musical theatre staging of Anaïs Mitchell’s massively acclaimed 2010 ‘folk opera’ album ‘Hadestown’.
This festival of cold water swimming sees some very bold swimmers brace themselves for races in the almost literally freezing (as low as 1°C) waters of Tooting Bec Lido.
Listen to rapid-fire gags, stories about a Bitcoin blunder and tales of childhood mishaps from this talented rising star stand-up.
This is a special chance to catch the new ‘How to Train your Dragon’ film before anyone else in a secluded corner of Islington, which has been transformed into the Nordic land of Berk.
Something wiccan this way comes. Artists Jeremy Deller, David Sims and fashion brand Aries use photography and film in this immersive exhibition to explore pagan symbology and neolithic sites.
This dram fine celebration takes place across the same weekend that Burns Night falls. And we all know the best kind of burn you can get is the gentle one down the back of your throat after your first sip of the good stuff.
Ribera was the master of gore, a sort of proto-Wes Craven - but there's a lot of beauty amongst all the blood and guts in this wonderful show.
From fur to future fabrics, the V&A's hellbent on making us think long and hard about the material side of fashion.
This stunning exhibition shows that behind every great male artist is a female artist he wouldn’t share his paintbrushes with.
Valerie Jean Solanas is notorious for trying to murder Andy Warhol, and for her violent feminist text SCUM Manifesto. Puppetry company Plexus Polaire use life-size human puppets, jagged music, hallucinatory video imagery and plenty of wit to tell her story.
Take your pirouettes to new heights on Skylight’s rooftop ice rink. Find the frozen stretch sat alongside a cluster of cosy igloos and huts where you can knock back mugs of mulled wine.
This exhibition explores the long and fruitful artistic exchange between Venetian master artist Giovanni Bellini - yes, the cocktail is named in honour of the peachy hues of his paintings - and his son-in-law, fellow Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna.
The Harry Potter studio tours get a festive makeover with Christmas trees and a seasonal feast in the Great Hall, decorations in Gryffindor common room and snow drifts in Diagon Alley.
From crockery to atomic-era prints, there’s plenty of retro oddities at this flea about all things kitsch.
Trying to survive ‘Dry January’? This low-alcohol and booze-free pop-up has got you. Sip on drinks like artichoke juice and blended avocado mixed with spirits with less than 20 percent abv. Your liver will thank you.
Going in for veganuary? OXO Tower Restaurant has a brand new plant-based take on a traditional cream tea with expertly-crafted vegan sweets, savouries inspired by classic tea sandwiches and tempting desserts with a vegan twist.
Looking for a new year pick-me-up? Join fitness classes, yoga and martial arts workshops, health talks and snack on vegan food at this wellness jamboree.
Rufus Hound is a hoot in the RSC's knockabout take on Cervantes.
Joe Hill-Gibbins's offbeat reimagining of Shakespeare, starring Simon Russell Beale.
This wordless show uses moving walkways to explore how people can live in the same city without their lives ever colliding.
Ring in the Chinese New Year of the Pig by pigging out on a load of Chinese theatre, dance, music, film, live art performances and augmented reality.
If you dig Mexican food, you'd be sorry to miss authentic Mexican joint Mestizo's lip-smacking festival. Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish and pretty rare to find in the UK, so take advantage of this offering.
Ceramic-and-fabric installations about metamorphosis. It's a heady, enthralling visual experience.
Due to Chelsea Physic Garden having its very own unique microclimate, over 120 species of snowdrops bloom unusually early each year there. Find the trail of dainty white flowers weaving through the botanical garden and attends walks, talks and workshops to find out more about them.
Take in this satirical jab at Anglo-Scottish relationships by a great young artist. It’s a perfectly surreal and neatly put together show. Och aye.
Gustav and Egon were friends and mutual admirers, and between them they created some of the most stunning avant-garde art of their generation. Gorgeous stuff.
Aleksandra Mir marks the start of the new year by turning the Hayward's HENI Project Space into a miniature archive of American tabloid covers featuring President Trump in the years before he became president.
Transferring to Trafalgar Studios after a hit premiere at the NT, Natasha Gordon - the first ever black British woman to have a play in the West End - directs and stars in this drama looking at the legacy of the Windrush generation.
Check out this smart homage to Orson Welles's 1938 radio broadcast, which famously reimagined HG Well's novel as a series of faux news bulletins about a Martian invasion of New Jersey. It's a stylish take on a sci-fi classic.
Catch the first UK exhibition for Brazilian painter Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato. His colourful landscapes are known for their expressively textured surfaces, an effect achieved using brushes, combs and forks.
See glistening ceramics inspired by toilets. They're oddly sexy and delightfully tactile sculptures.
This multi-sensory installation by fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner broadly based around a series of 'shrines' created by Kapwani Kiwanga, Eric N. Mack, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Wales Bonner herself.
The citywide art festival is back for another year, so brave the cold to discover some seriously exciting new art from 52 international galleries across 18 London spaces.
Back again for another wintery stint, Sipsmith Gin's the star of the show at this cocktail pop-up on the Ham Yard Hotel roof. Sip on hot G&Ts, steaming Juleps and re-invented classics from previous editions of Hot Gin Roof.
Head to this poignant musical stuffed full of songbook standards. You'll get to see a truly stunning performance by Bernadette Robinson.
The annual showcase of talented young artists is back. From George Stamenov to Heidi Maribut and Yushi Li, this one's not to be missed.
Today, one in nine people around the world still don’t have water close to home. WaterAid is raising awareness of this crisis with their display of portraits focusing on people whose lives are directly impacted by the global water crisis.
See costumes created for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in one of the locations used for Yorgos Lanthimos’s baroque drama.
Grab this chance to catch the best comedy show of 2018 before Acaster takes his cold lasagne off tour. Who knew he could get any better?
This show celebrates the work if the brilliant Charles M Schulz and the art he inspired. It’s touching, iconic and reminds you of what it means to be human. Brilliant.
Time Out is 50 this year. Since our pocket-sized first issue in 1968, we’ve published almost 2,500 magazines in London and other great cities around the world. Now, you can see our best ever magazine covers at this show.
The artist's White Cube solo show features a huge installation made up of two metal walls heated to 45 degrees - also known as the maximum temperature the human body can tolerate. It will also warm you up just as the mercury starts to plummet in late January.
When soldiers from the Indian subcontinent recorded their first-hand experiences of the First World War, officials were unsettled by the 'excess of poetry' in their accounts. This new installation from Raqs Media Collective considers the consequences of ignoring wartime trauma.
This brand new festival is debating the pressures of modern masculine identity with a focus on male mental health. There's a packed programme of events including brunches, workshops led by the trans community, panel talks on music and mental health, live podcasts and secret gigs.
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.
Got something to get off your chest? Try belting it out at The Pub Choir. They're looking for new voices and no previous singing experience required. Each session is £5.
Marianne Elliott’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical comedy ‘Company’ finds hidden depths in what was already a stone-cold classic.
Check out this collaboration between artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy looking at race and identity in the era of advanced video games and DNA profiling.
Check out this new pop-up in Lewisham, screening films in the beautiful St Margaret's Church. As well as showings of blockbusters, family favourites, and cinematic classics, screenings here will also include live music from local musicians, and drinks and snacks from local suppliers.
See two new films by Beatrice Gibson, 'I Hope I'm Loud When I'm Dead' and 'Deux Soeurs Qui Ne Sont Pas Soeurs' (Two Sisters who aren't Sisters). Camden Arts Centre is also hosting a series of events connected to the films and the large collection of people involved in their creation.
What do a contemporary video artist and a Rennaissance master have in common? Find out with Bill Viola/Michelangelo, the opening exhibition of 2019 at the Royal Academy.
Korean shamanism and intense emotions of rage, sorrow and anguish inspire the artworks of Hyon Gyon. This is the first time a European gallery has staged a solo exhibition of her art.
Hey, voodoo chile. If you love a bit of Jimi, hit up these talks, led by musician Nigel Jones, exploring how the great guitarist changed the way we think about music.
It's been 20 years since UK art fans last got a chance to enjoy a major exhibition of Pierre Bonnard's delectably, delicately coloured artworks. This blockbuster exhibition focuses on the French artist's preferred practice of working from memory.