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London events in January

Our guide to the best events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions and things to do throughout January 2021 in London

By Time Out London Things To Do

Finally, it’s goodbye to 2020 and hello to, well, even more uncertainty as we enter 2021. January in London is set to look very different from usual as London goes into lockdown. But, being stuck indoors in January doesn’t mean the fun of going out has to stop. 

The capital’s culinary favourites have pivoted to home dining, bars are bringing the drinks to you and London’s ever-resourceful cultural institutions are prepped to keep you entertained with a range of live-streamed or on-demand talks, films, concerts and festivals.

Plus, many of the cities best parks and walking routes have fine-tuned their covid-measures ready for when you do need to pop outdoors and get some exercise (remember, always stay local and 2m away from anyone outside your household bubble when you go outside).

It might not be the January we all hoped for, but there are still plenty of things to do, online and off, to see in the new year.

RECOMMENDED: The definitive London events calendar.

Our January 2021 highlights

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london theatre, panto, theatre to stream
Photograph: Andrej Uspenski/Royal Opera House

YouTube is streaming shows from London’s best theatres

News Theatre & Performance

As part of YouTube’s 12 Days of Culture programme, some of London’s best theatres will be streaming shows for free on the platform. You can watch plays, pantomimes and ballets from the likes of Donmar Warehouse, Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells, plus Little Angel Theatre and Unicorn Theatre for kids’ entertainment. You’ve got until January 5 to watch them all. 


Top Cuvee
Top Cuvee
Photograph: TheyCallMeGT - Graham Turner

The best London wine shops doing home delivery

Bars and pubs

Let’s face it, we could all use a good glass right now – and though we may not be able to go to a pub or bar at the moment, with these brilliant wine shops on the case, you don’t have to worry about leaving the house for a night in on the vino. It’s bottoms up while staying squarely on your bottom. 

Photograph: Nic Crilly-Hargrave
Photograph: Nic Crilly-Hargrave
Photograph: Nic Crilly-Hargrave

London’s most hyped meal kits


Twenty twenty was a year of struggle and innovation for London’s restaurants. But the most boss move of all? Developing recipe boxes that Londoners could use to make their food at home. From Dishoom’s bacon naan kit to Patty & Bun’s burger boxes, here are our favorite meal kits. 

Burns Night in London

Things to do

Raise a wee dram to Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns! London’s Burns Night celebrations may look a bit different from usual in 2021, but we’ll make sure you know about any whisky-filled celebrations as soon as they’re announced. 

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