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London events in January

Our guide to the best events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions and things to do throughout January 2018 in London


January 2018 is going to be great. 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) we've got you covered for London in January.

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 2018 highlights

Neon Naked Life Drawing

It might look like a Full Moon party, but this evening of sketching is an experiment in light, colour and texture. The models become ‘living sculptures’ covered in UV lights and reactive body paints. Trippy.

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Duke of Wellington , De Beauvoir Town Monday March 19 2018 - Monday April 30 2018

Lady Windermere's Fan

Oscar Wilde's comedy revolves around a puritanical young society lady who sinks into suspicion that her husband's having an affair. Jennifer Saunders will star as a scandal-hungry noblewoman, the Duchess of Berwick, alongside Samantha Spiro and Kevin Bishop. 

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Vaudeville Theatre , Charing Cross Until Saturday April 7 2018

London Visions

Using video, installations and architectural narratives, this show presents fantastical visions of a future London. Contemporary artists, architects and designers have been enlisted to explore ideas about tomorrow’s possible worlds, taking the challenges we face today into account.

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Museum of London , Smithfield Until Sunday April 15 2018

Andreas Gursky

Oh, Hayward: we have missed you these past two years. Luckily, when the Southbank institution finally reopens in early 2018 after an extensive refurb, it will kick things off with a bang in the form of the first ever UK retrospective of German photographer Andreas Gursky. 

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Hayward Gallery , South Bank Until Sunday April 22 2018

London and Fish

This exhibition will provide (fish) food for thought about the city’s relationship with its finned friends since the Roman period, examining innovation, trade and culinary footnotes. 

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Museum of London , Smithfield Until Sunday April 15 2018

Charles I: King and Collector

Aside from being the only English monarch to ever suffer the indignity of having their head chopped off, Charles I (1600-49) was also an avid art collector. Although his collections have long been scattered across the globe, this exhibition will bring together over 90 pieces from Charlie Boy's illustrious collection.

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Royal Academy of Arts , Mayfair Until Sunday April 15 2018

London Fields Lido

London Fields Lido has been shut for refurbishment for the last nine months, but it's reopening, just in time for a bracing January swim. The hugely popular open-air pool will be back in business on Jan 4. See you down the deep end. 

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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. 

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Don't forget The Legends of Darts Masters at Indig02 a must see!

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

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.