Things to Do in London in January 2017

January is a time to snap up some bargains, enjoy winter activities and make the most of London's free attractions.

January is one of the best months to visit on a budget. The sales are on, meaning you can shop at some of London's top shopping destinations for less. You'll also find that many hotels offer reductions at this time of year.

London's attractions are quieter than usual and, don't forget, many of them are free! Or, if you fancy something more active, many of London's temporary ice rinks, which pop up all over the city, are still open in early January.

It's a cold month so make sure you wrap up warm – you may even see a dusting of snow so appropriate footwear is recommended.

January Events

The New Year's Day Parade gets the year off to a great start, with marching brass bands and colourful floats winding through the city.

Or set sail for the London Boat Show, which showcases hundreds of water-bound vessels of all shapes and sizes.

Take a step into the surreal at The London International Mime Festival, a celebration of visual theatre that welcomes the world’s best mime artists and companies to venues across London.

If film is more your thing, catch one of the film shorts from independent film-makers at the London Short Film Festival.

Browse and buy contemporary British art at the London Art Fair, with work on display from more than 100 galleries.

On 25 January, in some bars and restaurants in London you'll be able to celebrate the anniversary of the Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns, on Burns Night, with a plate of haggis and tatties.

Most years London celebrates Chinese New Year in February. But this year Chinese New Year falls on 28 January - check back nearer the time for confirmed dates for London's celebrations, which are the largest outside Asia.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.

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