Things to Do in London in January 2017

Pick up some bargains, enjoy winter activities and make the most of London's free attractions in January.

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

London's attractions are quieter than usual this month, so it's a great time to enjoy a stroll around a quiet museum and avoid queues at popular attractions. And, don't forget, many of London's attractions are free!

It's a cold month so make sure you wrap up warm when out exploring the streets of London. Take refuge from the cold in one of London's cosy pubs, or enjoy a hot drink with a view on a heated rooftop terrace transformed for winter.

January Events

London's New Year's Day Parade gets the year off to a great start. Join the thousands of onlookers and cheer on the marching brass bands, colourful performers and elaborate floats as they wind their way through the city on New Year's Day.

Or take a look at many more things to do on New Year's Day in London, from West End shows to tours and shopping.

If you're still feeling festive, some seasonal and Christmas activities continue into January. Many of London's temporary ice rinks are still open at the start of the month, while Winter Festival at Southbank Centre and Hogwarts in the Snow welcome visitors until the end of January.

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

London marks Chinese New Year with a huge Central London celebration, including a colourful parade, free performances, and a spectacular fireworks display. The festivities usually take place in February, but this year Chinese New Year falls on 28 January and the main celebration in London is taking place the following day.

Continue the Chinese New Year celebrations with an enchanted trail of lights and lanterns as the Magical Lantern Festival returns to London.

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

Many bars and restaurants celebrate Burns Night on and around 25 January, serving up haggis and tatties to mark the anniversary of the Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns. Plus, look out for special Burns Night events and activities across the capital's attractions and clubs.

For more things to do in January in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London, or download a free copy of the January London Planner visitor guide. And catch the best of the London stage this month with our guide to top shows in January.

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

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