Things to do in London in January 2021

Pick up some bargains, enjoy winter activities and make the most of London's free attractions in January.
People walking thorugh Carnaby Street, with blue skies above.
Treat yourself to some shopping at the many shops at Carnaby Street. Credits: Carnaby Street. Image courtesy of Carnaby Street.
  • January is the quietest time of year to visit London (and possibly, the cheapest).

  • The famous January sales are on across the capital.

  • Top January events include the New Year’s Day Parade and London International Mime Festival.

  • You can still enjoy some Christmas activities, including ice skating rinks, Hogwarts in the Snow and festive shows.

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 museum and avoid queues at popular attractions. And, don't forget, many of London's attractions are free!

Make sure to wrap up warm when out exploring London in winter. Then, 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 in London

Festive London activities

January festivals and fairs

  • See Canary Wharf sparkle with interactive artworks and light installations during the Canary Wharf Winter Lights festival. 
  • Browse and buy contemporary British art at the London Art Fair, with work on display from more than 100 galleries.
  • Enjoy Burns Night in London with haggis and tatties, bagpipes, dancing and plenty of whisky, to mark the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns.
  • Take moving stories and see the latest works in film at the London Short Film Festival.
  • Gasp at some of the most unique performances during the London International Mime Festival, which is usually held in January.

For more things to do in January in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage with our theatre guide.

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

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