Whoever said January had to be dull? Even though the Christmas period is over and the bank balance is somewhat lower than usual, there’s plenty to keep you feeling excited over January, especially if you’re staying in London. Whether it’s an entertaining theatre show, a cultural event or a new shopping opportunity, there’s plenty going on in London this January to keep you full to the brim with energy and excitement. Whatever your needs, London has it all and January is as good a month as any to stay at the Luxury London Hotel Suites.
Festival of light
From the 17th to the 21st of January 2019 London residence can expect to see the spectacle of the Lumiere Festival. With an eclectic and talented mix of artists creating light based installations and sculptures all across the city, London will become awash with hypnotising spectacles. Using the architecture and streets of London as an inspiration points, these beautiful works bring new dimensions to the city, reimagining the capital in exciting and creative ways.
Wintertime at the Southbank Centre
Although it finishes on the 6th of January, you can cure those New Year’s hangovers with some of the festive treats lying in store at the Southbank Centre. Overlooking the Thames, you can expect to find markets and arts events which will bring flavour and joy to the centre of the city. With the Southbank Centre already boasting an eclectic range of events and exhibitions, the added workshops and interactive winter festival attractions bring even more festive flavour to this iconic centre.
London Short Film Festival
From the 11th till the 20th of January, the London Short Film Festival brings a range of screenings by filmmakers from the city and beyond, promising laughs and thrills in equal measure. With a range of curated screenings, these bitesize nuggets of entertainment showcase some of the best in new talent, with films catering to a variety of tastes and ages.
Chinese New Year
This may fall in early February, but the week leading up to Chinese New Year in late January is sure to bring a range of cultural treats and events to the streets of Chinatown. Crackling with fireworks, parades and great food, you should watch out especially for the Dragon and Lion dances, as well as hand crafted artworks and decorations sprinkled across the already vibrant Chinatown district of Soho. Chinese New Year falls on the 5th of February and for Londoners will welcome in the year of the pig with a bang.
Although on the other side of the country, Scottish heritage is rife in London. Every year, Burns Night, a celebration of Scottish culture is celebrated nationwide on the 25th of January. Inspired by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, who is widely known as one Scotland’s greatest poets, Burns Night falls on the birthday of this great lyricist. Every year, the 25th sees traditional Scottish feasts and poems recited in a night of revelry, and definitely soaked in Scotch.
London Art Fair
The London Art Fair is one of the best showcases of international contemporary art in the country. With museum worthy and modern works being shown side by side, this engaging and accessible range of talks, exhibits and tours gives everyone a chance to explore the colourful world of contemporary arts. Whether it’s sculpture, performance or avant garde, the London Art Fair brings a wide range of projects to multiple London locations from the 16th to the 20th of January.