What’s on in London in January
London Weather in January
The weather in January is cold and dreary but the good news is this is all part of London’s charm! Temperatures are generally between 6°-11°C/45°-50°F during the day and 2°-3°C/36°-37°F at night. Expect a fair bit of rain, possible snow with some intermittent sunshine.
January Events in London
- New Year’s Day Parade – London’s annual New Year’s Day Parade kicks off at noon from Piccadilly Street by the Green Park tube station and finishes around 3:30 in Parliament Square. For the best view of the action buy a ticket to the Grandstand on Waterloo Place or Regent Street for £30.
- Twelfth Night Festival – The annual Twelfth Night Festival which takes place on January 4th at Bankside marries traditional English customs with modern festivities to celebrate the start of a new year. See the Green Man, a character from pagan folklore, watch the Folk Combat Play and take part in the King Bean and Queen Pea tradition. If you eat a cake that has a bean or pea baked in it you will be crowned King or Queen for the day!
- London International Mime Festival – Between January 8th-20th you can experience 24 days and 64 performances of some of the worlds most astounding and jaw-dropping circus and mime troupes. The events are dotted at locations across London and a full schedule of performances and tickets can be found of the event’s website.
- London Boat Show – From January 9-15th London’s Excel Center turns into a watersport lover’s wonderland for the Annual London Boat Show. Here you can board superyachts, see the latest fishing boats and watch watersport demonstrations in a temporary pool.
- London Art Fair – From January 20th-25th London’s famous museums won’t be the only place to experience masterful British art. Tickets to this spectacular Islington art fair are £14 in advance (£20 on the door) and give you access to first contemporary art event of the calendar year.
- January Sales – If you have a great pair of walking shoes and a bit of determination you may be able to bag yourself a great deal during London’s January sales season. Many sales will start on Boxing day but will generally carry on into Mid-January so keep your eyes peeled for affordable pieces at both high-street and luxury shops.
- Ice Skating – London has a plethora of festive ice rinks dotted around the city that are generally still open into January and some into February. Tickets can be booked in advanced to ice rinks in Westminster, Somerset House, Hampton Court ice rink, and the Natural History Museum amongst others.
January 2015: Special Events
From December 2014 – February 2015 Warner Brothers Studio will transform its cherished Harry Potter set into a winter wonderland. The Warner Brothers Studio Tour is located at the Watford Junction which is a 20 min train journey from Central London (Euston Train Station). The tour will take you through the magical world created by over 4,000 members of the Harry Potter team and will bring the beloved Great Hall, Gryffindor common room and Diagon Alley to life. End your tour with a mug of butterbeer before seeing the 1:24 scale replica of Hogwarts Castle which was used for the sweeping exterior shots in all eight movies.