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What's On - January

Ends 31 Jan 2019 at 11:59 PM


The fun doesn’t stop just because Christmas is over!

Here are our top picks this month to beat the January blues:

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

The business district glows brighter than usual from 15-26 January thanks to the addition of installations from international artists. Winter Lights returns in 2019 with a new set of dazzling artworks, installations and interactive experiences, all to enjoy for FREE. See the list of exhibits here.

Nearest pier: Canary Wharf Pier

Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the National Maritime Museum

Until 5 May, you’ll be able to visit the National Maritime Museum’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition, which celebrates 10 years of outstanding images shot by astrophotographers around the world. The 31 spellbinding winning images of the cosmos from this year’s competition will be on display alongside a selection of 69 of the best photographs from previous years, in a special exhibition hosted at the National Maritime Museum. Find out more here.

Nearest pier: Greenwich Pier

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! at Somerset House

A wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers bring together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! exhibition at Somerset House until 3 March. Find out more here

Nearest pier: Blackfriars Pier or Embankment Pier

Hip Hop Karaoke at Tate Modern

Act out some rap fantasies from 12 January until 9 March at Tate Modern’s Hip Hop Karaoke. There’s a huge list of classics and lesser-known jams to choose from, and all songs are rated for rhyming difficulty. Find out more and get your tickets here.

Nearest pier: Bankside Pier

Hadestown at National Theatre

From 4 – 26 January, catch Hadestown at the National Theatre before it goes to Broadway. The play tells the story of Orpheus and his muse Eurydice, and his quest to save her from the underworld. Get your tickets here.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo) Pier

Dry January Cheesemonger's Supper at Neal's Yard Dairy Borough Market

Giving a go at Dry January? On 9 January, join Neil's Yard Dairy for a strictly alcohol-free evening of cheese tasting above their Borough Market shop. They will guide you through a selection of tasty British cheese accompanied by soft drinks and snacks. Interested? Find out more here

Nearest pier: London Bridge City Pier

Divine Proportions at The Vaults

Until 12 January, wine, dine and celebrate life at this new immersive dining experience based on the story of Dionysus, God of Pleasure and Mischief, where Divine Proportions re-imagines the story of the God of Wine, Hedonism and ritual ecstasy with a five course banquet and an evening filled with out of this world entertainment. Get tickets here.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo) Pier

TS Eliot Prize Readings at Royal Festival Hall

On 13 January, Ian McMillan introduces ten talented wordsmiths, who have been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. The ten poets taking part are Ailbhe Darcy, Terrance Hayes, Zaffar Kunial, Nick Laird, Fiona Moore, Sean O'Brien, Phoebe Power, Richard Scott, Tracy K Smith and Hannah Sullivan. To get your tickets, visit the South Bank Centre website here.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo) Pier

Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre

Catch Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the famous fated couple in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra until 19 January at the National Theatre. If you’re not famous with the story, it tells the story of General Mark Antony and the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra falling in love. Get tickets here.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo) Pier

The Boat Show at Tattershall Castle

Catch a top bill of comedians aboard this floating comedy club on 18 – 19 January, with hip-hop improvisers Abandoman, Best Newcomer nominee Sindhu Vee and more. Get your tickets here.

Nearest pier: Embankment Pier

The London International Mime Festival

The London International Mime Festival, directed by Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, is a unique event in the theatre calendar. The annual showcase of the very best contemporary visual theatre embraces cutting edge circus, dance, physical theatre, juggling, object manipulation and physical comedy. Catch BACKUP by Focus & Chaliwaté between 21 and 23 January, and THE ARTIST by Thomas Monckton/Circo Aereo between 24 and 27 January at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room. Get tickets here.

Nearest pier:  London Eye (Waterloo) Pier

Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair at Battersea Park

From 22 – 27 January, head to Battesea Park for a decorative pick-me-up or a full-on new decorating project for the home at the Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair, the event of choice for design professionals and buyers in the know. Visit their website to find out more.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

Burns Night Ceilidh at Cutty Sark Theatre

This Burns Night, the Cutty Sark Theatre is hosting a special ceilidh to celebrate the work and life of Robert Burns. It’s the perfect place to celebrate Scotland’s national poet as the historic tea clipper was itself named for Robert Burns’ beloved poem Tam o’ Shanter. You can dance the night away in the Sammy Ofer Gallery from 7pm on 25 January with plenty of food, drink and a chance to see a very special performance from a Highland piper. Find out more here.

Nearest pier: Greenwich Pier

Gainsborough’s Family Album at National Portrait Gallery

Visit the National Portrait Gallery until 3 February for their much-acclaimed exhibition: Gainsborough’s Family Album. On display in the Wolfson Gallery, the exhibition follows Thomas Gainsborough’s extensive work documenting himself and his family members. Get your tickets here.

Nearest pier: Westminster Pier

The Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N at ExCeL London

Visit the ExCeL London until 31 March to step inside the popular super-hero films and become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline. You’ll learn the backstory of The Avengers and have the chance to train to become an agent of the Station, with the opportunity to interact with props and characters from the big screen. Check out more here.

Nearest pier: catch the boat to North Greenwich Pier and glide across the river by Emirates Air Line cable car with our joint tickets.