London Guide – Things To Do In JANUARY
January is a fantastic time to visit London. There are some amazing events in January and also some incredible bargains to be had in town. Take a look at my guided tour of London in January in this video.
London New Year
January in London starts with a bang literally. London sees in the New Year with a spectacular firework show on the banks of the river Thames. The event is a strictly ticket only affair now and in recent years. Tickets are just £10 and so sell out months in advance. The firework show is centred on the London Eye which becomes a huge Catherine wheel for the event. If you miss out on tickets don’t worry you can watch the BBC coverage of this spectacular event.
January is one of the best months to visit London on a budget. The Christmas sales now usually start on Boxing Day. So London’s renowned shopping destinations fill with shoppers looking for a bargain. Liberty pictured below advertising up to 70% discounts.
Also in at the start of every year, New Year’s resolutions include being more healthy and wealthy. Therefore the most popular place to visit is London’s gyms and health food stores. So many of the hotels, bars and restaurants are offering some great deals also to tempt you in.
Southbank winter festival
The Southbank winter festival extends the festive season in London by running from early November until late January. The highlights of the Southbank winter festival each year are the Rekorderlig cider lodge and the Christmas market.
The Rekorderlig cider lodge is a two storey bar and restaurant that pops up each year on the South bank of the river Thames. A small slice of Scandinavian winter style in the heart of London. Enjoy winter drinks and Scandinavian inspired street food in the lodge or next to one of the cosy fires outside.
The Christmas market also remains open until late January. So you can enjoy some of the amazing street food and festive winter drinks.
Chinese New Year
Chinatown is a great place to visit if you are in London in late January and early February. London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations are the biggest in the world outside of Asia. China town always looks spectacular but especially so decorated for New Year’s. There are strings of Chinese lanterns strung across the streets. Also the shops and restaurants all have New Year decorations.
Healthy eating on a budget
New Year’s resolutions often also mean healthier eating for many and saving money. So there is a huge choice of restaurants catering for the health and wealth conscience. On my tour of London I visited a restaurant called Gaby’s Deli on Charing Cross road.
Gaby’s serves Middle Eastern inspired dishes which also includes many salads and vegetarian options. For such a central London location Gaby’s is also great value for money.
The weather in London during January is generally cold and wet. Average temperatures are 5-6 degrees centigrade and it will also rain intermittently and there is a chance of snow.
The shortest day of the year in terms of daylight is in December so during January the days will begin to get a little longer. So typically it will become light at around 8am and dark at 4pm.
To get a taste of Chinese New Year check out our blog post here Chinese New Year in London