We’re almost there! 2020 is loading, slowly but surely, and exciting things are happening in January, making sure we are beginning the New Year in style! Is it time for you to get excited? That’s one thing that’s certain. From immensely interesting museum exhibitions, interacting light installations, right down to the one-of-a-kind New Year’s parade, it’s going to be tough to find a way to narrow down the picks for the month of January! We did do our best to help though, and that’s collating our top picks for you. Keep scrolling down to find out more!
New Year’s Day Parade
Welcome 2020 in the right spirit, the way only London knows how! Well, actually that’s not quite true, as the majority of performers fly from the USA to take part in the musical extravaganza that makes its way through Central London, kicking off at The Ritz. The crowds will flock (as they do every year), so be sure to get to a decent viewing spot early enough and enjoy the parade of over 8,500 performers!
Winter Lights at Canary Wharf
One of the most majestic annual events to occur in London takes place in Canary Wharf. The business district, normally adorned by skyscrapers, becomes particularly enchanting with installations of all shapes and sizes, that use the power of light to interact with their audiences and guide you through a mesmerising journey! The Winter Lights installations open to the public on the 16th of January and will include some of the old favourites as well as newest pieces! You only have until the 25th of January to see them, so be sure to head there ahead of time!
Burns Night in London
Having penned a great number of Scots poems, Robert Burns is a prominent figure and regarded as the national poet of Scotland! January the 25th marks Burns Night, a celebration of his life and work that entails numerous delicious dishes, Scottish Whiskey and ceilidhs! For those of you that wish for a bit more info into what these entail, when we say delicious dishes we mean things like haggis (a savoury pudding), and ceilidh is a dancing bonanza under the sounds of traditional Scottish music… London’s restaurants and bars prep a little something for the night, so be sure to do your research and find the ideal way to immerse yourself in this quintessentially Scottish celebration!
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019
Although the mention of 2019 in the title is a tiny bit misleading, that’s only because BNC kicks off early December 2019, and follows through until February 23rd 2020. This phenomenal exhibition is held at South London Gallery, and this year marks its 70th anniversary! A staple in the cultural scene of the country, BNC is dedicated to continuously evolving alongside the ever changing landscape of visual art in the UK. If you’re looking to infuse the first month of the New Year with a bit more art & culture, then South London Gallery is the must-be place!
Cars: Accelerating the Modern World
Dive into the behind the scenes of one of the most astounding innovations in the world! “Cars: Accelerating the Modern World” is V&A’s newest exhibition, and it aims to take visitors through the journey of the cars’ 130 year history, attaching to it a human dimension via intimate stories of people that have formed a special bond with driving and by hinting to what its future could be. V&A is a master at curating sensational exhibitions that dig deep into their subjects. We’re inclined to believe this one is no exception!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Bridge Theatre is treating us to a theatrical experience caught somewhere in between fairy-tale and fantasy! Let your imagination be guided in the sensational land of Narnia, with breath-taking staging, and a creative team that has done a phenomenal job at this theatrical adaptation!