Its a New Year! It has definitely started off slow though, kind of like me, posting a What’s on in London for January in the middle of January. But don’t worry, you haven’t missed much – just an ice sculpting event in Canary Wharf. I’m sure you got to do some ice sculpting of your own on Monday in any case, and I hear there will be plenty more opportunities this week with the freezing weather ahead. Being January, most of you have already made resolutions to detox, save some money and get serious about the year ahead. Bah humbug! Get out there and enjoy yourself!
English National Ballet The Sleeping Beauty – 9 – 19 January 2013
Start the year with some culture and catch The Sleeping Beauty at the London Coliseum. Its the world’s favourite fairytale performed by what is arguably the world’s best ballet company. Need I say more? Hold off taking the kids until March when the English National Ballet performs My First Cinderella (they performed My First Sleeping Beauty last year I’m afraid). Perfect for a date night (if your partner is so inclined) or a bit of mummy time. Book your tickets here.
London Boat Show – 12 – 20 January 2013
Chances are if you have a boyfriend, or a husband, you’d have heard about this already. If you’ve already been roped into going with the kids, then the good news is that this year there will be activities to keep them occupied. In fact, there is a multi-activity pool with model-boat racing, marine challenges and kids’ activities. If you haven’t been lucky enough to escape London for the warm sun and seas of the Southern hemisphere, you could always dream… In fact you can even climb aboard! For more information check out the show’s website. The ticket price also includes entry to the Outdoors Show, the London Bike Show, the Luxury Brands Show and the Active Travel Show, all of which open at the same venue on January 17. All the fun can be found here at the ExCel Centre, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. You can get discount tickets to the Boat Show on Wowcher here – pay £13 instead of £17.75. Up to two children under 15 go free. Perfect for the whole family.
London Art Fair – 16 – 20 January 2013
If you like going to art exhibitions, or even if you don’t and are thinking of making the walls around your home look a little more interesting, then chances are you will find what you’re looking for at the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre in Angel. The Fair features over 100 galleries presenting the great names of 20th century Modern British art and exceptional contemporary work. There will also be talks, events, exhibitions and tours. Great for a date night or a bit of reflective mummy time. Tickets cost £16 each but you can get them at a discount of 40% (£9.60 each) if you buy them through Time Out here. For more information see the London Art Fair website.
Destination Unknown – 17 January at 7pm
For those of you who agree with my bah humbug philosophy, and are still keen to frolic, then you may want to get a few friends together and indulge in a night of cheeky cocktails at some of London’s secret drinking dens and bars. If you get a little foggy, your very own drinking guide will be there to lead you (astray no doubt). £29 gets you pre booked tables, priority entrance and transport. Book tickets here for some mummy time with the girls or a date night to remember (or not).
The Outdoors Show – 17 – 20 January 2013
If you like the outdoors then chances are you’ll like the Outdoors Show at London Excel. The Outdoors Show is the UK’s Number 1 show for outdoor enthusiasts and in 2012 attracted over 85,000 visitors. Whether you’re interested in walking, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, camping, photography, canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, sailing or anything else outdoorsy – you’re sure to find plenty of interest and have a great day at the show with the whole family. If you’re not really into the outdoors (who is at these temperatures?!) then head for the Food Lovers Britain Farmers Market and gorge yourself on all the delicious goodies available. When you’re feeling guilty, just mosey on over to the Active Travel Show because remember, one ticket to the Outdoors Show gets you entry into the Active Travel Show, Boat Show and Bike Show (makes me exhausted just thinking about it). Grab your ticket at a discount here.
The London Bike Show – 17 – 20 January 2013
Whether you’re a serious cyclist, or just like watching the Tour de France, then you should find something here at the Bike Show to interest the whole family. There’s a huge range of equipment on display, some great deals to be had and there is even an indoor criterium. Hats off to you if you know what that means. I believe its a series of races. Unfortunately I don’t think you get to participate. Its more of a spectator thing. Again, entry into this show gets you entry into the Active Travel Show, Boat Show and Outdoors Show. I know where I’ll be headed – the Farmers Market at the Outdoors Show. Grab your ticket at a discount here.
I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get in the mood for exercise in this weather. January is a terrible month to make New Years resolutions. How are you supposed to keep them? Its all very well in the Southern Hemisphere like Australia, where its too hot to do anything but drink water. But here in this weather?! Mulled wine thanks.
The Telegraph Adventure Travel Show – 26 – 27 January 2013
If you didn’t get your fill of outdoors and active travel at the Outdoors Show and the Active Travel Show, then you might want to take the whole family to the Telegraph Adventure Travel Show at Kensington Olympia. Its the UK’s only event dedicated to holidays off the beaten track. Its not really my thing – the closest I’d come to a holiday off the beaten track is a cycling holiday somewhere in France where you cycle between wineries and stop for picnics in between. But that’s just me. If you’ve ever wanted to climb Everest, or go to Antarctica or somewhere else suitably arduous and uncomfortable to get to, then you won’t want to miss this show! For a limited time only, you can get day tickets for £5 (rather than £8) by quoting “S5” here.
Kooza at the Royal Albert Hall – throughout January until 3 February 2013
Cirque du Soleil is back with a new show, Kooza. When I lived in Australia, one of the highlights of my year was going to Cirque du Soleil’s new show with my husband. It was the perfect date night. I’ve been to quite a few now and I never tire of them. They are stupendous. The acrobatics are amazing, sometimes downright dangerous and the costumes are dazzling, almost other worldly. I guess that’s the point though, to transport you to another world. And they do just that. I can’t think of a better month to escape – buy your tickets here!