January doesn’t have to be the worst month of the year as there’s plenty of fun things to do in London to bring a bit of colour to these cold grey days. Start the year off on a high by treating yourself to a few of these top shows, exhibitions and events in London…
Photo: Thomas Peschak/ Natural History Museum
1 Everyman Cinema at Borough Yards, London Bridge
Everyman cinema has opened a new site at Borough Yards, bringing a luxe cinematic experience to London Bridge. The venue boasts two screens and each room is filled with plush sofas and armchairs, designed exclusively for maximum comfort. The food menu includes an Aberdeen angus beef burger served on a soft brioche bun with hand-cut skin-on fries, and for drinks there’s cocktails, wine and beers as well as alcohol-free spirits too, all of which can be delivered directly to your seat. While January’s schedule is yet to be confirmed at the time of writing, expect the latest, such as Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Address: 3 Dirty Lane, SE1 9PA
Tickets: Adult ticket start from £15.90
2 MindFULL Supper Club at Wild by Tart, Belgravia
For anyone who wanting to make some serious changes in their life and do so over a great meal and a glass or two of wine, this event combines a goal setting workshop from mindset coach and MindFULL founder Lily Silverton, with a seasonal three-course meal from Wild By Tart. The workshop aims to help guests discover their core values, priorities and skills, to create an individual blueprint to reach their goals in 2022.
Date: January 25
Address: 3-4 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ
Tickets: £75/£95 with wine pairing
3 Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA at the Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington
The mighty Royal Albert Hall celebrates 150 years this year, and as part of the festivities, legendary Cirque du Soleil returns to perform LUZIA – the company’s first UK show in two years and its most technically ambitious yet. Set in a Mexican dreamscape, the show features all the incredible circus skills and acrobatics Cirque du Soleil is known for, as well as aerialists and wheel artists rolling, spinning and flying through pouring rain.
When: January 12, 2022 – February 13 , 2022
Tickets: From £47, available through Cirque du Soleil or the venue
Address: Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, SW7 2AP
4 Our Planet Live In Concert, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
The meeting of science and art is usually a great thing, as this event proves. David Attenborough’s Emmy Award-winning and visually stunning Netflix documentary Our Planet is brought to life with a live 44-piece orchestra and on-screen narration by the legendary broadcaster. Taking highlights and favourite scenes from the documentary, the addresses the impact of climate change and humans on the natural environment. Net profits from the project go towards WWF’s Our Planet education and awareness initiatives.
Date: January 23
Address: 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH
Tickets: From £30, concessions and family tickets available
5 Vegetarian Supper Club at Kricket, White City
Celebrating Indian cuisine’s myriad on-meaty dishes, Kricket White City is holding a one off vegetarian supper club showcasing some of the best veggies dishes from the Indian subcontinent. Expect dishes like Jerusalem artichoke & beetroot chaat, salsify and leek pakora, whipped paneer and Kricket favourite aloo gobi with pickled cauliflower and curry leaf brown butter.
Date: January 20
Time: Sittings from 5pm
Address: 101 Wood Lane, W12 7FR
Tickets: £45pp which includes a welcome drink. Drinks packages are available.
6 Yoshitomo Nara: Pinacoteca at Pace Gallery, Mayfair
Wrapping up mid-January, Yoshitomo Nara: Pinacoteca is a solo exhibition from the Japanese artist known for her expressive, slightly grumpy looking girl illustrations. Spanning two floors, the exhibition showcases a major new installation as well as recent painting, sculpture and works on cardboard. Yoshitomo Nara’s works thoughtfully reflect on the human experience – pain, war, spirit, politics, loneliness, music, and nature
Date: Until January 15
Time: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm
Address: 5 Hanover Square, W1S 1HQ
Tickets: Free, but viewing times must be booked.
7 Titanic, Canada Waters
Titanic: The Exhibition takes the viewer on an immersive journey to tell the stories of the people on board the perilous journey through photographs, handwritten letters, personal items and immersive elements. Through photographs, handwritten letters, keepsakes and personal bits and pieces as well as a recreation of the ship’s interiors, Titanic: The Exhibition retells the human side to the story of the ship’s sinking – the lives, fates and heroic deeds of those onboard. All up, there’s more than 200 previously unseen and original objects, as well as testimonies from passengers.
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-7pm; Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday 9am-8.30pm; Sunday 9am-8pm; Closed Tuesday
Tickets: £27.90/£15.90 adult/child
Address: Dock X, Retail Park Unit 1 Canada Water, Surrey Quays Road, SE16 2XU
8 Francis Bacon: Man and Beast
Francis Bacon: Man and Beast, is the first exhibition to chart the development of the Irish artist’s work through his fascination with animals and how this relates to his depictions of humans. An important 20th century artist, the exhibition features about 45 paintings spanning his career, from his earliest works of the 1930s and 40s through to his final painting he made before he died in 1992, which has never been exhibited publicly before in the UK.
Date: January 29 – April 17
Time: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm
Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
Tickets: From £22, concessions available
9 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Natural History Museum
If you’ve got a case of the January blues and any interest in the world outside London, go see this. Developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, this glorious exhibition celebrates the beauty of our natural world while also highlighting the fragility of it. Twenty five photographs capture heart-warming and heart-breaking wonderous scenes including curious meerkats, the rescue of an Amazon river dolphin and a kangaroo and her joey surrounded bush destroyed by the 2020 Australian bushfires. You can also vote for your favourite image – if you can choose just one – until Tuesday February 2, 2022. To do so, visit nhm.ac.uk. Winners of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on February 9, 2022.
Date: Showing until June 2022
Address: Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Tickets: From £17.50, concessions available
10 FENN x Nest takeover, Fulham
Fulham relaxed fine-dining restaurant FENN, teams up with Hackney restaurant and purveyors of seasonal, minimal waste eating NEST, to bring to the table a one of feast for seafood lovers. For the evening, there will be a 10-course tasting menu focused around quality seafood, so expect intricate and creative dishes of crab, caviar, langoustine, cod and more. A wine pairing will also be on offer to wash down all of the seafood. Bookings essential.
Date: January 25
Address: 194 Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2UF
11 Live at The Clapham Grand
The Clapham Grand have a stellar line-up of comedian’s coming its way in 2022 as part of its Live programme. In January, Kiri Prichard-Mclean (BBC Radio 4, 8 out of 10 cats), Ed Gamble (Off Menu podcast) and Iain Stirling (Love Island, CelebAbility) come together to put on an evening of A-grade comedy that will get you belly laughing and chuckling in your seats.
Date: January 28
Address: 21-25 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TT
Tickets: From £17
It’s still early days, there’s more to come yet….