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Fantastic Things To Do in London January 2018

We've all heard of January blues; the festive season is coming to a close, the fairy lights and tinsel have been boxed away for another year, and you've had enough turkey to last you a lifetime (or 12 months...), so how can you combat this seasonal slump? Read on for some fantastic things to do in our favourite city in January 2018 to help banish those blues, and set the new year off with a bang!

EXHIBITIONS

Winnie the Pooh, V&A Museum

For the child in all of us, hop on a tube and head to the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington to rediscover the universal appeal of this silly old bear through sketches, letters, photographs, and fashion. For more information, see here

[Photo Credit: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London]

[Photo Credit: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London]

Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

The wonderful National Portrait Gallery is free, so you can easily while away an afternoon strolling through the many rooms displaying famous works of art, but if you are looking for something special, head to their exhibit on Cézanne and learn more about the love of his live – Mont Sainte-Victoire. Yes, he loved a mountain and obsessively painted it (albeit brilliantly) over the course of his lifetime.

[Photo Credit: Instagram @nationalportraitgallery]

[Photo Credit: Instagram @nationalportraitgallery]

THEATRE

The Grinning Man, Trafalgar Studios

Based on novel by Victor Hugo, The Grinning Man tells the story of a disfigured sideshow performer who embarks on a dangerous voyage of discovery to learn more about his past. It’s an eerie musical with puppets created by the same team who did War Horse, a definite must-see in my eyes.

[Photo Credit: Instagram @trafstudios]

[Photo Credit: Instagram @trafstudios]

Hamilton, Victoria Palace Theatre

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit musical has made its way across the pond to London’s West End. Of course, it’s completely sold out, but there’s a £10 lottery per day for tickets. For more information see here

[Photo Credit: Instagram @hamiltonmusical]

[Photo Credit: Instagram @trafstudios]

FOOD

KERB Camden

KERB runs food markets all over London, and most recently has updated their location in Camden. With 34 market traders, KERB Camden is everything that’s good about London in one place. From here, you could eat your way around the world, with cuisine to suit even the pickiest of eaters. Open 7 days a week, jump on the northern line and fill your boots – for a full run down of their traders, please see here.

[Photo Credit: Instagram @_foodieconfessions_]

[Photo Credit: Instagram @_foodieconfessions_]

Brick Lane Beigel Bake

This institution has become a staple of East End dining. Indulge in brilliantly moist salt beef bagels, or delicious smoked salmon with smooth cream cheese for a snack to remember. Open 24 hours, you don’t have to worry about missing out here and queues are long but move quickly, so head to Shoreditch for a warming fresh bagel to bust those blues.

 [Photo Credit: Instagram @bayrakcan]

[Photo Credit: Instagram @bayrakcan]

HOLDING ONTO CHRISTMAS

Ice skating at Somerset House, until 14 January 2018

Not quite ready to let go of your Christmas cheer? Somerset House's 18th-century courtyard is the beautiful backdrop for an ice rink again this winter. With mulled wine and mince pies to boot, what are you waiting for? Get your skates on!

[Photo Credit: Instagram @somersethouse]

[Photo Credit: Instagram @somersethouse]

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf, 16 January 2018 - 27 January 2018

Watch the business district glow with installations by artists from all around the world, presenting works in different forms of light technology. Most are interactive, or are a performance piece. With free entrance, why not make the most of the nights drawing in early, and visit these spectacular illuminations. See here for more information. 

[Photo Credit: Instagram @canarywharflondon]

[Photo Credit: Instagram @canarywharflondon]

TO DO ALL YEAR ROUND

London Eye

A true sightseeing icon! Take to the sky to see sweeping panoramic vistas of London’s skyline at a smooth 0.6mph. A full rotation takes 30 minutes, so allows you plenty of time for pictures so hope for good weather - on a clear day, you can even see as far as Windsor Castle!

London Eye

Antiques at Alfie's, Lisson Grove

For 40 years, Alfie’s Antique Market has attracted all manner of customers, ranging from serious dealers, celebrities, interior designers, and those who visit for a ramble around its four floor to experience its bohemian chic. When buying at Alfie’s, you are purchasing something rare, unique and genuine, most often with a provenance you will be boasting about for years to come. Once you have exhausted all shopping opportunities, climb up to the rooftop café, an unexpected sun trap, which offers a surprising moment of peace considering you are right next to bustling Baker Street.

[Photo Credit: Instagram @alfiesantiques]

[Photo Credit: Instagram @alfiesantiques]

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