Beat the post-Christmas blues and ice-cold weather with the best of London’s cultural scene this January. Whether you’re living in London or visiting this iconic city, you can look past the London Eye and the Big Ben this time, and follow this itinerary to explore the art and culture that forms the heartbeat of London. To make your visit most memorable, rent anything from a Porsche to a Lamborghini or Aston Martin from Supercar Experiences to get you from A to B in style.
Hinds, music, 11 January, Miranda at the Ace Hotel, from £11.99
To celebrate the release of their debut album ‘Leave Me Alone’ this Indie quartet from Madrid, formerly known as Deers, will charm the audience with their garage pop and ferocious stage energy. They’ve been described as Europe’s most exciting band, so if you don’t know them yet, make a plan.
Bach, Handel and Vivaldi by Candlelight, music, 21 January, St Martin-in-the-Fields, From £9
This English Anglican church in the corner of Trafalgar Square has a proud history of hosting some of London’s best live classical music events. Don’t miss out on this prestigious candlelight event.
Patty Griffin, music, 21 January, Cadogan Hall Brompton, From £10
As American as apple pie Patty Griffin is one of America’s most distinct performers. Her devastating voice can bring a lump to your throat in just one second. You can say she’s to America what Adele is to Britain.
London Art Fair, art, 20 -24 January, Business Design Centre in Islington, from £15
The UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary Art Fair is one of the highlights of the art scene in London . Photography lovers, be sure to pay attention to ‘Feminine, Masculine’, an exhibition curated by BJP’s Photocaptionist author, Frederica Chiocchetti.
Champagne Life, art, 13 January – 6 March, Saatchi Gallery, free entrance
To celebrate the gallery’s thirtieth birthday it will present its first exhibition of all-female artists. Artists include Alice Anderson, Mia Feuer and Saudi artist Maha Malluh.
Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age, exhibition, January – March 2016, Science Museum, from £14
Discover the dramatic story of how Russia became the first nation to explore space. ‘You will leave Cosmonauts with a different view of humanity’s place in the cosmos’.
Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer, exhibition, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, January – 14 February, from £10
Offering a glimpse into the rumbustious life of peasant cottages, village taverns and quiet courtyards, this exhibition presents 27 masterpieces from artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch and Jan Steen.
The Mikado, opera, 30 January, London Coliseum, from £24
Jonathan Miller’s dazzlingly inventive staging of this much-loved Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera is a must-see. Set in a1930s English seaside hotel this opera offers memorable melodies and hilarious humour.
Tosca, opera, Royal Opera House, 9 – 29 January, from £60
Don’t miss Jonathan Kent’s fiery production of Puccini’s operatic drama that first premiered in 1900. The 3rd theatre built on the Covent Garden site, this theatre is still one of London’s most loved buildings.
London Boat Show, yachting, 8 – 17 January, from £27
This 10-day tribute to all forms of waterborne transport will showcase everything from kayaks to superyachts. Talks and seminars are aimed to teach and inspire every level of adventurer.