New year, new you and all that jazz. But let’s face it, January can be a tad bleak what with all the Christmas comedown, crap weather and detoxing pressure. Fear not – although January isn’t London’s liveliest month, there’s still plenty of good stuff happening. Here are some of the best things opening this January:
COOL THINGS TO DO
Jan 5: Revisit ancient midwinter traditions (including the leaftastic Holly Man) with the Twelfth Night Celebration on Bankside.
Jan 10-12: Stay cool at the London Ice Sculpting Festival at Canary Wharf.
Jan 17: Sleep over in the Natural History Museum at Dino Snores for Grown Ups.
Jan 25-26: Plan your next getaway at the Adventure Travel Show at Olympia.
Jan 25: Celebrate Burns Night.
Jan 31-April 27: Eight museums come together for ‘Discoveries: Art, Science & Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums’ at Two Temple Place.
Jan 31: Celebrate Chinese New Year Year of the Horse. Neigh fuss.
TASTY PLACES TO EAT
Jan 6: House of Ho: Informal Vietnamese dining comes to Soho.
Jan TBC: La Polenteria: A restaurant specialising in polenta dishes, made from Italian-style corn meal.
Jan TBC: Great Court Museum: The Benugo chain take over some of the catering at the British Museum with a few casual and not so casual places to eat.
Late Jan: Q Grill: New barbecue restaurant in Chalk Farm.
ACE PLACES TO SHOP
Victoria Beckham is set to make Mayfair the location of her first clothing store in 2014. Until now, the designer’s clothing line was only available online and in fashion outlets or departments stores, but Victoria’s Dover Street store will offer fashion fans the chance to exclusively browse her latest collections.
After spending a year hunting for the right location, Christopher Kane has also selected the Mayfair area as the home of his first ever store in the city, establishing a shop on Mount Street opposite shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. Christopher will run the shop alongside his sister Tammy Kane, claiming that opening in London first was ‘really important to us as this is where our label was born.’
RAD THINGS TO SEE
Jan 13-31: John Kearns: Sight Gags for Perverts, Soho Theatre. First London outing of 2013’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer winner.
Jan 20-Feb 1: Tommy Tiernan: Stray Sod, Soho Theatre. The legendary Irish comic plays an intimate London run.
Jan 30-Feb 22: Rubberbandits: Continental Fistfight, Soho Theatre. The plastic bag-wearing musical comedy duo from Limerick are back with a brand new show.
Or here’s some more great comedy happening this month.
Jan 10: ’12 Years a Slave‘ ★★★★★
Jan 17: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘ ★★★★☆
Jan 24: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘ ★★★★★
Jan 24: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit‘ (not yet rated)
Jan 31: ‘Out of the Furnace‘ (not yet rated)
Jan 9 – Jan 18: ‘Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby‘: Lisa Dwan returns to the Royal Court Theatre with a trio of Samuel Beckett’s one-woman plays.
Jan 9 – Feb 16: ‘Duchess of Malfi‘ starring Gemma Arterton at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (the new indoor Globe).
Jan 14 – Mar 25: ‘King Lear’ starring Simon Russell Beale directed by Sam Mendes at the National Theatre.
Jan 16 – April 19: ‘The Weir’: Conor McPherson’s breakthrough 1997 play comes to the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Jan 23 – Feb 22: ‘Happy Days’: Juliet Stevenson takes on Samuel Beckett’s surreal Winnie.
Jan 23- Mar 15: ‘Red Velvet’ starring Adrian Lester returns to the Tricycle after stunning reviews last time.
Jan 15-Mar 23: Hannah Höch at the Whitechapel Gallery – beautiful and politically charged collages from the German Dadaist.
Jan 17-Mar 30: David Lynch: The Factory Photographs at the Photographer’s Gallery – the dark and mysterious filmmaker David Lynch is also a fab photographer.
Jan 22-May 4: Barber & Osgerby: In The Making at the Design Museum – unfinished designs and products from the London Olympic 2012 torch guys.
Jan 23-March 9: Derek Jarman: Pandemonium at Somerset House – the start of Jarman2014, a yearlong celebration of the pioneering filmmaker, painter, gardener and activist.
Jan 25-Apr 24: Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at the Royal Academy – alternative approach to architectural displays.
Jan 25- Apr 27: Vincent Van Gogh: The Sunflowers at the National Gallery – two of Van Gogh’s five versions of his famous sunflowers are reunited.
Jan 29-Apr 27: Martin Creed: What’s the Point of It at the Hayward Gallery – the man who made running through a gallery art gets his first major retrospective.
Find more art exhibitions opening this month.
Want to go see some MUSIC? Here are the ten best gigs happening in January.
Still not convinced? Here’s more fun stuff happening in London this month. WOOP!