January is one of the best months to visit on a budget. The January sales are on, so you can shop at some of London's top shopping destinations for less. Plus, many hotels offer reductions at this time of year.
London's attractions are quieter than usual this month, so it's a great time to enjoy a stroll around a museum and avoid queues at popular attractions. And, don't forget, many of London's attractions are free!
Make sure to wrap up warm when out exploring London in winter. Then, take refuge from the cold in one of London's cosy pubs, or enjoy a hot drink with a view on a heated rooftop terrace transformed for winter.
Unmissable January events in London
- Watch the spectacular New Year's Day Parade: Cheer on the marching brass bands, colourful performers and elaborate floats.
- Continue the festive frolics with New Year's Day activities in London: Make the most of the first day of 2023 in London.
- Explore Hogwarts in the Snow: See the Harry Potter film studios transformed for winter. Until 15 Jan
- Enjoy fairground fun at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park: Ride the carousel or brave the loops of the rollercoasters.
- Go ice skating: Skate at one of London's temporary outdoor ice rinks, many of which are still open at the start of the month.
- Watch the latest works in film at the London Short Film Festival: Be moved by short stories captured on screen. 13-22 Jan
- Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in 2023: Join the Chinese New Year celebrations in London, in previous years you could enjoy an annual parade, live performances and festival. Around 22 Jan TBC
- Buy contemporary British art at London Art Fair: Browse works on display from more than 100 galleries. 20-24 Jan
- Toast to Burns Night in London: Mark the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns with haggis and tatties, bagpipes and plenty of whisky. 25 Jan
Theatre shows in London
- Catch one last Christmas show or pantomime: Book your seats before theatres wrap up for the festive season.
- Laugh out loud at The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre: Expect slapstick comedy and hilarious antics from the accident-prone actors.
- Experience the mystery and suspense of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap: Can you solve the murder?
Exhibitions in London
- the author's original drawings of her beloved characters. Until
- Be inspired by Lucian Freud New Perspectives at the National Gallery: Explore a lifetime of work by
- portraits of people painted from the artist's imagination. Until
- the iconic works of a leading figure in modern art, some never seen before in the UK.
What else is on in January?
- an immersive exhibition while discovering the London Underground's secrets.
WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see the London weather page.