Things to do in London in January

I love this time of year as the weather gets colder, the cosy winter PJs make a comeback, and the countdown to Christmas begins! I really enjoy the weeks leading up to Christmas when the atmosphere is super festive. However, I can’t help but dread the inevitable post-Christmas blues once everything is over.

I have found that the best way to overcome this is by planning something to look forward to once the Christmas period is over. This could be a short trip somewhere – whether that means catching a flight somewhere or spending the weekend away somewhere closeby. This year I’m planning on booking a short stay apartment in London and spending a couple of days exploring the city. Here are some of my favourite things to do in London in January.

Enjoy the last bit of the Christmas spirit 
If you’re in London at the beginning of January, you can still head over to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park and enjoy the Christmassy attractions. You can also enjoy the Christmas lights, which are up around London until the beginning of January or go for a skate at Somerset House, open until 15th January. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you can head over to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour where the Hogwarts in the Snow display is on until the end of the month.

Grab a bargain 
Although the January sales typically start on Boxing Day nowadays, January is still a pretty good time to grab a bargain in the shops. Yes, you will most probably need to brave the crowds in order to get your hands on a really good deal, so online shopping might be an easier option. However I always find the best bargains tucked away in a corner in  (actual real life) shops!

Watch a show 
One thing I always love to do when I’m in London is get myself some tickets to watch a show. Visiting London is January gives you the option of watching a Christmas show – the pantomime is on until mid-January at the London Palladium, and this year it’s Cinderella! On the other hand, you can also opt to watch a musical or theatre show in the West End. I’m dying to watch Wicked and The Play That Goes Wrong!

Enjoy a wintery walk 
It may be cold outside, but I love wrapping up in a super warm coat and scarf, grabbing myself a hot chocolate and exploring some of London’s beautiful parks in the winter.  Visiting the Deer Park at Greenwich Park makes for a great day out before stopping for a tea at the nearby Pavilion Cafe – originally built in 1906! Alternatively, head over to Richmond Park for some beautiful wintery photo opportuntunities.

What are your favourite things to do in London in January?

Short Let London are currently offering 50% off bookings throughout the month of January.

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