5 unmissable January events in London


The best events happening around the capital in January 2019.


08th November 2018

Red Carnation Hotels

The start of the year is an exciting time to be in the English capital, with a vibrant cornucopia of activities that includes a musical parade to welcome in the New Year and enchanting performances from world-renowned acrobats, magicians, clowns and trapeze artists at the Royal Albert Hall. Guests staying at any one of Red Carnation Hotels’ London residences this January will discover an action-packed itinerary of culture, entertainment and annual traditions.

London’s New Year’s Day Parade

Bursts of confetti, clusters of balloons, live music and hordes of merrymakers flood the streets of London’s West End for the annual New Year’s Day Parade. Troupes of more than 8,000 costumed performers include acrobats, marching bands, cheerleaders and dancers, alongside classic cars and vintage vehicles beeping their way through the crowds. The parade is a lasting city tradition, and a very memorable way to celebrate the start of a new year.

1st January 2019
London’s West End

London Events January

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem

The Royal Albert Hall is once again host to Cirque du Soleil’s stunningly choreographed Totem, an epic journey into the evolution of mankind. The spectacle draws on a range of global myths and legends to showcase breath-taking performances and dizzying acrobatic feats from start to finish. This is a London January event that’s a must for our guests staying at The Milestone Hotel & Residences, just moments from the venue.

12th January – 9th February 2019
Royal Albert Hall

London Events January

London Short Film Festival

Entering its 16 th year, the London Short Film Festival returns in January with bold cinematography and engaging scripts produced by emerging British talent and international visionaries. The festival has no singular home – its screenings, talks and workshops are held in several iconic arts venues across the English capital, including at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and BFI Southbank.

11th – 20th January 2019
Various locations across London

London Art Fair

Art and design enthusiasts should seek out the broad smörgåsbord of paintings, photography, ceramics and sculpture curated by 100 international galleries at the London Art Fair in January. Contemporary works and modernist pieces by leading names rub shoulders with selections from lesser-known artists and rising talent, with a resulting show that’s thought-provoking and engaging. A cutting-edge programme of talks, tours and discussions make this London’s January event for the who’s who in art.

16th – 20th January 2019
London Business Design Centre

London Events January

Burns Night

It may be a uniquely Scottish tradition, but the atmospheric Burns Night events hosted in London on 25th January bring a quintessentially northern atmosphere to the capital. A nod to the revered poet and national icon Robert Burns, who was born on this day in 1759, it’s an evening of dramatic readings, bagpipes and lively ceilidh dances throughout the city. Be sure to warm up with a wee dram at The Cigar Terrace.

25th January 2019
Various locations around London

London Events January

Enjoy an exciting programme of events in London this January, when you stay at any of Red Carnation Hotels’ London properties.

Image Credits: Lead image 'London Art Fair' © London Art Fair. 'Parade confetti' © iStock/kulicki. 'Acrobat' © iStock/Renphoto. 'Looking around art gallery' © iStock/Sergeeva. 'Burns Night' © iStock/dansiga.

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