Our guide to the best things to do in London in January
At Fraser Suites Queens Gate, we have compiled our guide to the best things to do in London in January. Whether it is your first trip to the UK’s capital or you are a frequent visitor there’s plenty to see and do to keep the kids entertained and to get out and about the city. The first month of the year doesn’t need to be dark and dreary – brighten up your new year with culture, fun and activities to shine some light on the winter days.
Our guide to the best things to do in London in January:
- Skate at Somerset House
- Harry Potter’s Hogwarts in the Snow
- Elvis on tour exhibition
- Hop on hop off bus tour
Skate at Somerset House
Get out and about this January to beat the blues and have fun skating with your friends at Somerset House. The grand Neoclassical building overlooks the River Thames on the south side of the Strand and each year hosts a magical fairyland of ice, music and food. Book tickets in advance to enjoy ice skating under the magnificent background of one of London’s most iconic buildings that hosts this splendorous event until 14th January. Enjoy a winters day skating, retire to the Fortnum and Mason sponsored lodge for nibbles and drinks to share between two or participate in ‘Skate Lates’ and twirl around the rink to sounds from the latest DJ’s. Build your confidence on the ice with skating classes while the younger skaters aged 4-8 years old can join the Polar Club.
Hogwarts in the Snow
Warm up your new year at The Harry Potter studios. The Warner Bros tour has been given a seasonal makeover, for the first time, which lasts until 28th January. The mesmerising scale model of Hogwarts that was used for sweeping shots over the school will be looking wintry, with snow and ice effects carefully applied by hand. Explore the collection of beautifully crafted iconic props and discover the film-making magic of how the much-loved character was brought to life. Walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter and explore the wonders of his wizardry and adventure. Marvel at the transformed The Great Hall and the Gryffindor common room which will be dressed for the season. It is advisable to pre-book tickets for this popular and special behind the scenes experience.
Elvis on Tour Exhibition
The King of Pop rolls into London for a remarkable exhibition documenting Elvis’ tours from 1969 to 1977, many of which were showcased in the Elvis on Tour documentary produced in 1972. Hosted by the O2 arena, get a behind the scenes view of his world with more than 200 artefacts supplied with the Graceland archives. A must-see for any Elvis fan, this exhibition includes unique personal interviews with Elvis’s touring band, original costume sketches by his designer and the original guitar that Elvis used in a performance in Las Vegas in 1969. Visitors will gain an insight into how the artist impacted the world through his personal style, movies and of course music. Gain a unique insight into the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on tour by buying tickets online. The last exhibit at the O2 attracted over 200,000 visitors each eager to learn more about their idol.
Hop off and hop on tours
There’s no better way to discover the city of London than on an open top bus. Put on a woolly hat and scarf and breathe in the fresh crisp air as the double-decker navigates its way through the city streets past world-famous sights and historical architecture. Keep your camera ready for quick snaps and follow the commentary to learn more during this fun and enjoyable way to experience London. Three different routes are available for you to travel on which offer you the opportunity to hop off and on at stops that are of interest to you such as the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and the Tower of London. Why not partner your ticket with added extra trips such as a leisure cruise down the River Thames. Even if you are a regular visitor to the capital, this type of excursion is a great way to spend half a day exploring undiscovered areas of the city with factual yet interesting guides.
Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the tallest tower in Europe
Piercing into the sky at 244 metres off the ground (9-storeys), The Shard encompasses many attractions such as a hotel, restaurants, observation lounge, offices and nightclubs. It’s the perfect place to go to on a winter’s day to escape the cold – this must-do experience should be added to your list of top things to do in London in January. Open from 10 am – 10 pm, the striking glass structure was constructed in 2009. Marvel at the 360° views across the city streets and over the rooftops out to the suburbs. There are many events and activities to enjoy at this mesmerising architectural delight – from cocktail bars to silent discos, pop up cinemas and yoga you won’t be stuck for things to do here. Escape the January weather and warm up with a tasty meal at one of the many restaurants in the building – each catering to different tastes and offering a diverse selection of cuisines. Make sure to grab your camera for panoramic views on the 72nd floor sky deck – an open-air platform with electrical touchscreen telescopes to see the wonderful London sights in sharper detail.