With a brand new roster of events kicking off across the capital, there’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy in the New Year. Staying at one of our central London hotels, you’ll be perfectly placed to get out and explore London’s world-renowned museums, theatres, restaurants and more. From The London Boat Show to blockbuster exhibitions like “Rubens and His Legacy” at The Royal Academy of Arts, it’s going to be a busy start to the year. Take a look at our curated list of London January events and start planning your 2015.
Rembrandt: The Late Works
The last chance to see this acclaimed exhibition, make sure to visit The National Gallery in January to see this soulful collection of paintings by 17th century Dutch painter, Rembrandt. Focussing on his later works, this period of the painter’s life was marked by turbulence and tragedy, but also produced some of his finest and most moving pieces.
From Wednesday, October 15 2014 – Sunday, January 25 2015.
The London Classic Car Show
The London Classic Car Show is more than just a drive down memory lane. Car dealers will exhibit many rare and beautiful vintage cars from the most iconic brands, both for those looking to browse and those hoping to buy. One of the main highlights of the event is the Grand Avenue, a runway where classic cars come back to life as they’re driven along the length of the show.
From Thursday, January 8 – Sunday, January 11 2015.
London International Mime Festival
If mime conjures up images of over-expressive performers trapped inside an invisible box, you could be excused for running a mile at the mere mention of this event. Thankfully, the International London Mime Festival is far from the above, with practically every form of performance taking part – be it theatre, juggling, dancing or acrobatics. The 39th edition of the Festival kicks off on the 8th of January and finishes on the 31st, with performances in venues such as Sadlers’ Wells and The Royal Opera House.
From Thursday, January 8 – Saturday, January 31 2015.
The London Boat Show
The London Boat Show is back again for a celebration of all things nautical. Prepare to be fully immersed in the enormity of it all, as the section in which over 400 brands showcase the latest in boat design is the equivalent to six football pitches. In case you end up missing the outdoors, try out the 4D experience – a high-tech feast for the senses. Now if that doesn’t float your boat, we don’t know what will.
From Friday, January 9 – Sunday, January 18 2015.
NBA Global Games London 2015
Why not experience a bit of Basketball fever in the British capital this January? The NBA Global Games are touching down in London on January 15th at the O2 Arena, where they’ll be playing a special seasonal game. The New York Knicks – who played in London in 2013 – will be up against The Milwaukee Bucks in what is certain to be one of the most exciting London January events.
Thursday, January 15 2015.
London Art Fair
Whether you’re an avid collector with a highly trained eye or are just taking your first footsteps in buying art, London Art Fair is the place to be this January. Ranging from early 20th century pieces to fiercely contemporary artists still at work today, the fair offers a brilliant collection of Modern British and contemporary art for sale. Or you could just enjoy some window-shopping – no laws against that.
From Wednesday, January 21 – Sunday, January 25 2015.
Rubens and His Legacy
The Royal Academy will welcome one of 2015’s most anticipated London January events with the opening of Rubens and His Legacy. The “Prince of Painters” will be represented through both his own paintings and those who were influenced by him during his lifetime and in the years that followed. Focussing on the themes of power, lust, compassion, elegance, poetry and violence, this exhibition will cast new light on one of the world’s most famous painters.
From Saturday, January 24 – Friday, April 10 2015.
Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry IV, Parts I & II
One of our favourite London January events, The Royal Shakespeare Company will take to the stage for a new production of Henry IV, Parts I & II. Featuring the same creative team behind last year’s celebrated production of Richard II, the subtle props and lightings are the perfect backdrop to a tale about politics, war and betrayal. Catch the show at The Barbican until January 24th.
From Saturday, November 29 2014 – Saturday, January 24 2015.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Gallery has returned for its seventh edition to showcase 60 new portraits by a series of international contemporary photographers. An open competition that encourages artists and photographers of all levels to enter, the result is a stunning collection of portraits, every one of them with its own story to tell.
From Thursday, November 13 2014 – Sunday, February 22 2015.
Header Image: The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014