January Must-Dos in London
CATCH IT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE
ICE SKATING AT SOMERSET HOUSE
London does ice skating well. The ice rink is at the glorious Somerset House has to be checked off your list. If you didn’t do it in 2019, then 2020 it must be. Spin around the rink during the day, or you can take to the ice once night falls as they play host to an array of DJs, artists and clubs. Somerset House has partnered with Fortnum & Mason, so you’ll have plenty of places to enjoy between skate sessions.
Until Sun 12th January 2020
South Building, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
WILLIAM BLAKE AT THE TATE
Tate Britain is hosting the largest exhibition of William Blake’s work for nearly two decades, featuring over 300 original pieces. The printmaker, painter and poet is responsible for some of the most iconic works in British art and this show displays his art in the way it was meant to be seen – as well as an immersive recreation of the room he first showed his art in 1809, there’ll also be the large-scale displays he dreamed of, made possible using digital technology.
Until 2nd February 2020
Tate Britain, Millbank, London, UK
LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
If you think January is a month for curling up in the warmth of a cinema, you're absolutely right. The 17th edition of the London Short Film is on hand to entertain you with dramas, documentaries and animations. There are plenty of new releases to see, as well as short films that have placed in international competitions.
From 10th to 19th January, 2020
If fashion is more your style, head over to enjoy a celebration of the sixties with a major retrospective of revolutionary fashion designer Mary Quant. Credited with popularising the mini skirt, Mary Quant changed the face of the British high street. Over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from her personal archive as well as original items loaned from the public will be on display.
Until 16th February 2020
Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, London, UK
A LITTLE MORE TIME
CHINESE NEW YEAR
The official date for Chinese New Year is 25th January, but London's celebrations usually take place on a Sunday, falling on the 26th this year. Celebrations in London are the largest outside of Asia. Join in the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and the West End as we welcome in the Year of the Rat, with spectacular parades, stage performances and traditional Chinese food.
We welcome you to stay with us to celebrate Chinese New Year between 24th January and 9th February (with lots of added perks!)
TUTANKHAMUN, TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH
The largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures to leave Egypt is on display at the Saatchi Gallery as part of the celebrations marking the centenary of the discovery of the tomb. Over 150 original artefacts from the tomb, including 60 that have never been outside Egypt before, are on display with the exhibition focusing on the significance of Tutankhamun’s burial items and how they helped the king on his journey to everlasting life. This exhibition will be the last chance to see these artefacts before they go on permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Until 3rd May 2020
Saatchi Gallery, King’s Rd, London SW3 4RY
MOVING TO MARS
Wonder what its like on Mars? Experience life on the red planet for yourself at the Design Museum with its exhibition Moving to Mars. The exhibition features a full-scale Mars home and around 200 other objects including NASA’s 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge winners AI SpaceFactory, robotic builders by Foster & Partners, the first spacesuit designed for the Martian surface, Christopher Raeburn’s new Mars-inspired collection and more.
Until 23rd February 2020
Design Museum, Kensington High Street, London, UK
A spoonful of sugar always does the trick, and so does Mary Poppins. Returning to its original West End home, the Prince Edward Theatre, for a new run with Zizi Strallen back in the title role following her performances on the international tour. Charlie Stemp stars as Bert, with the Cameron Mackintosh production also features the classic Sherman brothers score plus new songs and music from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. It’s sure to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Until 29th March 2020
Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London W1D 4HS, UK
LONDON ART FAIR
The capital's art scene swings into action for the year at the London Art Fair, with a focus on modern and contemporary pieces, with galleries from all over London and beyond exhibiting. There's an impressive programme of talks and tours too, including a look at art in science and technology.
From 22nd until 26th January 2020
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH