The New Year brings with it promises to make some changes and try new things. We’ve decided to embrace this feeling with some exciting adventures to take up this January. We have many shows, parades and festivals for you to look forward to. It’s time to start 2018 with a bang – don’t waste any time, just take a look at our line-up!
London’s New Year’s Day Parade
Various Locations in Central London
1st January 2018
12pm – 15:30pm
If you’re feeling spritely after New Year’s Eve, get a head start on the new year by attending the New Year’s Day Parade! London will be celebrating the parades 32nd year with over 8,500 performers including Pearly Kings and Queens, cheerleaders, marching bands, dancers and West End performers all taking part.
The parade will be a 2.2-mile display travelling through the top landmarks London has to offer, beginning at the Ritz Hotel, taking in Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Big Ben, with grandstands assembled in certain places along the way to make the viewing experience that much better. Just arrive early to get a good position or you can book tickets for the grandstands here.
This year, 20 countries will be represented across the magnitude of performers and the parade will showcase an American-style spectacular of musicians featuring a number of bands, dancers, acrobats, clowns and floats twirl, march and drum who are flying over from the USA especially for the event.
Start your year with a bang and head down to Piccadilly on the 1st January by 12pm to join in the spirit of London and what is sure to be an incredible parade!
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Re: Solutions Festival
Juju’s Bar & Stage, 15 Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, E1 6QR
1st – 31st January 2018
For those of you who like to start the new year with a fresh start, Re-Solutions are hosting a 30-day-long health and wellness festival at Juju’s Bar & Stage. There will be lots of activities you can immerse yourself in such as yoga and martial arts classes, motivational talks, workshops and mini-retreats.
Re:Solutions is all about taking some time out in our busy lives to look after our bodies and minds in whatever way we feel, catering for those who are looking for some chilling vinyasa flow as well as those who fancy attending an invigorating dance class to live music. This is something we can definitely get on board with!
To add to this festivals allure, there is also a Juju Bean Café stocked with delicious wellness smoothies and juices packed with the latest superfoods, as well as some delicious treats to kick start a healthy nutrition. Could this be any more up our street?
The rejuvenation festival will be returning for its second year with additional performances, parties and shows from collaborators including Urban Temple and Fat Buddha Yoga. For more information on what you can expect and a timetable of the events and classes you can get involved in, head to their website.
18th – 21st January 2018
Brighten up your January by attending this four-day festival of dazzling displays. Lumiere London is the UK’s largest light festival and will be returning for a spectacular second edition that promises to be ‘bigger, brighter and bolder’ than before!
There will be installations across London’s iconic architecture and streets taking place north and south of the River Thames. The festival is free to visit and welcomes everyone to view the stunning work created by more than 40 UK and international artists.
Lumiere London is all about giving a canvas to creativity and changing the way we think and feel about public spaces. Check out which installations are part of Lumiere London 2018, and discover where to see them in the six festival areas: King’s Cross, Fitzrovia, the West End, Mayfair, Westminster & Victoria, and South Bank & Waterloo.
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Lady Windermere’s Fan
Vaudeville Theatre, Charing Cross, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH
12 January – 7 April 2018
Kathy Burke’s take on Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan is a must see in 2018. The comedy looks at the scandalous adventures of a lady in Victorian society after suspicion that her husband’s having an affair.
Jennifer Saunders will star as a scandal-hungry noblewoman, the Duchess of Berwick, alongside Samantha Spiro and Kevin Bishop in this star-studded line up.
If this is a bit of you, get your tickets before the New Year to avoid any disappointment!
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Paint Jam London
13 January 2018
7pm – 10pm
Get creative in an immersive art-making experience featuring painting on easels, live DJ music and drinks. Sign us up!
Paint Jam London creates POP UP art-studios in unexpected, secret spaces for everyone to get involved and just have a bit of fun. All Paint Jam workshops have a painting theme from pop art, abstract, surrealism, Jackson Pollock’s splatter painting, graffiti, Bauhaus, life painting and more.
Get your ticket for the first event of the year on Saturday 13th January. This special paint jam night will be around the theme of sound & vision with an awesome DJ & Prosecco to get you creative juices flowing. The pop-up with be held at a secret location to be revealed 48 hours before the night! What are you waiting for? Get your tickets here and we’ll see you there!
London Art Antiques and Interiors Fair
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL
12 – 14 January 2018
If you’re giving you’re starting the year with a new style and frame of mind, why not spruce up the home as well? Give your place a new look will help ease you into the new year but remember, a new look doesn’t need new furniture!
This brings us to the last on our list of must-do events this January – the annual London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair. Here you’ll find over 100 specialist dealers with Art Deco, Art Nouveau and 20th Century art and design to fill your home.
You could even catch Mark Hill and Judith Miller from BBC Antiques Roadshow giving top tips on buying or take part in some pop-up painting taster sessions to learn how to restyle your home in between browsing.
To discover a diversity of periods and styles crossing a variety of disciplines including ceramics, glass, paintings, jewellery as well as British and continental furniture, book your tickets online for £12 here.
How will you be bringing in the New Year? Let us know and comment below!