Happy New Year! It is the month we all set resolutions and goals and it is also the quietest month of the year. Not to worry though, we have found a whole host of activities, many that are free, to beat the blues of January and help the bank balance along these next few weeks.
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Chinese New Year
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Opening hours: Sunday 26th January, All Day
Join in the celebrations of the Year of the Rat with the largest Chinese New Year displays outside Asia. Performances, dances and colourful parades will happen around the West End, Chinatown and Trafalgar Square, so be ready to be fully immersed in the festivities. Whilst soaking up the atmosphere, experience the taste of the far east with a number of street food stalls dotted around and watch some of the dazzling performances from an experienced line-up of Chinese artists. Entry is free, so there is no excuse not to join in.
Image: London Art Fair
London Art Fair
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N10QH
Nearest Tube: Angel
Opening Hours: Wednesday 22nd -Thursday 23rd January 11am-9pm, Friday 24th January 11am-7pm, Saturday 25th January 11am-7.30pm, Sunday 26th January 11am-5pm
Every year the London Art Fair joins galleries and artwork from around the globe with collectors also attending, to provide a rare opportunity to view brilliant art, both modern and contemporary. There is a programme of daily talks and tours which will provide you with top tips in building an art collection and showcase future trends in art and photography. Whether you are an art connoisseur or enthusiast wanting to learn more about art, this is the perfect event to do so. Tickets start from £19 and you can get yours here.
Image: Burns Night
Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkins Place, London, NW1 8TN
Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm
Opening Hours: Saturday 25th January 7pm-10.30pm
In the Scottish calendar, the 25th January is a special day, with celebrations usually consisting of traditional food and music to celebrate the life of poet: Robert Burns. London is no exception to this, with a host of restaurants joining in and putting on one-off night dinner specials. One we have found to be affordable and full of tradition is a supper club in Primrose Hill. Tickets are £20 and wearing tartan is strongly advised. They also ask you bring your favourite malt to share with your table, whilst you listen and enjoy a night of food, music and poetry.
Image: London Short Film Festival
London Short Film Festival
Nearest Tube: Various Locations
Opening Hours: Friday 10th – 19th January 2020. Various times
Entering its 17th year, the London Short Film Festival is back to showcase emerging, homegrown and established short form talent, through the medium of film. Marking the first significant date on the UK’s film calendar, audiences of over 10,00 people will watch a range of genres at some of London most iconic and historical cinematic venues. Check out what films take your fancy and book your tickets here.
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