What’s on around the City of London in January

Things to do in London
'What Do You See?' at Shoreditch Town Hall. Photo by Helen Murray

There are stacks of things happening around the City of London this month. Check out the new public art installations taking over the Square Mile as well as all best theatre shows, exhibitions and festivals which are running throughout the month. It’s time to get back into the City, and experience all the best cultural happenings that London has to offer.

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Burns Night at The Oyster Shed

Celebrate Burns Night at The Oyster Shed

Head to The Oyster Shed for a Burns Night to remember. Former MasterChef winner and Head Chef, Natalie Coleman, will be laying on a festive feast for the annual celebration. You’ll enjoy a night of whiskey tasting followed by a delicious four-course dinner which includes all the Scottish favourites, including haggis, scotch eggs and cranachan all washed down with a wee dram. The perfect way to get into the spirit.
January 25

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George Fouracres as Hamlet. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

Watch Hamlet at Shakespeare’s Globe

Experience one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays in the intimate candlelit playhouse. Step inside the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and be transported to the ostentatious court of Elsinore.

Horrified by the role he seems required to play, madness threatens to rip apart the lie around Hamlet and expose the truth. The Globe Ensemble production, led by Associate Artistic Director, Sean Holmes, brings Shakespeare’s iconic tale of manipulation, disruption, and coercion to candlelight.
January 21 until April 9

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The Folly

Take a TRIP at The Folly

Doing dry January? No worries. Banish those January blues with an escape to The Folly and its exclusive pop-up with leading CBD brand, TRIP. The cute bar in the heart of the City is hosting the bespoke CBD cocktail and mocktail brand to help you relax into the new year.

Each drink contains 15mg of CBD and will help you to alleviate stress and increase your productivity – perfect after the Christmas holidays. What’s more, as you sip on your CBD mocktail, you can enjoy some of The Folly’s vegan and vegetarian dishes to keep Veganuary going. The plant-based menu includes vegan shrimp lollipops or TuNO carpaccio.
Throughout January

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Art on Wheels on display at the Whitechapel Gallery

Three Visionary Dealers at Whitechapel Gallery

Get your groove on and jive down to the Galleries in the Groove: Three Visionary Dealers, 1960s–80s exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery. This exhibition gathers material from the gallery’s archives that sheds light on artists and projects to attest to the impact art galleries had on the development of artistic communities around them from the 60s to the 80s. The exhibition spotlights Just Above Midtown in New York, Robert Fraser Gallery in London and Antwerp’s Wide White Space, to demonstrate how each gallery took risks to offer opportunities to unsupported artists.
Until August 21, 2022

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Barely Methodical, Sadlers Wells

Barely Methodical Troupe at Sadler’s Wells

The coolest circus company in London, Barely Methodical Troupe will be bringing their five-star hit about group dynamics and friendship to Sadler’s Well for this year’s London International Mime Festival.

You’ll be oohing, ahhing and belly laughing at the incredible tumbling, flying and catching as the seven comic performers compete for recognition.

Thick & Tight: SHORT & SWEET at Barbican Centre

If you like satire and samba, this is the show for you. Thick & Tight: SHORT & SWEET is bursting at the seams with dance, drag and lip-syncing with its modern take on a variety show for this year’s Mime Festival. A host of famous and infamous characters are brought to life by UK-based dance theatre company, Corali Dance Company. Their work takes influence from a range of historical, political, literary and artistic subjects, with a focus on queer culture and accessibility.
January 25-29

What Do You See? at Shoreditch Town Hall

Head to Shoreditch for the town hall’s multidisciplinary offering as part of the Mime Festival. The performance uses words, songs, movement and audio visuals to represent race, disability, sexuality, age and all the diverse intersectional identities in Britain today. With a cast of 27 creatives, What Do You See? celebrates communities at the centre of the story. The performance will be BSL interpreted.
January 19-23

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