What's on In London this January

Find a feel-good fix to give you that hit of energy you’re craving. Go for frosty walks in the park, try a work out, a spa trip or take in some of the Oscar-nominated films hitting our big screens this month. Alternatively, try these:

The Exorcist at Phoenix Theatre

Terrify yourself and get that adrenalin pumping at the stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s iconic best-selling novel (which also spawned the classic 1970s horror movie). Ian McKellen features in the West End premiere of The Exorcist as the Voice of the Demon. When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange symptoms, her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what’s before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl’s soul. Until 10 March 2018, book tickets here.

Cold Water Swimming

‘Swimming is always a mind-altering experience,’ says Ella Foote of the Outdoor Swimming Society. ‘Once you have sunk into the water you are left alone with your thoughts and have time to process them. That is why swimming is so popular – the mental as well as physical benefits. In winter you get an extra zing! It is euphoric.’ We love Brockwell Lido, Tooting Bec Lido, Hampstead Ponds, and the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Find your nearest wild swim here.

Go Ape
Go Ape has opened a string of new outdoor and treetop adventure centres across London over the last three years. The newest venue is Alexandra Palace, which is also due to open Go Ape’s first free-fall activity! Get high the natural way. 

Play Board Games outside the house

Keep the Christmas vibe going at London’s first board game cafe, Draughts. Find over 600+ games, healthy drinks and savoury snacks. Take some like-minded friends and hunker down for an afternoon of table-top fun!  Or head to the Library Pot in Richmond for a similarly huge selection of games – and there’s even a ball pit!

Black Star

Get a culture rush and celebrate David Bowie’s life on a walking tour. It falls just days after the icon’s birthday (January 8) as well as the three-year anniversary of his death (January 10). Starting in Brixton the tour will visit the house he was born in as well as the first school he attended, along with Jimmy C’s famous mural. It will also journey through Soho, the spot where many of his classic albums were made and the place that inspired his legendary persona Ziggy Stardust. January 12. Book tickets here.

Get Out! 

If you haven’t already experienced an "escape room" now is the time to do so. You and a group of friends are shut into a scenario from which you have to free yourselves. Will you solve the puzzles in time to survive? Your heart will be pumping hard by the end of your time on the inside. Secret London picks their Top 16 in the city.


Bounce is the bar home of ping pong. Book a conventional table or try their high-tech 'Wonderball' sets that transform into computer games using project mapping technology. There are also a great selection of pizzas to tuck into post-game. 

The London Art Fair

Explore and absorb some of the most exceptional modern and contemporary art of our time. by artists like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, with an opportunity to buy. Expect talks, tours, screenings and curated spaces at this year’s event, held in Islington. 16-20 January. Check out exhibited works by @claire_brewster (image credit).

The Adventure Show

Plan your next big trip! Olympia London is hosting the 23rd year of the UK’s only event dedicated to discovering the world off the beaten track. Discover the hottest new destinations, gain top tips and advice from the experts, uncover hidden travel gems, and enhance your skills. 19-20 January

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

Whether you need a little decorative pick-me-up or a roof-to-basement new look for your home, you’ll find cheery inspiration here. 22-27 January.

And don’t miss…

The Mamahood pop-up. See Arlette Gold goodies in the real world at the hugely popular store which is running until mid February on Lordship Lane. The shop is a beautiful showcase of 80 mother makers and creative small businesses run by mums all under one roof.