January 2019: Top Cheapo Events in London

Lily Crossley-Baxter

Now you’ve welcomed in 2019 with fireworks, parties or just a quiet night in, continue as you mean to go on (except the last one)! There are bucketfuls of great events this month, from parades to art fairs to light festivals, all designed to brighten up your January and keep you entertained.

New Year’s Day Parade

NYE Parade London
Photo by Captain Roger Fenton used under CC

Watch as over 10,000 participants from the UK and abroad put on the show of a lifetime, with marching bands, floats, cheerleading and more. London boroughs each enter a performance for the Borough competition, vying to win a prize of thousands which they can distribute to chosen charities in their area, so performers will certainly be giving it their all.  The route begins at 12pm on Piccadilly and moves through lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and ending on Parliament Street. There are plenty of great viewing points along the route, although there are stand seats available for around £30.00 if you book ahead. There are also a series of musical concerts which require tickets and feature some of the world’s best orchestras and choirs.

 New Year's Day Parade

Dates:1st Jan, 2020

New Year’s Day 10k & Fun Run

10k run at Hyde Park
Photo by Sussex Sport used under CC

If you’re hell-bent on getting fit this year, why not start with a 10k run through the beautiful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens? There’s nothing better than a refreshing run, and if 10k seems a bit much, there’s also a 3k fun run you can take part in too. It does cost between £18.00 and £20.00 to participate, but it’s free to watch, so if you wanted to take a stroll and maybe be inspired, this is the perfect chance.

 New Year's Day 10K run and 3k fun run

Dates:1st Jan, 2020
Entry:£18.00 – £20.00

London Mime Festival

Photo by Jan Lewandowski used under CC

Who doesn’t like a bit of mime now and then? Before you laugh, things have changed—it’s far more sophisticated than it used to be, we promise. Running since 1977, this festival attracts some of the best performers in the world including mimers from Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, Switzerland and of course the UK. This isn’t the black-and-white street act you might be thinking of—there are full performances and plays  as well as discussions and workshops if you want to get involved. There are various different performance areas and stages including the Barbican, Shoreditch Town Hall and Soho Theater, so check out the venues page for more details.

 London International Mime Festival

Dates:Early Jan
Early Feb, 2020

Short Film Festival

A small film screening
Photo by Joseph Pearson on Unsplash used under CC

Named the best short film festival in the world by the Guardian Guide, this ever-growing event is screening cutting-edge and multimedia pieces in a variety of locations across the city. The schedule lists plenty of intriguing collections and you’ll be hard pressed to select one night over another, from the Friday eveing ‘Funny Shit’ collection to the intriguingly named ‘Lo-Budget Mayhem’ night and Animation Variety shorts. Tickets range from £6 to £12 and there are a variety of different locations and special events including talks with creatives and afternoon tea with British Council.

 London Short Film Festival

Dates:Mid Jan, 2020

Winter Lights

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf
Photo by Robin Parker used under CC

Brighten up one of the darkest months with some beautiful illuminations on Canary Wharf. There will be sculptures, structures and installations surrounding the commercial towers. The event is completely free and you can spend an evening wandering through the unusual creations—ideally with a hot chocolate in hand.

 Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Dates:16th Jan–25th Jan, 2020

London Art Fair

Photo by Herry Lawford used under CC

If you’ve been saving up all your cheapo coins to start a new life as an art dealer, this is your opportunity to get involved in one of the most prestigious art scenes in the world. With previews of renowned works and international galleries displaying their best pieces, there will be works on show from the 20th century to contemporary creations. This is the first big event on the British art world’s calendar, and you can get evening tickets from £11.00 and day tickets from £16.00 if you book in advance (plus a booking fee of £1.75).

 London Art Fair

Dates:Mid Jan, 2020
Entry:£17.45 – £29.50

Last Chance Events

Somerset House Ice Skating
Photo by Steve Wilde used under CC

Christmas by the River | Until Jan 2nd | London Bridge

Christmas at Kew | Until Jan 5th | Kew

Leicester Square Christmas Market | Until Jan 5th | Leicester Square

Tower of London Ice Skating | Until Jan 6th | Tower Hill

Hampton Court Palace Ice Skating | Until Jan 6th | Richmond

Hooked at the Science Gallery | Until Jan 6th | London Bridge

Votes for Women Centenary Exhibition | Until Jan 6th | Barbican

Winter Festival at South Bank | Until Jan 6th | South Bank

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland | Until Jan 6th | Wesminster

Ice Skating at Somerset House | Until Jan 13th | Aldwych

Natural History Museum Ice Skating | Until Jan 20th | South Kensington

Poster Women: A Century of Art and Design | Until Jan 31st | Covent Garden

Ongoing Events

Photo by Rebecca Oliver used under CC

Canary Wharf Ice Skating | Until Feb 16th | Canary Wharf

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt | Until Feb 24th | Knightsbridge

Living With Buildings | Until March 3rd | Euston

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Tags: Art, Events, Exhibitions, Family, Featured, Film, Free Events, Illuminations, Winter
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