The Best Things to Do in London in January 2015

A guide to the best things to do in London in January, from celebrating a Scottish poet to cheap theatre tickets

With the start of the new year comes a host of new attractions and events that makes London the place to be in 2015. Find cheap theatre tickets, enjoy a festival to celebrate a poet, see British rock legends Queen, and much more.

London New Year’s Day Parade—1 January

This street festival, going strong since 1987, celebrates London’s diversity. Each year it’s more popular, now with around 10,000 participants, from American marching bands to bagpipers. Buy a grandstand ticket, or join the many thousands of spectators who gather along Piccadilly. It starts at noon.

Get Into London Theatre—1 January-13 February 

Made In Dagenham the musical, London, UK
Get discounted tickets for shows such as Made In Dagenham (Courtesy Made In Dagenham)

Every year the Society Of London Theatre runs a special promotion with 60 shows to offer a range of discounted tickets. It has been 13 years since its launch and the season is a great-value way of seeing new shows like Made In Dagenham (pictured) and long-runners The Lion King. Visit their website for details on what’s available.

London Ice Sculpting Festival—10-12 January 

This annual three-day event is an amazing opportunity to see ice sculptors at work with chisels, chainsaws and grinders and some spectacular pieces up close. You'll find the festival at Chelsea’s Duke of York Square and entry is free. Just make sure that you wrap up warm!

NBA Global Games—15 January

New York Knicks play the Milwaukee Bucks at The O2 Arena
New York Knicks take on the Milwaukee Bucks at The O2 Arena (©NBA Global Games)

The New York Knicks face the Milwaukee Bucks at The O2 as part of NBA Global Games 2015. Led by Olympic Gold medalist Carmelo Anthony, this is the Knicks’ second trip to London and these sell-out events are a rare opportunity to see the teams this side of the Atlantic. Expect to see fans from all over Europe, cheering on players such as Bargani and Calderon, who come from Italy and Spain. 

Queen and Adam Lambert—17 & 19 January

Veteran rockers Queen join forces with America’s Adam Lambert to play two nights at London's prestigious The O2 in their European tour. Expect star turns from guitarist Brian May and a host of familiar hits such as Killer Queen and I Want To Break Free. Lambert has had a string of international hits in his own right, while Queen are one of the UK’s most successful rock bands, with more than 40 chart smashes to their name.

Burns Night—25 January


Burn's Night celebrations in London, UK
Tartan and sporrans mark the great Scots poet for Burn's Night.

Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns is celebrated in style this evening with an celebration of traditional food, music and verse. London has a number of venues offering traditional fare such as haggis, which is a savoury pudding of sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, mixed with oatmeal, onion and seasoning. Washed down with a wee dram of whisky, it’s a real treat!