What’s on guide: January

With life getting busier every week and new bars, restaurants and events opening every month, staying on top can be tricky. So here’s a round up of this month’s hottest happenings in and around the local area…­­­­­
 
What? New Year's Day Parade
Where? Various London locations, London
When? January 1st 2020
London's New Year's Day Parade celebrates its 34th year in 2020 with more than 8,500 performers representing 20 countries taking part, including Pearly Kings and Queens, cheerleaders, marching bands, dancers and representatives from West End shows.
 
What? Winter Lights at Canary Wharf
Where? Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs
When? January 16th 2020 - January 25th 2020
The business district is glowing even brighter than usual thanks to the addition of sparkling installations and interactive experiences from international artists.
 
What? Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City
Where? Somerset House, Aldwych
When? Until January 5th 2020
Marvel at the beauty of Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City, a model metropolis made of spiced dough that’s popping up at Somerset House for the first time. This year‘s theme is ‘transport’. All aboard!
 
What? The Gift
Where? Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square
When? Wednesday 29th January 2020 - Saturday 1st February 2020
An outrageous comedy drama about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation and drinking tea. Brighton 1852. A day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria and raised in the Queen’s circles. Today is the eve of her having to return to Africa but will she go? The Present. A day in the life of Sarah, a black middle-class woman staying in a Cheshire village with her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well-meaning neighbours who have something to confess… The two Sarahs meet Queen Victoria for tea. This won’t be your regular tea party…
 
What? Club Soda Mindful Drinking Festival
Where? The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln
When? Saturday 18th January 2020 and Sunday 19th January 2020
A free event perfect for dry January! Taste over 60 low and alcohol-free drinks brands and meet their makers, enjoy all your favourite cocktails with Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits - showing you can craft a great cocktail that is alcohol-free, get hands on with free cocktails masterclasses with Camille from La Maison Wellness and The Hox, Southwark, navigate the world of alcohol free wines, ciders, beers and even tea with award winning experts.
 
What? Burns Night Ceilidh
Where? St Mark’s Church, St Marks Rise Colvestone Crescent, Dalston
When? Friday 24th January 2020
Join the Nest Collective for a night bedecked in tartan and tam o’shanters, where whisky flows and floorboards shake, all in celebration of Scotland’s favourite son, Robert Burns. The Ceilidh Liberation Front is London’s most radical & colourful live band, subverting the lore of Ceilidh with their energetic folk dance regime. They breathe vigour and vitality into the traditional ceilidh, whilst honouring its roots and traditions.
 
What? The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Where? National Theatre , South Bank
When? Until Saturday January 25th 2020
Sensational stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel about a man recalling a summer where he battled creatures from outside reality. Did Samuel Blenkin’s nerdy, CS Lewis-loving 12-year-old boy really battle forces of darkness one summer? Or did his fertile imagination embellish a difficult period after his mother’s death? The argument here is that it doesn’t really matter: in a way, both can be true.
 
What? Anselm Kiefer
Where? White Cube Bermondsey, Bermondsey
When? Until January 26th 2020
See this show of huge, massive, enormous paintings by a German giant. The big war-ravaged canvases are classic Kiefer – the detritus of the twentieth century laid bare. This is his attempt to find meaning in this increasingly meaningless world. It works seriously well.