What’s on in London for January 2016


Welcome to the start of 2016. The month starts off with a big parade in the centre of London and the rest of the month is packed with lots of special events. There are also a couple of new shows opening. For sporting events take a look at our earlier blog showing all the top sport for the month. Don’t forget if you need a car to take you to any of the events mentioned contact Harmony cars on 07976374498 to get a quote for one of their chauffeur driven Limos, or Email them on:   info@harmony-airport-transfers.com

No.1. 1st January 2016 “New Year’s Day Parade”. Celebrate 2016 with this free colourful annual parade through Central London, featuring more than 8,000 performers from across the world. London’s New Year’s Day Parade crowns the capital’s festive season. Dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, musicians and performers assemble in the heart of the city for a colourful celebration that combines exuberant contemporary performances with traditional pomp and ceremony. Featuring more than 8,000 performers representing the London boroughs and countries from across the globe, this is the biggest event of its kind in the world. The free parade is expected to once again attract more than 500,000 spectators with live television broadcasts in the UK and abroad. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the New Year’s Day Parade in London which first took place on 1 January 1987. To celebrate this milestone, this year’s entries will reflect the parade’s theme of 30 Magical Years. Watch the parade for free along its route between Piccadilly at noon and Parliament Square at 3.30pm, via Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

No.2. 8th to 17th January 2016 “CWM FX London Boat Show” at ExCeL. London’s biggest and best-loved boat show is returning to ExCeL to give visitors the chance to experience the best in boating, water sports and shopping. Whether you’re a seasoned boater or looking to dip your toe into the water for the first time, the CWM FX London Boat Show offers an action-packed day out with more than 500 exhibitors showcasing the best in watercraft innovations, equipment and holidays, as well as immersive and interactive experiences.

No.3. 14th to 17th January 2016 “Lumiere London”. Get ready for Lumiere London: the biggest-ever light festival to hit the capital. Produced by Artichoke and supported by Mayor of London, for four evenings in January a host of international artists will illuminate the city. See iconic architecture transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works. Start your 2016 in spectacular fashion. Discover a programme that responds to the unique architecture of each location. Lumiere London 2016 is spread across two of London’s most exciting areas in the West End and King’s Cross. Information about new installations will be announced closer to the festival. Check the full programme for the latest artists to be revealed. A free map will be available to download in early January 2016. A limited number of printed maps will also be available during the festival.

No.4. 16th January 2016 to 6th March 2016 “Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna” at Royal Albert Hall. The latest show from Cirque du Soleil, “Amaluna”. For a show packed with beauty, elegance and breath-taking acrobatics. Returning to the venue for their 20th year, this is the first time that Cirque du Soleil have performed this show in the UK. Directed by Tony Award-winning Diane Paulus, the elaborate production is described as a celebration of love and a tribute to the voice and work of women. Performed almost exclusively by women, the sumptuous production tells the story of the queen Prospera who arranges her daughter’s coming of age ceremony, a rite that celebrates femininity, rebirth, renewal and balance. Following a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men arrive on the island, beginning an epic tale of love between the suitor and the daughter. Can they overcome the trials, terrors and setbacks that threaten to derail their trust and faith in each other.

No.5. 18th January to 13th February 2016 “Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Reloaded” at the Palace Theatre. Following the most far-reaching comedy tour ever completed, Izzard returns to London’s West End after having dazzled audiences as far afield as Russia, Canada, South Africa and the USA and in four different languages. The irrepressible Izzard has incorporated the best bits of his standup show Force Majeure to produce a re-worked, reloaded version of the hit show. Join Izzard for a hilarious evening of whimsical rambling and surreal comedy, on stage for a limited run only.

No.6.   20th to 24th January 2016 “London Art Fair “at Business Design Centre. Featuring more than 100 galleries presenting the great names of 20th century modern British art and exceptional contemporary work. Boasting works from the early 20th century to the present day and covering everything from photography and sculpture to painting and ceramics, there’s guaranteed to be something here to thrill art lovers of all tastes.

No.7. 23rd January to 19 March 2016 “The Master Builder” at The Old Vic. Ibsen’s mesmerising play explores the great questions of life and death. Written late in the Norwegian playwright’s career, The Master Builder is a compelling masterpiece that tackles some of life’s big questions. This new adaptation by David Hare is an energetic production starring Ralph Fiennes in the title role, whose film credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Harry Potter and Skyfall, and who recently starred in Man and Superman at the National Theatre. Halvard Solness has spent his life carefully crafting a reputation as the builder of the tallest and most impressive spires in the land. But he is distracted from his work when a country girl named Hilde, whose magnetic personality fascinates him, enters his life. As the older man is faced with the energy of youth, his world spins towards a perilous climax in this clever exploration of power, age, control and life and death.

No.8. 23rd January 2016 “The Corrs” at The O2. The four-piece family band from Dundalk, also known as Andrea, Caroline, Jim and Sharon, are back together performing soft-rock and folk, and all there past hits.

No.9.   25th January 2016 “Burns Night” in London. Celebrate Scotland’s favourite son on Burns Night in London. Burns Night is the anniversary of the Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday. Many London restaurants and bars hold special Burns Night events. Haggis and tatties aplenty! So you can get into the Scottish spirit without leaving London. Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who became a national icon. Burns Night is celebrated on the anniversary of his birth on 25 January 1759.

No.10.   31st January 2016 “Cancer Research UK London Winter Run”. London’s only winter themed run with polar bear hugs and snow zones along the iconic route. Take in some of London’s most famous landmarks as the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run returns to the capital’s streets to raise money for the charity. In 2015, the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run saw 15,000 people conquer the cold to run 10km through the closed roads of Central London – raising £600,000 for Cancer Research UK. This immensely popular event will once again see thousands of runners negotiate a route past top sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London and many more – there will also be an event village based in Trafalgar Square. This year’s Cancer Research UK Winter Run Series promises lots of new wintery surprises, from epic Snow Zones on the route, to Polar Bear Hugs on the finish line…with more to be announced. These touches provide participants with a running experience like no other. You can register for you place now.



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