What’s on in London for January 2012

Happy New Year to you all. London has lots to offer this year especially this summer. So 2012 is a great time to come and visit. Here are a couple of important dates for your diary if you are visiting London over the next 12 months.

The Olympic Games start on the 27th July and runs till the 12th August, and  The Queens Diamond Jubilee is on the 5th June with lots off celebratory events planned. Now don’t worry if miss these events as London has plenty of great things to see and do every month . Listed below are our top 10 things in January that we think you will enjoy. Have fun and Happy 2012.

No 1.    January 1st,  London’s New Year’s Day Parade . Starting  at 12 p.m. the parade starts at The Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly and the procession of Floats, Marching bands ,Dancers, Acrobats, Cheerleaders, and various performers will wind their way through central London, finishing at parliament square in front of Big Ben. This year there will be over 10,000 performers and the parade will last for over 3 hours.

No 2.  January 4th till the 15th “Strictly Gershwin in London”. Held at The Coliseum in St Martins Lane near Trafalgar Square. This is a special tribute to Composer George Gershwin With a full  orchestra and special guests plus dancing supplied by the  English National Ballet. This show will feature some of the spellbinding memorable music of one of the great composers of the 20th century.

Tickets are available from the Box office, and start from £10 to £67

No. 3.   January 5th/  5th February London welcomes back the world famous Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert hall. This year they present “TOTEM”. A story that is based on the order of the Species. The show explores human evolution from its amphibian roots to the present day and beyond.  This is for fans who love acrobatics and contemporary circus performers. Tickets start from to £75

No. 4.   Love boats, then don’t miss “The Tullett Prebon London Boat show 2012” . This year it is being held at the Excel centre. From the 6th till the 15th January.  The show features everything to do with activity on, in and under the water.

Tickets start at £13 and go up to £25

No.5 .   “London Bike show 2012” at the Excel centre.

From the 12th till the 15th January. Featuring all the latest bikes and equipment from all the leading manufacturers . The show will also give you the chance to see all the latest models This year you can have the opportunity to try out bike polo on a specially constructed taster pitch. There will also be 20 teams competing in the first Bike show bike polo tournament. The show will also have  many cycling stars for you to meet.

No.6.   January 13th to the 14th  “The London Ice Sculpting Festival 2012” is at Canary Wharf, London docklands. Held in Canada Square Park. The festival will have some of the leading ice sculptors from around the world competing to be crowned, ice sculpture champion for 2012. The organizers will also be offering 20 minute master classes for adults and kids aged 12 and over. Also for your entertainment will be a snow pit which is covered in real snow. Here visitors of all ages can come and make snowmen , snowballs and snow castles

N0. 7 .   “The Masters at Alexandra Palace” 15th January till 22nd January.

One of the biggest tournaments on the snooker calendar. All the top players from around the world will be competing for one of the top prizes of the year.

No.8.    23rd January to the 29th January “Chinese New Year 2012”

This is the year of the Dragon. Welcome in the Chinese New Year in London. The major celebrations in Central London are the largest outside Asia. London’s main celebrations will be held on the 29th January at Leicester Square and Chinatown.

No.9.  25th January  and London celebrates Scotland’s famous son on Burns night. Haggis and Tatties aplenty! All over London there will be lots of parties going on to give the poet Robert Burns a special birthday. If he was still alive he would have been 253 years old this year. So look in the evening papers for special events and parties and raise a glass to this famous Scottish son.

No.10. 28/29th  January  “The Telegraph Adventure Travel Show at Olympia”.

This is the only show dedicated to the exciting world of adventure and off-the -beaten –track travel. It is packed with inspiration and travel advice to uncover the journey of a lifetime, from small group adventures,  wildlife encounters, trekking, family adventures, career breaks, safaris, overland expeditions, volunteering, and gap year.

Ticket prices from £8 to £10.

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