What’s on in London for January 2013

London Transfers January 2013The start of a 2013, and London begins the year with plenty of top events to keep you entertained. Even though London will not be very warm in January, there are still plenty of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. First thing to mention is the New Year’s day parade, always a great spectacle and great for the whole family. For the rest of the month there are Exibition’s, great sporting events, and lots of Music and theatre to experience. Shown below are our top 10 for the month, and may I  wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Harmony Cars.

No.1. 1st January “London New Year’s Day Parade”

Thousands of performers from all around the world will be taking part in London’s spectacular annual New Year’s Day Parade. This year The Parade celebrates its 27th Anniversary of bringing extraordinary entertainment to thousands of people every year. More than half a million are expected to cram London’s most famous streets to see the fantastic spectacular as it weaves its way along the route. The Parade starts at 11.45am on Piccadilly at the junction with Berkeley Street outside the Ritz Hotel and finishes around 3pm at Parliament Street. The Parade route is – Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.

No 2. 5 January to 14 February “Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza” at the Royal Albert Hall

Since its premiere in April 2007, Kooza has captivated almost four million spectators with its blend of acrobatic performance and clowning. Performed by 53 artists, Kooza tells the story of The Innocent, who is searching for his place in the world through contortionists, trapeze-artists and the high wire. One of the show’s most nerve-jangling acts is the Wheel of Death, which features two men running in place atop a rapidly spinning steel sphere.

No.3. 11th January to 13th January “Ice Sculpting Festival” Jubilee Park, Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5A

The 2013 London Ice Sculpting Festival will be the biggest yet, spread across 3 Days in Jubilee Park, Montgomery Square and the stunning, new, adjacent Wood Wharf! Everyone loves the Festival’s Masterclasses so they have organised many more of those which will also take place above ground and in the shopping malls. Masterclasses will take place on: Friday: 11am – 3pm, Saturday: 10am – 6pm, Sunday: 11am – 4pm. For the 2013 Festival there will be 12 International Teams competing against the clock. New for 2013 will be the Graffiti Wall where adults can release the inner Banksy on a specially constructed ice wall. The Snow Pit will be back – bigger than ever so more children and adults can have even more fun! Live Music on the Festival Stage will be new for 2013, bringing yet another attraction to this exciting Festival. The large, outdoor Ice Chess will be a new source of great fun and, probably, drama too where adults can try out their strategic chess moves in the manner of the Grand Masters, Kasparov or Britain’s Gawain Jones.

No.4 12th January to 20th January “London Boat Show” held at ExCel , One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock,

Hundreds of boats of all shapes and sizes will be packed into one exceptional nine day Show. Now running the entire length of ExCel and featuring the latest models from around the world, 2013 will showcase exclusive launches, 100’s of products, expert advice and stunning attractions. Great British and International brands will be showing their latest models this year. Whether you are interested in Power, Sail, Water sports or Classic Boats, every type, size and price range is here to see or try. The Used Boats marina out on the dock is hugely popular and owners will be mooring their craft for you to see and buy. This year there will be more boats than ever before, for you to climb aboard, meet the owner or broker and ask questions about the craft. No Boat Show is complete without the wealth of equipment and products needed to support the boating passion! Rummaging through chandlery or checking out the latest technology is a massive part of the unique Show experience. The 2013 Show will be chock full of an almost literal A to Z of products from Adhesives to Upholstery and Engines to Safety Equipment. Launches and debuts will feature heavily as well as uncovering those Show bargains which make visiting a ‘must-do’ experience. Standard Day Ticket: £16 advance, or £20 on the door.

No.5. 17th January to 20th January “The London Bike Show” at the London ExCel, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock

There is loads to see and do at this years Bike Show for both adults and children, on top of seeing the latest bikes, clothing and accessories from exhibitors. There also attractions that are free once you’ve purchased your entry ticket! Bike Radar Training Hub: A team of experts from Koolstof Sports Coaching will be on hand to put you through your paces in a series of tests and consultations, designed to enhance your cycling performance and show you exactly where you can improve. The Cool Wall: Home to the finest examples of bike porn, The Cool Wall will be returning to Bike Show with more exclusive and rare bicycles. Test Track: Will feature a 400m test track, providing the perfect opportunity to try out the latest bikes before you make the all important decision of which one (if any) you’d like to buy. DMR Pump Track: The four days of the show feature a packed program of head to head racing, with the best riders in the UK in action each day in pursuit of the DMR cash prize fund. Cycling performance Theatre: featuring some of Britain’s top cyclists, as well experts who will help take your cycling to the next level. Tickets cost Adults: £16 Child under 16: free, Senior (60+): £13, Student: £13

No.6. 17 January “NBA London Live 2013” The O2 Arena, London

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is holding a regular-season game at The O2, featuring the three-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons and two-time champion New York Knicks. The NBA returns to The O2 following the success of last year’s first-ever regular-season games at the arena which saw the Toronto Raptors facing the New Jersey Nets. Tickets from £35.0

No.7. 20th January “Barclays Premier League Totenham Hotspur v Man Utd” at Whitehart Lane .

Tottenham play Manchester United at home. Spurs are currently fourth in the league and United currently lead the Premiership. Spurs want to finish in the top four so that they can qualify for the Champions league and of course United want to win the league. Both teams can’t afford to drop points so both will be keen to win this major match of the season. When Spurs went to Manchester a few months ago they beat the reds, so Alex Ferguson’s team will want revenge. All the big names will be on show. For Tottenham there will be Bale, Defoe, Adebayor, Parker,Walker and Lennon and for United Van Perse, Rooney, Evra ,Giggs, Ferdinand and Carrick Kickoff is at 16:00 p.m

No.8. 20th January “Barclays Premier League Chelsea V Arsenal” at Stanford Bridge.

Chelsea are currently third and Arsenal are going through a bit of a rough time, having just been knocked out of the League cup by a lower division team. It’s a few weeks till this game can the Arsenal manager get his team back to there very best and give there rival London team Chelsea a run for their money in this exciting London Derby. Kickoff is at 13.30 p.m

No.9. 23 January to 13 April 2013 “Quartermaine’s Terms” Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2.

Rowan Atkinson stars as well-meaning but hopeless teacher St John Quartermaine in the first major West End revival of Simon Gray’s play Quartermaine’s Terms. This is Atkinson’s first appearance on stage in 25 years. Set in the 1960s in an English language school for foreigners, this tragic comedy is a humorous but moving account of several years in the lives of seven teachers. Rowan Atkinson is most famous for his portrayal of the childlike comedy character Mr Bean on TV. In fact, the show is so popular it has been broadcast in 245 countries. The actor has also starred in numerous hit movies, including Never Say Never Again, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Johnny English and Love Actually. Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Conleth Hill, Will Keen, Felicity Montagu and Malcolm Sinclair Tickets from £25.00

No.10. 25 January “Burns Night in London”

Celebrate Scotland’s favourite son on Burns Night in London. Haggis and tatties aplenty! Burns Night is the anniversary of the Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday. He was born on 25 January 1759 Many London restaurants and bars hold special Burns Night events, so you can get into the Scottish spirit without leaving London. Robert Burns was a poet and lyricist who became a Scottish cultural icon. Burns Night celebrates his life and work and is often marked with a supper, poetry reading and a toast.


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