So it’s January, the month where we’re supposed to detox, go on diets, join the gym and barely go out because we overspent at Christmas. With all that, it’s no wonder so many of us suffer from the January blues after such a social and family overdose at Christmas. However, there are plenty of things on in the capital – some even free – on this January and February to keep you entertained during those winter months.
Kooza, the new production by Cirque du Soleil, is on at the Royal Albert Hall
- 5 January – 3 February : Kooza by Cirque du Soleil
The newest touring production from the Cirque, billed as ‘an adrenaline rush of acrobatics in a zany kingdom’. Runs for one month at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets range from £22.50 to £99.00. For more information, visit Cirque du Soleil’s official website.
- 11 – 13 January : London Ice Sculpting Festival @ Canary Wharf
Three day festival featuring temporary creations by some of the world’s top ice sculpting teams, with masterclasses and the opportunity to sculpt yourself, a snow pit and winter market. Free. Nearest tube: Canary Wharf. Takes place across Wood Wharf, Montgomery Sq, Jubilee Place and Canada Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AX. For more information, visit the London Ice Sculpting Festival website.
- 12 – 20 January : London Boat Show
Boats of all shapes and sizes on show at ExCel in Docklands. Tickets: £10, also include entrance to the London Bike, Outdoors, Active Travel and Luxury Brand Shows in the same venue. Nearest tube: Custom House (DLR). ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Boat Show website.
Hollywood exhibition at the V&A runs until 27 January (Poster © V&A Museum)
- Now until 27 January : Hollywood Costume @ V&A
Special exhibition of over 100 costumes from some of Hollywood’s classic movies, including Wizard Of Oz, Singin’ In The Rain, Some Like It Hot, Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Star Wars. Although entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum is free, this particular exhibition costs and is highly recommended that timed tickets are bought online. Adult tickets online £15.80. Nearest tube: South Kensington. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. For more information and booking, visit the V&A’s website.
- Now until 3 February : Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits exhibition
It’s been a bumper two years for the Royal Family with 2011′s wedding of Prince William and Catherine and the Diamond Jubilee last year. Acclaimed photographer Mario Testino is displaying his collection of Royal portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in four-month free exhibition. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE. Nearest tube: Charing Cross or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the National Portrait Gallery website.
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