What's on in January 2019: Uplifting Things To Do in London

Abi Sritharan

4 January 2019

Brighten up January with our guide to what's on in London, from creative workshops to comedy and theatre performances

4 January 2019 | Abi Sritharan

Carousel,  Marylebone 

Carousel is a innovative and stylish polymath of a building in the heart of Marylebone, which hosts an ever-changing programme of workshops, performances and menus. January's uplifting calendar of events includes pasta-making, bookbinding, life drawing and candle-making classes, alongside an evening of yoga and plant-based feasting with Deliciously Ella. In the restaurant, a roster of international chefs will be cooking up a storm throughout the month.

Date: 6 January-9 February Time: Varies Price: Varies Location: 71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB Closest Station: Baker Street

Website: carousel-london.com

London Art Fair, Islington

The London Art Fair returns to Islington this January, showcasing the best modern and contemporary art for guests to browse and buy, alongside works by Picasso and Banksy. Visitors can also attend talks, tours and screenings to learn more about the artwork on show and the art world as a whole. The London Art Fair is the first of many art events taking place in London in 2019.

Date: 16-20 January Time: Varies Price: From £11 Location: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, N1 0QH Closest Station: Angel

Website: londonartfair.co.uk

The Vault Festival, Waterloo

The Vault Festival returns to venues across Waterloo for a bold and diverse festival of art and performance. Running for eight weeks, enjoy theatre, comedy, cabaret late-night revelry and immersive experiences. The festival will also be giving back by supporting two charities, Help Refugees and child.org’s Team Mum.

Date:  23 January-17 March (Wednesday-Sunday) Time: 5.30pm-1am (Wednesday-Friday), 2.30pm-3am (Saturday), 2.30pm-12am (Sunday) Price: Free entry, event prices vary Location: The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN Closest Station: Waterloo

Website: vaultfestival.com

Patisserie Classes by Cake Boy, Battersea

Sweeten up January and hone your kitchen skills at a pastry-making workshop by Eric Lanlard, AKA Cake Boy. The esteemed patissier is hosting one-day workshops throughout the year, specialising in chocolate, decorating and the art of patisserie. Workshops are held at Lanlard's chic, chandelier-bedecked café and cookery school in Battersea.

Date: 31 January-29 June Time: 9.30am-4.30pm Price: £250pp Location: The Cookery School, Unit B, Kingfisher House, Juniper Drive, SW18 1TX Closest Station: Wandsworth Town

Website: cake-boy.com

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

The Winter Lights are once again brightening up Canary Wharf for a two-week spectacle of resplendent and interactive art. The sparkling festival boasts 20 installations, bringing together some of the world's most innovative and radical light art. This year's Winter Lights theme is sustainability and the environment, which is reflected in many of the works on show. 

Submergence by Squidsoup

Date: 15-26 January Time: 5pm-10pm Price: Free Location: Canary Wharf, E14 Closest Station: Canary Wharf

Website: canarywharf.com

Grace Wales Bonner at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Kensington Gardens

Menswear fashion designer, Grace Wales Bonner, explores magic and mysticism through a new exhibition at Serpentine Galleries month. It brings together an array of artists who have inspired the award-winning designer, including Eric N. Mack and Rashid Johnson. A multi-sensory installation will invite visitors to contemplate black cultural rituals and magical resonances - reoccuring themes within Bonner's work - and the exhibit culminates with a presentation of her forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, Mumbo Jumbo. Musician Laraaji will also host a yoga workshop on Friday 18 January.

 Date: 19 January-16 February Time: 10am-6pm (Tuesday-Sunday) Price: Free Location: Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, W2 2AR Closest Station: Lancaster Gate

Website: serpentinegalleries.org

Cirque Du Soleil at The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington 

Cirque Du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with their latest production: TOTEM. The theatrical production revolves around the topic of evolution and takes viewers on a journey with signature acts and a show-stopping spectacle that won't be forgotten. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also said to be in attendance at some point to raise vital funds and awareness of The Duke’s charity, Sentebale, which helps youth affected by HIV in southern Africa.

Date: 12 January-26 February Time: Varies Price: From £38.70 Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP Closest Station: Lancaster Gate

Website: royalalberthall.com

Lost Lagoon by Bompas & Parr

Tickets are now on sale for Bompas and Parr's latest interactive cocktail experience, in partnership with Captain Morgan rum. Step aboard a pirate ship in the Lost Lagoon; a fantastical reinterpretation of the world of Captain Henry Morgan, the infamous pirate after whom the premium rum label is named. Budding buccaneers will navigate a series of rum-infused escapades as part of a boundary-bending, interactive theatrical production, taking place at an underground location in London. 

Date: February-April (tickets on sale now) Time: Varies Price: £20, including two drinks Location: Shepherd's Bush Website: bompasandparr.com

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