1 January—15 February 2019
No trip to London is complete without a West End show. The annual Get into London Theatre season has ticket prices from just £10 for musicals, plays, dance and opera. It’s a great chance to get your hands on discounted tickets for London’s long-running shows, from The Lion King to Les Misérables.
The first London Borough of Culture is Waltham Forest, so there’s never been a better time to visit. This year-long initiative, endorsed by the Mayor of London makes the area bubble with excitement. The first event is a ‘Welcome to the Forest’ party (11-13 Jan), where, according to creative director Sam Hunt: ‘It will be the biggest party Waltham Forest has ever seen.’
9 January—3 February 2019
Whoever said that silence is golden could have been talking about the London International Mime Festival. This annual event presents fascinating theatrical pieces, from shadow puppetry to circus, with companies from around the world including New Zealand, Norway and Spain. There are ice puppeteers from Théâtre de l’Entrouvert, dancing and juggling by Gandini Juggling, and a look at the inner reaches of the human body with Intronauts.
13—20 January 2019
The world’s top 16 snooker players take to the baize at Alexandra Palace for the Dafabet Masters. This popular tournament is the only snooker tournament held in the capital. Fans of Ronnie O’Sullivan will doubtless be raucous, while China’s top player Ding Junhui hopes that he can grab the title from last year’s winner, Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen.
7—26 January 2019
Meet hilarious characters, from Irish nurse Bernie to Geordie Georgie, in the Catherine Tate Show at Wyndham’s Theatre. The British comedian is best known for her character Lauren the Teenager, who was miserable about everything and had the catchphrase ‘Am I bovvered?’. These dates follow a sold-out tour of Australia and New Zealand.
17 January 2019
The O2 continues its tradition of hosting the annual NBA Global Game, a league basketball match with Washington Wizards taking on the New York Knicks. This is the ninth consecutive year of the U.S. sporting import, a success story with sold-out venues and building a growing fan base in the UK.
25 January 2019
Five years after the death of the Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1796, a group of friends hosted a dinner at his cottage to honour his memory. Little did they know that this would start a global tradition of Burns Night. Celebrate the poet’s life and works at one of the capital’s Scottish restaurants, such as Mac & Wild. It’s a great time to enjoy a traditional dish such as haggis with a wee dram of Scottish whisky, along with recitals of Burns’ best-known works. We’ll say ‘slainte’ to that.
27 January 2019
London stands united with communities around the world on Holocaust Memorial Day, an event that now remembers victims of global genocides. The date marks the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, while 2019 marks 25 years since the Rwandan genocide. The Jewish Museum hosts survivors at its own Holocaust Memorial Day event (24 Jan).