As the world prepares to bid farewell to 2023 and welcome 2024, London stands ready to embrace January 2024 with an extraordinary array of events. From exhilarating runs to mesmerising cultural celebrations, the capital city sets the stage for an unforgettable month of art, culture and entertainment.
In this meticulously curated guide, we unveil twelve remarkable events that promise to captivate the hearts and minds of discerning individuals in the new year. Whether you seek the thrill of athletic challenges, the splendour of artistic expression or the triumphant spirit of cultural festivities, London’s January 2024 calendar offers a rich tapestry of experiences to indulge in. For those looking to elevate their event experience further, explore our exclusive HMO furnishings packages to ensure that every venue becomes a stylish and comfortable setting for these unforgettable moments.
1. New Year’s Day 10k Run and 3k Fun Run
Date:1st January, 2024
Location: Hyde Park
Nearest Stations: Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch
Hosted by Start Fitness Serpentine Running Club, the New Year’s Day 10k Run and 3k Fun Run welcomes seasoned runners and enthusiastic spectators. The iconic annual 10k run offers a challenging route through the scenic landscapes of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens — perfect for seasoned runners seeking a competitive edge. Alternatively, the 3k fun run provides a more relaxed option, ideal for families and casual joggers who wish to celebrate the New Year with a fun and inclusive activity. Both routes offer breathtaking views of the park, creating a celebratory atmosphere to mark the beginning of the year.
2. New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Date:31st December 2023 to 1st January 2024
Price: £20.00 (advance sales)
Nearest Stations: Westminster
Witness the dazzling spectacle of the New Year’s Eve fireworks, a tradition that illuminates the London skyline with vibrant colours and awe-inspiring displays. For an unparalleled experience, secure a ticket for the premium viewing area along the Victoria Embankment, offering close-up views of the fireworks accompanied by live music and entertainment. Alternatively, choose from several free viewing spots, such as Primrose Hill and Parliament Hill, where you can join the festive crowds and revel in the breathtaking panorama of the city. This event is also televised live on BBC One, promising a dazzling show to welcome the new year.
3. Candlelight Concerts: New Year’s Extravaganza by Candlelight
Date:1st January, 2024
Location: St Martin-in-the-Fields
Price: £18.39 – £66.21
Nearest Stations: Charing Cross
Immerse yourself in a captivating evening of classical music illuminated by the flickering glow of candlelight at the renowned St Martin-in-the-Fields. This elegant and intimate concert features renowned musicians performing beloved masterpieces by Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart and Bach. Whether you are a classical music enthusiast or simply seeking a sophisticated way to begin the New Year, this mesmerising performance promises to leave a lasting impression. Take in the magical ambience of Eltham Palace by sipping on mulled wine, savouring festive treats and admiring the outside of the Great Hall bathed in radiant light.
4. New Year’s Parade
Date:1st January, 2024
Location: Trafalgar Square
Nearest Stations: Green Park, Piccadilly, Charing Cross, Embankment, Westminster
Celebrate the start of the New Year with a vibrant procession of marching bands, horse-drawn carriages, carnival dancers and more. The festive parade winds through the heart of London, starting at Piccadilly and culminating in Parliament Square. The parade is an amazing way to witness the kaleidoscope of colourful costumes and the diverse cultures contributing to the city’s tapestry. If you’re looking to enhance your festive experience, explore our exclusive furniture packages in London that ensure your home reflects the same celebratory spirit as the city’s grand parade. This free event promises a joyful and memorable experience for all ages.
5. Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett
Date:8th December 2023 to 6th January 2024
Location: Underbelly Boulevard
Price: £18 – £72.50
Nearest Stations: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road
For an evening of glamour, sensuality and extraordinary talent, embark on a captivating journey into the world of Bernie Dieter’s Kabarett. This extravagant production features burlesque, aerial acrobatics and fire-eating performances — all presented by a cast of exceptionally talented artists. The opulent setting of Underbelly Boulevard provides the perfect backdrop for this spectacle, promising an exhilarating experience. An intimate setting and unique experiences await, but be aware — the show contains adult themes and partial nudity.
6. Ice Skating at Somerset House
Date:15th November 2023 to 14th January 2024
Location: Somerset House
Price: £10 – £25
Nearest Stations: Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross, Embankment, Blackfriars, Waterloo
Glide gracefully across the ice rink at the iconic Somerset House, a cherished winter tradition in London. This enchanting setting provides visitors and skaters with a picturesque backdrop to relish this classic activity. One can also sip on festive cocktails, indulge in warm beverages and delicious food from the Fortnum & Mason pop-up cafe or groove to live music and DJs spinning tunes on weekends.
7. London Art Fair
Date:17th January 2024 to 21st January 2024
Location: Islington’s Design Centre
Price: £12 – £46
The esteemed London Art Fair will showcase a diverse spectrum of contemporary art. This prestigious event brings together over 100 leading galleries from around the globe, showcasing art enthusiasts a curated selection of works by established and emerging artists. Art collectors can discover a range of artistic styles and mediums, from captivating paintings and sculptures to thought-provoking installations and photography.
8. Hackney Flea Market
Date:16th December 2023 to 17th December 2023
Location: Abney Hall
Price: Free Entry
Nearest Stations: Hackney Central, Hackney Downs
Delve into the treasure trove of vintage clothing, salvaged objects, handcrafted delights and delectable culinary treats at the Hackney Flea Market. This vibrant marketplace attracts diverse vendors and a passionate crowd every year, creating an atmosphere of creativity and discovery. It’s best to hunt for unique finds, browse through eclectic collections and engage with local artisans while soaking up the vibrant energy of this beloved East London event.
9. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Date:10th November 2023 to 28th January 2024
Location: Lighthouse ArtSpace
Price: £18 – £35
Are you yearning to step inside a painting and unravel the brilliance of Van Gogh’s universe? Prepare for an extraordinary expedition into the life and creations of one of the 19th century’s celebrated artistic minds this January 2024. Delve into Van Gogh’s work like never before through state-of-the-art 360-degree digital projections — an unparalleled VR journey and an immersive light and sound spectacle. Feel reality shift as you dive deep into the realm painted by Van Gogh’s strokes.
10. London Short Film Festival
Date:22nd January 2024 to 27th January 2024
Discover the future of cinema at the esteemed London Short Film Festival. This renowned event will showcase a curated selection of up-to-500 exceptional short films from around the world – encompassing diverse genres and styles. Film buffs can attend screenings at iconic venues across London, meet talented filmmakers and participate in engaging workshops and panel discussions.
11. VAULT Festival 2024
Date:Late January 2024 to Mid-March 2024
Location: The Vaults Theatre
Nearest Stations: Lambeth North, Waterloo, Southwark
Presenting London’s eclectic performing arts scene at the renowned VAULT Festival. This eight-week extravaganza offers the audience a comprehensive theatre, comedy, dance, music and more program – showcasing emerging talent alongside established artists. Spectators can walk through the labyrinthine tunnels of The Vaults — each transformed into a unique performance space and discover a plethora of captivating productions that push boundaries and spark imaginations.
12. Enchanted Eltham, Christmas at Eltham Palace
Date:1st December 2024 to 1st January 2024
Location: Eltham Palace and Gardens
Experience Christmas’ enchanting magic at Eltham Palace through an immersive light trail from December 1, 2023, to January 1, 2024. Families as well as children can experience dazzling light displays and walk through tunnels and pathways adorned with festive illuminations. Besides, this immersive spectacle promises fun surprises around every corner. Go and enjoy the various interactive displays, explore the palace’s inverted moat and find Instagram-worthy moments. Indulge in mulled wine food stalls and shop for unique gifts.
As the curtains draw on 2023, London leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of those who revelled in its grandeur. In less than a month, this capital city will pulsate with energy, offering visitors a magnificent symphony of events that celebrates athleticism, artistry and cultural diversity. From the breathtaking fireworks illuminating the night sky to the rhythmic beats echoing through the New Year’s Day Parade – each event will be a testament to London’s dynamism and spirit.