Some of the best events near Canary Wharf in January 2020
The Christmas decorations have come done, and everyone is trying their best to stick to those new resolutions that we swore we’ll follow through on this year. You would expect January to be quite a quiet time of year around these parts, but it’s Canary Wharf we’re talking about; there’s always something going on.
Need a little lift to wipe away the post-Christmas blues, or staying with us in one of our serviced apartments and wondering what you can get up to while staying in beautiful Canary Wharf?
Top events in Canary Wharf in January 2020:
- New Year’s Day Parade at Trafalgar Square – 1st January
- Alexander O’Neal at The Jazz Café – 2nd & 3rd January
- Disney on Ice at the o2 – 1st to 5th January
- The BDO World Professional Darts Championships at indigo at the o2 – 4th to 12th January
- The Magic of the London Marathon at Greenwich Park – 12th January
- LSO Discovery Day: Beethoven at Barbican Centre – 19th January
- Slipknot at the o2 – 25th January
- 25th National Television Awards at the o2 – 28th January
- Moons Beyond Counting at Royal Museums Greenwich – All Month Long
- Richard III at the Globe – All Month Long
Here are our picks for the Top 10 Events taking place this January in Canary Wharf:
New Year’s Day Parade
- Date: 1st January
- Venue: Trafalgar Square
It’ll only just seem like everyone was braving the cold at night to see the fireworks (which they were) but the New Year’s Day parade has become a tradition now. Starting back in 1987, the first day of the year is a chance for the city to kick off the new year with a parade through some of the city’s most famous spots including Piccadilly Circus, Pall Mall and Whitehall.
There’s also going to be a Street Food Village in Waterloo Place at the junction of Pall Mall serving everything from fresh juices to fish & chips.
- Date: 2nd & 3rd January
- Venue: The Jazz Café
Maybe partied a little bit too hard to ring in the new year and still feeling it a few days later? Why not ease yourself into 2020 with some smooth jazz from none other than Alexander O’Neal.
The R&B legend will be performing hits from the back catalogue including Sunshine and Criticize.
Disney on Ice
- Date: 1st – 5th January
- Venue: The o2
Heaven for kids and maybe not so much for parents, Disney on Ice is wrapping up their mini Christmas residency at the o2 with the final few dates on the rink.
If you want to make a game of it between parents, make a quick Disney Bingo card before going. The first parent to get all their characters ticked off doesn’t have to contend with the drive home.
The BDO World Professional Darts Championships
- Date: 4th – 12th January
- Venue: indigo at the o2
A new year brings a new home for one of the most prestigious events in the darts calendar. If you’ve been thinking of taking up a new sport for 2020 but don’t fancy having to go to the gym every day, then darts could be one for you.
With this being the first time the event is being held in London, it’s going to have quite a buzz about it.
The Magic of the London Marathon
- Date: 12th January
- Venue: starts at Greenwich Park
For those of us who are destined to stick to resolutions that we’ll run every day and be as fit as a marathon runner this year, there’s no better way to prove yourself than diving in at the deep end and taking one of the most unique tours of London ever made.
The Magic of the London Marathon is an 11 mile guided running tour that takes you through the history of the race and some of the most notable stops along the way, from the Tower of London to Westminster.
The tour starts at the Pavilion Café in the middle of the park and finishes at The Mall. More info and how to book the £19 tickets are available on the Secret London Runs website.
LSO Discovery Day: Beethoven
- Date: 19th January
- Venue: Barbican Centre
In our opinion, this is one of the hidden gems in the calendar this month. The Barbican Centre also has a chock full calendar for art lovers, but this quasi-informal performance of Beethoven classics is something else.
The event is comprised of two performances, with the latter taking place atLSO St Luke's nearby, but we love this first performance because it takes place early on a Sunday morning. You can grab a coffee and ease yourself into the day with a full performance from the London Symphony Orchestra, which beats braving the cold to check the January sales.
- Date: 25th January
- Venue: The o2
Don’t forget to pack your earplugs! Slipknot are touching down in London for what will obviously be one thunderous night.
Touring off the recent release of their sixth album We Are Not Your Kind (which knocked Ed Sheeran off the No1 spot back in August) the Iowa natives are massive here in the UK, and this show at the o2 is going to be another must-see concert for fans.
25th NTA Awards
- Date: 28th January
- Venue: The o2
When you’re stuck for something to do on a Tuesday night, a little walk over to the o2 to watch EastEnders, Corrie and Killing Eve go at it sounds like a bit of fun.
This will be the 25th National Television Awards, billed as “television’s biggest night of the year”, so expect to see many of your favourite celebs all dressed up as well as some surprise musical guests.
Moons Beyond Counting
- Date: All month long
- Venue: Royal Museums Greenwich
Stuck for what new hobby you’re going to take up as part of your resolutions this year? How about a bit of astrology! Moons Beyond Counting a new highly-rated show that’s been wowing guests in thePeter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory.
The 30-minute show will take you all around the Solar System, starting from our own Moon to all other moons that orbit different planets. You’ll come out a moon expert, or at least have some new knowledge that will come in handy at a pub quiz.
Tickets can be purchased on the RMG website.
- Date: All month long
- Venue: The Globe
Now is the winter of our discontent if you don’t have anything planned when visiting London. And no you don’t need to brave the cold to go see a classic play like Richard III being performed at The Globe.
Select dates throughout the month are when you can see the play inside the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, one of the best places in the world to see the play.
Where to stay in Canary Wharf this January?
Found something you want to see and need a special place to stay while you’re here? Take the hassle out of looking on site after site for an ok hotel room and treat yourself to the luxury of the serviced accommodation available at Fraser Place Canary Wharf.
Our serviced studio apartments are ideal for someone looking for an overnight stay, while the view you’ll get from the one-bedroom apartments makes for an excellent spot to wake up and do a bit of window watching over your morning coffee.
Don’t forget that if you already know the exact dates you’ll be coming to Canary Wharf, you will save more on a booking by taking advantage of our offers.