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    What's on in London this January 2016 near Canary Wharf, London

    Happy new year! January is an excellent month to visit London as it's quieter at the attractions and there can be plenty of theatre deals too. It never gets too cold to go out in London so put on your hat and scarf and enjoy the bright winter sunshine.


    To prove my point that this is a good month to be out exploring, the Museum of London Docklands has lots of guided walks available in January.

    On Saturday 16 January 2016, 11am-1pm, you can find out about infamous crimes with the Law and Disorder in the East End walk.

    The following weekend, on Sunday 24 January 2016, 2-3.30pm, there's a Sailortown walk where you'll navigate a maze of streets, lanes and alleys and hear curious stories of past inhabitants.

    And on Saturday 30 January 2016, 3-5pm, you can find out about the London Gin Craze of the 18th century on the Mother's Ruin walk. And after all that talk of gin you'll get a free drink at the end of the tour.


    Wapping Hydraulic Power Station is a wonderful venue which was used as an arts centre and restaurant from 1993 to 2013. There's a wonderful opportunity to get back inside this grade II listed building when the Women: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz exhibition opens on 16 January 2016.

    Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her pictures have appeared regularly on magazine covers ever since. In 1983, when she joined the staff of Vanity Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape.

    The portraits on display here will build on one of her most famous projects – Women – an exhibition and book of portraits created 15 years ago in collaboration with the author Susan Sontag. The exhibition is going on a world tour and London is the first stop. You've got until 7 February 2016 to see this free exhibition.


    Whether you have your own yacht or are just looking to dip your toe into the water for the first time with the joys of boating, the London Boat Show is a great day out. It's on from 8 to 17 January 2016 at ExCel Centre and is the place to see the latest trends, technologies and innovations. The show includes over 300 of the most prestigious marine brands from across the world, and showcases 1000s of boats, products and suppliers.

    New features for this year's event include the 60's Revival attraction which will transport visitors back to the swinging 60's, and the Mediterranean Bay – a purpose built pool featuring watersports demonstrations and the chance to learn how to moor a boat in a typically tight Mediterranean-style berth.


    There's a light festival in the West End and King's Cross from 14-17 January 2016 (called Lumiere London) but you don't have to travel to see some spectacular illuminations as there's a Winter Lights Festival in Canary Wharf too. Completely free, and lasting from 11 to 22 January (so longer than the other one), there will be 18 different sculptures to see including an 18 foot high alien, a flutter of butterflies and a digital waterfall, all depicted using innovative forms of light technology.

    It's recommended to see the lights after 4pm when they will be at their best. Do note, some will be switched off at 9pm. I saw last year's lights festival in Canary Wharf and really enjoyed it. I'd recommend making a night of it and going to skate at Ice Rink Canary Wharf as well which is available all month and stays open until 10pm. We had a great meal at the Q Grill at the ice rink too.


    8 January 2016 would be Elvis Presley's 81st birthday and you can join in celebrations with a tribute concert at the Brooklyn Bowl at The O2.

    This will be the second annual Brooklyn Bowl all night birthday tribute to the King of rock 'n' roll and will feature The Camden Cats with special guest Geraint Watkins on piano plus plenty more singers and entertainers. Share the news with your grandparents as anyone aged 81 years young or older can get in for free. Or dress as Elvis and you'll get in for free as well.

    If you enjoy tribute nights, the Brooklyn Bowl has Like The Beatles on 15 January 2016 where you can dance along to the Fab Four's greatest hits.

    By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in January. Check-out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon!  

    Laura Porter writes the London Travel site and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as@AboutLondonLaura.

    Photo credits:

    Museum of London guided walk image credit: Museum of London Docklands/Steve Martin
    Annie Leibovitz image credit: Annie Leibovitz with her children, Sarah, Susan and Samuelle Rhinebeck, New York, 2015 Copyright: © Annie Leibovitz. 'WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz, will launch in London in January 2016. Exclusive Commissioning Partner UBS'
    London Boat Show image credit: onEdition