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    What's on in London this January 2017 near Canary Wharf

    Happy new year! London has too many fun things to do this month to think about hibernating so get out and enjoy the crisp winter sunshine.


    As I mentioned back in November, there's a fantastic local ice rink this winter. Ice Rink Canary Wharf is in Canada Square Park and is actually covered by a clear roof so you don't have to worry about rain spoiling your enjoyment.

    What makes this rink even more fun is the 8km of LED lights laid underneath the ice which offer a light show set to music.

    And while there are plenty of places to eat in the area, the food at the ice rink is great too. The burgers in brioche buns at Pulled looks particularly good, as do the Belgian waffles at Waffled On.

    Ice Rink Canary Wharf is open daily until 25 February.


    Speaking of wonderful lights, the Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival is going to be amazing. From 16 to 27 January, 30 light installations can be seen throughout the area.

    The light sculptures, structures, installations and interactive art are lit up from 4pm to 9pm each day making this the perfect excuse to enjoy a dark January evening exploring. The interactives include performance art and are great for all ages to enjoy.

    The illuminations are as energy efficient as possible using mains power instead of generators and using LED lighting. This also means it's quieter which adds to the serenity of the visual delights.


    Back at ExCel London from 6 to 15 January, The London Boat Show has over 300 exhibitors for boating enthusiasts and is a great day out.

    The Dream Lodge Marina & Boating Lake is one of the new attractions at this year's Show. See beautiful yachts moored in the marina while dining, or get active at the adjacent Watersports Park. Providing activity both on the water and land, this interactive area offers visitors the chance to try out some of the latest watersports trends including Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing and water zorbing. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy demonstrations of innovative new equipment and cooking events.


    Yes, this is London but the NBA Regular Season Basketball returns to The O2 arena on 12 January with the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers.

    While it is the league’s seventh regular-season game in London, this is the first trip to the UK for both teams.

    In addition to the on-court action, NBA Global Games London 2017 features a variety of interactive fan activities so arrive early and make the most of this treat.


    For a wonderful feel good theatre trip, why not see Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre?

    The team behind this musical adaptation of H.G. Wells's semi-autobiographical novel 'Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul' deserve a special mention. Julian Fellowes is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and the creator of Downton Abbey. And the musical team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe were brought together before by co-creator Cameron Mackintosh to create the hit stage adaptation of Mary Poppins with Disney.

    The Show's musical score is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker's exhilarating songs from the original production, including my total favourite 'Flash Bang Wallop'. So clap hands, stamp your feet and stick it in your family album!


    Wilton's Music Hall has the 10th annual London 50 hour improvathon on 20-22 January. Lord of Thrones is an improvised comedy soap opera in 25 episodes, running continuously and overnight across an entire weekend.

    The event is directed by Adam Meggido, Olivier Award winner with The Showstoppers and director of West End hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong. You can buy tickets for single episodes or a pass for the whole weekend.

    This event runs in 2 hour episodes with each episode lasting 1hr 40mins, giving you (and the cast) the chance for a 20 minute refreshment break at The Mahogany Bar, which remains open throughout the 50 hours.

    The event is mostly for adults but there is a family episode on Sunday 11am to 1pm.


    Burns Night is the annual celebration of Scotland's bard Robert Burns, a poet, lyricist and national icon. 25 January is the anniversary of his birth (in 1759) and is celebrated with a classic meal of haggis, a nip of whisky and a bit of a dance.

    Boisdale of Canary Wharf is a traditional Scottish restaurant so the best venue for this occasion. If haggis doesn't appeal, Boisdale also has an impressive Whisky Bar on the second floor of an Art Deco building overlooking Cabot Square. It's more than 12 metres long with over 1,000 whisky bottles to choose from.


    To really blow away the cobwebs, the month ends with two days of free led walks all over London.

    Winter Wanders is on 28 and 29 January and is a fabulous excuse to discover a new area. There are over 40 walks to choose from with some lasting all day and others for just an hour or so.

    This is urban meandering so there's no need for hiking gear and most walks are family-friendly too.

    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 2017. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon! 

    You can also check-out what's on in Kensington, by clicking here


    Laura Porter writes and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.