What's on in London this January 2018 around Canary Wharf, London
There's no need to hibernate this winter as there's just too much going on in London! We've got reasons to dance, explore and be entertained this month.
CANARY WHARF WINTER LIGHTS
I've seen this before and it's a wonderful reason to explore Canary Wharf after dark. Winter Lights is back from 16 to 27 January with light installations and interactive art. Lit up from 5 pm to 10 pm each evening, it's completely free to enjoy.
The sculptures, structures and installations are the creations of some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, presenting work in different forms of light technology.
Winter Lights is a great reason for an evening walk. A map of the lights is available online and paper maps should be available along the route too.
And if you're really enjoying light art in the evening this month, central London has Lumiere London back on 18 to 21 January. Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and the South Bank are some of the areas with impressive light projections and installations.
FAST & FURIOUS LIVE
Fast & Furious Live is an adrenaline-fueled, two-hour show and it's premiere is at The O2 from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 January 2018. It's set to be the most spectacular live arena production ever produced, featuring precision performance driving and newly created physics-defying stunts.
Using favourite cars and locations that criss-cross the globe along with key scenes from the film series – created via state-of-the-art 3D projection mapping – fans will be transported straight into this immersive extension of the Fast & Furious movies.
Featuring several original cars from the films, as well as exact replicas of fan favourites — from Dom's legendary Dodge Charger to the flip car from Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious Live is set to evoke some of the boldest moments from the franchise.
NBA AT THE O2
Also in North Greenwich, the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics play a regular season NBA London Game at The O2 on Thursday 11 January.
The game marks the league's eighth regular-season game in London and the Celtics' second game in the capital, having played a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007. The 76ers will be playing their second game in the UK and first game in London, having previously played a preseason game in Manchester against the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013.
In addition to the on-court action, the NBA London Game 2018 features a variety of interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and Jr. NBA basketball programming that will bring the NBA experience to fans in London.
LONDON BOAT SHOW
For a celebration of everything you can do on the water, head to ExCel London from 10 to 14 January for the annual London Boat Show. Re-defined and re-imagined, this year's show is set to be better than ever.
The London Boat Show now features the 'Boating & Watersports Holiday Show' for planning a vacation and 'Bespoke London' for extremely affluent consumers. Over the five days, visitors can go to all three shows in one venue.
Climb aboard classic boats and modern yachts, discover the latest marine technology and spend quality time with some sailing legends. There are even unique opportunities to get on the water indoors.
Whether you are a seasoned boater or looking to dip your toe into the water for the first time, the London Boat Show offers an action-packed day out.
CANARY WHARF ICE RINK
I mentioned it when it opened in November and the Canary Wharf Ice Rink is still open. (It's actually remaining until 28 February 2018).
The 1,300 sqm rink is at Canada Square Park and is fully covered so you don't need to worry about the weather. There's a dedicated children's skating area and a lovely skate path attached that goes under the park's enchanting canopy of trees.
And when all that exertion makes you hungry, the area has lots of restaurants and there's a rinkside bar too.
LONDON EYE CLOSED
Every year the London Eye has to stop for its annual maintenance closure so be aware you can’t go on the Eye from 8 to 23 January 2018. The ticket office remains open though so you can book to return after those dates. There is usually some sort of special offer on the re-opening day but nothing has been confirmed.
There's a Burns Night Ceilidh on 27 January aboard the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. It's a fitting venue as the famous Clipper Ship was named after one of Robert Burns' very own most beloved poems, Tam O’Shanter.
The aptly named Ship Band will have you up and dancing with an interval for a reading of the Robert Burns poem, some traditional food and a wee dram o' Cutty Sark Whisky.
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.
If you don't fancy the Cutty Sark event, 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.
If you are planning your trip in January, please check Fraser Place Canary Wharf offers! We are in the heart of Canary Wharf, minutes away from great bars, restaurants and shopping malls.
Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com 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.