Weather in London in January
What to pack for London in January
One of the best things to pack for London is a puffy jacket that has a wind sheeter layered on top. This will save you from the harsh windy weather and also keep you dry in the rain.
Things to Do in London in January
Enjoy the London Winter Festivals
Some of the most popular streets that are lit up during winters in London are Regent Street, Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, and Mayfair. Along with the winter lights, these streets also host street festivals in the evenings which are full of scrumptious street food like hot churros, pancakes and hot chocolate.
What’s more, everything present on these high-end streets is also on winter sale! So don’t miss out on the chance of indulging in that shopping spree!
Cruising on River Thames
The best way to do this is with the Hop on Hop Off Thames River Cruise which runs every 40 minutes from some Tube Stations.
Location: You can get on the Hop On Hop Off Thames River Cruise from Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier, and Greenwich Pier.
Price: Rs 1,550
Timings: Runs every 40 minutes every day from 10 am to 6:15 pm
Explore London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom with hop on hop off London bus. Visit over 80 top attractions such as Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Now with Thrillophilia, you don't have to wait in long lines to visit St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London, Windsor Castle, The Shard, London Zoo, and Tower Bridge.
You will get a pass to explore St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London, Windsor Castle, and The Shard with the 1 day, 2 days, 3 days and 4 days sightseeing tour. You will get a free guidebook filled with useful information, tips, and city maps.
The London Pass gives you access to 1-day unlimited rides on the city’s hop-on hop-off bus of London. The pass gets activate when it is used for the first time and will be valid for the next 1,2,3 or 4 days depending on your pass selected.
Pass for 1 Day
Pass for 2 Days
Pass for 3 Days
Pass for 4 Days
London Pass is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Children aged 5-15 years can book the child ticket for hop on hop off with London Pass.
Children aged 0-4 can join for free.
The London Pass only grants one-time access to each attraction.
Bring a valid ID proof.
Attend the New Year's Day Parade
The parade brings about 10,000 performers and artists from not just the UK, but from all over the world. About 500,000 people gather in the street to view the parade and celebrate the spirit of New Years’ together. If you’re visiting London in January, this is something you should really not miss!
Location: Starting at Piccadilly and moving southwest to Regents Street.
Timings: 12 noon, every 1st of January
Explore the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
Picture a mind-boggling ride of a roller coaster, a visit to the Magical Ice Kingdom and a plate of hot churros dipped in hot milk chocolate to end the day- that’s what a day at Winter Wonderland would be like!
Location: Hyde Park, London
Price: Free Entry
Timings: 10 am to 10 pm (November to January)
Celebrate Burns Night
With traditional Scottish whiskey and dancing, many pubs host parties for guests in Covent Garden, Piccadilly Street and Canary Wharf- the party hubs of London. Some of the most popular amongst these are The Ceilidh Club, Fiddle Paradiddle and The Pear Tree. Going for a night of traditional Ceilidh and drinking scotch is one of the best things to do in London in January.
About The Shard:
The Shard is based on a height of 310 meters and 95 stories high. The perfect spot from where you can get the best views of London city. Being London's highest viewing platform, you avail the chance of grasping the splendid 360 degrees view of the entire city.
About The View from The Shard Ticket in London:
The View from The Shard Ticket in London lets you avail of admission to London’s incredible and highest viewing gallery from where you can take the glimpses of the entire city from the top of The Shard. You shall be able to enjoy the indoor viewing platform and the open-air sky deck and hear the noise and roars of the London city as a whole.
Don't miss the chance of grabbing the great views of London's most renowned places like Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Gherkin, and the London Eye. Besides, you can choose in between a glass of champagne or a cocktail and enjoy your drink while you grab the views of the city.
The view from the Shard ticket
Fastrack Entry with Champagne Experience
Fastrack Entry Tickets
The View From the Shard Opening Hours:
Time -10 am to 10 pm, Daily
Closed on Christmas
Closing times will vary according to the season and special events.
How to Reach:
Address: 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG.
How to get there: By underground: The nearest underground station is London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern line)
For a better experience, please arrive between 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Please also note there may be a short waiting time to enter The View from The Shard during busy hours.
Child ticket: Age 4-15
Closing times will vary according to the season and special events.
Visit the London Eye
Other than being a popular tourist destination and a great way of enjoying spectacular views of this majestic city, London Eye also hosts a New Years’ Eve celebration which is hugely popular amongst tourists and locals alike. The firework presentation at the London Eye at NYE is truly mind-blowing and an ideal way of starting your new year!
Location: The Queen’s Walk, Bishop’s, London SE1 7PB, UK
Price: 27 GBP
Timings: 11 am to 6 pm
Stroll Through the Borough Market
Today, the market accommodates hundreds of shops and eateries who provide some of the most lip-smacking food in London and artisan cafes run by some of the most skillful chefs in the world. Pay a visit to this market to enjoy the many smells, colors and flavors of London in not just terms of food, but also in terms of people.
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday to Thursday)
Experience Spitalfields Music Festival
If you’re visiting London in January, attend this festival and lose yourself in some amazing live jazz or classical performances at the festival or indulge in some delicious hot street food!
Location: Tower Hamlets, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, E14 2BG, London
Victoria and Albert Museum
The collection consists of paintings, jewelry, theatre, furniture, fashion, etc. One of the most loved sections of the museum is the fashion and textile collection that houses clothes of every decade of every part of the world.
As London in January is very cold and wet, this can be a great option to spend a rainy day indoors, exploring one of the greatest museums in the world.
Location: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Get ready to visit and explore the residence of the Royal Family, the palace that has been serving since the 17th century. You get to avail of the opportunity of observing the royal life. The palace, in present, serves as a home to Prince William and Kate Middleton and is so perfectly maintained that you are bound to get astonished at the royalty that prevails there along with the wide variety of activities.
Observe and relish the King's State Apartments and get a hold of the quarter's luxurious decor and glorifying artworks. The palace is adorned with the beauty of the Sunken Garden and its beautiful flowers, where you can spot some amazing flower plantations during summers. Kensington Palace is something that you cannot miss to explore if you are in London.
About Kensington Palace Tickets:
The Kensington Palace tickets let you gather immense peace by visiting the residence of the Royal Family that has been a prominent attraction site in London since the 17th century. The Kensington Palace is the current home of Will and Kate and thus you can sense some royal treasures and royal customs with this tour.
Avail the opportunity to explore the King's Gallery with the Kensington Palace Ticket, which caters to the home for the finest paintings of the Royal Collection. The tour lets you get astonished at the beauty of the Sunken Garden and its vibrant flowers which are a matter of great fascination for visitors who come from the various corners of the country.
Summer (1 Mar-31 Oct)
10:00 am-6:00 pm, daily
Last admission: 5:00 pm
Winter (1 Nov-29 Feb)
10:00 am-4:00 pm, daily
Last admission: 3:00 pm
How to Reach:
The Kensington Gardens is located at London W8 4PX and you can reach there with a 10-minute walk from Notting Hill Gate Station (Central line/Circle line/District line) or High Street Kensington Station (Circle line/District line)
Children aged 5-15 years can book the child Kensington Palace London tickets.
Children aged 0-4 can enter for free.
Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Enjoy Ice Skating
Amongst these, the ice rink at Winter Wonderland is the biggest and also the most popular. Enjoy gliding on the ice under twinkling fairy lights, a live band performing in the background, and sip on some hot chocolate at one of the world’s biggest winter festivals!
Celebrate the Chinese New Year
The highlight of the parade is the dragon and lion dances that are known to bring good luck. Don’t miss the sight of dancers handling the dragons and lions skillfully and the vendors and shopkeepers offering them money for good luck!
Location: Starts at Charing Cross Road and moves through Chinatown, Trafalgar Square, and Shaftesbury Avenue
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
Stroll the Greenwich Market
The market also offers some of the most finger-licking English street food and local pubs where you can sit and enjoy freshly brewed beer. The market is widely popular for small art shops selling aesthetic and authentic paintings at very cheap prices.
Location: 5B Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 9HZ
Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Visit the Hogwarts in Snow
Price: 47 GBP
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Learn about the leading heroes and the places where figures of British history are buried. Besides, you can also explore the site of every coronation that has been existed since the 11th century. The Westminster Abbey London ticket lets you understand the famous venue of notable royal weddings and events. The ticket provides you with the facility of multiple entry times that is applicable for the entire day.
Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Address: 20 Dean’s Yard, Great North Door, London, SW1P 3PA
Children aged 6-16 years can book the child Westminster Abbey ticket.
The monument will be closed on Sundays.
Visit the Kew Gardens
The garden houses many conservatories that create the perfect environment and conditions for any kind of plant to grow irrespective of the weather outside. Take a walk in these gardens and refresh yourself with the colorful flowers and lush green gardens, trees, bushes and plants.
Location: Kew, Richmond, London TW9 3AE
Price: 18 GBP
Timings: 10 am to 6:30 pm (Monday to Thursday)
Shop Till You Drop at London Sales
During winters, everything on this street is on a heavy discount and you can buy those expensive perfumes, jewelry, clothes , shoes and bags you always wanted to buy at very cheap prices.
Location: Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, and Regents Street.
On availing the St Paul's Cathedral London ticket, you get spellbound with the interior of legendary structures that reveal the glory of British history. Witness the place where the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill are buried and learn the significance of London's past. You also get to climb up to the top of the majestic dome so as to avail the striking aerial views of the entire London city. Enjoy a tour of the cathedral with the assistance of a multimedia guide available in nine languages.
Mondays-Saturdays: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Last admission: 4:00pm
St. Paul's Cathedral London is closed on Sundays
How to Reach:
The tour location is based at St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD and you can take the London Tube and alight at St. Paul’s Underground Station via Circle line.
Children aged 6-17 years can book the child ticket to St Paul Cathedral London.
Children aged 0-5 years can enter for free.