Things to do in London in January 2022

The ianVisits guide to January's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

New Year's Day

Weekend trips along a heritage railway in a diesel railcar.
10:30am to 3:45pm
 
North Weald
New Year Scenic Railcar Service
Russell Miller will lead a free guided walk discussing the trees and wildlife of this important Hackney nature reserve.
2pm to 3pm
 
Stoke Newington

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Sunday 2nd January

Better than half price entry to the Painted Hall on the first Sunday of the month.
10am to 5pm
 
Greenwich
Monthly cheap entry to the Painted Hall
Weekend trips along a heritage railway in a diesel railcar.
10:30am to 3:45pm
 
North Weald
New Year Scenic Railcar Service
Tours provide an introduction to the cemetery, its history, architecture and development, and to some of the many famous (and infamous) figures buried within this great necropolis.
2pm to 4pm
 
North Kensington
Kensal Green Cemetery tour

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Monday 3rd January

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 4th January


Online events / webinars

This online talk will look at the way in which Country Life has shaped perceptions of the country house in particular and look at the ongoing 125th anniversary project to digitise the complete photographic archive for the first time.
7pm to 8:30pm
 

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Wednesday 5th January


Online events / webinars

Find out about London's manufacturing past inspired by some old hand-painted signs that are still visible above the capital's busy streets
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Virtual Tour - Ghostsigns – Made in London
Garderobes & Gongfermors: Explore the wold of medieval lavatories with buildings archaeologist James Wright
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Garderobes & Gongfermors: Going to the Privy in the Mediaeval Era
Explore the wold of medieval lavatories with buildings archaeologist James Wright
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Going to the Privy in the Mediaeval Era - with archaeologist James Wright

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Thursday 6th January


Online events / webinars

In this seminar Cristina will discuss the lack of Black dolls in UK toyshops, which is the topic of her PhD at SOAS.
2:45pm to 3:45pm
 
The lack of representation of Black dolls in UK toyshops
"Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf will review the key steps and contributions on both sides of the Atlantic that led from Arpanet in 1969 to the modern internet.
3pm to 4pm
 
Internet, the Early Days - with Vint Cerf
Illustrated talk: Port of London Authority Freight Update by James Trimmer.
7:30pm to :
 

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Friday 7th January

Join Professor John Buckley as he reveals how the British Army aided in the liberation of Nazi-controlled Europe.
12pm to :
 
Chelsea
Liberating Europe

Online events / webinars

In this conversation on the embroidery, Michael Lewis and David Musgrove attempt to unravel its secrets.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
 

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Saturday 8th January


Online events / webinars

Join experts Audrey Collins and Myko Clelland in conversation as they bring the 1921 census to life.
11:30am to 12:30pm
 
Census surgery: behind the 1921 census

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Sunday 9th January

Two churches on either side of London Bridge will meet in the middle for an annual service - including throwing a large wooden cross into the river
12:15pm to :
 
Southwark
Annual blessing of the River Thames

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Monday 10th January

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 11th January


Online events / webinars

This lecture will focus on the results of archaeology carried out by HS2 in Hillingdon.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 

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Wednesday 12th January

This film and lecture brings together the history and contemporaneity of queer communities in independent Belarus.
7pm to 9pm
 
Bloomsbury
Long Live, Queer Belarus!

Online events / webinars

How To Live Icelandic is an insider’s guide to the northerly nation of Iceland and all its wonderful eccentricities.
6pm to 7pm
 
How To Live Icelandic by  Nína Björk Jónsdóttir and Edda Magnus

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Thursday 13th January

Join Andrew Steele as he discusses what happens as we age, practical ways we can help slow down the process and the fascinating research being carried out today.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
Ageless: the science of getting old without getting older

Online events / webinars

Leonid will cover a brief history of graphene and how it was isolated for the first time.
7pm to 8:15pm
 
Join award-winning writer and historian Professor Jerry Brotton and journalist Shafi Musaddique for an evening exploring Tudor links with the Islamic world.
7pm to 8:15pm
 
Elizabethan England and the Islamic World

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Friday 14th January


Online events / webinars

Join Andrew Field as he explores the Battle of Waterloo from a French point of view.
12pm to :
 
Waterloo: The French Perspective
Discover the drastically different health and welfare services available to the poor in Victorian society.
2pm to 3pm
 
Pauper Patients and the New Poor Law, 1834-1900

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Saturday 15th January

Hear from esteemed Oxford University professors as they explore the fascinating role of symmetry in maths, music, philosophy and beyond.
10:30am to 3:15pm
 
Russell Square

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Sunday 16th January

Come hunt for personal treasures, rummage for bargains, and refresh your living space with unique finds at a vintage yard of salvaged olde things.
11am to 6pm
 
Peckham
Peckham Salvage Yard
An illustrated talk introducing some of the early women explorers and their films.
3:30pm to 5pm
 
Southwark
Silent cinema: intrepid women

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Monday 17th January

This lecture explains the law on body part ownership, tracing it from the early legal cases through the body-snatching years of the Victorian period, to the present day.
1pm to 2pm
 
Holborn
Your Body Parts and the Law

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Tuesday 18th January


Online events / webinars

Find out about the excavations at Bullecourt, one of the key tank battles in WW1 from archaeologist Alex Sotheran
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Bullecourt: the search for tanks with Alex Sotheran
A night of talks by individuals and groups committed to designing, delivering and providing radical and ambitious social housing.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Revolutionary voices in housing, then and now

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Wednesday 19th January

This lecture will consider what happens when groups of galaxies interact with one another and what happens when these galaxies collide and merge.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Structures in the Universe

Online events / webinars

Explore the career of one of Britain's national treasures with cultural historian Adam Endacott.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Kenneth Williams: Becoming a Cult with Adam Endacott
Join Historic Royal Palaces Chief Curator Lucy Worsley for this online event exploring LGBT+ histories of the palaces, unearthing tales of power, politics, gender and sexuality throughout British history.
7pm to :
 
 A Thousand Years of Kings, Queens and In-betweens
A talk with two people who worked on the new film, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
NEW SHOOTS: From Indie to Hollywood with Will Sharpe & Suzie Davies
Phillipa Vincent-Connolly and Tracy Borman delves into the disability during the Tudor era.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Disability and the Tudors: People Hidden in Plain Sight

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Thursday 20th January

Join Dr Nicola Tallis as she unmasks the many myths that have attached themselves to Margaret Beaufort
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Southwark
Uncrowned Queen - A Talk by Dr Nicola Tallis
Delve into this magical evening with Nick and explore the secret history of fairy-tales, the people who told them, the landscapes that forged them and the cultures that formed them.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Soho
The Fairy Tellers by Nicholas Jubber

Online events / webinars

A talk about how science, practical conservation and values-based campaigning have not only improved the natural world but provide lessons for success in the future.
6pm to 7pm
 
The Case for Conservation Optimism
Join this talk by Keith Scobie-Youngs, director and co-founder of The Cumbria Clock Company, to find out about the recent conservation of the Great Clock of Westminster.
6pm to :
 
The people behind Big Ben: The Cumbria Clock Company
This online event will explore how digital modelling techniques can be used in cross disciplinary research to reveal human rights abuses in the built environment.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Forensic Architecture and Alison Killing on Digital Modelling and Human Rights investigations
Crossrail’s Head of Learning Legacy will give an overview of the project, talk through the testing and commissioning process, and share how the project’s learnings are being made available to other infrastructure programmes.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Crossrail’s race to the finish
A talk about some of the many specialist libraries to be found in London.
7pm to 9pm
 
This talk will examine the life, career and celebrity of an actress of remarkable, versatile talent.
7pm to 8pm
 
Jean Simmons: Cricklewood, Hollywood and Beyond

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Friday 21st January

Join Dr Kathleen Sherit as she examines the changing status of women in the armed forces, the challenges they have faced, and the steps that paved the way to the front line.
12pm to :
 
Chelsea
Women on the Front Line
Enjoy an evening of songs of the sea from the time of Trafalgar and learn about the popular ditties of patriotism.
7pm to :
 
Clerkenwell
Singing and the Sea

Online events / webinars

A talk about Neave Brown, widely regarded as greatest housing architect of the twentieth century in Britain
1pm to 2pm
 
Neave Brown: Building a Piece of City
Come along to this virtual talk and hear acclaimed documentary film-maker Steven C Smith discuss Hitchcock's locations.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Hitchcock's America: location shooting with the master of suspense

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Saturday 22nd January

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Sunday 23rd January

Low tide walks let you get on to the river bed safely with the help of a guide.
10:30am to 12:30pm
 
Deptford
Creekside Low Tide Walk
Explore all that Fulham Palace has to offer with an expert-led tour.
2pm to 3:15pm
 
Fulham
History tour of Fulham Palace

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Monday 24th January

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 25th January

This garden in the sky is the backbone of biodiversity in the city as well as improving air quality, slowing down rainfall and provide shade in the heat of summer.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Southwark
Green London | From Orchards to Avenues, Preserving Our City Trees

Online events / webinars

Online talk exploring those who publicised the lives of the Victorian poor in London
2pm to 3pm
 
Shadows and Sunlight in Victorian London
Hear the story of tv chefs from television historian Kevin Geddes
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
How To Make An Omelette: the history of cooking programmes on British TV
Join world-renowned philosopher David J Chalmers and discover if we could live a meaningful life in a virtual reality.
7pm to 8:30pm
 

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Wednesday 26th January


Online events / webinars

Explore British and American perspectives on the Battle of Saratoga in this special virtual event in partnership with the US Army Heritage and Education Center.
6pm to :
 
The Battle of Saratoga
Historian Professor Kate Williams brings to life the fascinating world of the 1920s - from strikes and suffrage to science and arts.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Flappers, flights and freedom: a social history of the 1920s
A look back on Tudor Ireland’s complex relationship with England
7:30pm to 8:45pm
 
Ireland and the Tudor State

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Thursday 27th January

Tracy Borman gives a talk about latest publication Crown & Sceptre: A New History of the British Monarchy, William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II.
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Southwark
Crown and Sceptre - A Talk by Tracy Borman

Online events / webinars

Why do some big cats prey on humans? Join us in this ethnographic storytelling to reframe human-nonhuman relations on the planet.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Crooked Cats: Beastly Tales from India
Join Jenni Adams explores how neutrinos are cosmic messengers that can travel through the Universe.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
IceCube: the coolest way to detect neutrinos

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Friday 28th January

Join Russell Wallis as he recounts the stories of British prisoners of war and their first-hand experiences of the Holocaust.
12pm to :
 
Chelsea
 British POWs and the Holocaust

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Saturday 29th January

Immerse yourself in the rich design heritage of London’s transport while exploring a selection of posters from a world-class collection, and rarely seen original artworks.
Starts at 11:30am
 
Acton
Monthly London Transport art and poster store tours
Occasional open day at a railway cutting nature reserve in Forest Hill.
1pm to 4pm
 
Forest Hill
Monthly open day at Dacres Wood Nature Reserve
A wine-tasting tour of medieval London brought to life by costumed actors and musicians.
2:30pm to 5pm
 
City of London
The Medieval Wine Tour

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Sunday 30th January

An annual march down The Mall to commemorate the execution of King Charles I will take place this morning.
11am to 2pm
 
Whitehall
50th anniversary march by the English Civil War Society
Once a month, the oldest building in Hackney, St Augustine's Tower is open, so you can climb up to the top.
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Hackney
Monthly opening of St Augustine's Tower

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Monday 31st January

Although the large parade won't happen this year, there will still be festivities in Chinatown in the evening.
6pm to :
 
Soho
Chinese New Year

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