Things to do this January

News at Stirling Ackroyd | 09/01/2017

As we bid farewell to the holiday season once again for another year (far too quickly if you ask us) we’ve got our heads together and listed a few things to do in London this month to try and ease the pain of those dreaded January blues, and for those attempting a Dry January, you’re in luck - they’re all alcohol free.

The Magical Lantern Festival
As London prepares for the annual Chinese New Year celebrations, the Magical Lantern Festival will be back for it’s second year with the theme of ‘Explore the Silk Road. A cultural exploration highlighting the significant route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China through life sized and oversized lantern scenes.

There’s also an entertainment area to keep the family entertained throughout the day including an appetising array of food and drink vendors.

Open from 19/01/2017 – 26/02/2017 in Chiswick House Gardens, tickets start from £5.90.

The London Boat Show
It’ll be all hands on deck at ExCel this January for London’s annual boat show. This ten day maritime event showcases a variety of vessels of all sizes from kayaks to super yachts. Leading experts, traders and boating celebrities will be offering demonstrations, talks and seminars throughout. If that’s not enough there will be a variety of activities to take part in at the Water sports park. One to visit for a family day out, especially as children under 15 are free to enter.

Open from 6/01/2017 – 15/01/2017, adult tickets from £20.

The Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Best admired after dark, the winter lights are an interactive art exhibition of sculptures, structures and installations that represent four continents across the world. With the use of different light technology, we’ll see the Canary Wharf skyline illuminated by the works of leading artists and designers. Just remember to wrap up warm!

Open 16/01/2017 – 27/01/2017, 4-9pm, throughout Canary Wharf, free to view.

Old Dalston Market

From the folks who brought us Hackney Flea Market and the DIY Art Market comes the Old Dalston Market. On the 15th January head to EPIC Dalston which will be filled to the brim of an eclectic mix of unique stall holders from across the country. You’ll find a mix of vintage and handmade objects from hand crafted jewellery to vintage mirrors. An ideal day out for bargain hunters with an eye for detail.

11am Sunday 15th January at EPIC, 13-15 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH

La La Land at the Hackney Picturehouse

With the awards ceremony in full swing, what better way to spend your January than nestling down with a bucket of buttery popcorn and keeping up to date with the latest motion pictures at Hackney’s iconic cinema, Hackney Picturehouse. This week the Golden Globes 2017 ceremony took place, in which La La Land swooped in and broke the record of most award won with a grand total of seven.

To book tickets visit or view timings visit

London Art Fair
Into its 29th year, The London Art Fair traditionally marks the opening of the art world year. Showcasing a range of museum worthy artwork to leading modern art from some of the most renowned galleries the annual event also dedicates sections to lesser known artists and photography. Ideal for anyone interested in the arts, this is the perfect outing for art dealers/collectors of all types.

Tickets from £15.00, From 18 January 2017 to 22 January 2017, Business Design Centre

If all that doesn't float your boat (excuse the pun) why not trial some of the best coffee shops in Shoreditch instead? We've listed up our top suggestions here. Tweet us at @stilring_london if you think you've found better!