We should probably start here by paying a small tribute to the incredible JANUARY SALES that take place throughout the month. While shopping isn’t sightseeing per se, if you do fancy finding a genuine bargain while navigating your way through the city this month – make a beeline for Oxford Street during your stay.
However, onto things to immerse yourself in, capture on camera, and experience; there are certainly several things not to miss across the city this January.
To experience the resolute commitment of the guards outside Buckingham Palace, do get yourself a spot for the Changing of the Guard, which takes place at 11:00 daily.
However, at nearby Kensington Palace, you simply must see the exquisite Diana, Princess of Wales exhibition, which is only on display until February. Showcasing an insight into one of the most beloved and missed royals of the 20th century, it treats fashion lovers to the incredible detail of some of the Princess’s most cherished designer dresses.
For some inspiration in your own photography endeavours this year, between the Natural History Museum, Royal Observatory and Getty Images Gallery, you’ll have plenty of original, astounding images to engage with.
The National Geographic Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum in January, while the Royal Observatory (of course) plays host to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Over at the Getty Images Gallery, you’ll find a collection of the best Getty images captured around the globe over the last 12 months – professionally curated and displayed in one place.
Over at Olympia in Hammersmith, on the weekend of 18 – 19 January, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from some of the world’s most experienced (and not to mention well-travelled) adventurers, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
The Adventure Travel Show provides annual inspiration for travel writers, bloggers, moviemakers and anyone with an intrepid mindset. You can also enjoy the latest in adventure films and, as the expo takes place over two whole days, you’ll be able to fit plenty more sightseeing in during your visit.
While many people in the UK are wondering whether they’ll ever see snow again, London does embrace winter well into the New Year, regardless of climate curiosities.
As well as many a wintery walk to take by the river, and through the many parks and gardens in the city, there’s ice skating to enjoy at the Natural History Museum and Canary Wharf. Plus, the Winter Lights Festival (also at Canary Wharf) lasts well into January, combining contemporary art with the unique atmosphere of a winter wonderland for the entire family to enjoy.
If New Year’s Eve wasn’t enough of a party for you, then 25 January is your chance to celebrate again. Although Burns Night is traditionally a Scottish holiday, it’s embraced all across the UK, and London pubs tend to celebrate it well into the early hours.
The Dorsett Hotel, City of London, is a great place to stay during January, providing an ideal central location that means less time out in the cold – and more time surrounded by comfort and luxury after a busy day of sightseeing and revelry.