January in London: Weather and Events Guide

What to See and Do in London in January

Westminster Bridge and Big Ben in snow, London,UK
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While you may be cold in London in January, you also might catch the tail-end of the city's charming holiday decorations. Read on for what to expect weather-wise, our recommendations on how to stay warm, and seasonal events to check out:

January Weather

  • Average High: 44 F (7 C)
  • Average Low: 35 F (2 C)
  • Average wet days: 11 days
  • Average daily sunshine: 3 hours
  • January and February are the coldest months

What to Wear

  • Wrap up warm in plenty of layers. January and February are the coldest months in London
  • Always bring an umbrella when exploring London!

January Highlights

Public Holidays:

  • New Year's Day, January 1 (or the following Monday if January 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday)

January Annual Events

  • New Year's Day Parade (1 January). See marching bands, cheerleaders, dancers, and acrobats take to the streets as part of London's famous New Year's Day Parade. 
  • London Boat Show (early January). More than 500 exhibitors showcase the best boating innovations, equipment and holidays at this huge celebration of all things nautical at ExCel London.
  • Twelfth Night Festival (a Saturday or Sunday closest to January 6). This free event marks the end of Christmas and welcomes in the New Year with a program of events based on ancient seasonal customs. 
  • Get Into London Theatre (January and February). Grab discounted tickets to 50+ London theater shows as part of this annual promotion. 
  • London Art Fair (mid-January). Billed as the U.K.’s premier modern British and contemporary art fair, this event at Islington's Design Centre brings together over 100 galleries and features talks, tours and large-scale installations. 
  • Chinese New Year Parade and Festival (late January to mid-February). Celebrate the biggest event in the Chinese calendar by following the lively parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. The celebrations culminate in Trafalgar Square and you can enjoy plenty of free entertainment and delicious food in Chinatown. 
  • London International Mime Festival (throughout January). The longest running festival of its kind, this celebration of the silent art form takes place in various performance venues across London including the Barbican and Soho Theatre.
  • Commemoration of Charles the Martyr (January 30). This annual commemoration of King Charles I's' 1649 execution takes place in the Banqueting Hall on Whitehall and includes a wreath laying and prayers. A choir usually accompanies the service. 
  • 'January Sales' (from December 26). Snap up a bargain in the 'January' sales, which technically start on Boxing Day. HarrodsJohn Lewis, Selfridges and Liberty are always reliable options for post-Christmas bargains. 
  • Apply for tickets for Trooping The Colour in June (January and February)