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London Insider Calendar: January 2018

A guide to the best creative & cultural events this month

Welcome to 2018! Last year was rich with experiences, art and culture, but there is more to come. Here is our January Insider Calendar, a handy guide to all of London’s best events opening this month.

The start of the year offers an opportunity for reflection and new beginnings. Thinking about going veggie? Join Naomi on an experience that will teach you the delights of plant-based dining. Looking to finally pick up that expensive camera you’ve been gifted? Strut the city with photographer Nick Turpin and learn to look through the lens like a pro. There’s no time like the present! Especially in the new year.


Charles I: King and Collector
Royal Academy
27 Jan – 15 Apr
Cost: £20.00

Van Dyck King Charles I Exhibition at Royal Academy

Charles I in Three Positions by van Dyck, 1635–36 (section).

The Royal Academy joins forces with the Royal Collection trust to bring together for the first time since the 17th Century the vast collection acquired and commission by King Charles I. The exhibition will include a vast range of works in various media, from classical sculptures through baroque paintings.


Andreas Gursky
Hayward Gallery
25 Jan – 27 Apr
Cost: £14.50

Andreas Gursky at HaywardImage selection courtesy of Southbank Centre. Andrea Gursky ©.

The German photographer’s works come together in this first major UK retrospective. Known for his large-scale photography, Gursky is regarded as one of the most influential contemporary photographers. His ability to capture the modern world offers an opportunity to reflect on our times.


Hot Gin Roof
Ham Yard Hotel
Jan 17 – Feb 17
Cost: £18.00

Sipsmith ham yard hotel hot gin roof

Pioneering London gin Sipsmith has partnered once again with the iconic Ham Yard hotel to bring a one-of-a-kind boozy experience. The gin creations will be heated with special blacksmith crafted pokers, a nod to the ways of the past. Love Gin? Join a private gin tour and learn the history of London’s spirit on an Experience with Insider Chris Bryant-Mansell.

Performing Arts

Vault Festival
24 Jan – 15 Mar
Multiple Locations
Cost: £5.00+

Vault FestivalImage courtesy of Vault Festival

Hosting over a hundred events, Vault Festival provides performances across theatre, dance, comedy, film and more. From family-friendly shows to burlesque, this annual arts festival is sure to offer something for everyone.

Architecture & Design

London Vision
Museum of London
18 Jan – 15 Apr
Cost: Free

London vision museum of london

What will the future look like? Architects, designers, and artists imagine what our city will look like based on the challenges of the present. Dive into these alternate visions through video installations, architectural compositions and video games.  


Lumière London
Multiple locations
18 Jan – 21 Jan
Cost: Free

Image by Michael Drummond.

This magical display of lights and colour will light up the city, from the streets to the sky. Take a look at the stunning images from past years or visit the Lumière London destinations that you find listed on their website. It’s a sight to be seen!


London A Cappella Festival
Kings Place
24 Jan – 27 Jan
Cost: £18.50+

The Tallis Scholars A Capella LondonThe Tallis Scholars. Image courtesy of London A Cappella Festival

Sing it to ‘em! When the voice is the only instrument, harmony can be achieved in group (music pun, sorry). Performance genres span from Jazz to beatboxing through to new interpretations of classical pieces. Sounds like a grand time.