Things to do in London for free this January

Christmas is over and we enter a New Year. Most people are pretty broke by now and pay day is a long way off. If you find yourself in London this January check out our guide to things to do for free.

New Year Celebrations

Kick off the New Year with the New Year’s Day Parade for 2014. Featuring over 10,000 performers the parade of musicians and performers marches over 2.2 miles starting at the Ritz Hotel. The Parade kicks off at 11.45am on the 1st January but with thousands of people expected to descend on the route it is recommended to arrive early for a good vantage point.

Sunday 5th January sees the New Year Wassail. Celebrate the thriving fruit trees of East Greenwich Pleasaunce Memorial Orchard. An ancient English tradition to ensure a good apple cider will involve music, songs and stories. The festival kicks off at 12noon.

For the arty

If you are looking for some free art exhibitions then look no further than Sculpture in the City. Just opened on 28th December this public art initiative is now in its third year. Putting modern art in the heart of the Square mile. Robert Indiana, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Robert Wentworth will all have their pieces on display until May 2014.

If it is a little cold outdoors then head to Tate Britain for the BP Walk through British Art. A display representing 500 years of art winding through the museum. Alternatively check out the Belgravia gallery who are opening their Nelson Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom on 6th January until 2nd February 2014.

Game for a laugh

If January is a bit dark and depressing for you and you need a laugh there is plenty of free comedy floating about. Angel Comedy in the Camden Head, Islington will be running their comedy nights throughout January. Every night features a different comedian including new talents. They are free and kick off at 8pm. Rudy’s comedy is a free open mic comedy night every Wednesday in Rudy’s Revenge Bar in Holborn. The Foundry Tickler free comedy nights continue in January in The Forge Arts Venue every Monday at 8pm.

Something a little different

If you are hoping to venture out after dark head down to the Winter Lights at Canary Wharf. Designed by Dutch artist Rombout Frieling, these wind powered illuminations will be on display 24 hours a day (although best viewed after dusk) until 25th January.

Chinese New Year is taking place on 31st January. London will be gearing up for the celebrations. Watch this space for more details as the main celebrations will take place on 2nd February.

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