At the time of writing, the Covid-19 situation is evolving rapidly, with further restrictions or staff shortages always possible, so check to see if events are still unfolding before you go.
The whole weekend
BANK LINE CLOSURE: Recall that from Saturday 15th January a large part of the Northern Line Bank branch is closed for four months, so keep that in mind when planning your trips around London.
LAST CHANCE: This week is your last chance to skate on the Natural History Museum rink, as it enters the final days of the final season. Enjoy ice cream in front of the magnificent facade of the museum before warming up with hot drinks at the cafe along the ice rink. Natural History Museum (South Kensington), £ 11.50 adults, Reserve in advance, until January 16
CONSERVATORY CLOUD: The Barbican Conservatory has had a makeover, in the form of Akari light sculptures by Isamu Noguchi. This week is your last chance to explore the huge greenhouse with the Japanese washi paper lights hanging above. Barbican, free, Reserve in advance, until January 16
LAST HUSSAR: The National Army Museum unveils a new short-lived exhibition, showcasing the work of British artist Tobias Wilkinson. His photos show the daily life of the last UK tank regiment in Germany, The Queen’s Royal Hussars, before their return to the United Kingdom in 2019. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, Reserve in advance, January 10-28
MIME LONDON: Juggling, hand puppets, string puppets and short films are on the program for this year London International Mime Festival, which brings together artists from around the world for nearly a month of performances. Too many choices? For our money, Gandini Juggling is always a treat. Various locations and prices, Reserve in advance, January 12-February 6
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: Luzia is the last show of the always impressive Cirque du Soleil, who settle in town for six weeks. The show, set in Mexico, is inspired by water and light, with trapeze artists performing under jet showers. Hoop diving, acrobatic stunts and surreal menagerie are part of the fun – and let’s face it, with the Circus you know it’s going to be fine Royal Albert Hall, from £ 43, Reserve in advance, January 12-February 27
LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: Taking place in several independent cinemas in the capital, the London Short Film Festival program includes a host of new dramatic, documentary and animated shorts, award-winning films in competition, and industry events such as question-and-answer sessions and quick talk sessions. This weekend’s events include a program of animated short films and one low budget film competition. Various locations and prices, Reserve in advance, January 14-23
24 HOURS CONCERT: The London Contemporary Orchestra takes up the challenge of performing a 24 hour continuous concert, from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Choose if you spend an hour or two, or see if you can go the distance with the orchestra and last 24 hours. The full program and schedule is on the website, so you can plan your time accordingly. Barbican Hall, £ 15-20, Reserve in advance, 6 p.m. – 6 p.m.
saturday january 15
ROMAN LONDON: Children and their families can join an expert guide from the Museum of London for a stroll through the streets of old Londinium, the area of the modern city of London that was once occupied by the Romans. Visit the remains of a Roman wall and the site of a lost amphitheater. 5 years and over. City of London, adult £ 8 / child £ 6, Reserve in advance, 10:30
FAMILY FILM CLUB: The Barbican’s Family Film Club is back, and this week it’s the new Disney comedy Ron was wrong, about a futuristic custom robot friend that is malfunctioning. The screening is followed by a talk by Christina Last, Data Scientist at the Alan Turing Institute. The usual rules apply: all children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. Barbican Cinema, £ 3.50 adult / £ 3.50 child, Reserve in advance, 11am
CITY OF SUFFRAGETTES: Join Footprints of London tourist guide Oonagh Gay on a guided tour of the Holborn area, focusing on history of suffragettes. Visit the church where Emily Wilding Davison’s funeral procession began and the headquarters of the Women’s Social and Political Union, and learn about topics such as the 1922 census boycott as you go. Holborn Station, £ 12 / £ 9, Reserve in advance, 11 am-12.30pm
THE STARS IN THE SKY: Family-friendly Half Moon Theater Hosts the stars in the sky, a production that combines traditional tales and puppets to tell the story of Stella, an old lady who wanted to play with the stars. 4 years and over. Half Moon Theater (Limehouse), £ 7, Reserve in advance, 11 a.m. / 2 p.m.
IRISH FROM LONDON: Edinburgh Rugby is visiting West London for this clash with the London Irish in the EPCR Challenge Cup. Brentford Community Stadium, from £ 25 (adult) and £ 7 (children), Reserve in advance, KO 3:15 p.m.
CAROLINA: As part of the Purcell Sessions at the Southbank Center, eight people, Group Caroline based in London carry out. The long-lasting performance (around 360 minutes!) Takes a form of improvisation, so you won’t know what to expect until you get there, but the audience can come and go as they please throughout the show. Southbank Center, £ 15, Reserve in advance, 4 p.m.
THE CHOCOLATE CAKE: See the latest super camp show from drag duo Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo, nicknamed “the ebony and ivory of drag”. In Now that’s what we call musicals, expect a riot of musical theater, karaoke, fancy dress, vaudeville and more throughout the 75-minute show – it’s certainly not subtle. Soho Theater, from £ 12, Reserve in advance, 4:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. (and other dates until January 22)
Sunday January 16
ROBIN’S WINTER ADVENTURE: Intended for 3-7 year olds, Robin’s winter adventure uses puppets, poetry and music to bring the story of a young boy’s journey with his feathered friend to life on stage. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), from £ 9, Reserve in advance, 11 a.m. / 2 p.m.
SORDID SOHO: How sordid is Soho? Hear the region’s sassy secrets about it London Look Up Walking Tour, which hides behind the newly cleaned image of Soho to tell stories about the characters who frequented the area. Soho Square, £ 20, Reserve in advance, 11 am-12.30pm
RECOVERY COURTYARD: Want to buy more second-hand goods in 2022? Get off at Peckham Salvage Park where you will find vintage furniture, housewares, clothing and collectibles, sold by more than 50 different specialist traders. Well that beats IKEA … Bussey Building (Peckham), entry £ 1, just come on, 11 am-6pm
FAMILY RECOVERY: The first in a series of family takeover days takes place today at the Camden Art Center, with a focus on the skin. It is inspired by the current Building As Body exhibition and consists of a series of creative workshops. Camden Art Center, free, Reserve in advance, 2 pm-4:30pm
STREET ART PAINTING: Try your hand at painting and create your own version of Banksy’s Girl With Balloon in this Pop-up painting session. All the gear is provided, as is expert advice, and drinks are available for purchase to keep these creative juices flowing. Sip Room (Canary Wharf), £ 34.99, Reserve in advance, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
QUIET CINEMA: Bryony Dixon, curator of the BFI National Archive, and Dr Sarah Evans of the Royal Geographical Society give an illustrated lecture on some of the the first female explorers and their films. Rosita Forbes, Hettie Dyhrenfurth, Osa Johnson and aviation legend Amy Johnson are all in attendance. BFI Southbank, £ 6.50, Reserve in advance, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
SUNDAY CONCERT: The Echéa Quartet, chamber music fellows at the Royal College of Music, are stars of the first sunday concert of the year at Conway Hall. Enjoy a work program by Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven. Conway Hall (Holborn) and online, £ 10- £ 14, Reserve in advance, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
COMEDY FOR THE CURIOUS: Laugh at the Sunday night blues with this humorous relationship show – which intriguingly presents a generous dose of science and a ‘Versus the Audience’ game. Host Robyn Perkins is joined by Seann Walsh and Mark Silcox. The Bill Murray (Islington), £ 5.50, Reserve in advance, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.