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10 Things Students In London Can and Should Do This January

So, Christmas is over, but look on the bright side: your summer finals are also months away, giving you some time to enjoy this amazing city while the tourists are thin on the ground and the queues are short.

There’s always something to do in London, so make your New Year’s Resolution be to make the most of your time as a student and check out some of the awesome stuff that’s happening this January.

1. Farewell to Christmas – Geffrye Museum.

Christmas doesn’t officially end until Twelfth Night, so if you want to keep up the festive spirit until the last possible moment then don’t miss the chance to say farewell on the 6th of January at the Geffrye Museum. This traditional celebration, with carol singing and cake, is free entry. The ritual burning of the holly and the ivy is a harsh but cathartic end to the Christmas season.

2. Angel Comedy Club Pro Night – Camden Head.

If the grey January days are getting you down, hit up Camden Head for the perfect antidote: a free of charge stand-up show including famous faces. Pro Night is on the 26th, but check the website for free events on other days. Parties of eight or more are not allowed though, and be sure to arrive an hour before the start time of 8 PM or you may not get in!

3. World Music – Southbank Centre.

If you like live music, head down to the Southbank Centre on the 12th for some free performances this January. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s Afrobeat collective Kokoroko or folk music duo Honey and the Bear.

4. Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures – British Library.

For all you Harry Potter fans, Hogwarts comes to London this January with one-off classes on subjects taught at the school of witchcraft and wizardry, including Defence Against the Dark Arts, where you can learn how to fend off vampires from historian Christopher Frayling, and more. Tickets are £10 for students, but you’d better hurry up and book, as History of Magic is already sold out!


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5. Blue Planet II – Natural History Museum.

The NHM is a great place to go at any time of year, but especially so in January when the crowds are at a minimum. If you head along on the evening of January 26th, there will be a free event hosted by the producers and researchers who created the recent BBC series Blue Planet II. There will be talks and activities from leading marine biologists, as well as rare museum specimens related to the sea which are usually not on public display.

6. Opera – Victoria and Albert Museum.

Sticking with the theme of museums, if a lunchtime opera concert tickles your fancy, the V&A is the place to be with young artists from the National Opera performing works by Vivaldi, Monteverdi and others, coinciding with the Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition. They take place at 1 PM every Thursday throughout January and early February and are free of charge.

One museum, two grand entrances. Swipe right to compare our two very contrasting, but equally extraordinary, grand entrances. In 1891 a competition was held for the rare opportunity to extend the V&A and create a truly huge façade in South Kensington. The huge sculpted museum entrance along Cromwell Road today was a competition-winning design by the young architect Aston Webb. More than a century later, Amanda Levete’s architecture firm AL_A similarly won an extensive international competition to do the very same: to physically transform the V&A, and to continue the Museum's mission to inspire all who enter its doors with innovative architectural surroundings. This is just one of the incredible chapters of the V&A story. Read more online (link is in bio).

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7. Walthamstow Vegan Market – Wildcard Brewery.

Vegan food is getting more and more popular, so ditch Nando’s for a change and chow down on some meat-free delights, washed down by a beer or two at Wild Card Brewery. The Walthamstow Vegan Market will take place on the morning of Sunday 7th of January and is free entry.

8. Flea Markets – EPIC Dalston and Abney Hall, Stoke Newington.

Whether it’s vintage clothing and jewellery or old books and quirky crockery, there’s no feeling like raking through a flea market and finding a real treasure buried at the bottom of a heap of tat. There are a few flea markets in London, but The Big London Flea at EPIC Dalston and Hackney Flea Market in Abney Hall, Stoke Newington, are hot tips for a great bargain. This January, they’ll be taking place on Sunday 7th and the weekend of the 13th and 14th, respectively.

This weekend!! Hackney Flea Market 2nd & 3rd December At Abney Hall, stoke newington N16 with over 30 vintage traders, with tables pilled high with antique oddities, mid century gems, rare records, and rails, and rails of vintage clothes. Come have a rummage.We open at 11am. Free Entry #vintagefair #vintage #Hackney #hackneyfleamarket #midcentury #midcenturyfurntiture #kitchenalia #fleamarket #retro #londonvintage #london #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #fashionblog #vintageclothing #vintagejewelry #hackneyweekend #shoplocal #eamesera #fashion #dalston #hackneyvintage #hackneyweekend #theolddalstonmarket #olddalstonmarket #stokenewington #n16 #hackneylondon #industrialdesign #bricabrac #vintageblog #londonvintage

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9. London Short Film Festival – Various Venues.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2018, the Short Film Festival shows the best of British independent short films, as well as live music events, at venues across the city. It runs from January 12th to 21st. Have a look on the website to find something to watch – tickets are mostly around £10.

10. And finally: Lumiere – Various Venues.

In this festival of lights, 40 artists put on a range of artworks in outdoor locations across the city centre. Check out these colorful displays for free from 18th – 21st of January to close off this dull month with a few bright sparks.

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