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Cheap Things To Do In London This January

13 January 2017 by Emily Moulder
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If your wallet is feeling the pinch this month after Christmas and New Year, don’t worry, going out and enjoying London doesn’t have to cost the Earth. There are still things to go out and do that aren’t expensive, you can get discounts on or are totally free! Here’s out our handy guide to cheap and different things to do in London in January.

See The Changing Of The Guard

Photo Credit: Visit London
Photo Credit: Visit London

Even if you’ve lived or worked in London for years, have you ever gone to see the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace? If not, there’s no time like the present. Frequently supported by the Bands of the Irish or Welsh Guards, see the iconic military procession and check it off of your London bucket list. Be sure to check the official website for times and dates.

Enjoy Great Theatre With Lottery Tickets


To save big on seeing West End theatre, try entering a TodayTix mobile ticket Lottery to buy front row tickets from just £15. These ticket lotteries mean you can see shows like David Bowie‘s Lazarus, the Olivier Award-winning Kinky Boots and the incredible Dreamgirls. Not sure how the lotteries work? Chris Cox has got you covered.

Pick A London Park And Explore It

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There are lots of gorgeous parks in London and they all take on a beautiful new look in the cold of Winter. They’re full of iconic monuments, statues, pretty gardens and secret corners – so get wrapped up and go for a wander. Plus, if your New Year resolution is to keep fit, go for a walk or run; that’s got to be more a more attractive place to exercise than inside a gym.

Drink, Shop & Do

Photo Credit: Drink, Shop & Do
Photo Credit: Drink, Shop & Do

This quirky concept is a new way to combine going out for a drink and staying in to be crafty – it’s Drink, Shop & Do in Kings Cross. Hosting a variety of different events, from bottomless brunches to classes on making clutch handbags, there’s food and drink on offer and you can even book in groups for hen nights or birthday parties.

Visit The British Museum

Photo Credit: Steve Bell/Londonist
Photo Credit: Steve Bell/Londonist

There are lots of museums in London you can visit for free, but the British Museum is our top pick. Not only does it have a wealth of exhibitions to see, but the building itself is stunning. It’s worth a visit just to see the gorgeous glass covered courtyard, the largest covered public square in Europe, which was designed by Foster and Partners. This month, we recommend the exhibition on shadow puppet theatre from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand; it’s free to visit and definitely something you don’t see every day.

See Something Different At Lights Of Soho

Photo Credit: God's Own Junkyard
Photo Credit: Lights of Soho

An art gallery like you’ve never seen, Lights of Soho is the world’s first gallery to feature only neon and light pieces. Head onto Soho’s Brewer Street to find this hidden gem of a gallery, which also has its own cafe and bar, so you can see the unusual and gorgeous artwork, enjoy a drink and head off to a show nearby.

Sing With A Live Band In Covent Garden

Photo Credit: Roadhouse

If you’ve always wanted to performer with a live rock band, visit the Roadhouse in Covent Garden and sign up for Rockaoke, every Monday and Wednesday. From 9PM, you can sign up to perform well-known hits with the band for the chance to win a £100 bar tab – whomever rocks the Roadhouse the most, wins!

Want more? How to see more theatre and spend less money.