The new year brings joy, happiness and a whole host of exciting events to keep you entertained in the capital.
Virtually Real, 12 – 14 Jan
Royal Academy of Arts
Step into the New Year in (virtual reality) style at Royal Academy’s first ever 3D printed artworks display. With hundreds of simulated worlds created using virtual reality platforms, watch as artwork comes to life all around you. Exhibition-goers even have the chance to create their very own virtual reality showpiece!
Nordic Matters, 13 Jan – onwards
With Scandi minimalism and the Danish lifestyle phenomenon ‘Hygge’ taking London by storm, it only seems appropriate that Southbank Centre opens its 2017 season with a year-long event on all things Nordic. From Norse poetry to the art of cinnamon buns, expect a jam-packed programme of immersive activities, talks and exhibitions.
Winter Lights Festival, 16 – 27 Jan
2017 is set for a dazzling start, thanks to the bright lights of Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights Festival. Boasting a wide range of artworks and installations from international artists, take in the sparkling and colourful lights as night falls.
London Art Fair, 18 – 22 Jan
Business Design Centre
Whether you’re an art lover or simply want to learn more about it, the twenty-ninth edition of the London Art Fair is the place to be. Over a hundred of the capital’s leading galleries will gather under one roof, showcasing everything from contemporary paintings to photography. The ultimate place to start the year on a cultural high.
Snowdrop Days, 28 Jan – 3 Feb
Chelsea Physic Garden
Don’t miss your chance to see the stunning snowdrops up close before the rest of the country in the Gardens this winter. Take the Snowdrop Trail to discover over 120 cultivars and species, where experts will be on hand to talk to and help you pick out your very own beautiful bouquet.
Magical Lantern Festival, 19 Jan – 26 Feb
Chiswick House and Gardens
Returning for a second year, this spectacular festival will be illuminating the grounds of Chiswick House and Gardens for one week only. The elegant theme for this year is ‘Explore the Silk Road’, where visitors will be able to follow paths lit by majestic light installations and sculpted lanterns.
Ishbel McWhirter, 11 Jan – 26 Mar
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
In celebration of her 90th birthday, McWhirter’s impressive works from the past seven decades will be showcased collectively for the very first time. Her unique style has made her one of the most successful 20th century artists, with her pieces having featured in the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The Glass Menagerie, 26 Jan – 29 Apr
Duke of York’s Theatre
Multi award-winning director, John Tiffany, brings Tennessee Williams’ famous play back to life in a breathtaking new production. Set during The Great Depression of the 1930s in St Louis, the play shows the emotional struggles of the Wingfield family as they try to make their own dreams a reality.