Events in London – Wednesday 2 January

Need some inspiration for 2nd January? Henry Morgan’s pirate ship blew up and sank on this day in 1669. But did you know that London has its own pirate ship? It’s a full-sized replica of Francis Drake’s Golden Hinde, and you’ll find it moored in a dry-dock next to Southwark Cathedral.

 

Theatre shows on 2nd January

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Wednesday 2nd January

The Room Victoria Station at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre The five-month long season of Harold Pinters plays continues with The Room Victoria Station and Family Voices
Aladdin Panto at New Wimbledon Theatre

to New Wimbledon Theatre Paul Merton and comedy magician Pete Firman will be starring in the Christmas panto at Wimbledon Theatre
Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre

to Richmond Theatre Robert Lindsay will be starring as Captain Hook in this years Christmas pantomime at the Richmond Theatre
Peppa Pigs Adventure at Theatre Royal Haymarket

to Theatre Royal Haymarket Take your little kids to see Peppa Pigs Adventure and go on a camping trip to the woods with all her friends
Merry Wives Of Windsor at Barbican Centre

to Barbican Centre The Merry Wives of Windsor will be getting the reality TV treatment in this modern-day re-telling of Shakespeares play
Operation Ouch at Apollo Theatre

to Apollo Theatre Popular childrens television series Operation Ouch with Dr Chris and Dr Xand is coming to the Apollo Theatre
Nine Night at Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios The Jamaican Nine Night wake is a traditional way to see off the dead -- with a nine night party of food and laughter

Music, comedy & film on 2nd January

Have a night out at one of these rock and pop concerts, comedy gigs, or film shows

Bill Bailey at Wyndham’s Theatre

to Wyndham’s Theatre Bill Bailey is back in the West End with his new stand-up show Larks in Transit about his twenty years as a comic

Family & Kid’s events on 2nd January

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 2nd January

Aladdin Panto at New Wimbledon Theatre

to New Wimbledon Theatre Paul Merton and comedy magician Pete Firman will be starring in the Christmas panto at Wimbledon Theatre
Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre

to Richmond Theatre Robert Lindsay will be starring as Captain Hook in this years Christmas pantomime at the Richmond Theatre
Peppa Pigs Adventure at Theatre Royal Haymarket

to Theatre Royal Haymarket Take your little kids to see Peppa Pigs Adventure and go on a camping trip to the woods with all her friends
Operation Ouch at Apollo Theatre

to Apollo Theatre Popular childrens television series Operation Ouch with Dr Chris and Dr Xand is coming to the Apollo Theatre
A Christmas Carol at Old Vic

to Old Vic A Christmas Carol is returning to the Old Vic with a unique staging that will please everyone aged 8 and above
Aladdin Panto at Hackney Empire

to Hackney Empire Join Aladdin in the magical land of Hackney where hell rub a magic lamp and get three wishes from a genie
Room On The Broom at Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre Room On The Broom is a childrens adventure about a poor witch whose hat and wand blow away in the wind
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

to Hyde Park Hyde Park will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland with rollercoaster rides a circus ice rink and Christmas market
Snowman at Peacock Theatre

to Peacock Theatre Fly through the sky with the magical snowman as the much-loved childrens book The Snowman comes to the Peacock

Art & Museum exhibitions on 2nd January

How about spending a few hours on Wednesday in one of London’s art galleries or museums?

National Gallery
free

to National Gallery Edwin Landseers majestic painting of The Monarch of the Glen is one of the worlds best-loved animal paintings
National Gallery
free

to National Gallery Rachel Macleans darkly comic and satirical film explores the relationship between Scotland and England
British Library
free

to British Library Explore the development of P G Wodehouses writing career with this free exhibition at the British Library
Guildhall Art Gallery

to Guildhall Art Gallery The Guildhall Art Gallerys new exhibition will explore the changing way that childhood was portrayed in Victorian art
British Library
free

to British Library An exhibition all about cats that explores how they have been portrayed in literature in paintings and on the stage
National Portrait Gallery

to National Portrait Gallery Gainsboroughs Family Album collects together fifty works showing the family life of 18th-century artist Thomas Gainsborough
British Museum

to British Museum The major new exhibition at the British Museum will reveal treasures from the reign of King Ashurbanipal of Assyria

Royal & Religious events on 2nd January

See inside some beautiful buildings with one of these Royal or religious events

Buckingham Palace

to Buckingham Palace Enjoy a glass of champagne and a tour of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace in the company of an expert guide
Hampton Court Palace

to Hampton Court Palace The outdoor ice-rink at Hampton Court has a spectacular backdrop in front of Henry VIIIs 500-year-old Tudor Palace
Queen’s Gallery

to Queen’s Gallery The Royalty & The Romanovs exhibition will explore some of the events and works of art that passed between British and Russian Royal families
Windsor Castle

to Windsor Castle See Meghans beautiful wedding dress and Harrys Household Cavalry uniform at the Royal Wedding exhibition at Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Visit the State Apartments at Windsor Castle - the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

St. Paul’s Cathedral If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free
Science Museum
free

to Science Museum The Science Museum will be exploring the life and death of the Romanovs — the last imperial monarchs of Russia
Kensington Palace

to Kensington Palace Kensington Palace will be exploring the life of Queen Victoria using objects and excerpts from her journals and letters
Kensington Palace

to Kensington Palace Dianas Fashion Story at Kensington Palace is an exhibition of iconic dresses that show the evolution of her style

Political & Military events on 2nd January

Parades are always popular with tourists, so here are some military events and political debates

National Army Museum

to National Army Museum World War I paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings created when he was part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
Queen’s Gallery

to Queen’s Gallery The Shadows of War exhibition at the Queens Gallery reveals the futility of war through Roger Fentons photographs of the Crimean War
National Army Museum
free

to National Army Museum An exhibition about the British Hussars exploring their history and shared traditions with the Hungarian Hussars
Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
Horse Guards
free

Horse Guards The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards
Tower of London

Tower of London One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
Horse Guards
free

Horse Guards Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace but is a lot less crowded and takes place every day
Tower of London
free

Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has been taking place every night for 700 years
Imperial War Museum
free

to Imperial War Museum An exhibition to commemorate the often unheralded role that African and colonial soldiers played during the First World War

Classical music on 2nd January

Wednesday sounds like a good day to go and watch an opera, ballet or listen to some classical music

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium

Sightseeing tours on 2nd January

When was the last time you sat on the top-deck of a sightseeing bus, or enjoyed a boat trip up the Thames?

Buckingham Palace

to Buckingham Palace Enjoy a glass of champagne and a tour of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace in the company of an expert guide
Jack The Ripper Tour

Jack The Ripper Tour Walk the streets of Whitechapel and try and discover the identity of the Victorian murderer Jack the Ripper - if you dare!
Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre Have a tour of William Shakespeares Globe and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the worlds most famous playwright
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium
Tower of London

Tower of London One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
The City

The City Walk through the streets of Roman Londinium and see what remains of the old city walls military fort and amphitheatre
The City

The City A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London
The City

The City If you dont fancy spending 25-30 pounds on an open-top sightseeing bus then theres a much cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus

Sports events on 2nd January

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Wednesday 2nd January

Tower of London

to Tower of London The Tower of Londons outdoor ice rink is back again for another year in the dry moat outside the castle walls
Hampton Court Palace

to Hampton Court Palace The outdoor ice-rink at Hampton Court has a spectacular backdrop in front of Henry VIIIs 500-year-old Tudor Palace
Somerset House

to Somerset House Somerset House has got the prettiest rink in London with a huge Christmas tree and festive shopping arcade
Canary Wharf

to Canary Wharf This ice rink sits in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers with an icy perimeter path made of fir trees and fairy lights
Natural History Museum

to Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum has one of Londons prettiest ice rinks decorated with a huge tree and fairground carousel
Lord’s

Lord’s Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup

Other London events on 2nd January

Here are some other London events that will be taking place on Wednesday

Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
The Ritz

The Ritz Dress up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
London Zoo

London Zoo Sign-up to be a zoo-keeper at London Zoo for a day and get close to the animals and help to feed them and muck them out
O2 Arena

O2 Arena Climb to the top of The O2s tented roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform
Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square Enjoy riding around on one of Londons old 1960s double-decker buses (the one with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) The driverless Docklands Light Railway train allows you to sit right at the front giving you a fantastic view of the track ahead
The City

The City If weaving your way in and out of the busy London traffic on a hire bike sounds like fun then how about hiring a Boris Bike for the day?
 
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