Events in London – Thursday 31 January

Need some inspiration for 31st January? Guy Fawkes was put to death on this day in 1606, following his failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords. Why not visit the House of Lords yourself? It doesn’t cost anything to sit inside the public gallery. It’s a great way of seeing the spectacular decorations inside Parliament.

 

Theatre shows on 31st January

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Thursday 31st January

A Slight Ache Dumb Waiter at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre The five-month long season of Harold Pinters one-act plays continues with A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter
Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre

to Phoenix Theatre Come From Away tells the story of how a small Canadian town took in 7000 stranded air passengers after 9/11
9 To 5 at Savoy Theatre

to Savoy Theatre 9 To 5 uses the music of Dolly Parton to tell the story of three put-upon workers who oust their egotistical office boss
Leave To Remain at Lyric Hammersmith

to Lyric Hammersmith Leave To Remain tells the story of a gay couple facing an uncertain future which threatens to fracture their families as well

Family & Kid’s events on 31st January

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 31st January

Namco Funscape

Namco Funscape NAMCO Funscape is like an indoor funfair with three floors of arcade games pool tables 10-pin bowling bumper cars and a sports bar
The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car) This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

to Palace Theatre Palace Theatre will be showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- a brand-new Harry Potter story by JK Rowling
Aladdin at Prince Edward Theatre

to Prince Edward Theatre Disneys Aladdin has been turned into a West End musical and will be showing at the Prince Edward Theatre
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

to Cambridge Theatre Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

to Apollo Victoria Theatre If you like The Wizard of Oz then you will love Wicked -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches

Art & Museum exhibitions on 31st January

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

Royal Academy of Arts

to Royal Academy of Arts This exhibition compares the work of two very different artists: the peerless Michelangelo and the video artist Bill Viola
Tate Modern

to Tate Modern Tate Modern will be putting on a major new exhibition of work by the master of colour and composition Pierre Bonnard
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

Royal & Religious events on 31st January

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

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
Westminster Abbey
free

Westminster Abbey You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir
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
St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wrens finest City churches

Political & Military events on 31st January

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

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
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

Sightseeing tours on 31st January

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

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wrens finest City churches
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
Somerset House
free

Somerset House This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times

Sports events on 31st January

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Thursday 31st January

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
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 31st January

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

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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