It’s January, Christmas has depleted your bank account and payday never seemed further away. But you still have to entertain yourself, Netflix won’t cut it now you’ve binged watch the entire season two of You. No fear, this is The Haute Heel’s guide to eight things to do in London in January under £30. From suave theatre productions to gathering around a stranger’s dining table, you won’t be bored with this list.
1. Dog yoga
Yoga is a great way to ease into your New Year fitness resolutions. When the post-party hangovers make it hard to get out of bed, what could be more motivating than the promise of a pack of dogs? Dogayoga allows pets, so forget those guilt-tripping puppy eyes at the front door. Buy vouchers for multiple sessions or book a single class for £25. Then there’s Pets Yoga London that introduces puppies, kittens and bunnies, often from shelters, to its classes for around £29.
2. Hollywood actors in the West End
In London, who would pass up the chance to seem like a culture maven? Even more so when heralded screen actors (like Toby Jones from blockbuster, Captain America) take to the West End and theatre tickets are £30 and under. Showing in January is Uncle Vanya, a late 19th century Russian tale about marriage, estate money and the expected amount of melancholy appropriate for this era.
3. TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
There are certain wonders that are a must-see. The Saatchi Gallery’s anticipated exhibition of Tutankhamun’s treasures is one of them (adult tickets range from £24.50 – £28.50) and celebrates the 100th anniversary of its discovery. Running until Sunday 3 May, this is the stuff of school trip dreams and your anthropological fantasy. The museum features 150 artefacts from the original tomb, including the Canopic Coffinette of Tutankhamun, which held the Pharaoh’s internal organs. The Funerary Mask however, will remain in Cairo.
4. Ice Skating
Make the most of the fleeting festive spirit and ice rinks. Crowd favourite National History Museum ice rink is open until January 12 and who can resist those grand, historic views of the gothic style building? Somerset House is centrally located and the gorgeous Queen’s House in Greenwich both remain open for the first two weeks of the new year.
5. Canary Wharf
If you’re the type to be fascinated by fireworks at New Years, you’ll want to catch Canary Wharf transform from finance hub to art showcase. Who said that the top things to do in London in January couldn’t be free? With over 25 light installations and interactive displays from January 16th to 25th. Grab a bite from the street food hubs, Winter Lights Bites or Giant Robot, which reopens on the 2nd.
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6. Spin the wheel
There’s something both therapeutic and satisfying about creating something with your hands. Token Studio runs ceramic workshops, where a 90 minute class in pottery painting is just £28. If you’re after something a little more messy like pottery casting, it’ll set you back £38. There’s also an option for yearly membership (£98 – £128 for the year) which gives you unlimited access to their classes and guest passes.
7. Crazy golf
You may want to keep this activity far from your most competitive friends. Birdie’s is a new crazy golf venue in the arches by Battersea Power Station (£10-£12 each for adults). Their nine-hole course involves gravity-defying loops, mirror rooms and a roulette wheel. Not to mention, a cocktail bar and takoyaki is on site rumbling stomachs.
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8. Mexican Supper Club
Supper clubs are great for nights when your palate is lusting after something a bit more exotic than Nando’s, but you also can’t be bothered to cook. Try this rustic Mexican night by Karla Zazueta, who uses ethically sourced ingredients. Check her site Mexican Food Memories (which also has ample recipes to follow at home) to find out about the latest breakfast and supper clubs, at £17 and £30 respectively. And if you can’t get enough, Zazueta offers group and individual Mexican cooking classes.
Looking for more London exhibitions? Don’t miss Tim Walker’s Wonderful Things at the V&A musuem
Words by Anushree Gupta