London in January

Visiting London in


London is a winter wonderland in the season of January, even though has cold, often rainy winters, you'll still find plenty to enjoy. The city is a bustling center of excitement and awe, and its shopping and dining are first-rate. It is also the quietest time of year to travel to London. The attractions are more fun to visit because there are fewer people and less waiting time. As the winter sales are on, it is the best time to visit on a budget. If you know what to expect when traveling during January, you'll have a wonderful trip to remember.

What to expect


  • Average Daytime Temperatures: 48 F (8C)
  • Average Overnight Temperatures: 37 F (3C)
  • Sunny or partly sunny days: 12
  • Rainy days: 19

What to wear

  • Make sure you have a warm coat and winter boots.
  • A good pair of comfortable waterproof walking shoes is a must-have.
  • Don’t forget your gloves, hats and scarfs to keep you warm
  • Pack an umbrella, you will be happy to have it when it starts to rain.
  • Don’t forget to pack some more fanciful shoes for the nightlife.

London Prices in January

For those on a budget, traveling to London in January is the cheapest time of the year to go. Many hotels are offering discounts and you will find many January sales still going on all across the capital. January is a unique time to visit London where the city isn't completely overrun by tourists. Book your flights and accommodation in advance for best prices and save up money by booking at the right times.

Planning your trip is a key to a balanced budget, use free online resources like our maps & guide or the itinerary tool, if you are going to visit some iconic attractions, get a sightseeing pass, it will easily save you 50% on regular admission prices – see more

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Getting around

With roughly 30 million travellers per year, London easily ranks as one of the most visited cities on earth. London is easy to navigate, but if you can't walk to your destination there are plenty of options

London Underground

The quickest way to travel around, London's Underground metro system is the oldest and most famous in the world. In total, there are 11 lines on the Tube within nine zones. On most days the London Tube is open between 5AM and 12AM, but there is extended services for Friday and Saturday. Fares vary widely for the London Underground depending on when you're using the service and how far you're going. The easiest way navigate the Tube is to invest in what's known as an Oyster Card. These re-chargeable card can be purchased at any Tube station. Put as much money as you want on your Oyster Card and scan it at the entrance of the Tube station. It’s much cheaper to use than single tube tickets.

Black Cabs - Traditional London taxis

These cabs can easily be found all over central London as well as by major train stations, bus stops, and by Heathrow Airport. Please ensure the yellow "taxi" light in the front of the cab is on when you're trying to hail a vehicle.
All taxicab services in London are metered and there's a £3 minimum charge. While you're not required to tip, it's always welcome, and most Londoners will round up their fare.

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Things to do in January

Check out the following list of ideas for fun things to do in London in January:

1. Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

One fascination that is not to be missed is the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It takes place outside Buckingham Palace, begins at 10:45 AM and lasts around 45 minutes (handover takes place at 11:00 AM). You can join the Change of the Guard walking tour to learn much more about this ceremony.

2. Hogwarts in the Snow

Experience winter at Hogwarts when you explore the Warner Bros. studio in London. As one of the most popular holiday attractions in London, Hogwarts in the Snow features the Great Hall lined with Christmas trees and long tables laid out with flaming Christmas pudding and other delicacies. You will even see a snow filled Yule Ball and an orchestra that uses magical instruments.

3. New Year’s Day Parade

Celebrate with thousands of onlookers as you watch the floats from all around the world go down the street and witness many colourful performers. You can book grandstand tickets or watch for free from the parade route.

4. Chinese New Year in London

Celebrate Chinese New Year by watching festive parades and live stage performances around Chinatown, London's West End, & Trafalgar Square in either January or February.

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Rainy Day Options in London

Tower of London

Learn about the storied history of London with a trip to this epic tower. Visitors will delight in the exhibit of the Royal Family crown jewels, including the Imperial State Crown. The guards of the tower will regale visitors with tales of the bloody history of these times, enchanting everyone who walks through the gates. Visit to the Tower of London is free with the London Sightseeing Pass.

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West End Theatre

taking a West End show will chase away any rainy day blues during your visit to London. It might not be possible to get last minute tickets to every show, but you can find something a couple of hours before the show starts by visiting the Encore Box office. With every sightseeing pass purchased on this site we offer 55 GBP towards your theatre ticket

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London Museums

Your weather app says it’s going to be raining the whole day? Head over to one of the best London Museums or Galleries. Whether your interest is in art, science or history, there’s something for everyone in just about every neighbourhood. Pick from the British Museum, The National Gallery, Tate Modern, the Kensington Museums of Natural History or Science Museum – all offer free entry to the public.

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