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Jumpstart January: Unmissable London Adventures to Kick Off the New Year!

Greetings, fellow wanderers! Journeying Jack here, back with another exciting edition of Suitcase Stories. As the new year dawns upon us, it’s time to shake off those post-holiday blues and dive into the vibrant world of London. The city may be chilly in January, but it’s brimming with activities and events that will warm your heart and ignite your adventurous spirit. So, bundle up and join me as we explore the top things to do in London this January. Let’s kick off 2022 with a bang and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Winter Wonderland: London’s Top January Attractions

Hello fellow travelers, Journeying Jack here! January in London is a magical time, with the city transforming into a winter wonderland. Despite the chilly weather, there’s no shortage of exciting events and attractions to explore. So bundle up, grab a hot cup of tea, and join me as we discover London’s top January attractions in this edition of Suitcase Stories.

1. New Year’s Day Parade

Start the year off with a bang by attending the annual New Year’s Day Parade. This spectacular event features over 10,000 performers, including dancers, acrobats, and marching bands from all around the world. The parade route stretches from Piccadilly to Parliament Square, so make sure to arrive early to secure a prime viewing spot.

2. Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Experience the mesmerizing Winter Lights at Canary Wharf, a free outdoor light festival showcasing over 25 innovative light installations and interactive art pieces. This dazzling display is perfect for a romantic evening stroll or a fun family outing.

3. Ice Skating at Somerset House

No winter trip to London is complete without a visit to the iconic Somerset House for a spin on their beautiful ice rink. Surrounded by stunning 18th-century architecture, this is the perfect setting for a quintessential London winter experience. Don’t forget to warm up with a hot chocolate at the rink-side café afterward!

4. Lumiere London

Brighten up those dark January nights with Lumiere London, a city-wide light festival that transforms London’s streets, buildings, and public spaces into a captivating display of illuminated art. This biennial event is not to be missed, so make sure to check the dates and plan your visit accordingly.

5. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Last but not least, immerse yourself in the festive spirit at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. This annual event features a massive Christmas market, thrilling amusement rides, an ice rink, and plenty of food and drink options to keep you warm and satisfied. It’s the perfect way to round off your January London adventure.

So there you have it, my fellow wanderers – London’s top January attractions to make your winter trip truly unforgettable. Stay warm, stay curious, and as always, happy journeying!

Journeying Jack, signing off from Suitcase Stories.

London for 2 days

Cosy Up: Indoor Activities for Chilly Days

As January brings chilly days and frosty nights, it’s the perfect time to explore some of London’s best indoor activities. So, grab your favourite scarf and let’s dive into these cosy spots where you can escape the cold and still have a fantastic time in the city.

1. Warm up with a cuppa at a traditional British tea room

Nothing beats the cold like a hot cup of tea, and London is home to some of the most charming tea rooms around. Visit The Ritz for a luxurious afternoon tea experience, or head to Sketch for a quirky and artistic twist on this British tradition. Don’t forget to indulge in some delicious scones with clotted cream and jam!

2. Explore London’s world-class museums

London is a treasure trove of history, art, and culture, and its museums are the perfect place to spend a chilly day. Best of all, many of them are free! Check out the British Museum for a journey through human history, or the Tate Modern for an impressive collection of contemporary art. For something a bit different, visit the Grant Museum of Zoology to see thousands of preserved animal specimens.

3. Catch a show at the theatre

London’s West End is renowned for its incredible theatre scene, and January is a great time to catch a show. From long-running classics like The Phantom of the Opera to newer hits like Hamilton, there’s something for everyone. Plus, you can often find discounted tickets during the quieter winter months.

4. Get lost in a good book at a cosy bookstore

London is home to some amazing independent bookstores, perfect for whiling away a cold afternoon. Head to Daunt Books in Marylebone for a beautiful Edwardian setting, or visit Persephone Books in Bloomsbury for a unique selection of forgotten female authors. Grab a book, find a comfy corner, and let the hours slip away.

5. Unwind at a luxurious spa

Treat yourself to a day of relaxation and pampering at one of London’s many spas. The Mondrian London offers a stunning subterranean spa complete with a heated pool, while the Bulgari Hotel boasts a gold-leaf tiled pool and private cabanas. Escape the cold and rejuvenate your body and mind.

So, there you have it – a selection of cosy indoor activities to keep you warm and entertained during your London visit in January. Remember, the city has so much to offer, even on the coldest of days. Stay warm and happy exploring!

London for 3 days

January Sales: Shopping Hotspots in London

Hello, fellow travellers! Journeying Jack here, and today I’m going to share with you some of the best shopping hotspots in London during the January sales. So, if you’re planning a trip to the UK’s capital this winter, make sure to pack light and leave some room in your suitcase for all the fantastic deals you’ll find in these shopping havens.

Oxford Street

No shopping trip to London would be complete without a visit to the iconic Oxford Street. With over 300 shops, including flagship stores for major brands like Selfridges, John Lewis, and Marks & Spencer, you’re sure to find some amazing deals during the January sales. Just be prepared for the crowds, as this popular shopping destination can get quite busy!

Westfield London

If you prefer a more modern shopping experience, head to Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush. This massive shopping centre boasts over 250 stores, including high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada, as well as more affordable options like H&M and Zara. Plus, with plenty of dining options and even a cinema, you can easily spend an entire day here.

Covent Garden

For a more unique shopping experience, check out Covent Garden. This historic area is home to a mix of designer boutiques, high-street favourites, and quirky independent shops. Don’t forget to explore the beautiful Apple Market, where you’ll find a range of handmade crafts, jewellery, and artwork – perfect for picking up a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Carnaby Street

Fashionistas won’t want to miss Carnaby Street, a trendy shopping destination in the heart of Soho. With a mix of well-known brands and independent boutiques, you’re sure to find something special during the January sales. Plus, the vibrant atmosphere and colourful shopfronts make this a must-visit spot for any London trip.


Finally, no list of London shopping hotspots would be complete without mentioning the world-famous Harrods department store in Knightsbridge. While it may not be the most budget-friendly option, the January sales offer a rare opportunity to snag luxury items at a discount. Even if you don’t plan on making a purchase, it’s worth visiting just to marvel at the opulent interior and browse the incredible selection of products.

So there you have it, my top picks for shopping hotspots in London during the January sales. Whether you’re after high-end designer goods or unique, independent finds, the city has something to offer every shopper. Just remember to pack light and bring a sturdy suitcase – you’ll need it for all the treasures you’ll find! Happy shopping, and until next time, this is Journeying Jack, signing off from Suitcase Stories.

London for 4 days

Foodie Delights: Must-Try Winter Dishes and Restaurants

Hello fellow travelers, Journeying Jack here! As we all know, London is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, and there’s no better time to explore the city’s culinary scene than in January. The chilly weather calls for some warm and comforting dishes, and I’ve got just the list for you. So, bundle up and get ready to embark on a gastronomic adventure with these must-try winter dishes and restaurants in London.

Dish 1: Pie and Mash at Goddards at Greenwich

A classic British comfort food, pie and mash is a must-try when in London. Head over to Goddards at Greenwich, a family-run business since 1890, and indulge in their delicious handmade pies filled with minced beef or vegetables, served with creamy mashed potatoes and their signature liquor sauce.

Dish 2: Sunday Roast at The Harwood Arms

Nothing beats a traditional Sunday roast on a cold winter’s day. The Harwood Arms in Fulham is a Michelin-starred gastropub that offers a mouthwatering selection of roasted meats, seasonal vegetables, and Yorkshire puddings. Make sure to book a table in advance, as this place is quite popular!

Dish 3: Ramen at Kanada-Ya

Warm up with a steaming bowl of ramen at Kanada-Ya, a cozy Japanese restaurant with multiple locations across London. Their signature Tonkotsu ramen, made with a rich and creamy pork bone broth, is the perfect antidote to the chilly London weather.

Dish 4: Raclette at The Cheese Bar

For all the cheese lovers out there, The Cheese Bar in Camden is a must-visit. Their Raclette Nights, held every Wednesday in January, feature a deliciously gooey half wheel of raclette cheese scraped onto a plate of potatoes, pickles, and charcuterie. It’s a cheese lover’s dream come true!

Dish 5: Curry at Dishoom

No trip to London is complete without trying some of the city’s incredible Indian cuisine. Dishoom is a Bombay-inspired café with several locations across London, offering a fantastic selection of curries, biryanis, and other Indian delights. Don’t miss their famous House Black Daal, a rich and flavorful lentil dish that’s perfect for warming up on a cold day.

So there you have it, my fellow foodies! These are just a few of the many winter dishes and restaurants you can explore in London this January. Stay warm, eat well, and don’t forget to share your own culinary discoveries with me here at Suitcase Stories. Happy eating!

London for 5 days

Culture Vultures: January’s Best Theatre and Art Events

Hello, fellow travellers! Journeying Jack here, and I’m excited to share with you some of the best theatre and art events happening in London this January. So, if you’re a culture vulture like me, grab your calendar and let’s dive into the world of art and theatre in the city that never sleeps.


1. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

A timeless classic, The Phantom of the Opera continues to captivate audiences with its haunting love story and mesmerising score. Don’t miss your chance to experience this iconic show in the very theatre where it all began.

2. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre

From the creators of South Park, The Book of Mormon is a hilarious, irreverent, and downright outrageous musical that has taken the West End by storm. If you’re in the mood for some side-splitting laughter, this is the show for you.

3. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

A visual and musical feast for the whole family, The Lion King continues to enchant audiences with its stunning costumes, breathtaking puppetry, and unforgettable songs. Experience the magic of the Pride Lands in this unforgettable production.


1. The EY Exhibition: Late Turner at Tate Britain

Discover the extraordinary work of J.M.W. Turner in his later years, as he pushed the boundaries of painting and created some of the most innovative and daring art of his time. This exhibition showcases over 150 works, including some of his most famous masterpieces.

2. Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers at the Design Museum

Explore the history and culture of electronic music through the lens of design, technology, and art. This immersive exhibition features installations, interviews, and interactive displays that will transport you to the heart of the electronic music scene.

3. Andy Warhol at Tate Modern

Dive into the world of pop art icon Andy Warhol in this major retrospective at Tate Modern. Featuring over 100 works, the exhibition explores Warhol’s life, career, and legacy, from his early days as a commercial illustrator to his status as a global art superstar.

So, there you have it, my fellow culture vultures! January in London is brimming with fantastic theatre and art events to keep you entertained and inspired. Don’t forget to share your experiences with me by using the hashtag #SuitcaseStories on social media. Until next time, happy journeying!

-Journeying Jack

London for 6 days

New Year, New You: Wellness and Fitness Activities in London

Hello fellow travelers, Journeying Jack here! As we welcome the new year, many of us are looking to kickstart our wellness and fitness goals. Fear not, for London has a plethora of activities to help you achieve just that. In this edition of Suitcase Stories, I’ll be sharing some of the best wellness and fitness activities you can enjoy in London this January.

Yoga and Pilates Classes

London is home to numerous yoga and Pilates studios, offering classes for all levels. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a complete beginner, there’s a class for you. Some of my personal favorites include:

  • Triyoga – With multiple locations across London, Triyoga offers a variety of classes, from Vinyasa Flow to Yin Yoga. They also offer Pilates and Barre classes for those looking to mix up their routine.
  • Yotopia – Located in Covent Garden, Yotopia offers both hot and non-hot yoga classes, as well as Pilates and Barre. Their infrared heated studio provides a unique experience that’s perfect for those chilly January days.

Outdoor Fitness Bootcamps

If you prefer to get your sweat on outdoors, London has plenty of bootcamp-style fitness classes to choose from. These group workouts are a great way to stay motivated and meet new people. Some popular options include:

  • British Military Fitness – With classes held in parks across London, British Military Fitness offers a challenging workout led by military-trained instructors. Don’t be intimidated, though – they cater to all fitness levels!
  • Our Parks – Offering free group exercise classes in parks throughout London, Our Parks is an excellent option for those on a budget. They offer a range of classes, from BoxFit to Yoga, so there’s something for everyone.

Wellness Workshops and Events

For those looking to focus on their mental and emotional wellbeing, London has a variety of workshops and events to help you find your zen. Keep an eye out for events like:

  • Mindfulness and Meditation Workshops – Many yoga studios and wellness centers offer mindfulness and meditation workshops, perfect for those looking to reduce stress and improve focus.
  • Sound Baths – Experience the healing power of sound at a sound bath, where you’ll be immersed in the soothing vibrations of gongs, singing bowls, and other instruments.

So there you have it, fellow travelers – a selection of wellness and fitness activities to help you kick off the new year in London. Remember, a healthy body and mind are essential for all your future adventures. Until next time, this is Journeying Jack, signing off from Suitcase Stories.

London for 7 days

In conclusion, London in January is a treasure trove of excitement, culture, and adventure just waiting to be discovered. From the dazzling lights of Winter Wonderland to the enriching experiences at the city’s world-class museums, there’s no shortage of things to do in this vibrant metropolis. So, don your warmest coat, grab a steaming cup of mulled wine, and join me, Journeying Jack, as we kick off the new year by exploring the best that London has to offer. Remember, the memories you make in this enchanting city will be the perfect addition to your collection of Suitcase Stories. Cheers to a fantastic January in London!

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