5 Spectacular London Events to Enjoy in January 2024


January is an ideal time to discover London without the crowds. So, plan your cold and clear days in the city, be it taking a picturesque walk in the glorious park or catching up on magical winter lights festivals! Read on to learn more.

Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival

The bright Canary Wharf lights are quite a spectacle after dark! This January, from 17th to 27th, experience watching an array of sparkling illuminations created by talented artists from all over the world. As part of the festival’s eighth edition, grab the chance to see both dazzling permanent artworks and interactive temporary installations for an immersive experience! With the Park Grand London Kensington Hotel as your luxurious abode in the heart of the city, relax in your chic rooms and head out to find some of London’s top experiences near you!

Biophilia by Frankie Boyle at the Crossrail Palace Roof Garden, and Geist by This is a Loop at Union Square are some of our favourites. You can also download the online map to locate the places where the 27 artworks are on display. All the exhibits are free to visit and don’t forget to treat yourself to delectable food and drinks along the trail!

London Short Film Festival

Delivering class in short-form cinema, attend the one-of-a-kind London Short Film Festival, to discover the future of cinema! For all the film fanatics, the esteemed event will feature a well-curated selection of about 500 exceptional short films from around the globe! Encompassing diverse styles and genres, look out for the best London hotel deals and attend screenings at iconic London venues, meet talented filmmakers for a memorable experience!

Ice Skating at Somerset House

Take the opportunity to test your ice-skating skills and get into the festive spirit in the most spectacular neoclassical courtyard setting at Somerset House! This 900-square-metre outdoor rink also boasts an unmissable Swiss wintery theme, a skate lounge, DJ sets, and specially curated ice-skating sessions inspired by Valais and Bern! The rink is open to visitors until 14th January’24, so plan your visit and don’t forget to indulge in warm beverages and delectable food to complete the experience.

Take a Winter Stroll in London

We know it’s tempting to hibernate and relax indoors in winter. But in a city like London which is blessed with so many lush green parks, walking amongst the sculptural trees, peaceful pathways and lakes on the side is a must-do for all visitors.

London is known for its royal parks, be it the iconic Hyde Park, or the tranquil Kensington Gardens, steps away from your Park Grand Kensington accommodation, get acquainted with the capital’s rich history here, soak up the culture or simply enjoy a classic British picnic. So, get out there and embark on a journey to explore the city’s best green spaces.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Be part of the brilliant Van Gogh universe as you prepare yourself for an extraordinary expedition into the creations of the most celebrated artistic mind of the 19th century! This January, delve into Van Gogh’s work through state-of-the-art digital projections and an immersive light and sound spectacle!

Whether you are on the lookout for meeting rooms in Kensington for a business trip or the perfect family accommodation, make sure to add these spectacular experiences and book in advance for a great time in the city!