London Weather January Averages, United Kingdom
What's the Weather Like in London in January?
January is the coldest month in London, UK when the winter season is well underway. The city is cool and wet but milder when compared to many other northern European cities. It's a good time to visit if you want to avoid crowds and queues at the city's attractions.
How Cold Is London In January?
Throughout the month, the average temperature remains constant at 5-6°C, with little variation. Daily highs are around 8°C over the course of January, rising above 12°C or going under 3°C very rarely.
The highest temperature recorded in London in January is a surprisingly mild 17°C, with the lowest recorded temperature ever being a bracing -5°C.
How Wet Is London In January?
With 52mm of rainfall spread across 19 days throughout the month, it's almost guaranteed that you'll experience some rain on your trip.
January Snow and Fog
London experiences snowfall on an average of two days throughout January. Despite the rain, cloudiness and snowfall, London experiences less than one foggy day each month during January.
Average Sunshine Hours
There are around three hours of sunshine each day in London in January, a figure which varies according to how dense the cloud is on each given day.
How Windy Is London In January?
Throughout January, wind speed tends to vary from mild to moderate breezes, usually coming from a south-westerly direction, followed by the west and then the east.
London Hotels in January
The Staybridge Suites
The Staybridge Suites London is one of the most popular places to stay in the capital. Located in the heart of Stratford City, this large hotel is set inside the Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and is only a five-minute walk from the 2012 Olympic Village.
The Stratford Tube Station is just a short walk away from where you can access Central London in 20 minutes.
The Luna Simone Hotel
The Luna Simone Hotel is located in Victoria, close to a main Underground station which you can use to get to London's main attractions and airport quickly and easily. Established in 1970, this family-run hotel provides accommodation. Although services and facilities are limited, the best thing about this hotel is its location - Big Ben, Parliament Square, and Westminster Abbey are all just a 20-minute walk away.
Ibis London Shepherd's Bush
Within easy access of the Westfield Shopping Centre and five-minutes from the Shepherd's Bush Tube Station, the Ibis London Shepherd's Bush is one of the best located hotels in the city. Onsite dining options include all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with traditional and continental options, restaurant with international a la carte menu for dinner, snack bar open throughout the day and bar which serves coffee, soft drinks and alcohol. Paid outdoor parking is available at a location nearby.
The Westbridge Hotel
If you're after a bit of luxury, check out the Westbridge Hotel. This stylish boutique hotel is found in the centre of Stratford, only a short walk away from a myriad of shops, bars, restaurants and other attractions. Here you can choose from standard double rooms, standard twin rooms, double deluxe rooms and suites.
Restaurants and Bars in London in January
Budget friendly and unbelievably tempting, the Melt Room in Soho is an ideal place for a not-so-healthy but delicious grilled sandwich snack. Averaging £5, chose from a range of cheesy fillings, meats or veggie options, grilled in rustic and freshly baked artisan bread.
Taberna do Mercado
Taberna do Mercado in Old Spitalfields Market is a small Portuguese eatery serving tapas, charcuterie and cheeses. You'll find updated versions of well-loved and traditional Portuguese dishes here. For just under £10, order the ever-popular pork bifana, yeast mayo and fennel sandwich.
For a luxurious and delectable treat, book a reservation at Hawksmoor, Knightsbridge. Exquisite main course dishes as well as sandwiches and rolls served on the bar menu. For £25, experience The Tokyo. A lobster roll, slightly spiced, with the Japanese fruit yuzu, Kewpie mayonnaise and Sriracha. The char-grilled rib-eye Steak Sandwich will set you back £18.50!
The Shoreditch is a quirky and vibrant Tiki-themed hangout in East London, with happy hour deals all the way through the week. The bar features fresh and fruity cocktails, with DJs spinning their tunes every night.
London is famous for its quality Lebanese restaurants and Al Waha promises succulent Middle Eastern fare. This renowned West London establishment buzzes with diners throughout the week and offers a variety of meze dishes to pick and choose from.
Things to do in London in January
The weather can be quite cold and wet in London in January, so you're best off enjoying indoor activities at this time of year. If you're visiting the city as part of a group of adults, don't miss the chance to visit HintHunt.
Tucked away into a side street close to the London Euston station, HintHunt is a game designed for small groups of three to five people who have an hour to work together to solve a number of increasingly challenging puzzles and mysteries in a tiny room in order to get out in time.
The puzzles are quite tough to solve, so visiting with young children is not recommended. There is only a handful of rooms available at any given time, so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Culture vultures will be eager to see Les Miserables the longest running musical in the world. This classic performance focuses on the saga of Jean Valjean who, after 19 years on parole, is released from prison and struggles to get his life back on track.
Some of the most popular songs from the musical include I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More and At the End of the Day. Les Miserables is performed at the Queen's Theatre London and tickets get snapped up quickly, so make sure you book as far in advance as you can to ensure you get a good seat.
Bomber Command Memorial
If you're interested in Britain's history, stop off at the Bomber Command Memorial. Dedicated to the 55,573 young members of the Bomber Command crew who lost their lives whilst fighting, this memorial is striking and can be very emotional. Don't forget to take your camera with you you won't want to miss the chance to snap some shots of this magnificent statue.
The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection is one of the most popular art attractions in London. This comprehensive museum is open every day and offers free admission to the 25 galleries which display all sorts of 18th century French paintings, porcelain and furniture.
If you want to find out all you can about the art, join one of the free highlight tours which take place at 1pm each day. In addition to the regular displays, the Wallace Collection is also home to various temporary exhibitions, so there's always something new and interesting to see.
Houses of Parliament
Visitors who are interested in politics should definitely pay a visit to the Houses of Parliament during their stay in London. The building is open to all local and overseas visitors who want to attend debates, sit in on committee meetings or enjoy a tour of the building.
Please note that essential refurbishment works are being carried out from early 2017 and will be completed by 2020. Plenty of alternative tours are on offer throughout the Houses of Parliament during this time. When you're finished exploring, don't forget to stop by the UK Parliament gift shop where you can pick up some presents for friends and family back home.
January events in London
New Year's Day Parade
1st January 2020
Held on January 1st each year, the New Year's Day Parade takes place from Green Park to Westminster between noon and 3.15pm. Entertainment is provided by more than 8,500 performers representing various London boroughs, as well as countries from across the globe, who take part in dancing, acrobatics, cheerleading and music playing.
London International Mime Festival
8th January 2020
The London International Mime Festival offers 25 days of contemporary visual theatre divided into a large number of shows. There are all sorts of theatrical acts and performances being held throughout the festival and individual tickets are available to buy for each show, so you only have to pay for what you want to see.
Londonâ€™s Short Film Festival
10th January 2020 to 19th January 2020
Londonâ€™s Short Film Festiva is split into three categories: Film Surgery in which you can submit your film and receive feedback, Panel Discussion in which each chosen film will be given tips on how to enhance it and Networking when youâ€™ll have the chance to chat to like-minded film-makers. Dates to be confirmed for 2016.
25th January 2020
Burns Night is celebrated every year on the birthday of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet and lyricist who became a national icon. On this day loads of cafes and restaurants throughout the capital hold special Burns Night events, complete with traditional music, singing, dancing and food, so you can get into the Scottish spirit without ever having to leave London.
Chinese New Year
25th January 2020
The Chinese New Year festivities take place all across central London, including Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue. Events kick off around 10am with the parade which takes place between Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue, whilst the main Trafalgar Square stage will play host to all sorts of artists visiting from China. Throughout Chinatown there will be lion tamers, local performing artists, loads of traditional food and plenty of craft stalls.