January 2013 events: Film releases & things to do in London

Feeling a touch of the post-Christmas blues? Why not plan some exciting things this month to coax you out of your melancholy mood. From film releases to things to do in London, whatever you’re interested in here are some key events coming up in January:

Film releases

With Oscar season coming up there are lots of great films coming out this month. Banish those blues with a trip to the cinema to watch one of these January offerings…

Director: Dustin Hoffman
Starring: Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon.
UK Release: 4th Jan
Genre: British drama about a country-house putting-on-a-play…with songs!

Gangster Squad
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi and Nick Nolte.
UK Release: 11th Jan
Genre: Crime drama set in 1940s and ’50s Los Angeles.

Les Misérables
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.
UK Release: 11th Jan
Genre: Film of London’s longest running musical

Django Unchained
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Samuel L Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio.
UK Release: 18th Jan
Genre: Spaghetti western about American slavery.

TV listings

David Attenborough’s Africa

When: Every Wednesday at 9pm
Channel: BBC1
What is it? This six-part series exploring the wildlife of the rich continent housing vast rainforest, savannah and desert kicked off on Wednesday 2nd. National treasure David Attenborough banishes our January blues with gloriously detailed and often amusing displays of animals and nature. If you missed it, where were you? Watch the repeat on Sun 6th Jan at 5:35pm on BBC1 or catch up here!

Things to do in London

Fancy getting out and about, breathing in some culture or discovering a new restaurant? Here are a few things you can fill your diaries with this month…

Hollywood Costume
Where: V&A Museum
Date: Until Sun 27th Jan
Cost: £14.00
What is it? If you are a film or fashion fan then this exhibition will be right up your street. Some of cinema’s best-known costumes have been gathered together for this major exhibition, which explores the art of costume design and how it helps to build character and storytelling. Exhibits include; Judy Garland’s blue-and-white gingham pinafore dress featured in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the little black dress designed by Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and Johnny Depp’s outfit from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.

HiddenCity – Cupid’s Conundrums
Where: Starts at Vinoteca Wine Bar and Shop, 15 Seymour Place, London, W1H 5BD
Cost: £16 per team (teams can include any number of people – 2-4 recommended)
What is it? HiddenCity is a mobile game where you solve a trail of clues sent to you by text message. In the Cupid’s Conundrums trail you’ll walk through parks enlivened by love and steal away through tucked-away courtyards as you uncover the capital’s romantic side. You’ll sample sweet things and relax over wine. It takes around 2-3 hours to complete, including a stop at a charming bar along the way. No knowledge of London required, just bring an A-Z map.

London Ice Sculpting Festival
Where: Canary Wharf, Isle Of Dogs, London, E14 4HJ
When: Fri 11th- Sun 13th Jan
Cost: Free
What is it? This annual event takes place throughout Canary Wharf’s public spaces. Over the three days, pros from across the globe compete to create ice sculptures with the themes ‘The Wonders of the Universe’ and ‘Infinity’. Other entertainment includes; free ice carving masterclasses, a snow pit (with real snow), an ice graffiti wall, ice chess, a winter market and a northern lights laser show.

The Rooftop Film Club’s January Screenings in Kensington
When: Mon 7th – Thurs 10th Jan
Where: Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High St, London, Greater London W8 5SA
Cost: £20 – tickets include a glass of Champagne or Peroni (soft drinks available) and a freshly prepared hot snack grilled on the outdoor coal fire barbecue
What is it? Beat those January blues by visiting the Rooftop Film Club and The Roof Gardens. Lounge on comfy chairs and sofas and watch your favourite classic, cult and recent films in the exclusive marquee situated 100ft above Kensington High Street tucked away in the tranquil setting of 1.5 acres of themed gardens. Films being screened include; Labyrinth, Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Drive, Top Gun, The Goonies, and Back to the Future.
View the full programme here!

The Active Travel Show
When: Thurs 17th Jan – Sun 20th Jan
Where: ExCel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London
Cost: £20 or £15 for student
What is it? Get all the information you need ahead of your next adventure. Hear from travel writers and adventurers all wanting to share their experiences while sampling a fantastic selection of wines and beers from across the world. Thinking about going travelling? Year Out Expo offer free gap year and career break advice.

The Rum Kitchen
Where: Notting Hill
When: Now
What is it? A Caribbean restaurant, its menu focuses on classic dishes such as Ackee and salt fish bruschetta, as well as jerk chicken and curried goat. Music will be a prominent feature at the venue too, so expect a soundtrack that veers from reggae to Latin to calypso to Afro-funk. For those not detoxing this January, over 100 varieties of rum are stocked.

The Botanist and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Where: Sloane Square & Moorgate
When: 7th Jan to 10th Feb
What are they offering? I you on a detox after the festive period? These bars are offering a supposedly virtuous cocktail list to assuage drinker guilt this month. Their range of gin and vodka cocktails are enhanced with various health foods such as; think goji berries, spirulina powder and white tea syrup. Each cocktail is priced at £8.50.

Hannah is a Digital Marketing Executive at Inspiring. She blogs about food here: datedinners.com and tweets about food here: @misshana_. She squeezes in time for graduate careers advice and commuting rants too.