ICE: Canary Wharf’s Ice Sculpting Festival is always popular, mixing live chainsaw carving by international artists, fabulous ice creations and have-a-go sessions. Here’s our preview. It starts on Friday and runs till Sunday night. Free entry, just turn up.
FOOTBALL: Consult the London Football Guide for a round up of all the local football action taking place this week, including tips on ticket availability and deals and a top 10 fixtures list.
KEEPING DRY: Staying off the booze this month? Try these booze-free venues.
ON STAGE: Have you booked for a January show?
Saturday 11 January
SPLASH: Energise your weekend by joining The Swimmer, “a relaxed 6-mile or half-marathon journey through London’s finest outdoor pools, parks and ponds.” Takes place the second Saturday of every month. Free, register here, 7am-12pm
ARCHIVE HUNT: Discover Buried Histories at London Metropolitan Archives then go on a treasure hunt and uncover London’s hidden past. Tickets £10, prebook, 10am-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY: Have you got an interesting story to tell about the SE1 area? Join Waterloo Sights & Sounds at Morley Gallery to take part in an oral history recording (free, just turn up, 11am-4pm). Or, you can attend a sound walk around the area to re-acquaint yourself with the undervalued sense of hearing with sound artist Tansy Spinks. Free, prebook, 2pm
SENSORY EXPERIENCE: Touch, taste, smell and feel music with BitterSuite at Rich Mix. Debussy’s String Quartet in G will be performed and brought to life in a fully sensory blindfolded experience. Tickets £5, prebook, performances at 7.30 & 8.20pm
SWEENEY TODD: Watch the 2007 Demon Barber of Fleet Street film starring Johnny Depp at Roxy Bar & Screen in Borough. Tickets £4, starts 8pm
MUSEUM MUSIC: Enjoy Middle Eastern, Turkish and Greek live music at Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe with Meltem Trio and Cigdem Aslan. Tickets £12 on the door, £10/£8 concessions advance, starts 9pm
Sunday 12 January
ANTIQUES: Go rummaging for treasure or practise for your appearance on Bargain Hunt at Adams Antiques Fair in the Royal Horticultural Hall in Pimlico. Tickets £4 on the door, under 16s free, open 10am-4.30pm
SNOOKER: The Masters Snooker starts at Alexandra Palace. Watch the best players in the world pot those balls (or find somewhere to play snooker with a mate). Booking until Sunday 19 January. Tickets for afternoon session £15+bkg, all day £25+bkg, sessions at 1pm & 7pm
BLESS: Join Southwark Cathedral in blessing the River Thames from London Bridge. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm
STREET ART: It’s Street Art Sunday at Boxpark. CageOne and Karen Shidlo will be demonstrating their skills with live art and taking your questions. Free, just turn up, 1-4pm
BARN DANCE: Get the whole family dancing at the Cecil Sharp House Family Barn Dance. Adults £6, kids £4+bkg, prebook, 2.30pm
TROUSERLESS: It’s No Trousers Tube Ride day. Watch out for bare legs on the Underground from 3pm
JAZZ: Go to an intimate showcase gig by London Jazz Orchestra at the Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston. Tickets £8, 3.30pm
POETRY: Hear top contemporary poets reading their work for the TS Eliot Prize Readings at Royal Festival Hall. Tickets £15/£12+bkg, prebook, 7pm
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