The January Diary

Shake off the post-Christmas blues and get your year off to a cracking start with our round-up of the best things to do in January.

Discover vintage finds at the Hackney Flea Market

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Broke after Christmas? Bag a few bargains at the Hackney Flea Market on 7th-8th January. Located in the heart of Stoke Newington’s Church Street, this pop-up event is packed with an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind, second-hand and homemade treasures from a whole host of vintage and independent sellers.


Eat up with Deliciously Ella

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In the follow-up to her best-selling debut cookbook, our fave food writer Ella Mills is back with yet another offering: Deliciously Ella with Friends. From lazy brunches to fancy suppers, Ella shows us how to create simple and healthy dishes for family and friends, using the best natural ingredients. Released on 26th January.


Get style-savvy with Fashion on the Ration

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Get your vintage style fix with Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at the Imperial War Museum North. From siren suits to jewellery made from aeroplane parts, this exhibition explores how men and women found new ways to dress as clothes rationing took hold in wartime Britain. Catch it until 1st May.


Find your rhythm with The xx’s new album

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Four years after the release of their last album Coexist, The xx are back with their anticipated third album, due to be released on 13th January. Titled I See You, the latest installment features ten new tracks from the London trio, described by one the band’s producers as having “a completely new concept” to the last two albums. We can’t wait!


Have a LOL at Stand Up & Slam!

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Brighten up the bluest month of the year with Stand Up & Slam! at Komedia Brighton on 18th January. This LOL-worthy show sees six acts go head-to-head with a mish-mash of stand-up comedy and performance poetry – with unexpected and hilarious results.


Fall in love with La La Land

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Released in UK cinemas on 13th January, La La Land sees our on-screen faves Ryan Gosling and Emma Stones reunite for an all-singing, all-dancing musical drama. The film tells the story of Sebastian (Gosling), a would-be jazz pianist, who falls in love with Mia (Stone), an aspiring actress who serves coffees in between auditions. But as their success mounts, the couple are faced with difficult decisions – bring on the popcorn and tissues, we’re so ready.