Make Merry in January

Published: 05 Jan 2016
Category: Things to do in London

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016. The slow grind back to work has begun so here is Protem Apartments selection of the best free activities in London, whether you are visiting for business or pleasure.

Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibitions

Image of Jewellery

Ending 10 January, now is your last chance to explore the best of contemporary designer jewellery at the Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibitions. With a mix of recently graduated makers with internationally renowned designers working in a wide range of materials from gold and silver to paper and plastics

Find out more at the Dazzle website

Tibet’s Secret Temple at the Wellcome Collection

Garuda, Tibet, 18th century © The Trustees of the British Museum

Image: Garuda, Tibet, 18th century © The Trustees of the British Museum

The Wellcome trust is bringing the unseen stories behind the 17th century Lhasa’s Lukhang Temple murals to London.  Exploring Tibetan Buddhist yogic and meditational practice and their connections to physical and mental wellbeing, the exhibition will show their relevance to the expanding and wide-ranging contemporary interest in meditative wellbeing. Featuring over 120 objects and archive and contemporary film.

Find out more at the Wellcome Collection website

Lumiere London

Image 1.26 Durham, Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

Image 1.26 Durham, Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

Each night from Thursday January 14 to Sunday January 17 2016, London will host a group of international artists as they illuminate the city with Lumiere London; the biggest-ever free light festival to hit the capital.

Iconic architecture across four of London’s most exciting areas: King's Cross; Mayfair; Piccadilly, Regent Street and St James's; and Trafalgar Square and Westminster will be transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works.

Find out more on the VisitLondon website

Ada Lovelace at the Science Museum

Watercolour, Ada Lovelace, possibly by A E Chalon (1780-1860), © Science Museum, SSPL

Image: Watercolour, Ada Lovelace, possibly by A E Chalon (1780-1860), © Science Museum, SSPL

Learn more about Ada Lovelace, the 'Enchantress of number' and daughter of the poet Lord Byron. Ada Lovelace was educated in science and maths over 100 years ago at a time when women rarely were and is now celebrated for  identifying the potential of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine calculating machine, predicting modern computing.

This exhibition brings together Lovelace's portraits, letters and notes, alongside the calculating machines she worked with.

Find out more on the Science Museum website

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Image: Aura, Philips Lighting Design (www.lighting.philips.com), Crossrail Place

Image: Aura, Philips Lighting Design (www.lighting.philips.com), Crossrail Place

Winter Lights presents 18 amazing light installations that will illuminate the Canary Wharf skyline. Best seen on a dark January night after 4pm, all the installations and light effects will come alive throughout the evening until 9pm. So come and experience a wealth of inventive and spectacular creativity.

Monday 11 - Friday 22 January 4pm -9pm

Find out more on the Canary Wharf website

Designing Bodies: Models of Human Anatomy from 1945 to Now

image Designing Bodies: Models of Human Anatomy from 1945 to Now

Pop along to the Hunterian Museum to view and touch these anotomical models, all examples of how 3D anatomical models of organs, limbs and other body parts have improved surgical training and patient care over the last 70 years.

Find out more on the Hunterian Museum website

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