What to do in January 2015

1) Valhalla Vodka Bar

Who doesn’t like vodka? Nobody we know. If you want to beat the January blues with a shot of the traditional grain spirit, then check out the rooftop bar of the DoubleTree hotel near Tower Bridge, which has been given a Nordic winter make-over. Replete with animal-skin throws, outdoor heating, Viking themed winter cocktails and a great view over London, it’s one of our favourite pop-up bars so far.

Details, runs until February 28 2015

2) Canary Wharf Ice Rink

The icy backdrop of Canary Wharf’s gleaming towers provides the ideal surroundings for a bit of winter ice-skating. Complete with a special “tree path” for skaters to depart the main rink and do a little tour of the site, and the Q on Ice pop-up eatery providing nourishment, you can either decide to show off your moves, or stand nonchalantly by whilst stifling a laugh at those who end up “on the ice” in the non-traditional sense.

Details, runs until Jan 30 2015.

3) Mapping the City at Somerset House

Showcasing over 50 pieces of artwork by renowned international artists, Mapping the City is an exhibition devoted to what is now euphemistically known as “street art”. In other words, graffiti. Each artist gives a personal journey of their own beloved city and use a wide variety of forms, from digital technology to more traditional methods. Well worth checking out.

Details, runs 22 January – 15 February.

4) Imperial War Museum

The recent centennial anniversary of the start of the First World War means that the Imperial War Museum’s newly opened WW1 galleries take on a new significance. Stuffed full of historical and original pieces, the IWM’s tasteful and thought provoking exhibitions are an ideal place to go for an educational visit, and to ponder on the philosophy of war and conflict.

Details, runs all year

5) Ghost Stories - Arts Theatre

GHOST STORIES is a stage fright like no other - 80 rollercoaster minutes of thrilling, chilling laughs that you won’t want to miss... Are you brave enough to book for the scariest fun you’ll ever have in a theatre? Globe's Bradley Penney says it's "not for the faint hearted"!

Details, 21 January - 15 March