January may be cold and dark, but it's one of the busiest times of the year in London, with plenty of energising exhibitions and events to put a spring in your step - see below for four of the things that caught our eye this month.
The concierge team at The Beaumont know London inside out, and they are here to help guests look beyond the obvious tourist clichés.
The French photographer Dora Maar may be best remembered today for her nine-year relationship with Picasso, but a major new exhibition at Tate Modern (fresh from the Centre Pompidou) aims to establish her as an influential artist in her own right, and place her work in the context of her times. Her Surrealist photomontages were widely acclaimed in the 1930s, but her later work as a painter remained largely unknown until after her death in 1997. Runs until 15 March.
Uncle Vanya may be Chekhov's best-known play, but a new adaptation by the Olivier Award-winning Irish playwright Conor MacPherson brings a fresh eye to this much-loved masterpiece. Toby Jones stars as the cultured but ultimately tragic Vanya, while Richard Armitage takes the role of Vanya's friend Astrov. With its dark humour and hidden passions, Uncle Vanya captures a society on the brink of dissolution, but Chekhov's wonderful characterisation is what stays in the memory. From 14 January to 2 May.
When The Treasures of Tutankhamun was first exhibited at the British Museum in 1972, it became the most popular exhibition in the museum's history. Now, 45 years later, Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh comes to the Saatchi Gallery, and offers the final opportunity to see some of those iconic treasures before their permanent return to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The exhibition, which will close on 2 May, includes over 150 of the original artefacts from Tutankhamun's tomb.
There is no better way to learn about London than exploring it on foot, and a short amble from The Beaumont can easily take in 300 years of history. The hotel sits at the heart of Mayfair, which is the subject of a fascinating (and entertaining) weekly walking tour. Starting at Green Park underground station each Thursday morning at 10.45am, the tour lasts two hours and takes in many of Mayfair's historic streets, as well as the hidden village of Shepherd Market.