Poor old January, the most dreaded of months; tainted by post-festive gloom and broken-resolution guilt. But no more! Here are our suggestions to help you shed your duvet and start embracing the New Year ahead…
1. Celebrate Chinese New Year with Afternoon Tea at TiNG at Shangri-La at The Shard
There are more New Year’s celebrations to come at TiNG! Join them this January for Traditional Afternoon Tea with an Asian twist in celebration of Chinese New Year which takes place on 25th January. Think smoked salmon sandwiches with wasabi, coronation chicken on cumin bread and ‘Dragonwell’ tea. Available until the 31st at £59 per person. Book now.
2. Explore London’s Low Line through music (and finish with half-price pizza!)
Get yourself moving and take a self-guided walk through London Bridge with a twist: discover music in 15 geo-tagged locations as you weave your way along the railway arches which form London’s Low Line. Find out more. As an added bonus, Low Line residents Pizza Pilgrims are offering half-price pizzas if you can prove you’ve taken 10,000 steps that day. Visit their London Bridge branch here.
3. Catch ‘Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fabulous’ Exhibition before it closes
This is your last chance to delve into the fabulous world of Zandra Rhodes at the Fashion and Textile museum before it closes on the 26th January. The comprehensive exhibition spans five decades of the distinguished career of the British design legend. Book tickets
4. Hear the stories of the Pizza Shop Heroes
Powerful, celebratory, affirming, authentic; this is theatre that puts refugees centre stage. This dynamic emerging company stars four refugee young men who made the arduous journey to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. Book tickets. Unicorn Theatre, 13th January
5. Experience film with a live score at The Old Operating Theatre
This special 100th-year anniversary screening of cult classic ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ takes place at The Old Operating Theatre, an incredible historic venue and oldest surviving operating theatre, dating back to 1822. The film will be brought to life through the live score of Cabinet of Living Cinema. Book tickets. 31st January
6. Photograph Southwark Cathedral by Candlelight
Southwark Cathedral is offering amateur and professional photographers this unique opportunity to spend an evening taking photos of the stunning Cathedral lit by candlelight. Book tickets. 29th January
7. Go dancing at The View from The Shard
Get your dancing shoes on and pick your channel, as three DJs battle it out playing the best pop, rock and party classics, whilst you admire the sweeping panoramas of London at your feet. Book tickets. 25th January.
8. Test your general knowledge at Vivat Bacchus’ wine and cheese themed quiz night
Dry January not for you? Head to Vivat Bacchus for some wine and cheese-based fun. Enjoy a welcome drink, three cheese and wine tastings as you test your general knowledge, with prizes for the winning and runner up teams. Plus 15% off your bill if you stay for dinner before or after the event. Book tickets. 14th January
9. Pick up a unique hand-blown glass piece in the London Glassblowing workshop sale
To celebrate the start of a new decade, London Glassblowing is presenting a rare curated sale throughout the whole of the gallery, with one of a kind historic pieces from Peter Layton available for purchase with up to 50% discount. Find out more.
10. Join Borough Market’s Cookbook Club
Borough Market’s Cookbook Club is for anyone who loves good food, good cookery books and good company. Sign up for free and head to their first event of the year in The Cookhouse at Borough Market on Tuesday 21st January, exploring a Century of British Cooking by Marguerite Patten. Find out more.