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Top 5 Ways for Londoners to Beat the January Blues

You may be surrounded by people making their New Year’s resolutions, but don’t let that stop you having a good time!

January is dreary, there’s no two ways about it. The ‘most wonderful time of the year’ is over, it starts to get pretty nippy outdoors and summer is still out of reach. Get ready to be surrounded by people making their New Year’s resolutions, but don’t let that stop you having a good time! Here are our top 5 tips for how to beat the January blues this year.

Go wild

Start 2016 as you mean to finish with London’s large selection of cocktail bars. Experimental cocktail makers, The Cocktail Trading Company are set to open a new location in Brick Lane mid-January. With established bars already located in Smithfield’s Market and Carnaby Street, their new bar will be complete with an in-house distillery and a bar school. For the more adventurous drinkers, the London Cocktail Club’s most recent addition to their string of bars is their new Islington venue. Their infamous A-Z of cocktail includes some bonkers yet tasty concoctions from Bacon and Egg Martini to a Squid Ink Sour.

For more information visit the Cocktail Trading Company websites here and the London Cocktail Club here.

Chill out

One of the more common New Year’s resolutions is to get out and exercise away the copious amounts of turkey and Quality Streets just consumed. But why start straight away? There’s plenty of time to get fit for summer, so how about squeezing in some more winter cosiness first? Pillow Cinema is billed as “the cosiest ‘night in’ night out.” It offers the chance to watch films in locations around London snuggled up on huge Fatboy cushions. Recent events have included showings of Love Actually and Elf at a National Trust house in Hackney.

Keep an eye on Pillow Cinema's website for future events.

Eat comfort food

Why not kick the January blues with some of the best burgers in London? Salads are overrated anyway. East London burger favourite Lucky Chip are rumoured to be opening up a new venue close to Ridley Road Market in Dalston this January. With mouth-watering burgers such as the Kevin Bacon and the Royale with Cheese it’s the perfect way to avoid that New Year’s diet for just a little while longer.

For more information and menu visit the Lucky Chip website.

Enjoy some ‘me time'

Have some well deserved me time. You’ve spent December flying around between Westfield and Oxford Street. Now its January so stop and breathe! Visiting the Wellcome Collection’s Tibet’s Secret Temple exhibition will inspire even those fully immersed in the high-tech, high-stress rush of the 21st Century to take a moment to pause. Exploring yogic and meditational practice, this exhibition will awe you with the rituals followed by Tibet’s Dalai Lamas to achieve enlightenment. If you want to explore your mental wellbeing even further, why not sign up to Meditate in London’s New Year, New Start New You workshop at Sadler’s Wells on 10th January and start 2016 feeling zen.

For more information on Tibet’s Secret Temple visit the Wellcome Collection website here and for more information about Meditate in London see their website here.

Stay in London

Many make plans to travel in the New Year, but there’s no need when London is the greatest city in the world (we’re not biased I promise). It’s a city full of culture and there’s no time like the present to soak it up! Fill your January with trips to the wonderful museums the capital has to offer. The British Museum’s current exhibition Celts: Art and Identity will be closing on 31st January so catch that before it ends. And with the recent arrival of Brit Tim Peake to the International Space Station, now is the perfect time to visit the Science Museum’s Cosmonauts exhibition.

For more information about the British Museum click here or for the Science Museum click here.