January? The month we all dread is here again. It might be goodbye to advent calendars and Mariah Carey for another 11 months but the first few weeks of the year can be a hoot too; only if you know where to go and what to do though. We’ve done some digging and have the ultimate formula for a month of fun. From a gorgeous Chinese restaurant with smoking city views that’s offering 30% off and Burns Night shenanigans to leafy wholesome walks that end up at the pub, read on for your blues fix.
Tattu: Visit This January For 30% Off Food
Bookable Until: 31st January
When it comes to contemporary Chinese dining, your local takeaway probably won’t cut it. Cue Tattu. This beyond-beautiful restaurant in London comes equipped with cherry blossom trees, Fujifilm views of London and some of the most theatrical dishes and drinks in town. Better yet, when you dine here in January, you can get 30% off their a la carte menu all day Sunday to Thursday and on Fridays until 4.45 pm. All you have to do is quote TATTU30 when you’re making your booking. Hungry for more? Check London's best January deals here.
One Hundred Shoreditch: Try 80s Aerobics And A Rooftop Brunch
Bookable On: 14th, 21st and 28th January
Is January even January if you don’t promise to take up regular exercise and not eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner? If you plan on sticking to being fit and healthy in the New Year (which we are very behind), then switch it up and ditch the gym for One Hundred Shoreditch’s Retroglow fitness classes. You’ll get to sweat out your sins to panoramic views of London and you can celebrate your workout with brunch in their pink Miami room afterwards.
Josephine: Keep Your Eyes Peeled For London’s Newest Restaurant Opening
Opens: End January 2024
Christmas is great and all but when it comes to new openings, London is the gift that keeps on giving. A shiny new French bistro from Michelin-starred Claude Bosi is being unwrapped at the end of January and it will pay homage to his hometown, Lyon. Seeing as the bed bugs are still a bit of an issue for France, a trip to London’s Fulham Road is a great alternative to a culinary adventure sans the hefty airline or Eurostar price tag.
STEREO: See What Veganuary Is Really About
Bookable Until: 31st January
The start of the year is a clean slate to do what you will, whether it’s deciding to tick along like you always have or to try something completely new. This month one of Covent Garden’s coolest underground bars, STEREO, is launching Veganuary menus where you can munch on alternatives to their classic hot wings and cheeseburgers, with some new additions added in for good measure. Even if you’re not ditching meat and dairy this month, a visit to this underground will do you some good. And if you can't make it here, click here for more intel on great vegan restaurants.
Aviary: Go For A Bottomless Sunday Roast On A Rooftop
Bookable Until: the foreseeable
Aviary is well known for its sweeping city views and cosy heated igloos but they’re upping the ante this winter by launching a bottomless Sunday roast. For an extra £35 you can add on endless glasses of Chapel Down, pints of Moretti and Grey Goose cocktails to your meal. Roasts start from £25 and they include duck fat roast potatoes, roast heritage carrots, hispi cabbage, Yorkshire pudding and silky jugs of gravy. If there’s a right way to end a week and start another, this is surely it.
108 Brasserie: Order From London’s Most Luxurious Hot Chocolate Menu
Bookable Until: winter's over
Not that you need reminding but there are plenty of cold and rainy nights ahead until the clocks go forward on 31st March. Until time speeds up, there’s a handful of things to keep warm and happy that don’t involve hugging a radiator. Increase your endorphins by heading down to 108 Brasserie. This London restaurant has teamed up with Pierre Marcolini to create a selection of luxurious hot chocolates, with and without booze. There are four to choose from, but we’re gaga for Gingerbread Dream (£10).
Various: Dust Off Your Boots For A Wholesome Winter Walk
If we’ve learnt anything in 2023, it’s that some fresh air can work wonders. Especially if that walk leads you to the pub. Get ready to lace up your boots because we’ve spent time working out the best walking routes in London and they’re sure to put some steps in your Fitbit and a smile on your face this January. From Highgate to Hampstead and Richmond to Hackney Wick, these walks will treat you to dear spotting, waterside views and a finish wit frothy alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) pints by a fire.
Skylight Peckham: Celebrate Burns Night At This Peckham Rooftop
Bookable On: 25th January
If you can’t be in Scotland to celebrate the great Robbie Burns on 25th January, we’ve got some great alternatives right here in London. Skylight Peckham have thought of pretty much everything for their knees-up though, and tickets are a steal at £8 a pop which includes a free Glenmorangie whisky cocktail. Expect Scottish-inspired small plates, whisky tastings and entertainment, including poetry readings, live music and of course - plenty of dancing.
Swift Borough: Drink Low ABV Cocktails At A Buzzy Bar
Bookable Until: 31st January
The buzz of Christmas still ringing in your ears? Same. If you've gone down the route of Dry January, not only do we salute you but we have a way to make your boozeless month less sit-at-home and more go-have-fun. Swift Borough have a great menu of low ABV and alcohol-free cocktails thanks to their partnership with Lyres that's available all month but if you're a kombucha fan, opt for the tempest. It's sweet and it's sharp.