Dry January is back! What started off as a hashtag has become a go-to reset as we recover from the festive season and spend a little time on ourselves. So we’ve put together some brilliant ideas on how to ensure you add some brightness and happiness to January without resorting to a glass or two.
There are lots of benefits to Dry January (apart from protecting your bank balance and boosting your health): whether you discover amazing new cinemas and art cafes, try out new cooking, drawing, exercise and wellbeing classes or discover urban art trails. Read on to make the most of Dry January in London.
1. Catch up on some incredible films
If you’ve not discovered the latest Everyman at Broadgate, January is the perfect time to make it your haven from the cold. Welcoming you with great coffee, cake and burgers, Everyman Broadgate will be showing Sam Mendes’ “audacious” 1917 from the beginning of January (since it’s likely to be up for every Oscar going, now is the time to see if before everyone else does).
2. Try some life drawing with a difference
If you work around Broadgate then you need to discover The Sessions at The Space | 3FA – a vibrant calendar of workshops and classes designed to improve your mental health and physical wellbeing. On Friday 17th January and Tuesday 28th January, Neon Naked will be hosting a class on life drawing using neon reactive art materials. Drawing also offers a huge array of benefits including stress relief, creative thinking and powering emotional intelligence.
3. Roll your own gnocchi
Nyokee is Broadgate’s welcoming cafe and eaterie which takes good food to the next level thanks to their commitment to good food and nutritionally preserved ingredients. So… with that in mind, come along to their Masterclass at The Space | 3FA on Wednesday 22nd January. You’ll get to try your hand at rolling your own and some creations to take home with you. (Drinks are optional so stay strong.)
4. Visit an art and bakery in one
If you’ve not discovered the multicoloured joy of Atoll yet then January is the perfect month to add brightness and joy into your life. Housed within the atrium of 1FA next to Liverpool Street Station and designed by the wonderful London-based artist Morag Myerscough, this is a burst of colour to invigorate your senses. Plus, it plays home to Butterscotch Bakery which combines artisan sandwiches with incredible cakes and coffee from Iron & Fire.
5. Be inspired by theatre, workshops, music and more
The Theatre Deli is one of London’s best cultural gems and in January they’ll be hosting everything from funny sustainable guides in the form of a theatre performance, new music collaborations and workshops on turning your indie films into Hollywood-backed hits. Click here to see the full calendar and do something different with your evenings.
6. Get your fit on with yoga, gym passes, boxing and more
Obviously January is the month where everybody makes it to the gym twice, drinks a green juice then retreats to the arms of Netflix. This year, make your healthy start stick with some incredible classes at The Sessions (Fitworks’ bespoke fitness series and rejuvenating yoga), book some addictive classes at 1Rebel or sign up with gyms that are actually pleasure to visit. Click here to get a full guide to finding the right fitness for you in 2020.
7. Take some time on your mental wellbeing
Broadgate has teamed up with the charity Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest to host a series of mental health workshops in January and February. The first one on Monday 20th January will be exploring how to manage mental health at work as a manager along with follow-up classes on supporting mental health in others and anxiety in the workplace.
8. See some art across London
Broadgate is famous for its public realm art. From a giant statue of Venus to a modernist woman winking across the pavement, January is the perfect month to take a stroll round one of London’s biggest outdoor art galleries. Plus, with new exhibitions from artists including Sam Shendi and Joseph Hillier, revel in some creative thinking.
9. Eat really well
After the indulgences of December, the good thing about January is the focus that moves to good eating and sustainability. Broadgate is awash with cafes and restaurants exploring Veganuary, salads, soups, street food and beyond – from Farmer J’s Fieldtrays to Yoke’s fun, healthy comfort food, now’s the time to indulge in food that nourishes the mind, body and soul.
10. See the city by Brompton bike
Combine a bit of exercise with a whole new perspective on the city thanks to Broadgate’s Brompton Bike Hire. With annual membership costing from as little as £5 with daily hire rates (for 24 hours) from £3.50 for frequent users to £6.50 for leisure riders, simply pedal off, hop on a train and basically embrace a sense of adventure this Dry January.
Want to embrace your own wellbeing in 2020? Then meet The Sessions at The Space | 3FA – a vibrant and exciting calendar of workshops and classes designed for those who work in Broadgate’s neighbourhood to learn new skills and boost their self-care. Click here for the full calendar and to book your spot.
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Main photo Kara Eads, others by Maddi Bazzocco and Brendan Bell