The Handbook
The Handbook

Over the whole ‘new year, new me?’ Us too. We’re not here to overhaul ourselves in the bleakest time of the year. We’re here just to be and to embrace self-care in these winter months. Whilst we fully intend to hibernate for most of the month, we will be stepping outside to make the most of Searcys at The Gherkin’s new series of chef and wellness events ‘The Art of Being’.

Taking place throughout the month Searcys have invited an all-female line-up of artists, cooks and yogis to share how they live life to the full, because after all living your best life doesn’t mean that you have to live off chocolate 24/7 unless of course you want to. Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal will be cooking a special menu, embracing seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients which includes dishes such as a pot roast guinea with turnips and winter broth and a chocolate and coffee fondant. Continuing with food, nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, will be hosting a nourishing three-course supper club on the 25th January that will be inspired her recent book Re-nourish: A Simple Way to Eat Well. Rhiannon will be serving up nutritious but hearty dishes of beetroot and goat’s cheese salad and cod with fresh mussels and kohlrabi.

To keep things in balance, they’ll also have a new cocktail menu from watercolour artist and Lillet aperitif ambassador, Clotilde Lataille – we’re more into half dry January here. Served in the Iris Bar, the cocktails will be bring together colour, nature and unexpected ingredients like green tea mixed with Lillet Blanc. Served throughout January and February, Clotilde will also be holding two Sunday brunches on the 27th January and 3rd February where water colour enthusiasts can join her for an exclusive watercolour session.

Finally, Searcys at The Gherkin have teamed up with Yogasphere for a series of twice-weekly classes starting on the 12th January. Yogasphere uses the ‘Science of Yoga’ to cut through the mental chatter that absorbs and drains us and each of the classes will either be followed with a sound bath or a short wellbeing talk. Whilst we definitely aren’t up for dragging our tired bodies out for a pre-work run, we’re definitely up for some restorative and energising yoga with panoramic views of the city.

However you are doing January just be kind to yourself and don’t beat yourself up, sure strive for the best but remember to also just be, because you’re already enough.

The Art of Being is running from now until the end of February 2019 at Searcys at The Gherkin.