January is a funny month really, on the one hand all we want to do is eat cheese, hibernate and wait for spring to emerge and on the other hand we’re told that we need to become brighter, shinier versions of ourselves. Tricky. We’re not saying you need to detox, but if you just want to balance out the festivities check out these healthy going-ons in London – we’ve also included some not so healthy options…all about balance.
What: State of the Art Gym
Why: There is no shortage of luxury gyms in London but there’s a new members-only kid on the block. BXR is a brand new, state-of-the-art ‘fitness facility’ backed by a handful of big (and beautiful) names including IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua and Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio. A full-size boxing ring is the star of the show but we like the look of the juice bar from Joe & The Juice, serving pre-workout shots, post-workout shakes and nourishing salads. Sweating has never been so swanky.
Where: 74-76 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 5AA
What: Seedlip Cocktails
Why: Throughout January, Launceston Place’s tasting menu can be paired with Seedlip non-alcoholic cocktails – ideal if you’re doing Dry January or just trying to reverse some of the festive drinking. We reckon Seedlip is going to be a name you’ll be hearing more of in 2017; it’s the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit and quickly became popular with those who wanted a cocktail but didn’t want to drink and now you can try five different cocktails at Launceston Place!
Tuesday-Saturdays until 31st January
Where: 1a Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL
What: Yoga and Brunch
Why: Notting Hill restaurant Kensington Place are teaming up with Equinox fitness clubs to help you ‘reshape your morning’. Start your morning at Equinox Kensington with a Vinyasa flow yoga class then seamlessly flow onto brunch at Kensington Place (just down the road). The new brunch menu is suitably restorative with all the favourites; crushed avocado, poached egg, lime and chilli on charred dill and buckwheat loaf will be on our table. Saving the pennies? For the brunch and the yoga class it’s really good value.
Saturdays 10.30am throughout January
Where: 201-209 Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill Gate, London, W8 7LX
What: Month-Long Health and Wellbeing Festival
Why: Fitness is for life, not just for January – just as well then that Truman Brewery’s new performance venue, Juju’s Bar and Stage, is here to stay. Kicking the year off is 30 days of meditation, yoga, mini-retreats, talks, martial arts and workshops each led by expert instructors. The timetable is really varied so check the website for details – you’ll find us on the mat at Fat Buddha Yoga whilst the weekends of the 14th and 21st January will be ‘mini-retreats’ with meditation, talks and yoga.
Until 31st January
Where: 15 Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, E1 6QR
What: Cocktails That Are Good For The Skin
Why: Drinking doesn’t necessarily mean you’re breaking your January detox. Bluebird are helping you along so you can drink alongside friends and stick to your dry January commitments with a selection of skin-boosting mocktails created in collaboration with Open Beauty Lab at FACEGYM. The drinks promise to improve the skin’s texture after a busy month of partying – the Glorious Greens is made from cucumber, ginger, green apple, rosemary, lime and spinach is packed full of antioxidants and vitamins. Plus spinach is a great collagen booster, so no more tired looking skin after the indulgent festive season. Bluebird have also partnered with local fitness studios to offer a yoga/barre/Pilates class followed by a meal in the restaurant.
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU
What: Immune-Boosting Menus
Why: Oysters are a lot more than just aphrodisiacs. High in protein and rich in vitamin C, B-12, iron and zinc, these little power houses aren’t the only seafood to pack a punch in the health department. Wright Brothers’ Soho and Spitalfields restaurants are serving a two-course immune-boosting menu for January; think feta and ruby grapefruit salad (vitamin A and C) and baked cod with fennel, garlic and thyme (cod is high in vitamin B-12 for a healthy heart). They’ll also be serving Seedlip mocktails to keep the drinking on the track.
Monday-Friday throughout January, midday-5pm
Where: Soho and Spitalfields
What: Vegan Meets Italian
Why: Theo Randall may be known for his pasta but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for January. Theo Randall at The InterContinental is launching an Italian vegan set menu and with everything from linguine with violet aubergines to risotto with courgettes, tomato and basil you can try and squeeze in your 5-a-day as well.
Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7QY
What: Menus For All
Why: When you want to dine out but the threat of temptation seems a little much, Le Caprice may be a good middle ground. A specially created January detox menu sits alongside the a la carte, with pomegranate, quinoa and kale getting some attention. The grilled chicken skewer nabs our attention and many of the dishes are vegan, gluten free and dairy free. Choose from 2 or 3 courses and you’ll also get a detox tea for extra brownie points.
Where: Arlington House, Arlington Street, London, SW1A 1RJ
What: Naughty Vs Nice
Why: This January we will fall into one of two camps; the saints and the sinners. South Place Hotel realise this which is why they’re hosting a Saints & Sinners workout and brunch in partnership with 1REBEL and ROOTED London. Kickstart your day at 10am with a high-intensity boxing session at 1REBEL to sweat out your sins then take part in a Vinyasa yoga class back in the hotel. Food follows and the menu is equally as naughty as it is nice, with waffles and chocolate sauce alongside raw key lime pie.
Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF
What: Healthy Afternoon Tea
Why: We’re not going to say that you shouldn’t have afternoon tea in January, can you think of a better way to spend a cold miserable winter afternoon than in a hotel having tea? Nope. What you can do though is go for a healthier option, the afternoon tea at Haymarket Hotel can be gluten free, sugar free and vegan. They’ll make it bespoke for you, but the sorts of things they can create include an avocado and chocolate mousse; a soya yoghurt granola pot and choux buns with cream and berries. So you can have your cake and eat it.
Where: 1 Suffolk Place, London, SW1Y 4BP
What: The City Detox Lunch
Why: Looking to detox? Then 1 Lombard Street has just the ticket. Their new City Detox menu includes dishes such as baked mackerel with fennel, grapefruit and cucumber salad; grilled corn fed chicken breast with curly kale and wild rice and sorbets. Round it off with one of their smoothies – the Health Booster is made from pineapple, apple, broccoli, spinach, celery, ginger, cumber, watercress, parsley and avocado. That should start to balance out the amount of cheese we gorged on over Christmas.
Available throughout January
Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA
What: PRESS Launch New Drink
Why: PRESS London are launching their newest addition Charcoal Lemonade exclusively at No 11 Pimlico Road, No 32 The Old Town, No 1 Duke Street and No 197 Chiswick Fire Station this month. The energising and alkalising cold pressed drink is packed with activated charcoal – known for its detoxing properties. They’re also going to be stocking their orchard juices including Orchard 1 and Orchard 2, nut milks and cleanse shots such as the anti-ageing collagen booster and the coffee based Green Energy. Get drinking these and you’re going to feel ready to take on 2017 in no time.
Launching 12th January
Where: No1 Duke Street Richmond London TW9 1HP
What: Honestly Healthy Porridge at Darwin
Why: Natasha Corrett, co-founder of Honestly Healthy has teamed up with Darwin to create a caramelised coconut and cinnamon pear porridge which not only tastes amazing but will fuel your day ahead. Wash it down with one of their smoothies such as the Broccoli and The Beast which blends broccoli, mango, banana, pineapple, spinach and celery, check out the views from the Sky Garden and then head off out into London – a great way to start the day.
Where: 20 Fenchurch Street, London
What: Detox Cocktails
Why: You’ll also find a range of Seedlip cocktails (we told you, you’d hear more about them) at the Met Bar…they’re full of ingredients such as turmeric, ginger and matcha to help detox you and fill you with energy in these grey, rainy days. Cocktails include the Day Breaker, Detox Collins and Matcha Colada.
Where: 19 Old Park Lane, London, W1K 1LB
For Those Looking To Retox....
- Tom’s Kitchen have teamed up with KS_ate_here to create The Cardiac Stack, a chicken schnitzel burger with a duck fat brioche bun, relish, BBQ ketchup, pickles, bacon, smoked cheese, crispy chicken skin and mustard mayonnaise. Topped off with triple cooked chips. Available throughout January
- Percy & Founders will give you a free bottle of wine when you book to dine in January and quote ‘Dry January’
- All cocktails are just £5 in Tale Bar at the Playboy Club Available throughout January.