Technically this weekend is the first ‘official’ weekend of the year, and after a rocky first week back at work, I’m sure we’re all itching to curl up in bed and snooze it away. But, if you’re looking to brave the cold and venture out into the city, we’ve got a few tips and tricks for how to make this first weekend of 2020 a good’un. Enjoy!
Oh yes, the legendary Cirque de Soleil is returning to London with another epic West End performance. This Spring we welcome Luzia, the next Cirque de Soleil performance to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors. Throughout the night you’ll find yourself journeying through in a dreamlike stance to Mexico, scattered with a balance of light and rain. Expect vibrant colours, heroic costumes and outstanding performances, all bringing Mexico’s glorious culture to life.
Booking available from 11th January – 16th February
Get your Knicks out!
Pop on your finest frilly underwear because No Trouser Day returns this weekend! On Sunday, you’ll be able to rock up to the tube station in your best undies and brace the chilly ride across the city in this global event. For all the information here to the organisers Facebook page here.
Sunday 12th January
Who said just because you’re skipping on the dairy this month doesn’t mean you can’t partake in something as quintessentially British as afternoon tea? Enter InterContinental London Park Lane and their spectacular plant-based take on the traditional afternoon treat. You can expect to be tucking into Tandoori spiced mushroom and piquello pepper mousse on charcoal bread and Heritage tomatoes and smoked aubergine puree on turmeric bread before polishing off Raspberry mousse on matcha shortbread, Chocolate banana cake and mountains of sultana scones. Delicious!
Available until Friday 31st January
Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7QY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)
You’ll be glad to know you can catch James McAvoy making a cheeky appearance this Winter and he won’t be bringing Pennywise and the curse of Derry with him… The famous actor returns to the West End in the new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s masterwork Cyrano de Bergerac in the search of winning over his one true love.
Running 27th November 2019 – 29th February 2020
So you’ve made it this far through the month but we’re sure you’re on the verge of cracking open a bag of Cool Original Doritos and a pot of sour cream… Fear not, as the trusty lifelong vegan resident at The Handbook, I’ve rummaged my way through the very best of London’s rich vegan scene to bring you 31 vegan restaurants (one for every day of the month) that’ll no doubt fuel you through the rest of the month. Happy feasting!
Art fanatics will be able to uncover the wonderful artistic talent of Bridget Riley and her largest exhibition of work to date at the Southbank Centre this weekend. Expect to find her much celebrated canvases as well a rarely-seen studies, preparatory materials and drawings. Catch a glimpse this weekend.
Running until Sunday 26th January
Watch all of your favourite Disney classics come to life on the big screen as Prince Charles Cinema’s legendary Disney Pyjama Party returns this weekend. The premise is simple – indulge in an all-night cinematic experience in your PJs and watch your favourite animations unravel into an epic seven film showdown.
Saturday 11th January
Okay, we know you said 2020 was going to be the year you’d start saving your pennies, and you’re still on the look out to shed those last few pounds you’d put on over Christmas, but surely we can tempt you to book into one of these glorious new restaurant openings… Think Turkish style mezzer platters, dreamy ten-course tasting menus and bundles of seafood. Here’s 9 of January’s best resto openings…
Website: Book This Weekend...
Watch Battersea Power Station shine bright this January as their first Light Festival adorns the Circus West Village. Working in collaboration with the Light Art Collection, the curious minds behind the Amsterdam Light Festival, The Light Festival will be celebrating four glorious installations from artists around the globe. It’s certainly one for the ‘gram.
Running Wednesday 8th January – Sunday 16th February
Looking for something new to watch but can’t face sitting through a three hour epic? London Short Film Festival might just be your ticket outta here. Returning for the 17th year, London Short Film Festival will be showcasing some of the best UK premieres for those in the short film realm.
Running Friday 10th – Sunday 19th January
Explore the workings of Mary Quant, the woman who redefined the world of high street fashion in Britain, at the Victoria and Albert museum this weekend. Spanning over 200 breathtaking pieces and accessories, you’ll also be able to enjoy a sneak peak into some of Mary Quant’s unseen works from her own intimate archive.
Running until Sunday 16th February
By the time January rolls around, we’re all dipping into our savings because we went to town for Christmas and New Year, but that doesn’t stop your kids wanting to indulge in a fun activity at the weekend… That’s where London’s museum scene comes in. From letting the kids run wild and discovering the wacky world of science at the Science Museum to under covering the bones of ancient reptiles at the Natural History Museum, here’s 10 of London’s best free museums.
Website: Free Museums This Way...
Light up your life and catch the last few days of Eccleston Yards’ multi sensory light installation this January. 500 individually suspended orbs, each with their own unique voice (bare with us), will light up Eccleston Yards and help visitors feel calm and balanced. Even if you don’t end up feeling calm, it makes for a super cute Insta!
Running until Saturday 11th January
You’d better harry up if you want to catch the legendary school of wizardy glistening in the snow this Winter. That’s right, Hogwarts in the Snow returned to the Warner Bros. Studio and now’s your chance to wander into the Gryffindor common room and take in sights of Christmas treats. And there’ll also be a huge display of props from the films… whether or not you’ll wander into one of the stars themselves well, that would be Sirius-ly cool.
Running until 26th January
You’re ten days into dry January and you’re being to feel the heat. Do you ditch it all and just down a pint, or do you stick to your guns and ride it out? If you’re attempting the latter, we’ve found a few places that’ll help make dry January a little more bearable. Read all about them here.
Website: Dry January Offerings This Way...