When was it that alcohol became a definitive part of our entertainment and activity schedule? It all happened so fast – one minute you’re sipping on an Alcopop pretending to be ‘squiffy’, and the next, you’re spending pretty much most of your free time down at the pub, or ‘having a night in’ with a bottle (or 3) of red. And the prospect of attending a social event/work event/any event without being able to sip on a beer or gin and tonic is downright terrifying. Well…we have the answer. We believe that everyone (whether or not you’re doing dry January) should try to do one alcohol-free activity a week – and no, washing your hair doesn’t count. You’ll be surprised as to how much fun you can have! Dry most definitely does not have to be dull.
1. Escape from reality with Time Run
Now, we aren’t advocating running away from your problems, but if you were to, then Time Run is the thing to do. This new immersive gaming experience (immersive theatre-meets-escape-games) will have you travelling through the future and past, solving puzzles, cracking codes and working as a team to escape three incredibly atmospheric rooms…all under an hour or you may never return to the present. Grab some sober friends, and delve into an action-packed quest across time…and THEN enjoy a British high tea full of delicious treats and treasures (a selection of afternoon finger sandwiches, cakes and your choice of tea with scones!) Download Fever and get your tickets here for this remarkable experience!
9-15 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB
2. Spend your afternoons/evenings in a boardgames cafe
Such as Draughts. If you’re the type to have spent all Saturday and Sunday in the pub, and then in a bar, and then on to a club…then perhaps this one is for you. Seriously, you will be amazed how much FUN it is. It costs £5 per person but you can stay as long as you want and while away weekday evenings, or all day and night on the weekend. Choose from over 500 board games and get playing…there are soft drinks, sarnies and snacks to keep your strength up, especially if you’re embarking on one of the epic games that can take up to eight hours.
3. Shake it up at a Mocktail Masterclass
On 27th January, The Anthologist, London, is holding a Mocktail Masterclass…and if their previous imaginative inventions are anything to go by, we are in for a treat. Creative alcohol-free concoctions are their speciality (alcohol-not-free ones are too…) and at only £6, this is an absolute bargain. Check out their website for more information!
4. Watch a film marathon at the Prince Charles Cinema
For those with a lack of will power – lock yourself up with an all-night movie marathon at Leicester Square’s historical and epic Prince Charles Cinema. Coming up is an Arnie all-nighter, A Nightmare on Elm Street Marathon and a Jurassic Park all-nighter. Who needs booze when you can have a snooze…in the cinema?
5. Enjoy a sober disco
No, we don’t mean go out with your friends to Inferno’s and stand there with a face like a smacked arse, having a miserable time. This is a different kind of disco. Clubbercise features fitness classes that feel like a night out. Fun, easy-to-follow dance fitness routines using rave glow sticks to club anthems from 90′s classics to the latest chart hits taught in a darkened room with disco lights. If that doesn’t sound enough, while you give up the drink, Clubbercise help those who need it most- their partnership with Oxfam means that every time a new instructor joins, 10 people are supplied with clean drinking water.