When the only place you can find some pleasurable warmth is on the tube, you know London has hit its freezing point. Don’t let the frosty air put you off from leaving your ‘cosy’ flat. Get inspired, put on a scarf, do as Gloria Gaynor says and go – walk out the door.
Don’t just plan to leave the house – leave the country! If the start of 2017 has given you a serious case of the travel bug, the Adventure Travel Show is stopping in London between 21st – 22nd January to inspire your inner explorer and tempt you away. Across the weekend, there will be a number of free talks and seminars, in which you can discover some of the world’s most incredible, lesser-known locations, as well as gaining some tips for travelling. Advance tickets are £8 for one day and £12 for the whole weekend. You can book them here.
21st – 22nd January at Olympia, London W14 8UX
2. The Women Worldwide Active Festival
Celebrating courage, grit and achievement, the Women Worldwide Active are putting on a free music festival in Brixton this January. WWA is a Non for Profit organisation set up in May 2016, which empowers women through creativity, knowledge, personal development and community. Headlining the festival is BBC Introducing artist, Yasmin Kadi, who was chosen by the BBC as “some of London’s best new music”. She’s an award winning Afro Beat Singer whose debut hit No.1 on iTunes Ireland. In recent months, she has supported Paloma Faith at the O2 Forum, played the Royal Festival Hall and sung in the hit US drama “Tyrant”. There will also be other performances from Riyaad Sayed, Phattlady, Dan Defeo ft Kate B, WWA Next Gen. There will also be poetry as well as other readings, art and photography exhibitions and a pop-up store selling unique artisan products. Find out more and RSVP for free here. The show starts at noon, 22nd January.
12.00pm – 6.00pm, 22nd January at Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ
3. Sipsmith’s Hot Gin Terrace
Screw dry January. Sipsmith and the Ham Yard Hotel know that the two best ways to keep warm this winter involve gin and hot beverages, which is why they’ve combined the two in their pop-up roof terrace. Located in the Ham Yard Hotel, the roof terrace will be serving up a selection of hot gin concoctions inspired by cocktail classics, which you can sip at your own pleasure while snuggled under a woollen blanket. You can book in advance here.
20th January – 14th February at Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT
4. Fabric is reopening
Another event well worth drinking for is the anticipated re-opening of Fabric. The nightclub is starting afresh, making sure their re-launch is dedicated to their core ‘family’, including a line-up of special, unannounced guests representative of Fabric’s history and future. Advanced tickets for the opening weekend, which is on 6th January, have all sold out. However, you can still buy tickets at the door. As a new rule, guests must be over the age of 19.
6th January at 77A Charterhouse St, London EC1M 6HJ
5. Magical Lantern Festival
After a hugely popular response, the Magical Lantern Festival is returning for its second year in the capital, bringing with it a spectacular display of glowing sculptures. As well as being able to explore the impressively shaped lanterns, there will also be an ice rink and funfair on site. The festival opens on 19th January and will continue until 26th February (Thursday to Sunday). Advance tickets start at £16.50! Buy them here.
19th January – 26th February at Chiswick House, London W4 2QN
Roast season is well and truly underway, but Mews of Mayfair are doing something different to celebrate. Their Bottomless Sunday Roast will put your mum’s to shame. Why? Because we doubt your mum serves up bottomless cocktails with her meat and two veg. The Yorkshire puds are also to die for. For £52 you can treat yourself to a three-course meal, as well as bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Bellinis. You might have to tell your family that you won’t be popping home for lunch this Sunday… Book your place through Fever here.
Every Sunday at 10 Lancashire Ct, Mayfair, London W1S 1EY
Feature image: Adventure Travel Show