8 Things To Do Before January Ends To Make Sure It Isn’t ‘Dry’

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The January blues are really kicking in now, but there’s still time to salvage this month before February rolls around.

So we’ve put together a list of ideas to turn your January from ‘mess’ to ‘yes’. Oh, and when we say ‘dry’ we mean that both in the ‘non-alcoholic’ and the ‘dry as in boring’ sense. It’s time to fall off that wagon spectacularly, with a few blow-out evenings spent cocktail-in-hand, followed by a couple of days guiltily exercising all the toxins out of your system. It’s all about balance!

1. Try your luck at Social Bingo Academy


The team behind rip-roaring Rebel Bingo are launching a new venture to help you keep up with the fast-paced demands of modern bingo. Social Bingo Academy knows how easy it is for young people to get left behind in the challenging world of competitive bingo. They’ll help you master advanced dabbing techniques, show you the ropes, and teach humility in the face of fame and fortune. As well as a lesson on valuable life skills, there’ll be plenty of food and drink to indulge in… Don’t get left behind, kids! This raucous social gaming night is taking place on Saturday 27th January from 7.30 – 11pm in Camden Town. Get your tickets here.

2. Snuggle up at Hot Gin Roof


From 17th January – 17th February, Sipsmith are taking over the Ham Yard Hotel‘s roof terrace for their annual slice of hot gin action. Screw dry January, because it’s pretty obvious that the only way to keep warm in this miserable weather involves a cosy combination of hot beverages, gin, and snuggling up under a woollen blanket. Oh, and they’ll even heat your toddy up with a burning poker from the fire. Hot damn! Check out our article for more information.

3. See the city in a new light at Lumiere London

Lumiere London Westminster Abbey
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Running from Thursday, January 18 to Sunday, January 21, Lumiere London will feature 51 glowing artworks installed in Central London locations, lit up each night between 5.30pm and 11pm. Two years ago, Lumiere proved so popular that Saturday night overcrowding forced organisers to switch off some illuminations… so we recommend visiting mid-week. Read our 2018 article to find more information alongside a map and photographs.

4. Catch a movie in a snow cinema


Backyard Cinema’s winter offering is still going strong, and we highly recommend heading down there before it packs up shop. Venture through a frozen ice cave and get cosy on a giant bean bag, before settling down to watch your favourite feel-good film. We’ve even partnered up with them ourselves to bring you two exclusive Secret London screenings on the 17th and 20th January. Get your tickets here.

5. Try your hand at archery

Archery Lessons London

Channel your inner Katniss Everdeen at this south London archery school as you get to grips with a bow and arrow. In these turbulent times, it can’t hurt to add a handy post-apocalypse skill to one’s repertoire. And that’s exactly what Deptford’s ArcheryFit offers, providing wannabe Hawkeyes with 90-minute lessons in the fine art of archery. They’ll walk newcomers through the theoreticals of thwacking a sharp bit of metal a considerable distance, before taking you onto the 20-person range to do your worst. Get your tickets here.

6. Dine on a cosy winter terrace


Can’t make it to the slopes this winter? Don’t fret, because Le Pont De La Tour is bringing the alps to London. A lot of festive, wintery pop-ups have already packed up and popped down, but Le Pont De La Tour is just getting started. Cuddle up in a sheepskin blanket, and indulge in a few winter warmers including Canadian Poutine and Tartiflette with Reblochon, lardons and caramelised onions. They’re also serving specially-created hot cocktails, including boozy hot chocolate with whisky cream liqueur and Havana rum. Have a read of our post for some more information.

7. Brush up your skills on the ice


If you’ve got the stones, head up to Roof East for a spot of curling this winter. Now there are EVEN MORE LANES, and some seriously groovy neon decals too. A bitchin’ 80s playlist will get you up and dancing between points, or if that’s too much exercise for you, head to the ski lodge for some aprés ski. Sliders curling club will be at Roof East until February 25th, giving you ample opportunity to brush up on your skills. Check out our article here.

8. Make a splash at London Field’s Lido

London Fields Lido
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Hackney’s 50-metre outdoor swimming pool, or London Fields Lido, was closed at short notice back in April 2017 after problems were found with the tile lining. But, after a few false promises were made about the opening date, the lido finally opened to the public on January 3rd. “In January?!”, I hear you squeal. Worry not: it’s heated! Set to a temperature of 25℃, it’s perfect for a refreshing swim year-round, whatever the weather. Read more here.

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