January can be a difficult month, with the Christmas break over and some people trying desperately to stick to their New Year resolutions. But it doesn't have to be all doom and gloom, especially at the weekend. London has a vast array of exciting events from 10-12 January to help beat the blues and tantalise your tastebuds, especially if you're taking part in Veganuary.
Grab a vegan burger
If you're in the mood for a burger but are trying to avoid meat then Hache has the answer. In collaboration with THIS, it has launched two new mouth-watering vegan burgers - the V.L.T and the THIS ISN'T CANADIEN. The latter consists of a Beyond Meat vegan patty, plant-based THIS bacon, Rubies in the Rubble mustard mayo, tomato, rocket, red onion and Violife Cheddar all sandwiched between a toasted ciabatta bun. Make sure you book a trip to the store in your diary for January when you can buy one vegan burger and get a second for just £1!
WHEN: January 2020
WHERE: Stores across London. Try 147 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3QE
For more information visit hacheburgers.com
Watch 1917 at the cinema
WATCH: The official trailer
Do you love a good drama? If the answer is yes, then you'll want to find time to head to the cinema to see 1917, starring Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay and Colin Firth. Follow two young British soldiers in World War One as they venture into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades, including one of their brothers.
WHEN: Showing from 10 January at Curzon Sea Containers
WHERE: Curzon Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
For more information visit curzonseacontainers.com
The Tiger who Came to Tea exhibition
Enjoy a family day out at Osterley Park and House to see The Tiger Who Came to Tea 50th anniversary exhibition. It will bring Judith Kerr's 1968 classic which was originally written as a bedtime story for her own children. The exhibition will explore Judith’s childhood, display some of her illustrations and celebrate some of our favourite stories. Young children will love dressing up and making tea with the tiger himself before heading on a special activity trail in the garden and refuelling with some of the Tiger’s favourite treats in the Café.
WHEN: 11 - 22 January
WHERE: Jersey Rd, Isleworth, London TW7 4RB
For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk
Try Wagamama's new vegan dish
In time for Veganuary, Wagamama has added a new dish to their vegan menu following the launch of its popular vegan egg last year. The vegan tuna is made with dehydrated watermelon which is served hot and dressed with a miso sesame sauce. While the texture is similar to tuna sashimi, it tastes like watermelon. If that's not tasty enough, it also comes with white rice with soy seasoning, pickled radish, kale and tender stem broccoli and an avocado, edamame and tofu guacamole.
WHEN: From January 2020
WHERE: Stores across London. Try 14a Irving Street, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7AU
For more information visit wagamama.com
Treat yourself to this splendid sharing-style menu
Transport yourself to Delhi by trying some of the best Indian street food London can offer! Hankies, based in Marble Arch, offering diners something a little different with their delicious small sharing-style plates which are bursting full of flavour. Dishes to try include marinated lamb chops in kashmiri chillies, bhindi behl and the butter chicken.
Enjoy in the main restaurant, or book the private dining room for up to 24 guests for an extravagant feast.
WHEN: Open now
WHERE: 61 Upper Berkeley St, Marylebone, London W1H 7PP
For more information visit hankies.london
Detox at The Chelsea Courtyard
The Chelsea Courtyard, a pretty bistro right in the heart of Chelsea, is offering to help you out with your healthy kick start to the year with a selection of brunch dishes and detox drinks. Have your pick between gluten free coconut porridge with seasonal fruits, maple syrup and coconut oil, or the crushed avocado on sourdough toast, with poached egg and cherry tomatoes. Mmm. For people doing Dry January, there is also a selection of non-alcoholic brunch cocktails including the Citrus Garden or the Cherry Kiss.
WHEN: Throughout January
WHERE: 151 Sydney St, Chelsea, London SW3 6NT
Drink mocktails and solve crimes at The Mind Palace
The Mind Palace, Sherlock: The Official Live Game's speakeasy bar will be hosting guests for puzzle-solving, deduction and mocktails for the January month! Solve crimes, and cure your January Blues, by finding ingredients for the perfect mocktail to defeat the maniacal Moriarty. Fail, and guests will submit to his wiles and make the drink that will end their life! Are you up for the challenge?
WHEN: Throughout January, £25 per person
WHERE: The Mind Palace, Sherlock: The Official Live Game, Shepherd's Bush
Disco Yoga and brunch
Combine a night out with exercise and food with Disco Yoga's Boulevard brunch. Start your Saturday morning the right way by trying flow yoga sequences to some disco classics before sitting down to a delicious brunch. In the mood for a relaxing day? Add on bottomless Prosecco for an extra £10. Don't forget to whip out your best spandex for the occasion, you might even win the best-dressed prize.
WHEN: Saturday 11 January from 10:15 am
WHERE: 6 Walker's Court, Soho W1F 0BT
For more information visit boulevardtheatre.co.uk
Sing along to Dirty Dancing
Let's start with the fancy dress part! Let's face it, we've always wanted an excuse to dress up as Baby and try out some of the show's iconic dance moves, and now it's socially acceptable! The Prince Charles Cinema is hosting an interactive version of classic 1987 film Dirty Dancing where you can get involved by singing and dancing. So warm up your vocals, sing along to the soundtrack and make full use of the props.
WHEN: Friday 10 January
WHERE: Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY
For more information visit princecharlescinema.com
See furry friends at The LondonCats Cat Extravaganza
Cat-lovers listen up! The LondonCats Cat Extravaganza's international show is back this weekend and it's worth the trip to Surrey. As well as seeing hundreds of furry friends, you can also attend a book signing with James Bowen and A Streetcat Named Bob and witness the international competition with over 200 cats.
WHEN: 10 - 12 January 2020
WHERE: Sandown Park, Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ
For more information visit londoncats.org.uk