To put it lightly, January is not a nice time of year. It's tempting to stay under the covers and hide until it's all over but, of course, that's not possible for most of us. Work and social commitments will soon burrow their way into your cosy duvet nest like rampant hornets and disturb your slumber.
But depressing detoxes and quick-fix exercise regimes aren't the answer to the new year malaise. Instead, shake off the sluggishness of short days and cold weather with our guide to banishing the January blues, with laughter, booze and keep-fit classes so fun you'll barely notice the strain of burning calories. Most of these suggestions are modestly priced too, to suit those constrained January budgets.
The gym is for mugs. Instead of signing yourself up to a gym membership you'll only use once, get moving by trying a class where the keep-fit bit is incidental to the learning-a-new-skill bit. Try a three-hour
Well, it is sale season after all! If you’re not finished off by the Christmas madness then there are always some great bargains to be had. Wrap up warm and head down some of those beautiful central london streets. Remember to stop by your favourite
Do some good
Once your done with the indulgence of shopping, volunteering can be a great way to get you out and about doing something you're passionate about, or, for those in an existential mood, it'll give your life some meaning. Boris Johnson's
Have a laugh
Generate some endorphins with a dose of comedy this January at
See a new musical
The big sleeper hit Broadway musical of the last few years, ‘Come from Away’ tells the unlikely true story of a sleepy Newfoundland town that took in strangers from around the world when their planes were grounded at the local airport in the wake of 9/11. Huge in Canada and the States, you can expect to be very charmed. It’s on at the Phoenix Theatre in Covent Garden from Jan 30 2019 - May 25 2019.
What do you think of our list? We know there are so many things to do but these are definitely our favourites! Let us know yours in the comments, which ones will you be visiting this January?