Ward off the January blues with The Wordrobe’s pick of the best (and most mouth-watering) menus, wellness events and activities taking place across London
1 Try a Supper Salutation with Deliciously Ella at Carousel
Deliciously Ella will be setting up shop (or yoga mat, to be more exact) for an evening of relaxing yoga and plant-based feasting this January.
Taking place on select Monday evening sessions, Ella will begin by leading a calming Vinyasa Flow class, helping you unwind at the end of the day. The classes are open to all levels but ideal for those that have practised before.
Feeling relaxed and suitably hungry after the hour-long class, you’ll then tuck in to a heavenly veggie supper of warming five bean chilli, crunchy slaw, creamy avocado dip and homemade corn bread, finished off with fudgy brownies and salted caramel coconut yoghurt.
When: 14th, 21st and 28th January
Where: Carousel London, 71 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB
Wallet: £45 per person. To book, click here.
2 Bowl in style at The Croc
Pay a visit to the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho for a suave twist on the usual bowling experience. The Croc is a spectacular private events space which houses an original 1950’s bowling alley, stylish lounge, bar and dance floor.
Imported from Texas and manufactured by the iconic Brunswick company, the monochrome bowling ball returns include original features such as hand warmers and visible return runs. The solid maple bowling lanes have been specially commissioned, making it one of only a few of its kind in the UK.
Whether it’s a two person game or 200, this chic bowling alley makes a great way to spend a light-hearted January afternoon.
Where: 1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT
Wallet: £20 per person. Phone 020 3642 2043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
3 “Treat Yo’self” at the World’s Best Pastry Chef’s London dessert café
If you’re partial to pastry, don’t miss out on a treat at this luxuriant new opening. After his successful pop up at Hotel Café Royal in 2016, famed chef Albert Adrià – who built a gastronomic revolution alongside his brother, Ferran, at the legendary Michelin three-star elBulli and runs Barcelona’s hottest restaurant ‘Tickets’ – has launched ‘Cakes and Bubbles’.
Adrià, who was voted The World’s Best Pastry Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, is offering a parade of exceptional desserts set to wow diners; from his signature ‘cheese cake’ to his egg flan, air waffle and doughnut creations.
No cake could be complete without Champagne – pair your pastry with a curated selection of champagnes and sparkling wines.
Where: 70 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 4DY
Website: Click here to find out more or make a booking.
4 Indulge at London’s healthiest restaurant, Redemption
Who said January had to be all about boring fad diets? Pitstop at Redemption, the sleek health-focused hotspot for a meal that’s sin-free but delicious with it.
From kale caesar salad to pulled barbecue jackfruit, this trendy restaurant (and an alcohol-free bar) is ideal for a night of saintly feasting – and don’t miss out on the selection of desserts, either.
Where: Multiple sites across London
Website: Click here to find out more or make a booking.
5 Taste The Alps at The White Haus
Can’t make it out to the slopes this year? Don’t worry, you can still get your fondue fix at The White Haus instead.
Bringing the charm of The Alps to Farringdon with its unique, timber clad, chalet-style bar and dining room, complete with a bookable vintage cable car, this quaint eatery is perfect for a night of mouth-watering mountain food.
Drool over everything from schnitzels and sauerkraut to Swiss beer-battered fish and chips and sharing boards of Baked Mont d’Or.
The main menu features sharing plates and bar bites such as pretzel with horseradish crème fraîche; beetroot hummus with chèvre, mint, hazelnut dukkah and pitta bread; and ham hock and taleggio cheese croquettes with grain mustard mayonnaise – plus plenty of bigger sharing plates.
For a blowout, try The White Out bottomless brunch, served every Saturday between 10am and 4pm, featuring a smörgåsbord of treats.
Where: The White Haus, 17 Farringdon Street, London. EC4A 4AB
Website: To make a booking, click here or phone 020 3951 0771.
6 Try a ‘Mindful Haircut Meditation’ at Edward James Salons
Edward James Salons and UK’s leading hypnotherapist, Malminder Gill are collaborating to deliver a Mindful Haircut Meditation. Edward James Salons, famous for being holistically luxurious with a relaxing ambience and peace inducing interiors and music are taking the client experience to the next level with this optional new feature.
Malminder Gill, known for her 100% success rate in hypnotherapy has recorded a series of meditations for various stages of the salon experience, exclusively for Edward James clients. Style seekers can choose from a trio of options – the Relaxing Meditation (5 minutes); Nurturing Meditation (10 minutes); or Transformation Meditation (20 minutes).
Where: Available at Edward James Salons in Putney and Northcote Road from 2nd January 2019.
Website: Click here to make a booking.
7 Start the day with Roast’s new breakfast menu
It’s the most important meal of the day, so why not make it mouth-watering? Roast, the Borough Market restaurant serving up a modern take on classic British dishes has launched a brand new breakfast menu.
Situated in a former floral hall atop the bustling market stalls, feast on a variety of ‘breakfast booster’ smoothies as well as a multitude of dishes. We’ve set our sights on the Bircher muesli with rolled oats, goji berries and chia seeds, but there’s also the heartier Full Borough breakfast spread to try, plus plenty more.
Where: The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL
Website: Click here or phone 020 3006 6111 to make a booking.
8 Get plant-powered with Chantelle Nicholson
Taking place from 3rd – 5th January, join author of Planted and chef-patron of Tredwells in Seven Dials, Chantelle Nicholson for a special dinner pop-up at Carousel.
A multi-award-winning champion of plant-based cooking and a vocal ambassador for the food waste movement, this New Zealand chef conjures magic at Tredwells together, where Chantelle’s commitment to vegetables and her Michelin-starred background come together beautifully in dishes like ‘Kohlrabi Ravioli with Pea and Avocado Guacamole, Avocado Oil Aioli and Lemon Jam.
Wallet: £49.50 per person. Click here to book.
When: 3 – 5 January 2019
9 Sip on The Connaught’s new cocktail menu
In the mood for a spot of decadence? Drop by the Connaught Bar and step into another world. Conversation flows over sparkling glasses and candlelit tables – and the award-winning venue has just launched a brand new cocktail menu.
Tipples include the Connaught Martini and The Good Fellas – two unmissable sips of suaveness.
Where: Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
How: Phone 020 7499 7070 or click here to make an enquiry. Please note, this bar operates a no booking policy.
10 Bite into Italian delights at Brera Riverside
Can’t get enough of all things Italian? Epicurean all day coffee specialist, restaurant and wine bar; Brera offers guests authentic coffee and fresh Italian produce.
Having recently undergone a full rebrand and redevelopment orchestrated by Des McDonald Associates and renowned Italian chef Andrea Cirino, expect the same warm hospitality typical of the family run cafés in Italy, on the banks of the River Thames.
The room is divided into a bar, lounge and dining room, seating up to 45 covers. Euro café by day, try fresh and delicious Italian prosciutto, salami, cheeses, olives, pasta and sweet treats.
In the evening the space transforms, as the lights are dimmed and candles lit, Brera replicates the bustling bars in the heart of Milano and Torino. Alongside a full dinner menu, Brera offers a wine list from across Italy as well as cocktails inspired by the Italian Alps in the North, to the sun-soaked beaches in Apulia and Sicily in the South.
Where: 31 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London, E14 8RR.
How: Visit www.cafebrera.com or phone 020 7512 9575 to make a booking.
11 Schedule in time for wellness with Searcys at The Gherkin
Join Searcys at The Gherkin for a sparking series of chef and wellness events celebrating ‘The Art of Being’; the perfect opportunity to reboot after the Christmas break and try something new.
Held across the top two floors of London’s architectural landmark, Searcys have invited an all-female line-up of artists, cooks and yogis to share their own take on how to live life to the full.
Ready to relax? The busy month of January sees a special guest menu from Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal; a supper club and Q&A hosted by renowned nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, watercolour classes in collaboration with aperitif Lilletartist-in-
How: Click here for more details and to make a booking
12 Tuck into Town House at The Kensington ‘s ‘London Landmarks’ Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea fans, you’re in for a treat. Town House at The Kensington has launched a new London Landmarks Afternoon Tea, drawing inspiration from London’s most recognisable landmarks to take diners on a tour of the capital’s most famed structures.
Featuring a skyline of sandwiches and sweet treats, tributes featured on the landmark inspired menu include architectural triumphs such as The Gherkin crafted from White Chocolate with a Dark Chocolate Ganache and The Shard made of Carrot Cake & Milk Chocolate.
Bite into an iconic London Telephone Box imagined in Rhubarb Mousse and Big Ben-inspired Lemon Curd Tart, as well as the afternoon tea essential, Scones served with Heather Hills Strawberry Jam & Clotted Cream.
Where: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5LP
When: Available now. Click here to book.
Wallet: £42 per person or £54.50 with a glass of Perrier-Jouët, Grand Brut NV Champagne.
13 Sip on Seedlip cocktails at The Coral Room
Who said Dry January had to be boring? The Coral Room is teaming up with the acclaimed non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip, proving that fun can still be had following the indulgent Christmas break with an exclusive ‘Dry January’ cocktail menu.
Available now, health-conscious guests can sip Seeing In The Dark, Seedlip Spice 94, Rhubarb & Cardamom Syrup, Freshly Squeezed Carrot Juice, Chia Seeds (£8), Living Coral Cocktail (Inspired by the Pantone Colour Of The Year 2019) Seedlip Spice 108, Pomelo & Pink Pepper Tonic, Cactus Water, Seaweed (£8), Bitter Sweet Grove Seedlip Grove 42, Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic, Coconut Oil (£8) and Gimlet 94, Seedlip 94, Fennel Seeds, Blackcurrant Leaf Syrup, Apple Acid (£8).
Where: The Coral Room 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN
When: Available now. Click here to make a booking.
14 Enjoy a chilled out night at The Chalet at Madison
Grab a scarf, it’s time for an enchanted outdoor sip at Madison. The rooftop terrace has been transformed into a winter wonderland until 28 February, bringing the après-ski scene to the city complete with festive winter warmer cocktails and sharing boards, live music and impressive views of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Featuring a series of chalets, the winter pop-up brings the slopes to London’s skyline, with each chalet decked out with timber-clad walls, twinkling lights and layered with faux fur cushion.
Enjoy delicious sips courtesy of bartender Luca, who serves up a dose of warming cocktails or colder creations. Must-tries include the Chocolate Delight, a boozy mix of Bulleit Borboun, hot chocolate and lashings of salted caramel whipped cream.
For those with an appetite for après ski snacks, the Chalet Selection Box (£20) comes complete with a plethora of crispy buttermilk chicken, arancini balls and mouth-watering roast chorizo to feast upon.
When: Open every day of the week from 4pm till late, until 28th February 2019.
Where; 1 New Change, St Paul’s, London EC4M 9AF
Website: Visit www.madisonlondon.net for more
15 Experience the sounds of powerhouse vocalist Judith Hill
Music lovers, this one’s bound to hit a high note. American singer-songwriter Judith Hill is coming to the capital for two exclusive performances on 15th and 16th January.
Taking place at Quaglino’s on the 15th and 100 Wardour St on the 16th, the powerhouse vocalist is set to treat earbuds with her enchanting vocals. Hill has worked with acclaimed artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Micheal Jackson.
For her London shows the singer will take guests on a musical journey featuring R&B, Pop, Jazz and Gospel, including tracks from her debut album, “Back In Time,” produced by herself & Prince.
When: 15 & 16 January 2019
Wallet: £48 per person, including three-course meal.
16 Feed at Lost Boys Pizza
Get a slice of the fang-tastic action at the newly launched Lost Boys Pizza in Camden. With a vampire-inspired menu, guests can feast upon delectable charcoal pizzas, as well as tempting puds with flavours to die for. Don’t miss a trip downstairs, where a hidden basement absinthe bar awaits.
Where: 141 Junction Rd, London N19 5PX
When: Open now.
17 Join Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan for an evening at The Ivy Tower Bridge
Bubbly and book talk – The Ivy Tower Bridge is proud to welcome Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan, the best-selling authors and renowned founders of Midult ™ for one night only on Wednesday, 16 January.
Enjoy an evening with both award-winning writers, who will delve into their recently released book, ‘I’m Absolutely Fine! A Manual for Imperfect Women.’
Perfect for book enthusiasts and those wanting to hear more from Annabel and Emilie on both the glamour and indignity of being a grown-up woman in today’s world, the evening will also focus on what it means to be absolutely fine in the age of anxiety.
Guests will also be able to enjoy Champagne and a selection of sumptuous canapés.
When: 16th January, 6 – 8pm.
Wallet: Priced at £30 per person, click here to book.
Where: The Ivy Tower Bridge, One Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2AA
18 Relax with Floral by LIMA’s ‘Retox’ menu
Bored of bland January diets? Peruvian hotspot Floral by LIMA in Covent Garden has launched a colourful new, ‘retox’ menu – filled with South American vibrancy and visual flair.
Available for lunch only, the menu has been created in collaboration with the group’s Head Chefs Robert Ortiz, Patricia Roig, and Instagram foodie, Licky Plate (@LickyPlate), known for his love of indulgent and satisfying dishes.
Feast upon a main course and dessert, with plenty of vibrant creations to try.
Must-tries include the main dish of traditional Venezuelan ‘arepa’ – a type of bread made using maize – which uses beetroot as a natural food colouring, before being stuffed with tender, slow-cooked pulled suckling pig, spring onion, charred corn and sweet pomegranate seeds, topped with plantain crisps and micro herbs (£8).
Guests can also order the indulgent ‘picarones’ – a stack of Peruvian pumpkin and sweet potato doughnuts served with scoop of homemade dulce de leche ice cream and chacana syrup – a traditional offering made from tangy molasses (£7).
Of course, no lunch would be complete without a little liquid indulgence. To accompany the menu, diners can order a wide array of cocktails from Floral by LIMA’s recently-launched basement bar The Lost Alpaca.
Where: LIMA Floral, 14 Garrick St, London WC2E 9BJ
When: Available until 31st January
19 Sample smooth jazz at Bibendum Oyster Bar
Spend your Sunday evenings in style at Bibendum Oyster Bar. Michelin two-starred chef Claude Bosi has recently launched his Sunday Jazz Sessions, providing the perfect way to unwind before the start of a new week.
Taking place at Bibendum every Sunday evening from 5pm-8pm, guests will now be able to experience the smooth sounds of jazz from a variety of musicians. What’s more, attendees can also enjoy their first Rémy Martin Winter 1738 cocktail with the compliments of the restaurant.
Seafood-oriented dishes, fillet steaks and the supple sounds of smooth jazz – what more could a bon vivant wish for?
When: Every Sunday, 5pm – 8pm.
Where: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD
Bookings: To find out more, please phone 020 7589 1480 or click here.