Happy 2018 everyone! The festive season might have come to an end but that’s no reason to hibernate entirely. There are loads of great things you can do in January so wrap up, head out, and start your year as you mean to go on. Whatever your new year resolution, we hope you can make more ethical, sustainable and organic lifestyle choices. Enjoy our round up of what’s hot and happening this January.
Where to eat
If you and your friends fancy a dinner with a difference – that makes a difference too – check out Migrateful, an initiative aiming to address the issues of destitution, unemployment and integration amongst the UK migrant community. Every Tuesday night, a migrant woman from a different country holds a cooking class at Rosie’s restaurant in Peckham. For £25 you can learn how to cook a meal from Syria, Eritrea and Pakistan, to name a few, then sit down and enjoy your creation. The chef gets to practice their English and gains valuable experience for their CV.
Check out www.migrateful.org to book.
See light graffiti, a 3D immersive rainbow spectrum and a giant glowing halo suspending mid-air at an interactive illuminated experience in Canary Wharf.
16 – 27 January, canarywharf.com
If the lights at Canary Wharf weren’t enough, this city-wide collection of magical installations brightens the streets of the capital for four days. See London’s street and landmarks in ways you’d never imagined in this glorious dazzling display of bright lights.
18 – 21 January.
What to visit
The first major retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat is on at the Barbican. He started out in New York as a graffiti artist, then collaborated with Warhol and swiftly became the darling of the art world. His famous ‘New York/New Wave’ exhibition is recreated in the Barbican and is an eye-watering display of graffiti smear, expressionistic splodges and the grim grime of the city streets. Sadly he died at 27 of a drug overdose but this exhibition showcases how prolific his work was.
Until 28 Jan, Barbican Centre
What to see
Jennifer Saunders is starring in Oscar Wilde’s comedy Lade Windermere’s Fan this month as a scandal-hungry noblewoman. The play revolves around a puritanical young society lady who sinks into suspicion that her husband is having an affair.
12 Jan until 7 April, Vaudeville Theatre, Charing Cross
Get your skates on! The ice rinks around the country – including our favourite at Somerset House – will still be on until the end of the month. There’s a rink at Canary Wharf that looks fun too. The 80 metre long rink has a dedicated children’s rink and a winter-themed bar.
Take the kids along to the Magical Lantern Festival held at Chiswick House and Gardens. It’s a spectacular display of beautifully sculpted life-size and giant lanterns in various forms from animals and birds to buildings and abstract designs of all shapes and sizes. The theme for this year is Explore the Silk Road. Adults £16.50, and kids from £10.50
19 January to 26 February, Chiswick House, magicallanternuk/London
What to eat
Inject some colour into this grey month by adding blood orange to your smoothies, puddings and sauces. They work well in marmalade or home-made icecream and their fiery colour and unique flavour also make them a great addition to cocktails. Who said December should have all the parties?
What to wear
January is the perfect time to detox your wardrobe. Choose natural and organic fabrics and simple shapes and silhouettes for a toned down wardrobe that reflect your inner zen. Arela's just arrived cotton basics make for the perfect choice. Pair with Kowtow's organic cotton basics, eco friendly undies from Woron and Veja's classic sneakers for a clean, modern. Healthy wardrobe, healthy mind.