Just because the fairy lights have stopped twinkling and the last drops of mulled wine have been poured, you needn’t be at a loss for things to do in London. January do-gooders can meditate at yoga workshops and detox days, while art lovers can peruse the new exhibitions and post-festive revelers, can keep the culinary train puffing and the merry making going for another month, at the latest new restaurant openings on the foodie circuit.
Detoxify your body
ESPA Life at Corinthia London, source: hotel's own
If you are looking to get back on the health track after a gluttonous end of 2015, then why not break yourself in gently with a detox spa day. ESPA Life at Corinthia London are offering a detoxifying body cleanse, skin purifying facial, use of their extensive thermal floor (complete with black mosaic steam room, steel swimming pool and energising vitality pool) and a light lunch to kick start your healthy 2016.
Offer valid 1-31 January, www.epsalifeatcorinthia.com
Detoxify your mind
Downward dog posers can get back into the yoga zone, with a one day body mind yoga retreat for the seven chakras, at Triyoga in Soho, led by one of London’s leading teachers of holistic body-mind yoga, Lisa Sanfilippo.
Sunday 3 January 10am - 4.30pm, www.triyoga.co.uk
Detoxify your diet
For a less physical approach to re-energising, grab a healthy bite to eat at the new Detox Kitchen, which is opening on Mortimer Street in Fitzrovia. You can do no wrong in this haven of health, where only nutrient rich, well-balanced meals (both eat in and take-away), free from wheat, dairy and refined sugars are on the menu.
Opens 4 January, www.detoxkitchen.co.uk
Allow yourself some indulgences
Santa Maria Pizzeria, source: restaurant's own
At the other end of the spectrum, if you are still in an indulgent frame of mind, why not try out the new Ivy Kensington Brasserie, the latest outpost of the all-day contemporary British restaurant, or go all out with a calorific but delicious traditional Neapolitan wood fired Santa Maria pizza from their new opening in Chelsea.
Grain Store, source: restaurant's own
Also if you are jetting off from London Gatwick’s south terminal, pick up a Bento Box on the run or with time to kill, sit down at Bruno Loubet’s newly opened Grain Store where you can enjoy unique takes on seasonal classic dishes with a vegetable heavy focus.
Women: New Portraits, source: UBS
The art world is starting the year off with a distinctly feminine flair, as not only is Saatchi Gallery celebrating its thirteenth birthday with an exhibition of all female artists including Tracey Emin, Jenny Saville, Paula Rego and Alice Anderson with its exhibition Champagne Life, but iconic female photographer Annie Leibovitz is beginning her world tour of Women: New Portraits here in London this January. The unique collection of new female portraits will be exhibited not at one of the big name galleries, but at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station.