Fun things to do in January

Update: This was posted last year – find fun things to do in January 2011 here

January is such a miserable month.  Everyone’s skint from Christmas, you can’t have much fun due to promises to lose weight or detox, and it’s so cold all you want to do is curl up on the sofa under a duvet. I missed pretty much all of January last year on holiday, and am very tempted to do the same next year. 

However, The Happiness Project London has deliberately booked some fun stuff this month to cheer me up and thought I’d share these with you.  I’d love to hear what you’re planning too and remember, warmer weather is just around the corner:

– First, and rather dull (but January is a dull month so its OK), I’ve started making giant pots of healthy soup – tasty, healthy and cheap – making soup is strangely soothing and the beetroot one especially tastes and looks awesome. 

– This Thursday, I’m going to see Dirty Dancing with the girls at the Aldwich Theatre not very cool I know but I’m in that thirtysomething bracket that grew up knowing all the songs, and apparently the bit when they say “No-one puts Baby in the corner” is worth the ticket price alone.  Actually very excited about going – ha!

– Annoyingly, even though I’ve not much in the diary this month, Dirty Dancing clashes with my friend Tom’s band – the Marthas & Arthurs (the “folk ABBA“) at Monkey Chews in Camden.  I’d certainly have gone along as heard they sound fantastic – definitely worth a look.  (Other good music on this month is Martha Wainwright at the Jazz Cafe tonight , Camille O Sullivan at the Apollo Theatre until 16th, and The Jazz In Paris Project at the Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec on 23rd). 

– On Friday (15 January) I may pop down to the British Museum to see some crazy-sounding Aztec-electronica music with singer, band and dancers, followed by drinks – I loooove all things Mexico.  One of THPL’s main supporters, subscribers and soon-to-be guest writers is helping organise this event so please pass on your deets if you want more info.

– On Saturday (16 January), I’m heading to Brixton market for the all-day food event with free food tastings, competitions, and pop-up shops and restaurants, including the wonderful Brixton Cornercopia where El G and I bought the most amazing home-made piccalilli (sp?) last weekend.

– Sunday, I’d like to go to the cinema – amazing films on at the moment and I’d like to see Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Nowhere Boy or Nine.

– Next week I’m hoping to go see some live music with Pablo at The Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell and to start my search for London’s best burger with El G at Byron on Gloucester Road (if you don’t know already, one of my greatest pleasures in life is a good cheeseburger and Byron has great reviews in London’s food blogs).   

– On Saturday 23, El G and I have been invited to a Burns’ Night – I can’t wait for more haggis although the whisky hangover is never great (if you fancy trying a Burns’ night then the  Ceilidh Club is holding various events at the Hammersmith Town Hall – I’ve been before and its great fun – lots of dancing, sweating, boozing and haggis).

– Finally, in the last week of January, I’m planning to see some comedy at Banana Cabaret in Balham, check out the Nat Finkelstein exhibition including photos of Andy Warhol’s Factory at Idea Generation and/or see the free photography exhibition Points of View at the British Library, and I’d like to go to Richmond Park to take some photos myself.


6 responses to “Fun things to do in January

  1. Sorry you don’t like negative comments but I think Camille O’Sullivan is highly overrated but she went down well at the Edinburgh festival and Nine is awful despite it’s great cast. Every thing else sounds lovely though!

  2. Obviously your genes are working on the soup!

  3. Hey, I am totally with you on this – if you can’t run away somewhere warmer, we might as well make the most of it – DPs, nights out, good cooking, exhibtions…

    Don’t forget to try the “Courgette Fritters” and “Mac and cheese” at Byorn’s, they are also pretty good, and thanks for the link! If you happen to have Kristian serving you (he is fantastic), say hello from me.

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

  4. y’know something else that would be cool to do in January? Get yer tbone from behind that couch and practice!!!


    just a thot…

    • Yes quite right. It’s now moved from behind the sofa to under the sideboard but I should really pull it out and have a practice. Sometimes just seems too much like hard work 🙂


    When you get chance go The Pembroke castle for the Hampstead comedy night on Saturday nights.

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