1 | For Hobnobbing With The Fashion Crowd: The Fumoir Bar (above)
Just in case you haven’t had your invite yet (we sure it’ll be in the post), Friday marks the start of men’s fashion week in the form of London Collections: Men. As such, London will be scattered with very well-dressed men. If you want to seem equally stylish to someone who needs impressing, then head to The Fumoir Bar at Claridge’s; a favoured hideaway of the fashion elite, it is the ideal spot to enjoy a slinky aperitif amid art deco splendour.
Claridge’s, Brook Street, London, W1K 4HR; claridges.co.uk
2 | For A January Treat: Pierre Marcolini’s Pop-Up Shop
Chocolatiere extraordinaire, Pierre Marcolini opened a little pop-up shop on Regent Street in December. So if January is proving too grim a prospect to bear, stop off here to imbue some not-so-long-lost joy back into life with the finest chocolates and sweet treats going - it closes on Monday, so this is your last chance.
The macaron flavour of the month is milk chocolate & fleur de sel (meaning “flower of salt” - pictured) and make sure to go right to the back of the store where you can try some sumptuously thick hot chocolate or, if you’re after a semi-healthy option, cocoa nib-infused tea (it boggles the mind, but is weirdly tasty).
80 Regent Street, London, W1B 5HH
3 | For January Health Kicks: Redemption
If, on the other hand, you’re one of these sprightly (code: smug) dry January do-gooders, then the second branch of Redemption may be for you. Located in Shoreditch and following the Notting Hill original, this vegan restaurant excels in non-alcoholic cocktails (and the food has been proved pretty decent too). Give the Coco-tinis a try, or the appropriately named Flu Fighters if you’re feeling peaky.
320 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DR; redemptionbar.co.uk
4 | For Serious January Health Kicks: German Gymnasium's Outdoor Fitness Sessions
Taking things one giant leap further, you could try bonding over exercise with the outdoor Sunday bootcamp sessions at the German Gymnasium up in Kings Cross, which kick of this week. True to the building’s history, you’ll be schooled in old-school fitness techniques with training that combines Victorian gymnastics, boxing and Indian club swinging… it beats press ups in the mud. (Incidentally, training together is meant to be highly beneficial for relationships). Book in for a well-deserved breakfast afterwards, reclining in the grandeur of this new restaurant for some boiled eggs and soldiers, or würst.