Poppy's January Hot List

13 January 2014

This was the Hot List that I was most dreading writing. Nobody looks forward to January (except for maybe gym owners & diet shake promoters) but January CAN be enjoyable, even if your mates have ditched you in favour of broccoli.

London hasn’t shut down entirely as we moan about how much we spent over Christmas or how our resolutions have brought nothing but sorrow, there’s still plenty to do. Rather awesomely, as January is such a rubbishy ‘let’s stay in’ kinda month there are actually loads of great offers to coax us out of the house. Nice one.

Here’s what we’re recommending…

Doing

Sleep beneath the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum


You’ve no doubt seen the posters for kiddy sleepovers at the Natural History Museum, but now there’s an adults only version of the event too. After a slap up meal you can expect stand-up comedy, live music, a horror movie marathon, life drawing classes and even edible insects....all before crawling into your sleeping bag to sleep under the giant dino skeletons. Breakfast is even served the next morning too. Tickets aren’t cheap at £175, but how often do you get to do something like this?! Takes places on January 17th. Details here.

Sign up for the Thames Path Challenge

If one of your resolutions is to get fighting fit this year then why not go all out crazy and sign up for the Thames Path Challenge? Athough the event itself isn’t til September, you can kick-start your prep this month by signing up for a leisurely 16 mile training walk between Blackfriars and Richmond.  The London training walk costs £19 and takes place on January 25th. Find out more about the Thames Path Challenge here or go straight into signing up for the training walk here.

See London by boat

If the above sounds too much like hard work, why not just enjoy everything the Thames has to offer from the comfort of a boat? It’s definitely an easier way to see the famous landmarks and luckily City Cruises have a great offer in January to get people sightseeing and enjoying the capital. For just a fiver, you can hop on and off their sightseeing boats all day between Greenwich and Westminster. Details here.

Eating

25% off food at selected Late Night London venues


Did you vow to spend less this year whilst in a champagne fuelled haze on New Year’s Eve? Staying in altogether is just depressing, but luckily there’s 25% off your food bill at a host of LNL venues this month including Grace, Tiger Tiger and Sway. Combine that with extended happy hours and it would be rude not to go out! Book here.

Head to Fortnum & Mason for a traditional Burns’ Night Supper

A warm and convivial evening is promised by the folks at Fortnum & Mason if you take a place at their table for Haggis and poetry. The Scottish celebration takes places on January 25th and tickets cost £75. More details here.

Learn to cook with ingredients and recipes delivered straight to your door

A lot of people feel they’re just too busy to even think about what to cook for dinner, let alone find time to buy the ingredients. Housebites is a rather nifty subscription service where you’re sent a weekly box with recipe cards and all the necessary portioned ingredients to create said recipes, allowing you to prepare 2-3 meals a week from scratch for 2, 4 or 6 people (depending on what subscription you choose). There are veggie options and low calorie options for those who want to ensure their meals don’t exceed 600 calories. Ya know, January and all that. Details here.

Drinking

Sipping on skinny cocktails

Got a bit of a Santa-like jiggle post-Christmas excess but don’t particularly want to give up the hard stuff? We know the feeling. Ask to see the skinny cocktail menu at Jewel Bar for a (nearly) sin free night on the tiles. Full review of the skinny cocktails on offer coming to the Late Night London blog soon!

Free skinny mojito with newsletter registration


Speaking of skinny cocktails, as we’re all after a bargain and we all like to discover low calorie versions of our favourite things, you’ll be pleased to hear you can nab a not so naughty cocktail for zilch this month! All you have to do is sign up for the Late Night London newsletter and you’ll get a voucher for a free limited edition skinny mojito. Can we register twice?! Sign up here.

Chocolate shot glasses

Sick to death of people banging on about their gym sesh on Twitter or sharing pics of their wilting salad on Instagram? Stick two fingers up at detoxing and polish off the last of the Christmas Baileys with these delectable chocolate shot glasses. They’re entirely edible and, surprisingly, delicious. We feared cheapo grainy choc and were greeted with melt in the mouth heavenliness.  Buy them here.

Watching

Catch up on the films nominated for this year’s BAFTAs


BAFTA announced their nominees this week so awards season is most certainly on the way! Whilst the dresses and red carpet slip-ups always make for entertaining ceremonies, it never feels the same if you haven’t actually *seen* the films which have been nominated. Gravity, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips are the big hitters this year, with Behind the Candelabra, Saving Mr. Banks, Philomena, Rush and The Wolf of Wall Street also getting a fair few nominations each. Get yourself an informed opinion by checking out the titles you’re yet to see. Cineworld have a handy guide to when the various nominated films are showing. More here. 

Live ice sculpting by the best ice sculptors in the world

It’s definitely not something you can do in London every weekend, but this weekend (11th – 12th of January) you can see some quite frankly unbelievable ice creations take over Canary Wharf. Watch them being made and cheer on your favourite team, this is a very serious competition after all and your votes count! And the best bit? It’s completely free. Details here

See the UK’s best short films

The London Short Film Festival is back from January 10th to the 19th, taking over some of London’s best independent cinemas and venues to showcase some amazing films and emerging directors. In its 11th year now, the showcase is widely regarded as one of the best places to discover cutting-edge UK film. Last year saw over 300 films screened and more than 75 events over the ten days, so get the full low down on what’s in store this year here.

Poppy Dinsey is the founder and editor of the UK's largest outfit sharing siteWIWT.com. Poppy has been named by The Evening Standard as one of London's "1000 Most Influential People" and has been heralded by Stylist Magazine as "changing the face of the fashion industry". Her favourite cocktail is a Pornstar Martini and you can tweet her at @PoppyD.

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