No rest for the wicked: 5 ways to debunk January blues
If you’ve found yourself in the grips of the great January hangover, suffering from lurgey or mustering motivation to use that gym membership you foolishly bought, you’re not alone. But don’t let January have its wicked way and step into 2017 as you mean to go on. Whether you’re weekending in London or retreating to the country for some well-deserved R & R, Fairfax and Favor have lined up 5 things to do to park those January blues.
Craving that Alpine fix? To celebrate their 40th anniversary, on the first Tuesday of each month Christies open their doors late. This month Christie’s are hosting an Alpine themed evening packed full of talks from the experts concerning Alpine Art. Alpine interior design guru, Nicky Dobree will be exposing industry insights on how she curates epicurean alcoves in the world’s most luxurious chalets. Paul Rennie, distinguished collector of graphic design, will be discussing how poster design mavericks capture the high-octane excitement of alpine adventures through the medium of graphics. Don’t miss the cocktail masterclass courtesy of the Bluebird Chelsea, where their seasoned mixologists will be showing you how to shake up your cocktail making skills.
Polo Lessons - Discover Polo
Let 2017 be the year that you acquire new skills. Looking for inspiration? Why not try your hands at polo, while the season in the UK runs from May to September some clubs still offer lessons in the winter allowing you to shake a stick (or mallet) at those January blues. Polo ponies make for a thrilling ride, bred for agility and speed. You may well be impressed by the responsiveness of these ponies, trained and conditioned to neck rein meaning merely leaning forward slightly will be a cue to the pony to gather pace. Add the complication of holding a mallet into the mix whilst taking a successful swing at the ball and you’ve found yourself the perfect challenge for 2017.
Where to go? Westcroft Park Polo Club is situated in Ascot have a discover polo package comprised of a 2 hour introduction to polo. The experience is priced at £110 if you pair up with a friend and includes horse and equipment hire.
Scale Scafell Pike
Give that health drive a good kick and set your sights on scaling Scafell Pike in the Lake District, a county complete with soaring mountains and postcard perfect lakes. It’s the perfect way to torch any Christmas timber still lingering on your waistline.
Go for the whole hog and awaken your inner bohemian while you’re at it by booking into the roundhouse for a taste of luxury glamping. The roundhouse is equipped with a wood burning stove creating a unique and authentic ambience for you and your friends or friend singular.
London Art Fair
Awaken your inner culture vulture and pay a visit to the London Art Fair, the UK’s premier contemporary art fair commencing on the 18th January. 129 galleries will be presenting Museum quality British art as well as a diverse and eclectic array of international works from 18 different countries including, China, France, Germany, South Korea and the USA. Look out for Waterhouse & Dodd’s debut in the pavilion and new galleries including Christopher, Kingzett Fine art, Katherine House Gallery, Beaux Arts London and Peter Harrington Gallery. Photography enthusiasts shouldn’t miss Photo50: ‘Gravitas,’ a group exhibition curated by the founding editor of Photomonitor Christiane Monarchi. The work investigates communities around the globe and includes snapshots of the Scottish Common Riding Festival.
Perrier Jouet Winter Garden
If you’ve spent the first week of January detoxing then it could be time to re-tox, in which case gather your fellow fizz hounds and head to the Sanderson Enchanted Hanging Garden in partnership with Perrier- Jouët Champagne. The garden is reminiscent of an enchanted forest with floating plants suspended from the walls, meanwhile the ‘enchanted tree’ takes centre stage as guests are invited to pluck champagne from its branches. For a January afternoon to remember sample Sanderson’s Enchanted Hanging Garden Menu offering exquisite pairings of botanical champagne cocktails with gastronomic treats such as tempura bell rock oysters.