4 soul-restoring things to do in London this January
Last time we checked it was still January so, instead of feeling soz about the inevitable, we’ve decided to look forward to a positive 2018.
Finding time to do you, or to dial down the pace and absorb some inspiration can feel next to impossible — apart from this month when friends who aren’t doing Dry January/Veganuary/watching-Friends-and-not-leaving-the-house-uary are few and far between. So our advice is to plan some ‘balance time’ and line up one or two life-enhancing, spirit-lifting things to do on your own or with a good friend. Below are some ideas that we’ve added to our own karmic To-Do list.
Of course, if you’d rather spend your precious ‘me time’ horizontal on the sofa, that’s totally understandable too, just don’t pick up your phone and start online shopping again too soon.
What: Winter Happiness Festival
When: 20 January – 4 February
Where: Museum Of Happiness
How much: £5
Boost your January blues at the Winter Happiness Festival in Camden, with inspiring talks about happiness, workshops and exhibits — including a ball pit and a ‘Guilt-Free Chocolate Cafe’, organised by The Well-Bean Company. Proceeds go to mental health organisations, such as My Mental Health.
What: Walkie Talkie Tower Climb
When: 10am, 3 March
Where: Walkie Talkie Building
How much: £20
800 steps, 36 floors — that’s what you’ll run up if you partake in the Walkie Talkie Tower Climb, raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. And, bonus: you’ll get a complementary drink in the Sky Garden afterwards.
What: Vertical Rush
When: 7.30pm, 15 March
Where: Tower 42
How much: £100
Do you want to raise money for charity while running up a London skyscraper? Then Vertical Rush is just the thing for you. Tower 42 has teamed up with Shelter for a night run, finishing with an exclusive champagne and canape reception — with one helluva view.
What: Just Breathe, The Grand Gathering
When: 7.30-9.30pm, 19 March
Where: British Museum
How much: £12
Continuing the Grand Gatherings, which culminated in a turnout of more than 500 people at the end of last year, Just Breathe is opening its biggest year yet with a meditation evening at the British Museum. Hosted by meditator, author and global yogi Michael James Wong, it will comprise conversation (albeit quiet), live music (ditto) and performance (…you got it), and an intro to modern mindfulness and meditation.
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