SEE WORLD-CLASS STAND-UP HERE: Wembley Park Theatre
Perfect for a new-year pick-me-up, comedy superstar Jimmy Carr is on tour. The TV panel-show regular plays Wembley Park Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, entertaining audiences with a comedy spectacle full of original material. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy his dark humour and dry wit.
3 Fulton Road, Wembley, HA9 0SP
GET FIT HERE: Dock X
New year, new you… and all that. If you overindulged at Christmas and are looking to make a change for the better, then join this 40-minute DJ-supported workout and Q&A with fitness buff Joe Wicks. Joe has become a bit of an Instagram sensation with his easy (in one sense) HIIT workouts and meal prep videos. He seems just the person to kick off a mass workout and inspire people to get fit in 2020.
Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU
SEE FILMS HERE: London Short Film Festival
A major event in the UK film calendar, the London Short Film Festival celebrates the best short-form films from emerging and established talent. Screenings are in great cinemas across town, including the BFI Southbank, the ICA and the Rio in Dalston. Founded in 2003 by Philip Ilson and Kate Taylor, the festival celebrates diversity and explores different realms of society across the world.
Various locations; 10th-19th January
EAT SPANISH HERE: Borough Market Kitchen
Spanish group Brindisa has opened Brindisa Kitchen Bar within Borough Market’s new communal dining area. The menu at the walk ins-only restaurant is inspired by an ancient Spanish pilgrimage, ‘La Ruta de la Plata’. Open from breakfast, the venue features a fish counter where diners can choose from the catch of the day, while enjoying bar snacks and salazones (salted meats and fish).
18-20 Southwark Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TJ
REJUVENATE HERE: Carousel Seven Dials
Carousel Seven Dials is running four days of health and wellbeing tutorials to kick-start 2020. Look out for talks, workshops and Q&As to rev you up for a healthy new year. Also on offer at the R&R Pop-Up will be relaxing therapies and motivating classes, as well as self-care books, a pop-up café and homemade teas available throughout the day. Made a resolution to invest more time in your physical and mental health? This is a good place to start.
9-11 Short’s Gardens, Covent Garden, WC2H 9AT; until 11th January
STAY HERE: Nhow London
Hot on the heels of hotels in Milan, Rotterdam, Marseille and Berlin, the uber-stylish Nhow group has opened its latest location in Shoreditch. The interior design is pretty wild, with a ‘London Reloaded’ theme featuring murals of the Queen on concrete walls and clashing prints everywhere. There’s also a state-of-the-art gym and a very British pub. The whole place is something of a spectacle and fun for a weekend staycation.
2 Macclesfield Road, Shoreditch, EC1V 8DG
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ART HERE: Dulwich Picture Gallery
Rembrandt is one of the most famous artists to have ever lived, with an instantly recognisable style thanks to his unique use of light. This exhibition displays 35 paintings, including some major loans from Paris’s Louvre and the Rijksmuseum in Rembrandt’s native Amsterdam. It uses atmospheric lighting and design to create a cinematic experience that will take spectators on a journey through some of Rembrandt’s most famous works, including Christ and St Mary Magdalen at the Tomb and A Woman Bathing in a Stream, A Woman in Bed and Dulwich’s own Girl at a Window.
Gallery Road, Dulwich, SE21 7AD; until 2nd February
TRY A GYM CLASS HERE: Core Collective
At three locations across London, Core Collective offers fitness spaces with a different attitude to exercise. Entirely class-based, with the aim of self-improvement over perfection, its range of innovative workouts are available either pay-as-you-go or with a membership. If you’re looking to reset your fitness goals post-Christmas, try a class then treat yourself to a nutritious smoothie in Core’s very own health Kitchen.
Kensington, Knightsbridge & St John’s Wood
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