Contemplating taking up Dry January in 2020? After a festive hectic season, giving yourself a bit of recovery time isn’t a bad idea – plus most Dry January veterans will tell you how they slept better, had more energy, lost weight and rebooted their bank balances too.
So whether you're only after a couple of alcohol-free weeks or if you're up for embracing the whole of Dry January, we’ve rounded up some of the most inspired ways at Paddington Central to enjoy mocktails, fitness plans, a tea detox, zero-waste skincare workshops and more…
Channel your new-found energy into something positive and get your endorphins flowing. TwelveThree gym is famous for its boxing-based workouts which will get you fitter, leaner and ready for 2020. Not only that but they’re offering a week-long trial so you can try out a range of classes to find your new fitness passion (choose from 12x3 circuit classes and ring craft lessons).
Go for a run
If one of your New Year resolutions is to be a bit more active and boxing’s not your thing, why not combine getting to know the local area with a gentle run up to the Regent’s Park boating lake at lunchtime. Start off slow and before you know it, you’ll be finding a reason to run all the way to Limehouse before the year’s out.
Dry January doesn’t mean the end of socialising especially since booze-free aperitifs and beers have come a long way in the last couple of years. HUCKSTER has an excellent range of alcohol-free mocktails (try their Night Sky (£6.50) to see how a splash of lavender syrup can unexpectedly make cranberry, lemon and blueberries infinitely more exciting) and bottles of alcohol-free Peroni.
Traditional tea ceremony
22 January, 6.15pm at Storey Club
Combine a post-festive season detox with Chinese New Year at this traditional tea ceremony. In this intimate session, you will use tea to flush toxins from the body and quieten the mind. You’ll be using puerh tea – fermented and aged from wild ancient tea trees in Yunnan, China.
Book your space here.
Tucked away beneath Smith’s Bar & Grill is The Hidden, a chic, elegant, low-lit speakeasy-style bar. It has a short-but-well-thought-out selection of virgin cocktails (we love the sound of the San Mary – mango juice, a dash of vanilla syrup, aloe vera, sour and soda) and if nothing immediately jumps out at you (something will!) the menu encourages you to challenge the bartender to make the drink of your dreams. Just remind them to leave out the booze.
Zero waste skincare workshop
30 January, 1pm at Storey Club
By the time this workshop rolls around, you’ll be 30 days free from the dehydrating effects of alcohol and your skin’s probably looking amazing. Go you! So enjoy a fun, interactive skin care workshop where you'll discover the secrets of making zero-waste natural beauty products at home that avoid the need for single-use packaging. You’ll also learn about the benefits of plant oils, discover which oils are best for your skin type, oil-cleansing methods and have the opportunity to blend your own face balm and hand cream, which you can customise using different essential oils. All products are organic, vegan and cruelty free.
Book your space here.