A sober guide to London throughout Dry January
Enjoy a ‘small glass of wine’ with dinner? Appreciate that ‘quick beer’ after work? Does your Bloc profile include a snap of you downing a cocktail or pouting with your friends in a bar? If these sound familiar, this post could be for you. Last year 2 million people gave up booze for the 31 days of January and 2016 is even bigger with the number of health-kick enthusiasts growing more and more each year. If you’re up to the challenge and wondering how you can possibly get through the next four weeks without a drop don’t panic, we’re here to help as we round up a collection of sober ways to enjoy London throughout Dry January.
Quick bit of science before we get to the exciting stuff. Gram for gram, alcohol contains almost the same amount of calories as pure fat, so abstaining for a month could reduce your weight, assuming you don’t compensate for the lost calories by eating your body-weight in pizza instead. But giving up isn’t easy if your social life revolves around it so understandably you’ll want to fill the void, which brings us to our first suggestion:
Alcohol-free mocktails @ Shaker&Company – NW1 Euston
Noted for their unique cocktails and world renowned bartenders, it’s no wonder that Shaker&Company can whip up a mean mocktail this January in London. For a dose of the delicious, why not try their Sweet Home Alabama with tea infused peach syrup for just £5, and it’s booze free too. What’s more, their Burger Bash Mondays = 2 burgers and fries for just £10, so team up with a colleague and head to Shaker&Company to relieve the Dry Jan blues.
Neons, projections & performances @ Lumiere, London
Grab your diary and turn to the second week of January. From 14th – 17th two iconic destinations – King’s Cross and the West End – will be transformed with neons, video-mapped projections and installations, responding to the unique architecture of each location. Taking place outdoors over four evenings, the festival is completely free to attend and will be the biggest light festival to hit the capital with a host of international artists attending to illuminate our city. See iconic architecture (think the National Portrait Gallery, Covent Garden and Granary Square) transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works.
A variety of options @ London Short Film Festival – Hackney
Another great evening-filler comes to London from 8th-17th January with the return of the London Short Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, it’s been recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film.
Renowned for daring cross-arts programming, the festival has showcased the very best of the country’s raw talent for 12 years. It’s become a Mecca for the UK’s young creative talent and a significant date in the UK film calendar. Every year the Festival’s large and loyal audience flock to screenings and events, and this network has grown steadily over the decade and beyond. So swap the beers for a large popcorn and coke and head down to the London Short Film Festival in Hackney for just £6.
Dry January is a great cause for fundraising too. If you’re interested, check out the official site and sign up today:
And don’t forget to check-in on Bloc. We’re available to download for FREE for both iOS & Android by searching for ‘Bloc’ on the App and Play Stores. With thousands of events happening in London throughout January and the rest of the year, check-in on Bloc and never miss an event again. Good luck!