This January we are all about a better you, a stronger you, a more vibrant you and a more adventurous you.
In the name of refreshing and resetting, here are the top 5 things to add to your January hotlist from culture to nature, a 360 revival for mind, body and soul.
BOOK THIS Arctic Bath, Lapland
With the rise in reinvented wellness, Arctic Bath is an extraordinary new floating spa hotel located on the Lule River near the small village of Harads in Swedish Lapland, opening this month. Built in a circular shape on the water, Arctic Bath floats during the summer and freezes into ice during the winter, with a giant ice bath in the middle, ringed with three saunas, a spa treatment room and hot baths.
Inspired by the practice of transporting felled trees down rivers, the sustainably-built, circular structure is lined with local pine wood and houses three saunas, hot and cold plunge pools and a treatment room, where you can book deep-tissue body fixes and lymphatic facials with tailor-made botanical creams and serums from Sweden’s own Kerstin Florian range.
DRINK THIS MEDA CBD cocktails at The Coral Room, Bloomsbury
For those partaking in a non-alcoholic start to the year, enjoy a selection of CBD infused mood-enhancing cocktails at The Coral Room in London’s Bloomsbury. Featuring MEDA products, whose claim is is game-changing wellness, each of the 4 cocktails contains 5-15mg micro liposomal organic Cannabidiol.
Try a Glow Spritz with lime juice, cardamom bitter and elderflower syrup, or the Calming Coral blending lemon juice, peppermint cordial and strawberry purée, maybe the Recover & Revive mixing Seedlip grove with grapefruit and lime shrub and ideal for a new decade, Wake Up Call which sees caramel cream, chilli bitters and coffee tonic. Yet to try CBD? Here’s your first foray into the world of body and mind balance through CBD.
GO HERE The Southbank Centre
If culture is high on your agenda for 2020, book yourself an annual membership to the Southbank Centre. From must-see exhibitions to one-off gigs and inspiring talks, the iconic London landmark’s calendar of events is looking better than ever this year and with your membership, get early access and plenty of other benefits including access to the Hayward Gallery for a whole year of groundbreaking art (included in your membership), happy hour at the Royal Festival Hall bar. Shall we go on?
What’s on this year? March sees the 10th anniversary of the Women of the World Festival, Grace Jones will be curating and headlining Meltdown festival in June, as well as the jazz festival, literary festival, courses, workshops and so much more.
DO THIS Workshops at Psycle London
To celebrate the new year, Psycle is launching a calendar of experiential yoga workshops at its Mortimer Street studio to help you reset and recharge, including chakra cleansing, detox flows, breathwork and classes to live string instruments. With dates announced until March so far, January’s sessions include an Introduction to Meditation Workshop, Detox Revival Live with Cellist Rob Lewis, Detoxing Yin and Crystal Sound Bath. At £22 each, it’s worth the January investment.
EAT THIS Neat Burger
Veganuary is supposedly just for January, but we say be more mindful of your meat consumption in 2020. If the Golden Globes can serve an entire vegan menu, then why not incorporate into our diet, and, there are a handful of great vegan eats to try, from Farmacy in Notting Hill to The Gate. A new favourite to add to your ‘try list’ is Neat Burger, with heavy investment from F1 race driver Lewis Hamilton, a passionate vegan. With its first site just off Regent Street, its fully vegan menu includes a cheese burger, ‘chick’n’ burger, and the ‘neat dog’, along with plant-based takes on American classics like tater tots and milkshakes. The burgers at Neat are all made using Beyond Meat, a meat alternative which doesn’t use soy or gluten, and which is GMO free. On the drinks menu, you’ll find Just Water, which is an environmentally conscious water brand founded by Will Smith’s actor son Jaden. Guests can also sip on drinks from ethically minded company Lemonaid, as well as a range of dairy-free, coconut and soy-based milkshakes.
And if that’s not enough of an incentive, for every product sold, a tree is planted.
TRY THIS The Hydrafacial
Post holiday skin, heating, lack of moisture all lead us to one path and one solution – the hydrafacial. This resurfacing and rejuvenating treatment is so readily available nationwide and supposedly one of the most popular in-office and red carpet treatments now.
The principal is simple but effective – deep cleansing and exfoliation, extraction and finally hydration, by infusing skin with intensive serums through a unique HydroPeel tip. One of the many reasons why the HydraFacial is so popular is because there are minimal side effects, and essentially no downtime post-treatment. And they say the glow only gets better.