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Reasons to Love January

Go shopping, get fit, see a show – here are our top picks for beating the January blues

1 - Hit the January sales

You’ve treated everyone else over Christmas, now’s the time for your reward. Many stores across our neighbourhood’s shopping centres and high streets kick off their sales as early as Boxing Day but there’s a whole month after that to pick up some amazing bargains. Department stores are a good place to start, with everything under one roof and a café for a restorative hot drink (try Elys Restaurant on their third floor), but don’t forget to visit independent businesses and artisan shops, as well as local travel agents for the best deals for your 2018 holidays.

2 - Learn something new

A little selfimprovement never goes amiss as a new year starts and there are plenty of places to learn a new skill or update your hobbies. There’s no need to wait until the start of the academic year in September because Merton Council runs creative arts classes from 8 January and courses start at South Thames College from the start of the year too.

3 - Walk on the Commons

The days are getting slightly longer so wrap up in your winter gear and head outside for a walk over frozen ground at one of our gorgeous green spaces – Wimbledon Common, Wandsworth Common, Putney Heath, Barnes Common, Richmond Park – and, as it’s still chilly, where better to warm up again than with a drink in one of the lovely pubs dotted on the edge of the Commons?

4 - Visit a local museum

Get to know your neighbourhood in depth and impress friends and family with your local knowledge. Wimbledon alone has three museums – the Lawn Tennis Museum, Museum of Wimbledon and the Windmill Museum – and you can also discover the area’s past at the Wandle Industrial Museum. Even niche interests are catered for in our area; Wandsworth borough is home to the London Sewing Machine Museum.;;;;

5 - Take in a show

The winter chill may make you want to cosy up indoors, but instead of settling down to Netflix, book tickets to a show at one of our local theatres (they’re lovely and warm too). New Wimbledon Theatre plays host to Strictly Come Dancing favourite Brendan Cole this month, Putney Arts Theatre is showing Ladies Day, while the Moscow City Ballet performs at Richmond Theatre.;;

6 - Try a new fitness class

There’s a whole host of local classes to get excited about in the new year – try Free Movement Dance at The Dance Lab in Putney, boxing classes at Invigorate Training in Barnes or how about something really different and learn to master aerial silks in Wimbledon?;;

7 - Make time to declutter

January is the perfect time to take stock of your possessions and endeavour to make your home clutter free. Need help? Check out the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO) for someone located near to you.

8 - Pamper yourself

You could head out to nearby Surrey or into central London for a weekend spa experience, but closer to home you’ll find spa day experiences that will make you feel every bit as relaxed. Wimbledon Leisure Centre offers the Elemis Couture Touch Spa Day, or head to Spa Verta at Crowne Plaza Battersea for a ‘Rest and Refresh Day’.;

9 - Sip warm drinks

Indulge in a hot chocolate made from pure grated single origin chocolate from Venezuela, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic at Earlsfield’s De Rosier Chocolates or, if you’re detoxing for January, how about a refreshing organic ginger lemon and honey artisan tea at Orange Pekoe in Barnes?;

10 - Head up to London’s festivals

Being so close to central London means we’re a short journey from all these great festivals; the London Mayor’s New Year’s Day Parade (1), Lumiere London (18- 21), International Mime Festival (10 January – 3 February), London Short Film Festival (12- 21) and the London Art Fair (17-21).;;;

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