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7 Things Skint People Do In January For Kicks In London

By Christian Rose-Day (09 Jan 13)
Tags: best bars,best restaurants,london bars,london restaurants,special offers,restaurant offers,event tickets,events london,restaurant deals,meal offers,

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Christmas is dead, New Year's Eve is hungover, pay day is marathon away. You know the drill for January: check bank balance, shudder with fear, hide from humanity, and live on baked beans until February. Your friends are on hold; your family has been paused; all that exists between now and Valentine's Day is a big empty abyss and that DVD box set you got for Christmas.

Or does it? Here are 7 reasons to bring a miniature smile to the corners of your moribund mouth this month.

1) Hail a sheep's stomach on the banks of the Thames

Blueprint Café will be bringing a 'Piper on the Wharf' experience to Shad Thames this Burn's Night, Friday 25th January. The restaurant will be offering riverside views, traditional music, and a celebratory Scottish menu (in honour of the great poet, Robert Burns) including head chef Mark Jarvis's creative take on Haggis. The Burn's Supper is 2 courses for £20 or 3 courses at £25.

2) Learn to mix cocktails for FREE

Win a cocktail masterclass for 4 people to the value of £180, including canapes, thanks to our friends at stylish Indian restaurant, Mint Leaf, in the West End, just minutes from Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. Click here to enter our current competition.

3) Turn Cuban (on weekdays only)

Everyone's favourite Cuban bar and restaurant, Floridita in Soho, not only boasts live funk, Latin, soul and jazz music throughout the week, but is currently giving away two courses and a mojito for only £19.50 to diners.

4) Hug An Aussie

Fulham hot spot, The Elk, will be bringing the heat to London on Saturday 26th January as it celebrates Australia Day 2013. The bar will be welcoming all Australians and those who just fancy escaping the January blues with some fantastic offers including mojitos for just £2.95 until 5pm, 2-4-1 cocktails from 5pm-8pm, as well as £2.95 Bundie & Cokes and Snakebites all to be enjoyed with a FREE sausage sizzle from the barbie! To entertain you, the venue will be playing Triple J's Hottest 100 with the best tunes of 2012 followed by a late night DJ until the early hours of the morning.

5) Lunch on pasta & Prosecco

The staff at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar in the West End (right near Trafalgar Square) must not have got over their collective New Year's Eve hangover quite yet because they've (surely accidentally) created a ‘pasta & Prosecco' lunch menu that is only £15pp!! Considering the location, the decor and the highfalutin demeanour of the restaurant, this is a bargain not to be missed.

6) ‘Do' an entire season of Boardwalk Empire in 1 day

Roxy Bar & Screen in Borough is hosting the entire first series of the hit TV drama, Broadwalk Empire, on Sunday 27th January. The Roxy 'speakeasy' starts the day off with American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup followed by 2 complimentary Gentleman Jack whiskey cocktails in prohibition-style teacups and saucers, whilst all 12 episodes of the amazing first series are projected onto the giant screen. Plus there will be specials on Gentleman Jack cocktails including the Boardwalk Sour, The Nucky and the Prohibiton Punch all day to see you through to the series climax around 10:30pm! £15 tickets (includes breakfast & 2 cocktails). Click here for info

7) Don't settle for anything less than 50%

....especially on the banks of the mighty River Thames. Throughout January, one of our favourite riverside restaurants, Northbank opposite the Tate Modern, is offering diners 50% off the a la carte food menu for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday. Plus, every diner is entitled to a FREE glass of mulled wine in January. Just mention ‘50% offer' when booking via the calendar below.

Image courtesy of Flickr user gabriel amadeus

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