Top Four 'I'll Do It My Way' January Plans

Written by: Sophie Taylor

New year, new you? Or have you ripped up your resolutions and realised you’re fantastic just the way you are?

Now that January is here and we’ve dragged our lumpy bums back into the office, let’s celebrate our own uniqueness.

Here’s our top four suggestions to celebrate January in your own way. 

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Chinese New Year

The usual: Walking slowly amongst the throng on the streets of Chinatown, Soho with an overpriced oyster pail of sweet n sour pork balls.

North Four alternative: Of course, you could frequent one of the many delectable Chinese restaurants in North London (Honeymoon in Crouch Hill anyone?) but you will need to book ahead. Instead, why not avoid the crowds and order in from the msg free Zing Zing on Blackstock Road or from top rated and cheap Fortune Express in Tufnell Park. Then, if you’re attempting a spot of light cultural appropriation here, get on board with the philosophy behind the year of the Rooster. It’s all about being observant, frank, ambitious and confident. Divas rejoice. Throw on some red for good luck and embody the little red rooster inside with a Mick Jagger strut down your local, then learn how to say happy new year in Cantonese (“San Nin Faai Lok”) and Mandarin (“Xin Nian Kuai Le”) if you don’t already.

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Burns Night

The usual: Quote Auld Lang Syne incorrectly, eat some undercooked haggis, do the Ceilidh badly in a kilt, fall over.

North Four alternative: It’s Robert Burns birthday. I reckon he’d be pretty chuffed that people are still celebrating it at all, never mind getting it all a bit wrong. Let Narrow Boat events help you commemorate the poet properly and have your night catered for on the canal in Angel. There’ll be a five course banquet meal, whiskey sampling, the traditional ode to Robert Burns and proper Scottish short breads gift bags. Get more info and enquire at narrowboatevents@youngs.co.uk 

If drinking whisky on water isn’t your thing, Bourne and Hollingsworth, Islington are putting on the whole Burns night shebang complete with piper, recitals and dancing.

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London Boat Show

The usual: Look at 400 boats in the ExCel centre over a period of 10 days. Get excited. Remember you can’t afford rent never mind boat. Get sea sick.

North Four alternative: Get a real taste of the sea in North London with a hearty fish and chips supper. Try Toffs in Muswell Hill for award winning haddock from these National Federation of Fish Fryers members.

38 Muswell Hill Broadway N10 3RT, 020 8883 8656.

Or how about a salty feast in Islington from Des McDonald at vintagesalt.co.uk You can choose from rock oysters to shrimp burgers and wash it down with happy hour cocktails (5-7pm if you must know). 

198 Upper Street N1 IRQ, 020 3227 0979

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Ice Skating

The usual: Fall over in astonishment at the Central London prices of novelty hot alcohol. Fall over again on your arse, spilling said hot novelty over yourself.

North Four alternative: Alexandra Palace ice rink, of course. It’s often overshadowed this time of year by all the other rinks opening with festive cheer, only to close again as soon as you’ve mastered the art of staying upright. But Ally Pally ice rink is open all year round, every day, offering reasonably priced lessons and courses. Become the backwards skating, spin jumping Jane Torville you always secretly hoped you were.

Test the waters and get booked

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