Glorious things to do in London this week

Natasha Afxentiou

20 January 2020

A mood-boosting curation of things to do in London, plus look forward to Chinese New Year and Burns Night celebrations this weekend

20 January 2020 | Natasha Afxentiou

Heralding Spring at Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelsea 

Chelsea Physic Garden’s annual snowdrop event returns this week to put a literal spring in your step. From Saturday, wander through a twinkling trail of snowdrops at London’s oldest botanical garden, with expert Joe Sharman as your guide. You can also learn how to craft a snowdrop kokedama – a traditional Japanese arrangement that replaces a plant pot with a ball of moss and soil, trussed together with twine to be strung up indoors, tipped to be the new hanging basket of 2020. 

Date: Saturday 25 January to Sunday 2 February 2020 Time: 11am-4pm Price: £9.50 entry, £8.50 when booked online Location: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS Closest Station: Sloane Square Website: 

Visit Glow Bar wellness cafe and infrared spa, Marylebone

Cheer up - and heat up - at Glow Bar in Marylebone, a wellness cafe and infrared spa hailing from LA. Infrared sauna pods, thought to release endorphins and stimulate collagen production, can be booked for 45-minute sessions to unwind alone or with a friend. Afterwards, refuel with carrot toast or comforting kale and sweet potato curry from the January menu and sip on elixir-charged lattes or warm moon milk, the trending tipple infused with spirulina and honey. Surrounded by calming amethyst-pink walls and ambient lighting, wellness is taken care of.

Date: Open Monday to Saturday Time: Open Monday-Friday from 8.30am-8pm, from 10am-6pm Saturday Price: Sauna sessions from £40 Location: Glow Bar, 70 Mortimer Street, London, W1W 7RY Closest Station: Oxford Circus Website: 

The Welkin at the National Theatre, Covent Garden

Lucy Kirkwood's searing script comes to life under James MacDonald's direction in her latest London production of The Welkin, an original play. The story follows one woman, Sally, accused of murder, and the twelve jurors who are assigned her case in 17th Century Suffolk. Grab a pint and people watch beforehand at The Understudy bar - we spotted Leslie Manville and Rory Kinnear in the audience - and read our full review of The Welkin here.

Date: Until May 2020 Price: From £15 Location: Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX Closest Station: Waterloo Website:

Elizabeth Day on the future of Regent Street

Elizabeth Day, author of the hugely successful and inspiring podcast, How to Fail, has partnered with Regent Street on an uplifting new cultural podcast that explores the history of the renowned shopping row. The series explores topical issues spanning the future of fashion, wellness and sustainability and speaks to the tastemakers at the heart of the street's progression.


DJ Nights at Sexy Fish, Mayfair (Friday) 

DJ Roger Sanchez is hitting the decks this Friday evening at Sexy Fish in Mayfair to kick off a new series of late-night events. A bespoke menu of the restaurant's most popular dishes, including salt and pepper squid and caramelised black cod, is followed by a live set by Sanchez from 11pm until 2am.  

Sexy Fish Night Image by Mark Brumell

Date: Friday 24 January 2020 Time: 11pm-2am Price: minimum spend of £100 per person Location: Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR Closest Station: Green Park Website: 

Chinese New Year celebrations, across London 

Paint the town red this weekend for Chinese New Year, which falls this Saturday 25 January. In Chelsea, Duke of York Square's weekly food market is celebrating with an array of dumplings, spring rolls and dragon eggs mini cakes known as Banh Khot. A traditional Lion Dance will also weave through the square during the afternoon. Park Chinois is ringing in the Year of the Rat with an opulent menu and nightly live entertainment, transporting diners to a glamorous Shanghai supper club circa 1930. You can also try your luck at winning exclusive prizes hidden in red envelopes served across each of Royal China’s London locations. Each one contains a special fortune message, while a select few reveal gifts ranging from a bottle of champagne to a £100 voucher to spend at the restaurant. Elsewhere, Mei Ume at the Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a feasting menu and a handmade origami paper lantern art installation. 

Park Chinois, Mayfair
Mei Ume, Tower Hill 

Burns Night, across London 

Chinese New Year and Burns Night have aligned this year, with the annual Scottish celebration also falling on Saturday 25 January. Honour the Highland maverick at Mac & Wildwhich is hosting an entire week of live music, masterclasses, traditional Burns suppers and bottomless whisky brunches at both the Devonshire Square and Fitzrovia locations. Celebrations continue at Boisdale, the tartan-clad restaurant group with outposts in Mayfair, Belgravia and Canary Wharf. A live piper will address the haggis in true Scottish style, followed by live music until late. Wiltons on Jermyn St is honouring the Bard with a six-course tasting menu, including soft boiled eggs with a spray of whisky and traditional haggis with neeps and tatties. 

Burns Night at Boisdale