Step straight into the ’70s. Bobby Fitzpatrick is a retro-themed bar in West Hampstead that takes nostalgia to new levels. Stucco ceilings and kitsch furniture provide a look that would have Austin Powers blushing: this bar is the very definition of a shag pad. Have drinks that transport you far away from new year dreariness. Although Dry January didn’t have quite the same sway in the 1970s, if you ask nicely staff will whip you up a fruity mocktail.
It needn’t be the saddest month of the year. At these weird and wonderful London bars, you’ll be having fun with or without the booze. Get lost in a theme so ‘immersive’, you’ll feel you’ve dived straight in to your drinking. Delve into secret bars in the most unlikely of places. Or just have a hoot over arcade games, instagrammable lights, staff in character and cocktails served in the world’s most whacky drinking vessels. We’ve rounded up the most cool and quirky bars and pubs in London that are guaranteed to bust the January blues.