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Alcohol-free experts Club Soda select the best London bars to save your Dry January

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Laura Richards

A movement is afoot in London. Statistically, millennials are drinking less than the generations before them. And with Dry January in full flow for many, what better time for a ‘Mindful Drinking Festival’ in the capital – an event celebrating the sober drink options available to Londoners. We asked the founder of Club Soda and its festival, Laura Willoughby, to share her fave sober spots for those curious enough to join the mindful movement this month.


the albie

Photograph: The Albie

‘One of London’s best kept secrets, Albie at The Hoxton has the best alcohol-free menu I’ve ever seen. More than 13 cocktails to choose from, plus a wide selection of craft beers, ciders and wines. It’s my new favourite hangout.’

The Hoxton, Southwark. 40 Blackfriars Rd, SE1 8PB. Southwark tube.

The Understudy

The Understudy

Photograph: The Understudy

‘The South Bank bar is pouring kombucha on tap throughout January alongside an exciting new alcohol-free spirits collection featuring brands like Lyre’s and Everleaf. It will also be launching new draught lines of Lucky Saint lager.’

Upper Ground, SE1 9PX. Waterloo tube.

Fugitive Motel

Fugitive Motel

Photograph: Haydon Perrior

‘Pick up more than 40 of the best low- and no-alcohol products here, plus a January ‘drink the bar dry’ loyalty card that gets you every sixth sober drink for free. The bar will be hosting the Mindful Drinking Festival’s official afterparty, too.’

199 Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 0EL. Bethnal Green tube.

The Mindful Drinking Festival is at The Old Truman Brewery, Sat Jan 18-Sun Jan 19. The festival is free to enter.

Now read Time Out’s list of the best places to drink when you’re not drinking.

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