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How to stay healthy, happy and positive in London right now

New year, same horrible circumstances. That's why we've launched One Good Thing to Do Today: to inspire you to do one good thing for yourself every day for the next 50

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London is great. That’s why you (probably) live here. At this precise moment however, a lot of the things that make London great are temporarily absent. As a result it’s easy to lose your mojo. Do not lose your mojo, whatever happens. Your mojo is of the utmost importance to Time Out.

We want you to feel healthy, content and inspired all through the darker weeks ahead. Every day we’ll be posting suggestions for stuff you can (still) do in the capital that will cheer you up, give you energy, engage you or just generally fill you with a sense of saintly gladness.

So, brace for culture. Prepare for mini hikes. Expect edifying streaming entertainment and flavoursome vegan takeaways. Follow Time Out’s daily diet of London stuff and, who knows, you might end up remembering the start of 2021 for all the right reasons. Weirder things have happened, friend. Joe Mackertich, editor

Good things to do today

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Finding it hard to make the weekends feel special at the moment? Yeah, same. One way to guarantee that a weekend feels, er,  weekendy? Order a future present to yourself from Sunday Goodies. It’s a baked good delivery service that you can book to drop you off a batch of fresh-cooked treats for you to enjoy on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. The line-up changes weekly but you can expect blondies, cookies, macaroons and more, with prices starting at £13ish.

 

  • Things to do
  • City Life

It’s probably been quite a while since you sat around a dining table with your most ignorant relatives, but why not us the next few weeks to prep yourself for when the terrible time comes?Interactive online school AimHi is launching a new course focused on teaching you everything you need to know about climate change. It consists of four live lessons, covering everything from the science of global heating to the psychology behind why it’s hard for humans to comprehend.

 

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

You know what’s nice? Writing things. Whether it’s scrawling horrible stuff about your annoying neighbours in your diary or penning a 45-minute spoken word poem about your pet hamster – doing some writing will always make you feel a bit better.That’s why we’re excited to hear about the Creative Writing Breakfast Club run by London-based poet and performer Laurie Bolger. They’ve worked with everyone from Glastonbury to the Royal Albert Hall to Sky before, as well as running workshops for wannabe writers too. Now they’ve brought them online.

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  • Shopping
  • Tech

People had suggested the running app Couch to 5K to me in the past, but I’d just nod and think ‘a MACHINE telling me HOW and WHEN to run? No thank you sir, I have seen ‘I Robot’, I know how that ends.’ I figured those apps were exclusively for people who wanted to post their running distance on Instagram while they ‘trained for the marathon’, and I wanted no part of that noise. Then, March 2020 arrived.

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

It’s the UK’s number one cocktail, the pinnacle party drink (served with a shot of prosecco on the side) and the first thing ordered at the bar on any given episode of ‘First Dates’. But despite those very impressive vital statistics, it’s likely your Pornstar Martini intake has plummeted since the doors to bars were shut. Since it’s exactly the kind of drink to put a smile on your face, maybe it’s time to mix it for yourself. For rookies at making the passionfruit bevvy, what better way to school yourself than with a kit conceived by the same brilliant London mind that created the cocktail in the first place?

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

The Royal Academy of Dance is London’s elite marine corp of quick-stepping jive daddies. They are, quite simply, the best at boogying. This year they want to help you. They’ve seen you ‘dancing’, thrashing around like a terrified chimpanzee in a coal mine. And they’ve said: ‘enough’. It's time to teach you how to get down.

  • Things to do
  • Games and hobbies

The real world is challenging enough right now. You don't needing a bleepy-bloopy screen to fill your teary eyes with any more drama than is absolutely necessary. That's why this might just be the perfect time to discover a few relaxing, ambient-style puzzle games. Attain actual inner peace (or at least get to sleep at night) with these genuinely good and not-at-all stressful games for your trusty phone. To make the experience even more zen-like, you'll be happy to know they're all absolutely free to download.

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