12 Cheats, Treats & Cheap Eats to Beat Blue Monday

Monday 15 January 2018 is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Dr Cliff Arnall, the man who coined the term ‘Blue Monday’, recently apologised for making January even more depressing, though he explains that he intended the phrase to inspire people to take action and make positive life decisions. So here are 12 ways to do just that… 

1 Boogie Oogie Oogie at Squirrel
Beat the blues at Squirrel on 15 January as Tree-J Morning returns with a Boogie Oogie Oogie from 8.30am-10.30am. The healthy hangout welcomes Nicola Robinson to bring weary commuters a funky playlist of happy world beats for one morning only. Grab a smoothie shot and yogurt pot to go, or climb up to the treehouse and Get Down On It.
11 Harrington Road, South Kensington SW7 3ES; wearesquirrel.com

2 Brew Monday at Kingly Court
In partnership with Samaritans, Carnaby is turning Blue Monday into Brew Monday to celebrate the tradition of gathering for a chat over a cuppa. From 8-11am on Monday 15 January, head to Carnaby’s Kingly Court for an alfresco community get-together. Carnaby’s restaurants and cafes will be donating their tea and time in support, offering speciality hot drinks and treats from the likes of The Good Egg, Darjeeling Express, Pizza Pilgrims and The Detox Kitchen. The Brew Monday campaign will continue across the 14 streets of Carnaby.

3 £5 Pizza & Prosecco
BungaTINI in Covent Garden is offering up pizza and Italian potions for just £5 this Blue Monday. Bag yourself a pizza and prosecco (or Peroni) for just a fiver at the traditional bar and pizzeria and things should start to look up.
167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden WC2B 5PG; bungatini.com

4 BOGOF Burger at Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild IS offering buy one get one free on its signature Veni-Moo burgers too cheer you up on Blue Monday. Buy one Veni-Moo burger, which comes complete with a Beef patty, Venison patty, Cheese, Béarnaise sauce and Caramelised Onions served in a buttery Brioche Bun, and get another one completely free. Only available at Mac & Wild Great Titchfield Street on Monday 15 January.
65 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7PS; macandwild.com

5 Christie’s Lates: The Lifestyle Edition
Distract yourself from the bluest of Mondays at Christie’s first London Late of 2018; The Lifestyle Edition. Discover the art of living well with wellness activities including yoga classes led by top instructor Julie Montagu, face masks by experience innovators Bompas & Parr and a pop-up space from THE OUTNET.COM. Interiors inspiration will come courtesy of Parisian furnishing company Pierre Frey and designer Fabrice Bana who will curate a room within the King Street galleries, while interior designer Alidad will host an exclusive talk. 6pm-8.30pm.
8 King Street, St James’s SW1Y 6QT; christies.com

6 Bluebird’s Pick ‘N’ Mix of Freebies
Bluebird restaurant in Chelsea is celebrating brightening up Blue Monday by making everyone a winner! If you make a booking for Monday the 15th, you’ll get to choose from a bowl of pick and mix offers, which include prizes like desserts on the house, a bottle of wine and even some bubbles!
350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU; bluebirdrestaurant.co.uk 

7 Rola Wala’s Black Monday
Indian-inspired fast food concept Rola Wala is turning Blue Monday on its head with Black Monday, where you can claim a free bowl of the new black bean noodle dish at its London and Oxford sites between 11am and 2.30pm on Monday 15 January. Rola Wala’s Rebel ‘Spice’ Bowl is guaranteed to brighten up those January blues with its unique ‘carbstitute’ black bean noodle base and bright and bold toppings.
To claim your free bowl of Rebel Spice, see rolawala.com, sign up and receive a unique email code

8 £1 Espressos at PAUL
Get your day off to the right start with a single espresso for just £1 from French artisan bakery and pâtisserie PAUL. There’s no better way to put a spring in your step on allegedly the most miserable day of the year! Available on takeaway orders only on Blue Monday (15 January 2018). From Baker Street to Bankside, Hampstead to Hammersmith and Canary Wharf to Wimbledon, PAUL Bakeries and Cafés can be found all over London.
Find your nearest PAUL here

9 The Comedy Club at The Sheraton Skyline Hotel
Renowned acts from The Comedy Club will provide an evening of sharp wit, quick ad-lib and topical mirth in the Sports Bar & Grill at The Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow, on 15 January. Playing host for the evening will be Kevin McCarthy, known as The Ad Lib Expert, with Barry Castagnola, who has graced stages across the world and appeared on BBC1’s The Stand Up Show, and Tom Houghton, who has garnered a reputation for his original comedy songs and ingenious improv. The evening kick-starts the hotel’s 2018 monthly series, which will feature celebrated acts from the comedy circuit. Tickets £5. 7.30pm.
The Sheraton Skyline Hotel, London Heathrow UB3 5BP; sheratonskyline.com

10 £1 Pizza at Bunga Bunga 
Bunga Bunga in Battersea is serving up pizzas for just £1 all day on Monday 15 January. Choose any pizza on the menu and pay just a pound if you buy a beer or any other item off the menu. So gather the troops and fend off Blue Monday with a cheap, comforting feast.
37 Battersea Bridge Road SW11 3BA; battersea.bungabunga-london.com

11 Free Coffee at Pear Tree Cafe
Trees and nature have been proven to lift the spirits, so head for the Pear Tree Cafe in Battersea Park to get your mitts on a free coffee to counter the effects of Blue Monday. With beautiful views across the boating lake, Pear Tree Cafe is the perfect place to turn that frown upside down. Available all day.
Lakeside Cafe, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; facebook.com/PearTreeCafe

12 Stay in Bed with ME at ME London
If all else fails, stay in bed. ME London is offering those battling the January blues the opportunity to stay in bed longer, with its new suite package, Stay in Bed with ME. Available to book from Monday 15 January, the package banishes traditional hotel check-in times, allowing two minutes short of a 48 hour stay, for the price of one night. Check into an indulgent suite at ME London from 00.01 on the day of your reservation and check out as late as 23.59 on your day of departure. Prices start from £630 per suite per night including breakfast. Stay in Bed with ME has been developed in collaboration with artist Sara Pope, whose bespoke neon creation can be found hanging in one of ME London’s suites throughout the promotion.
ME London, the Strand WC2R 1HA; melondonhotel.com. For reservations email reservations.me.london@melia.com or call 020 7395 3400