NEW YEAR RESOLUTION NO1: GET HEALTHY
First things first, find a gym. opened its first London venue in Kensington and offers the ultimate luxury gym experience, with everything from personal trainers to exclusive classes in a sophisticated décor by acclaimed interior designer Keith Hobbs.
You can also join , London’s exclusive Women-only members’ club. Grace offers, among others, a spa, a gym, a beauty salon, a restaurant and bar, a library and a screening room.
If you’re looking for some fun, dig out those high-legged leotards and leg warmers to attend Lomax at Maggie’s. The 80’s style dancing fitness classes will be launching on Wednesday 23rd January.
For some healthy tips, read nutritional and medicinal expert Dale Pinnock’s new cookbook, .
From 7th to 31st January, attend ‘Healthy Inspired Eating’ at the Cinnamon Kitchen with head chef Rakesh Ravindran, who will teach you everything you need to know to go it alone.
NEW YEAR RESOLUTION NO2: EXPERIENCE NEW RESTAURANTS
Getting Healthy doesn’t have to necessarily exclude the broadening of culinary experiences.
If you haven’t yet tried London’s most exciting opening of December 2012, head to the Hakkasan Group’s latest addition, , and indulge in their 15-course tasting menu of the finest modern Chinese and Cantonese delicacies.
A new Basque restaurant, , will be debuting at The Halkin at Como in February, headed by a team that includes chef Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef.
Spring 2013 will see the opening of Okku, by entrepreneur Markus Thesleff who will be bringing the glamourous brand of Japanese cuisine from to Mayfair.
In March, Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton will open his second London restaurant, Social Eating House, in the heart of Soho. Offering a vibrant yet affordable dining experience, the restaurant will serve a contemporary bistro menu, paying homage to the best of British cooking with international influences.
For some interesting tips on restaurants both locally and worldwide, read .
Finally, is inviting you on a gourmet walk through his “Les Jardins” with a new collection of limited edition macarons. From January to November, delight your senses with exciting flavours such as Mandarin Orange Olive Oil & Red Berries, or Chocolate and Smoked Salt.
NEWS YEAR RESOLUTION NO3: DISCOVER MORE ART
We have quite a few interesting private views for our members to insert in their calendars.
On January 9th, head to Flowers Gallery for Nadav Kander’s BODIES. 6 Women, 1 Man, whose subjects are coated in white marble dust and set against the void of the photographer’s studio.
On January 10th, Scream is proud to present The Space Between the Stars, the third annual curated exhibition of upcoming international and London-based artists.
On January 15th, attend the VIP preview of London Art Fair, the UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art fair.
Also on January 15th, Ronchini Gallery London will be presenting The Uncanny featuring new works by two artists, Adeline de Monseignat and Berndnaut Smilde.
On January 19th, Victoria Miro presents the gallery’s third exhibition by the Danish artist John Kørner, Fallen Fruit from Frisland.
On January 24th, Ayyam Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by acclaimed Lebanese artist and architect Nadim Karam, which will inaugurate the gallery’s first European location.
On January 29th, Hauser & Wirth present Bruce Nauman / mindfuck, curated by Philip Larratt- Smith and featuring a rigorous selection of works from throughout Nauman’s career.
On February 7th, enjoy a champagne reception while admiring David Breuer-Weil: Project 4 at The Vaults, including some 70 canvases alongside a number of sculptures.
There are also some very exciting major exhibitions.
From January 17th to March 8th, the Whitechapel Gallery presents .
From January 23rd to March 17th, discover at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
From January 26th to April 14th, visit at the Royal Academy of Arts.
From January 30th to May 12th, Tate Britain presents .
From February 7th to May 27th, head to the National Portrait Gallery for .
From February 21st to May 27th, Tate Modern presents .
From March 23rd to July 28th, check out at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
NEW YEAR RESOLUTION NO4: BE CHARITABLE
This year will see the opening of The Club at the House of St Barnabas. Join this charitable members’ club and help create sustained employment for those affected by homelessness.
Buy works of art from emerging and established artists at the to support Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people (from January 18th-25th and from August 9th-16th).
For some charitable ideas you can also read by Judith O’Reilly, who embarked on a year long social experiment following a challenging new year resolution: doing one good deed a day for a whole year.