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Blue Monday? Not with our red hot food, drink and party tips

Blue Monday? Not with our red hot food, drink and party tips

The third Monday 18th of January has been awarded the gloomy title of “Blue Monday”. Initially conjured up in 2005 as a marketing ploy that was calculated using a formula based on factors such as bad weather, debt, time since Christmas and time since failing New Year’s resolutions. Ouch.

But we all know its nonsense: aren’t all Monday’s blue? Regardless, we do agree with the idea of turning that frown upside down and treating ourselves to a little Monday pick-me-up. So read on for our soul-uplifting, spirit-rousing food, drink and party treats which will ensure that this coming Monday the only thing blue will be the sky.

1) Lentil Soup for the soul – and Syria
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IMAGE: Sauce Communications

Arabica Bar & Kitchen, situated in Borough Market will be serving up a delicious, warming spiced blue red lentil soup and donating £3 per bowl sold to the Soup for Syria initiative / UN Refugee Agency UNHCR to help provide urgently needed food relief for Syrian refugees. That warm glow of altruism will be equally as satisfying at the soup’s.
2) The Sweet Smell of Savings
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Didn’t get enough chocolate and sweets over Christmas? We didn’t think so. Thankfully, Thornton’s and Hotel Chocolat have our back and have some leftover goodies on special. And chocolate makes everyone happy, just ask Charlie. Moreover, discounts? Saving money? Even better.

Hotel Chocolat have a range of gift boxes down to half price — we’re adding the Classic Christmas Sleeker to our Blue Monday sack as well as the Giant Yule Slab.

For those who have an even sweeter tooth and possibly a few housemates to cheer up, Thornton’s hamper’s are replete with everything your dentures and fillings will hate. Santa’s Mega bundle is less than half price and when we say mega, we mean mega.

It’s Christmas all-year round in our house.

3) Shake it off with Desire Mondays
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Ah, who said clubbing was reserved for weekend nights? No one actually, especially Desire. This Blue Monday, Desire London presents Magic Mondays for London’s longest running – and wildest – weekly afterhours party. And why not dance until morning? Dancing makes everyone happy and heck, they’re bringing some damn fine house and techno tunes (think classics, bangers and tomorrow’s hits) to make sure your dancing shoes get a work out.

The line-up includes Jefferson Souza, Bannoxx, Brian Brooks, Jamie Bayley, as well as Emma Yasumi — who’s set reflect her multicultural upbringing (born in London, raised in Los Angeles… half Japanese and the other half Polish).

Got a better way to shake up your Monday act?  Didn’t think so.

Club Union, 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London SE1 7TP

Tickets available on Resident Advisor

4) Pizza Pizza Pizza
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We think that Blue Monday calls for any sort of diet to be thrown out the window. Just indulge and make yourself content. And what better way to do that than with cheap pizza and happy hour cocktails? Crazy Pedro’s — the part-time pizza parlour above tiki dive The Liar’s Club in Manchester— will be running happy hour all day on Blue Monday to help beat the January blues. This means £7.50 pizzas all day, 2 for 1 cocktails and £7.50 for a bottle of house wine. Yes, a bottle. We likey, we likey.
55-57 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BQ
5) DIY Gin
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A good G&T always goes down a treat. Yet perhaps all you’ve got in the liquor cabinet on Monday is that cringe-worthy bottle of vodka. Reduce thy anxiety immediately: become a modern alchemist, and turn said vodka into gin. You heard us correctly. This is precisely what the Homemade Gin Kit allows you to do — what could be better for the gin villain in us all?

From Brooklyn based W&P Design, makers of the Mason Shaker, the kit contains glass bottles, a stainless steel strainer, funnel, juniper berries and a botanical blend as well as instructions. Just add basic vodka and to create an anything but basic gin.

Voila. Blue Monday is sorted.

The Mason Shaker Homemade Gin Kit is available from from Harvey Nichols



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