When the festivities end, the New Year blues begin for some people, so in the spirit of helping you hold it together , here are 5 things to look forward to during the bleakness that is January:

Book a trip to the Sky Gardens in London – Zip up 35 floors of the Walkie Talkie and you’ll be transported to a public garden with some truly spectacular views. The Sky Garden boasts three storeys of landscaped gardens with South African and Mediterranean plants, observation decks, an open-air terrace, two restaurants, a bar and an uninterrupted panorama of the city’s skyline. Entry is free but you’ll need to book your visit in advance. We went over Christmas and booked about 3 weeks before. When we went, the weather conditions were perfect – you could see for miles. The outdoor viewing platform overlooks the Thames, with views of the Tower of London to the left and Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to the right. The café is very reasonably priced and there is amble seating to have a cuppa and cake and enjoy the views. It’s a lovely way to spend an hour or so in London. https://skygarden.london/

Visit The Bank of England Musuem – We visited the museum after our trip to the Sky Gardens as it’s literally around the corner. The museum which is free to enter, tells the story of the Bank of England since its foundation in 1694 to it’s role in today’s economy. The exhibits explain the concepts of banking interest and inflation really well and there are a couple of interactive games which my kids loved playing plus there’s even a genuine gold bar which can be handled They’ve done a good job of making a pretty dry subject area accessible & interesting. Find out more here: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/Pages/museum/visiting/default.aspx

Holidays – now is the perfect time to plan a holiday . My sister is over from the states in the summer and wants to head over to France for a week or so. A lady in my Barre class mentioned that she went on a canal boat holiday last year in France and they had a brilliant time. They booked via Loca Boat Holidays, a boating holidays and canal boat hire specialist in Europe. I think this would be a fab family holiday so this on my list list of places to research. http://www.locaboat.com/en/our-themed-cruises/grandeur-of-nature.html Another area I have looked at is Lac d’Annecy, the third largest lake in France. A friend went cycling there and she said the views were breath taking…. http://en.lac-annecy.com/ If you have any recommendations of places to go in France please share with us, we’d love to hear your suggestions.

Cinema – a visit to the cinema is a perfect way to stay cosy and warm this time of year. If you’re looking to entertain the kids there’s plenty of new movies to see including Moana, Ballerina, Monster Trucks or Fantastic Beasts for older kids. Or if you want a bit of luxury head to The Rex in Berkhamsted, we visited The Rex a couple of months ago and were impressed by the venue, see our review here.

Get Juicing – Before Christmas, I decided to try out Beat All Juice, a local juicing company owned by Karen Hawley of Bodyworks in Seer Green. Mr Chiltern Chatter was away with work and being too lazy to cook for myself, I decided to juice on the days he was away, plus I also fancied kick starting my healthy eating before the over indulgence of Crimbo 🙂
I have to say I was really impressed and the juices were REALLY tasty. I was initially sceptical about the juices containing green veg like kale but I really enjoyed them all. I also really enjoyed the nut milks – the Hickory Chicory Nut had a slight coffee taste which I really liked. And I loved the Pineapple Mint and Pineapple, Ginger, Apple and Mint. As I was new to juicing, I decided to go with their recommended selection as I was keen to try all the flavours. I lost weight and definitely felt more virtuous and lighter. A friend did the 3 day cleanse and lost 7lbs which was amazing!
The juices are delivered free of charge either very early in the morning before 7am or in the evening, usually after 7. The juices last up to 3 days in a cold fridge. Find out more here: http://beatalljuice.co.uk/home/