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Alcohol-free Fun: How to Spend Your Dry January

11 January 2019 Billie Manning

If you're doing Dry January, chances are you already know there are plenty of ways to have fun without drinking alcohol. But if you've hit a mid-month slump, fear not, for we are here to help with numerous sober suggestions for a good time, whether you feel like treating yourself, getting active or simply going out somewhere alcohol-free.

Visit a dry bar
Not every bar is filled with temptation, you know. The best example of this is probably Redemption Bar, with its two locations in Notting Hill and Shoreditch, which promise that once you walk through their doors, you won't be faced with making any choices that are bad for you or for the planet. Both locations have a selection of delicious vegan food to try, and all their drinks are alcohol-free. Opt for a delicious virgin mojito, or a vitamin-boosting smoothie. Plus, the wall outside their Shoreditch location, with its sweeping angel wings painted on, is just fabulous for an impromptu Insta-shoot.



Redemption Bar, Shoreditch: 320 Old St, London EC1V 9DR and Notting Hill: 6 Chepstow Rd, London W2 5BH

Try out a new sport
Who said exercise has to be a slog? There are tons of fun and inspiring classes around London that will not only raise your heart-rate, but your self-confidence too. Plus, exercising is a lot easier when you're not sweating out a hangover. Check out our list of feel-good fitness classes - we dare you to try to stop smiling afterwards.



Catch the Crystal Maze while you can
Always wanted to recreate the daring and perilous challenges you witnessed on TV as a kid? Well, the Crystal Maze in Angel is closing soon with the West End location opening at the end of March, leaving a precious gap of one month with no Crystal Maze at all! Luckily, they don't close until the end of January, so it's perfect timing to get in some alcohol-free fun.

Crystal Maze Angel, 10-14 White Lion St, London N1 9PD

Don't get bored, get board
To prove that you can even still go to the pub and have fun without drinking, we rounded up some of our favourite places for providing dice-rolling, decision-making, piece-moving entertainment of the highest order. Some are more serious, with hundreds of titles to choose from, while others are simply cosy spots with a decent selection and space to play.



Go ape at... well, Go Ape
If you fancy getting back to your kiddy days while you're staying sober, you're well provided for in London with Go Ape's particular brand of hair-raising, tree-climbing fun. Go Ape have locations in the heart of Battersea Park, up at Ally Pally and even out in Cockfosters. If nothing else, the fear of falling will certainly make you forget about drinking for a minute. Go Ape also do special events like night climbs every now and again, so that's your evenings sorted, too.

Go Ape, multiple locations in London

Treat yourself to some desserts
Being so good and angelic by not drinking means it's only right for you to be awfully bad and devilish and get out there and find an exceedingly enticing dessert. To that noble end, we encourage you to check out our list of London's most extraordinarily extravagant desserts. All of the desserts listed are next-level extra - as well as tasty enough even to tempt you out-of-borough.
 

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