8 reasons to love January in London

8 reasons to love January in London

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Make January a month to remember by pairing iconic London sights with top notch food at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. Take advantage of the group’s Love January offer (two-courses for two people for £30) after exploring the nearby area to create an unforgettable and affordable trip to the capital.

1. Heddon Street Kitchen and Regent Street

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Found just off swanky Regent Street, Heddon Street Kitchen mixes vintage style with all the comforts of modern dining, including a menu packed with delicious British classics. There’s plenty of choice on the Love January menu, but Heddon Street Kitchen’s take on the quintessential fish and chips is unmissable.

Before dinner, take a stroll up Regent Street and visit some of the biggest flagship stores in the country, including historic department store Liberty London. Instantly recognisable due to its stunning Tudor Revival storefront, Liberty has been one of London’s most fashionable shopping destinations since opening in 1875; complete your afternoon in the West End by browsing its designer collections and spoil yourself!

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Heddon Street Kitchen

2. maze Grill Mayfair and Selfridges

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Housed within one of London’s most affluent areas, maze Grill Mayfair specialises in grills with an Asian influence. Choose between maze’s signature marinated steak with fries and peppercorn sauce or grilled salmon with wasabi leeks and pickle cucumber as part of the Love January offer.

In need of a spot of retail therapy to kick off 2019? World-famous department store Selfridges is just minutes away from Mayfair on foot; known for its designer brands, awe-inspiring architecture and innovative window displays, any trip to Selfridges is a memorable one.

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maze Grill Mayfair

3. Union Street Cafe and Southbank

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Focusing mainly on Mediterranean cuisine with ingredients from Italian artisan producers, Union Street Café is one of the more unique offerings on Gordon Ramsay’s portfolio of London restaurants. Located in Southwark, the cafe aims to capture the glamour and elegance of casual eating in Italy, supported by a menu featuring fresh pasta and mouth-watering desserts.

Southwark is a historic entertainment district and that legacy is alive and well in modern day London. Home to a variety of galleries, exhibitions and theatres, Southbank has a range of things to see and do, including the Royal National Theatre, the OXO Tower and the BFI IMAX (the largest cinema screen in the UK).

Further along the river (to the east), you’ll find two key features of London’s culture – the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe. Converted from an old power station, the Tate Modern hosts Britain’s national art collection from 1900 onwards, along with treasured pieces from celebrated artists like Picasso.

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Union Street Cafe

4. maze Grill Park Walk and Harrods

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Another member of the maze Grill family, maze Grill Park Walk is found in the heart of Chelsea. The restaurant lives up to the area’s fashionable reputation with wood panelling, brickwork and atmospheric lighting. Enjoy some of London’s finest steaks with a loved one, and be sure to book for the Love January offer – it’s bound to be popular!

Chelsea is close to several major London attractions, including the UK’s largest shop Harrods. Known across the globe for its designer goods and lavish departments, it’s impossible not to be impressed by this striking building. Treat your special someone before dinner, or simply spend an afternoon exploring the store’s seven floors.

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maze Grill Park Walk

5. The Narrow and Thames Path

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Step back in time with a visit to the historic borough of Tower Hamlets. Start the day with a walk across the iconic Tower Bridge, and enjoy the views across the Thames towards the Tower of London.

On the other side of the bridge, turn right and continue along the Thames for a trip to the past. Wapping has a strong maritime theme with rustic riverside pubs and old fashioned wharves; it’s almost like stepping into a living museum. Eventually, your route will join the Thames Path and lead into the Limehouse Marina, where your walk across East London will be rewarded with a slap up meal.

British cuisine takes centre stage at The Narrow, a gastropub with sweeping views across the Thames. Choose from a range of comforting English classics on their Love January menu, including crispy pork belly and beer battered fish and chips. Book a table for the early evening to enjoy the best views from the Narrow’s warm, open interior.

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The Narrow

6. York & Albany and Camden Town

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Camden is known for its quirky, alternative vibe, but it’s also home to some exceptional views. Begin your visit to the area by heading to the top of Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park; spectacular views across Central London await you at the top.

Afterwards, see why Camden is so beloved by walking up the High Street (under the iconic and very Instagrammable Camden Lock bridge) to Camden Market, where you can explore a range of creative arts and crafts, artisan goods and stylish streetwear. With over a thousand stalls, shops, bars and cafes, it’s very possible to spend an entire afternoon wandering this unique part of London.

Round out your trip to Camden with a lavish meal at Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany. This converted Victorian townhouse serves seasonal cuisine from a range of cultures, including butter chicken curry and roasted fish pie (both of which are available on the Love January menu).

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York & Albany

7. maze Grill Royal Hospital Road and Saatchi Gallery

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Also found in Chelsea, maze Grill Royal Hospital Road aims to recreate the look and feel of grill rooms in Manhattan - that means comfortable seating, a friendly atmosphere, and a well-stocked bar. Make a visit during the Love January offer and sink your teeth into a mouth-watering steak in this stylish but relaxing restaurant.

Before your meal, take in an exhibit of contemporary, alternative art at the Saatchi Gallery. Currently on display (until Feb 17) is a selection of paintings and photography work under the title Black Mirror: Art As Social Satire. While not affiliated with Charlie Brooker’s hit show, the exhibition explores similar themes like political uncertainty and obsessions within the digital world; both thought-provoking and memorable, it’s a must for art lovers.

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maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

8. London House and South London

Despite having a quiet reputation, South London is loaded with buzzing communities and exciting things to do. Start a one day microgap in the area by heading to Dulwich Picture Gallery, described as “one of Britain’s most beautiful galleries” by the Telegraph. Explore the dramatic works of leading Spanish Baroque artist Jusepe de Ribera in the challenging, thought-provoking Ribera: Art of Violence exhibition, running until January 27.

Then, head to Brixton and soak up the vibes before grabbing a pint. Brixton has always been a market town, but thanks to the various street murals (including the David Bowie tribute) and music venues in the area, it has developed into a thriving arts hub. Take in the views while wandering up the high street, and stop off for a drink at one of the many quirky pubs.

Finish your South London adventure in style with a trip to Gordon Ramsay’s London House. This quiet, comfortable restaurant is located next to the Thames near Battersea Park, giving it a secluded but scenic feel. Enjoy a modern take on classic European cuisine with the Love January menu, featuring unique tastes like chicory, stilton and walnut risotto.

Gordon Ramsay Restaurant's Love January offer ends on 13th February - book your table today!

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London House
28 Jan 2019(last updated)