Following weeks of festive fun, we’re brought back down to earth with a thud in January. Don’t let the end of the holiday season get you down; here are six ways to beat those bothersome blues
3. Book a hair appointment with Errol Douglas
Is there a more relaxing way to spend a few hours than in the hands of an expert stylist at a luxury hair salon? If there is, we’re yet to encounter it. A trip to Errol Douglas’ Belgravia salon, housed in a pristine white Georgian building on Motcomb Street, is the perfect tonic for the January blues. Feel refreshed with a simple blow dry, or be transformed with a whole new look. Regardless of which service you choose, you’re sure to feel 10 times better when you walk out the door than you did when you walked in.
4. Get lost in a good book from Belgravia Books
Literature takes you on a journey to another world: get your nose into a good book and you can lose yourself in a different time and place for an hour or two. Escape the chilly, dark days of winter in London by heading to Belgravia Books on Ebury Street to find your next absorbing read.
Why not immerse yourself in the rustic beauty of southern Italy with Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels? Or go back in time to an era of monarchy and mayhem with a Tudor tome? Whatever your book of choice, curl up in a cosy armchair with a warming drink and let yourself drift away.
5. Enjoy a relaxing treatment at the Refinery
The Refinery is a men’s-only salon that’s renowned for its expert approach to male grooming. Established in 2000 on a quiet corner of Brook Street, it promises to give weary menfolk a much-needed boost.
We love the sound of the Refinery’s Signature Face and Body Treatment. After the excesses of Christmas and New Year, it’s time to give your body some love – and it’s sure to thank you after 85 minutes on the massage table. First, your skin will be restored with a back cleanse and exfoliation, before a stress-busting back and scalp massage brings relief to tired muscles. The treatment concludes with a cleansing facial to leave your complexion looking bright and skin feeling fresh. Spend a couple of hours here and you’ll soon feel more January bliss than January blues.
6. A bouquet of flowers from Neill Strain
A beautiful bunch of blooms is enough to put a smile on the stoniest of faces, and that’s a scientific fact. A behavioural study by Rutgers University in New Jersey discerned that even a small bouquet could perk people up, as simply being in the presence of flowers was found to elevate mood significantly.
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fabulous florists in Mayfair and Belgravia, and Neill Strain is one of a string of award-winning, luxury florists in the area. Head to The Flower Lounge, Neill’s floral couture boutique on West Halkin Street, to be inspired by the scents, sights and textures on offer. From clean and elegant styles to more wild and whimsical arrangements, you’ll find the right bouquet to beat your blues here.