Where To Eat and Drink on Blue Monday
With January’s most depressing day of the year lurking around the corner, not to mention a sudden drop in temperature, we’ve rounded up London’s best Blue Monday deals. These dishes (and drinks!) will give your insides a warm snuggly hug and instantly brighten your mood – January 21, you’re not going to get us down.
London’s modern Mexican restaurant Cantina Laredo is going all out for Blue Monday, giving away free freshly baked churros and warming cups of Mexican-style hot chocolate (made with creamy Abuelita chocolate and cinnamon). Offer applies to the first hundred people through the door from 12pm, so consider your lunch plans sorted.
Cantina Laredo, 10 Upper St Martin’s Ln, WC2H 9FB
Not just one slice of heaven, Covent Garden’s Italian spot BungaTINI is serving up whole pizzas for just £1 when you order any other item off the menu – enough said.
BungaTINI, 167 Drury Ln, WC2B 5PG
Whyte & Brown
Head to Kingly Court and whisper the words Burger Off Blue Monday. The reward, for the first hundred customers, is Whyte & Brown’s signature free-range chicken filet, served on a layer of gravy mayonnaise, onion relish and a toasted bun.
Whyte & Brown, Kingly Court, Carnaby St, W1B 5PW
Ever wondered how Parisians seem to have their lives effortlessly under control? I’m pretty sure fine French pastries for breakfast are their secret, and Maitre Choux pairs your éclair, choux or chouquette with a free cup of coffee.
Maitre Choux, 15 Harrington Road, SW7 3ES; 60 Dean Street, W1D 6AW; 59 King’s Road,
Specialising in Hawaii’s colourful-packed poké bowls, Island Poké transports you from winter to summer within minutes. Their new rainbow bowl, made in collaboration with Chotto Matte, promises to elevate your mood too: not only is it made with carefully chosen ingredients for extra energy, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Mind mental health charity.
Island Poké, 8 Kingly Street, W1B 5PQ; Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS; Crossrail Place, E14 5AR; 1 Great Titchfield St, W1W 8AU; 40 Bow Lane, EC4M 9DT; 42 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3EP
Mac & Wild
The city’s Scottish staple Mac & Wild takes their second name very seriously, bringing you a wildly Blue Monday deal. Expect the same standout service, but with 50% off butcher’s cuts.
Mac & Wild, 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS; 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN
Grays & Feather
With a menu dedicated to sparkling wines from around the world, Grays & Feather is London’s first sparkling wine bar of its kind. And for Blue Monday, they are giving away a free glass of bubbly to the first 50 people through the door. You might need to reevaluate your Dry January diet…
Grays & Feather, 26 Wellington St, WC2E 7DD