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9 Ways to Start the New Year right at Old Spitalfields Market

Nourish your body and mind with our slow and soulful guide of things to explore in 2019.

Avoid the usual pressure to join the gym or drown in all those “New Year, New You” articles and instead opt for a slow start full of good food and good energy. Here are 10 ways to wase yourself into 2019…

1. Hit the Road with Rapha

Whether you were brave enough to embark on their Festive 500, or you opted for a more relaxed stretch between Christmas and New Year, the Sunday Rapha Rides are a sure fire way to blow the cobwebs away at the start of 2019, whatever your skill and fitness levels. They leave every Sunday from their Old Spitalfields Market clubhouse, you’ll find full detail here.

2. Plan your ‘Sustainable Home’ with InSpitalfields

The New Year is a great time to take stock and this book from our indie InSpitalfields is a great place to start, with plenty of tips & trends to explore.

3. Transport yourself with Ahi Poke

If January sees you pining for sunnier climes, while we can’t literally transport to a tropical island, we promise that a poke bowl from Ahi Poke will at least have your tastebuds believing they have hopped on a flight to California.

4. Get inspired with the ‘Pocket Coco Chanel Wisdom’ with InSpitalfields 

Those in need of January motivation need look no further than one of fashion’s most inspirational women. From the ‘Pocket Wisdom’ this book, available at InSpitalfields,  offers inspirational quotes for the strong and fearless from Coco Chanel.

5. Relax with Healing Yin and Massage at SOMA

Classes at SOMA aren’t all about hardcore hot workouts (although there are plenty of those if it’s your bag), their Healing Yin and Massage class is a warm yin-inspired class to de-stress, find calm and peace using Chinese medicine and meridian theory.

6. Try the vegan option at Lahpet

Whether you are embarking on Veganuary or just seeing the New Year as an opportunity to try new things, the Vegan Shan Noodles at Burmese-inspired Lahpet in The Kitchens are a great place to start. Crispy homemade tofu is paired with deliciously saucy noodles to create this dream January comfort food.

7. Look East with ‘How to Live Japanese’ from InSpitalfields

This guide to Japanese culture, philosophy and more to teaches how a nation on few small islands with mega cities keep its life in balance. We think they might be onto something. Get your copy from InSpitalfields.

8. Seek comfort at  Thousand Knives 

Confining yourselves to undressed salads as soon as January 1st hits is all too sad. Instead, why not seek some good clean comfort by also looking East with your diet and explore the menu at Thousand Knives in The Kitchens. Great options include their super healthy Veagn Futomaki and famously warming Chicken Katsu Curry.

9. Pound the pavement with lululemon

For the out-and-backers, the trail seekers, and the early risers— it’s time to lace up your running shoes and kick off the year with a new goal in mind. lululemon have partnered with Strava to bring back their 40|80 run challenge this January. You can choose to run either a 40k or 80k distance (tracking mileage with the Strava App) between Wednesday Jan 2 – Tuesday Jan 15 2019 and will receive an exclusive promotional code as your reward. Full details here.