We all know that today should technically be the day of new resolutions and a little life and style retox. But, if the idea of colour-coding your closet feels too ambitious we say start small with a little reshuffle of your wardrobe essentials, like swapping last year’s leather trouser for the new season’s Sixties-inspired flare. Practical and pleasurable and all from the cosy comfort of your home – now that’s the kind of style detoxing we like.
If you’re looking for a little tranquility (think the Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park), a hidden escape (St Mary’s Secret Garden with its natural woodland and herb garden in Hackney) or something more illustrious to refresh groggier senses (Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew), London has the prettiest gardens to steal yourself of the sofa for and revive.
Or, why not jump on the patriotic bandwagon, with 100,000 performers flaunting their dazzling circus and musical skills in the annual parade, starting at 11.45am from Picccadilly and closing outside Big Ben.
For the more culturally inclined many of London’s galleries and museums are open. If you haven’t already seen them, why not start with something like Valentino: Master of Couture at Somerset House (open until 3rd March) or a viewing of Dorothy’s glittering red heels at Hollywood Costume (finishing 27th January at the Victoria and Albert Museum.)
If this feels altogether to active, then watch the costume drama from the comfort of your sofa (Wizard of Oz on Channel 4 at 4.30pm) for a touch of good old fashioned nostalgia followed by Christmas University Challenge (BBC2 at 6.30pm). As for us, you’ll find the editorial team ‘exercising the little grey cells’ a la Agatha Christie’s Poirot on ITV3 in our favourite Just Cavalli sweatshirt and trousers. Who said lounging couldn’t be done in style?