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  • Events To Beat The January Blues

    Poor January, it really does have a bad reputation. The joyful build up to Christmas is done and dusted, but it’s still equally cold and grey outside (if not more so), and there isn’t much of an excuse to feast on mince pies day in, day out, anymore.

    Here at OKA, we’ve decided not to let it get us down; the start of the year is going to be excellent regardless. The miserable weather is no excuse to hibernate feeling equally glum; there’s a whole host of things going on in January to feel positive about, be that the long weekend walk you didn't get around to during silly season or exciting new exhibitions gracing London.



    Winter Lights

    There’s something so comforting about beautiful lights. But if you missed out on the Christmas displays, there’s still time to enjoy this particularly magical element of the winter. Winter Lights festival features dazzling light installations, experiences and interactive artwork put together by international artists that are sure to be brighten moods.


    London Art Fair

    It’s an age-old truth that shopping cheers you up. As does poring over beautiful sculptures and paintings, whether you’re an art connoisseur or not. The London Art Fair offers the opportunity to do both of these things; each year galleries from all over the world display their artwork, lots of which is available to buy. If nothing takes your fancy, we have plenty of unique prints and decorative ornaments that are works of art in their own right too.


    Floristry Courses

    Flowers really do have the power to transform your mood as well as a room. If the thought of being presented with bunches of fresh blooms fills you with dread as you haven’t the faintest idea what to do with them, then a bleak January is the perfect time to try your hand at flower arranging. The London Flower School offers plenty of inspiring masterclasses throughout the month; our favourites include a whimsical class on how to create a hand-tied bouquet and another inspired by great Dutch artists. Alternatively, cheer yourself up with one of our faux bouquets, ideal for adding a natural touch with zero hassle.



    The London Short Film Festival

    There’s nothing like some classic escapism to beat the blues, and what fits the bill better than film? The London Short Film Festival returns this year from the 11th – 20th of January and will be showcasing films in a range of genres across the capital. If the idea of being comfortably tucked up by the fire for the month still sounds appealing, then these bitesize productions are the perfect choice.


    Burns Night Celebrations

    If you’re not embarking on dry January then attending a commemoration of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns, is a joyous way to end the month. They tend to include all the excellent things: whiskey, traditional Scottish food, plenty of raucous ceilidh dancing and, of course, poetry. Come the 25th of January bars and restaurants across London don their best tartan to embrace the day.

    If you’re still feeling blue, perhaps the answer is to embrace a holiday instead. Our guide to Shanghai is full of inspirational ways to explore the city.