Ah, Blue Monday, 15 January and supposedly the grimmest day of the year, has arrived. Whether you’re feeling melancholy or believe it’s just a bunch of pseudoscience – the Marble Arch dining and leisure district will cheer you up.
Your pick-me-up can occur from the word ‘Go’ by popping into Markus Coffee, one of the oldest coffee shops in London stocking 34 varieties of coffee from 13 different countries, or The Borough Barista with their expert caffeine curators providing UK sourced coffee beans.
This is the perfect day to make the most of your lunch break and pop-out from behind the screen. If a quick trip is all you can squeeze in, don’t sweat it as your options are varied and vast. For those still maintaining their New Year’s resolutions or health heroes, make your way to Deliciously Ella or As Nature Intended for healthy, vegan and vegetarian options to glow from the inside out! However if the glow you’re after is that from an open grill go to Ranoush Juice, a refreshing and modern take on Lebanese fast food. Sometimes the only thing that’ll work is imagining you’re in a warmer country – Abasto is where you can pretend you’re in Argentina as you tuck into one of their homemade empanadas, Green Valley‘s deli counter transport you via fresh Lebanese goodies, like stews, meat, salads and olives, that you can mix and match, as well as Bricoile‘s fresh Italian food (available for take away) will instantly liven up any day. For the classic soup, salad and jacket potato lovers then make your way to Roni’s Bagel Bakery with an astounding array of bagels plus so much more, Java U for fresh juices and quiche or Marble Arch News for the best jacket potatoes in town.
If you’re interested in a more relaxed and sit down affair to defrost the bluest of Mondays, you’re in luck. You can’t beat The Harcourt, with its beautiful interior design and modern Nordic food, Bombay Palace for award-winning Indian cuisine, Stuzzico to excite you with contemporary Italian or The Chapel, a cosy British pub serving top notch grub.
To make sure your Blue Monday stays extra bright, bring the marvels of Marble Arch home. Buchanan’s Cheesemongers will give you the only type of blue you need in your day…blue cheese. Pop into Connaught Cellars or Vinoteca if you prefer to pair with your favourite bottle for when you’ve successfully survived Monday and finish it off with pastries and baked goods from Gail’s, chocolates from Nawras or gelato by the tub from Snowflake.
So, there are no excuses to make this Monday blue with all the food and beverage to turn that frown upside down! However, we will fully allow you to use Blue Monday as an excuse to get out there and treat yourself!