January is all about new beginnings, whether you’re embarking upon a health kick or looking at living a more mindful, sustainable life in the 2020s. Thankfully, St James’s is brimming with ideas to cater for every possible resolution and help you stick to them.
For those looking to feel the heart pumping again after recent sofa-bound festive indulgences, E by Equinox is a gym experience like no other. Combining the very latest bespoke training programmes and fitness technology within a building draped in history, the club elevates your pursuit of health to a whole new level. The experience is completed by an in-house organic café and wellness spa, this is one gym membership that there’s zero danger of you only using once or twice.
Caring for yourself need not just be about exercising, of course, as a visit to Aesop’s brand new Piccadilly Arcade boutique will demonstrate. Drop by the beautiful curved corner shop and sample the full range of indulgent balms, silky creams and other innovative skin rejuvenation products. Look out for the hidden staircase leading up to the first floor too, where you can recline on a day bed and explore the Aesop experience from a new vantage, pretty much ensuring your 2020 pampering routine is taken to the next step.
Putting the planet first is at the top of everyone’s agenda and the beginning of a new decade is an ideal time to refocus. Next time you peruse the shops, be sure to visit Sirplus, based in Princes Arcade. Originally purveyors of quality boxer shorts styled from tailored shirt-making offcuts, they have since expanded to a range of clothing crafted from a variety of natural, organic and surplus fabrics and materials. These include trousers, coats and jackets, shirts and nightwear, and they have a particular focus on Indian-inspired collarless looks.
Similarly, eating out in St James’s this January means you can experience dining in one of London’s sustainable restaurant quarters. The Regent Street & St James's Food Waste Pledge sees participating restaurants continuing to find new ways to reduce food waste, whilst also concocting unique dishes that further reduce environmental impact. You’ll not find a more delectable way to enjoy bread than in the hands of Angela Hartnett at St James’s Street’s popular Café Murano. Or ask the waiting staff to guide you through some of the dishes on the menu at former Ottolenghi chef, Ramael Scully's restaurant, Scully. He’s wholeheartedly adopted the goal of reducing waste by 25% by May. Venture into Ikoyi, also in St James’s Market, for some experimental, cutting edge cooking, with West African-inspired dishes that also make full use of ingredients that may otherwise go to waste.