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Dry January: London’s Best Non-Alcoholic Drinking Spots

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Give booze the swerve this month with some top-notch alternative bars

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Dry January is more popular than ever, with millions of Brits giving up alcohol for the entire month after an indulgent Christmas. Yet for those looking to maintain a social life, the temptation to stray can be a struggle – particularly as many of us suffer from a serious case of FOMO. Luckily, some of London’s finest bars and restaurants are making things easier for us by including a number of creative mocktails and tasty alcohol-free drinks in their menus. Who said socialising had to be hangover-inducing?

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Ugly Butterfly

Ugly Butterfly

Who says you can’t enjoy a decadent dinner while off the booze? Adam Handling’s eco-conscious restaurant Ugly Butterfly is running special five-course menu paired with drinks from botanical non-alcoholic spirits brand Pentire. For one night only, diners will be able to enjoy tipples like the Pink Admiral, mixed with beetroot cordial and sage powder, and Wood White: Pentire Seaward with sticky fig and jasmine tea. Each drink is carefully curated to pair with a dish, such as venison with parsnip and smoked cream, and halibut with potted shrimp. 18 January, from £95pp. uglybutterfly.co.uk

The Dry Drinker

Fancy a night in? Stock up on supplies from Anya’s Dry Drinker Off-License, a no and low alcohol shop in Belgravia – opened in collaboration with other than Anya Hindmarch. Running in partnership with The Dry Drinker, the pop-up is modelled on old-fashioned off-licence and stocks over 40 alcohol free brands – from beer to wine to spirits. Can’t choose? Anya has dotted tasting notes and her top picks around the store. drydrinker.com

El Pirata

El Pirata

Bottomless brunch is notorious for its hangover-inducing effects – but after El Pirata’s January version, you’ll wake up fresh as a daisy. Enjoy all the restaurant’s classic brunch dishes, such as chicken croquettes and spicy prawns, but swap the Sangria for soft drinks and mocktails. elpirata.co.uk

The Churchill Bar & Terrace

Mocktail at The Churchill Bar & Terrace

Dry January won’t seem so bad while you’re snuggled up in Marylebone’s Churchill Bar & Terrace, non-alcoholic cocktail in hand. Crafted by head bartender Christian Maspes, the new mocktail menu includes a whole host of exciting drinks like the Paragon Rue Berry Cordial and Everleaf Mountain. Enjoy either indoors or on the heated cigar terrace, which is decked out with blankets. thechurchillbar.co.uk

SUSHISAMBA

SUSHISAMBA

With its bold décor and flavour-packed dishes, a trip to SUSHISAMBA is always exciting – even minus the cocktails. This January, the glitzy restaurant is offering a number of mocktails to enjoy alongside your meal, such as the spicy Saffron-Shiso Caipirinha, made with with lime, saffron, shiso and ginger beer, and the tropical Super Mango Batida: a mix of mango, red paprika and kiwi. Going the whole hog and doing Veganuary too? There are numerous vegan dishes on offer here too – think plantain chips, robata grilled aubergine and mushroom tobanyaki with yuzu soy. sushisamba.com

No. Fifty Cheyne

No. Fifty Cheyne

Chelsea favourite No. Fifty Cheyne is going all out with the health theme this January, offering a special vegan menu alongside a range of alcohol-free drinks from zero-ABV spirits brand CleanCo. Sip on teetotal twists of classic cocktails, such as G&Ts and margaritas, while feasting on lentil Bolognese and a plant-based dark chocolate mousse. fiftycheyne.com

The Little Yellow Door

The Little Yellow Door, Mulled Sprig cocktail

Going out to a bar when you’re not drinking can feel like a chore – but Notting Hill’s The Little Yellow Door is changing the narrative with its no and low ABV cocktail menu. Created in collaboration with Sprigster, tipples include the Mulled Sprig, made with sloe and damson stock, and the Pumpkin Flip, mixed with chocolate bitters, cold brew coffee and pumpkin milk. thelittleyellowdoor.com

The Chelsea Pig

The Chelsea Pig

One of Chelsea’s most historic pubs, The Chelsea Pig, reopened last November with a new design and menu. This January, it has added a selection of ‘Low to None’ cocktails to the mix, curated by general manager Michele Ridolfi, who has worked within some of the best bars in the world including Scarfes and Claridge’s. Creations include Oh-Leaves, a concoction of apple and fennel cordial and olive lemonade, and A-Pig-Etif, featuring Seedlip Spice 94 and social elixir. thechelseapig.co.uk

Amazonico

Peacock Spritz cocktail, Amazonico

Jazz up the dullest month of the year at the uber-glamorous Amazonico in Berkeley Square. The Latin-American restaurant is helping diners stick to their resolutions with a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails, including The Peacock Spritz, mixed with Seedlip Grove, lemon, tonic and Maracuya. Elsewhere superfoods have been added into tipples to give them an extra health kick – acai berries in the Rainforest Old Fashioned, for instance. amazonicorestaurant.com

Redemption

Redemption Bar

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As the name suggests, Shoreditch haunt Redemption offers a wide selection of guilt-free beverages, which can be enjoyed alongside its nourishing vegan menu. Cordials, ferments and alcohol-free ‘Fitbeer’ replace cocktails here: the ‘Flu Fighters Martini’, for instance, gives your immune system a boost with ingredients like ginger citrus, aloe vera and chilli. As its motto states, ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself.’ redemptionbar.co.uk

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