cover image | asha Spa at Hotel Cafe Royal
As the festive season goes, December 31 has a tendency to air on the side of overrated. 365 nights culminating in the pressure to have saved the best for last and to see the year out on a high. In reality, the thrill of the countdown is usually followed by the realisation that the evening has peaked and Ubers are now surging through the roof. That’s why the most celebratory of New Year’s Eves are often spent doing something you would love doing any other night. Perhaps drinks in with friends, a takeaway in front of the television, or dinner at your favourite local restaurant (eating dessert as the clock strikes 12 definitely counts as a climactic end to the year).
A day slightly overlooked, however, is January 1. New Year’s Day arrives as the morning after the year before, the Sunday morning coffee to the Saturday night tequila, the chance to rejuvenate before 52 weeks of Monday wake-ups resume. So, while it might feel like a duvet day is calling, save yourself for an extra decadent dawning of the decade with BURO’s edit of the best ways to spend New Year’s Day 2020.
The medow spa
A century ago saw the start of the roaring 1920s, but now it's all about the restoring 2020s. Set the tone for a resolution of self care for the decade ahead by indulging in a revitalising trip to the spa. While sales shoppers flock to scrap over bargains (obvious note: this should be avoided at all costs if a peaceful start to the year is your priority), treat yourself instead to the ultimate recharge for body and mind.
the new club
If you have any room left after the recent feasting, then NYD is officially the brunchiest of bank holidays. Sleep late then dedicate the day to all you can eat in a sumptuous setting. Plus, Christmas leftovers are likely long gone and most food shops will be closed, so dining out over multiple meal times is basically non-negotiable.
Duck and Waffle’s New Year’s Day brunch, serving up classic dishes with its famous vista of the London skyline
The New Club, offering an American diner-style menu and views across Brighton’s seafront
The Ned's New Year’s Day feast, where dishes range from breakfast favourites to lobster, oysters and roasts, alongside live entertainment all afternoon
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
The TV guide is tempting, but leaving the sofa to soak up some culture could be even more gratifying (and soon you’ll need to start getting dressed everyday again anyway, so it might as well start now). Most theatres have showings on January 1, so use it to catch something that won’t be on for much longer. Many major galleries and museums are open too, with the added bonus that they will probably be quieter than usual.
Paris by eurostar
You could hop on the Eurostar and arrive in Paris in time for lunch (and ready to hit the shops the next day), or in Amsterdam, where most museums and galleries are open on January 1, by the afternoon. For the ultimate staycation, head to Somerset's newly opened The Newt, and lose yourself in the Georgian house’s magnificent grounds and gardens (or, alternatively, head straight for the spa and restaurants). But who says your biggest trip of the year shouldn’t be at the beginning? Start with a heavy dose of sunshine by going for the far-flung option. There’s a reason that January is peak season in Thailand - just be prepared to do your research to avoid the tourist hot spots.
Coming out of pyjama-clad Christmas hibernation and spending time in the great outdoors is the energising kick needed to start the year on the right foot. It could mean enjoying the last of the seasonal activities (ice skating isn’t only for December, FYI), a long, head-clearing walk before your regular commute resumes or, for the hardiest among us, a bracing wild swim to dive into 2020 feeling seriously refreshed.