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The lobby at The Athenaeum hotel

20th December 2019


Without a single translation in English, the Danish concept of hygge more of a feeling than a single word. Cosy, content and enjoying the simple things in life is what the idea of hygge embodies. And although hygge is something important to Danes every day of the year, there’s no doubt that it can work particular wonders in winter.

Especially in January! The Christmas festivities are over, the twinkling lights have come down and the colder weather is less inviting now there are no festive markets with mulled wine… Hygge is a concept to welcome with open arms at this time of year.

Here are five ways to embrace all things hygge at The Athenaeum:

Get cosy and read

There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a good book for a while, and this is a perfectly indulgent treat during January. Take your pick of comfy seats around The Athenaeum and relax for a while – our Book Butler will even bring you a complimentary book, thanks to our partnership with Pan Macmillan!

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Hearty fare

Our winter menu at Galvin at The Athenaeum is full of warming seasonal favourites that will bring about a wonderful foodie glow. Whether you choose a risotto of wild mushrooms, winter truffle and wood sorrel, or a decadent salt beef bagel with sauerkraut, cheddar and mustard mayo – we can create everyone’s idea of food heaven!

Galvin at the Athenaeum

Hot chocolate

Sweet, rich and creamy – hot chocolate is the ultimate hygge-inducing drink this January! Order yours at The Bar at The Athenaeum to luxuriate in a cosy corner of the hotel, complete with relaxed seating nooks and a wonderful insider’s view of our verdant Living Wall.

Hot Chocolate

Take a moment

Doing nothing and simply watching takes a bit of practise in the buzzing modern world, but we invite you to give it a try in The View, our tenth floor lounge with panoramic views over London. Accessible only to those staying at The Athenaeum, this is a spot to take a window seat and simply soak up the views of Green Park and the city beyond.


Snuggle under the duvet

Sometimes the most indulgent treat we can give ourselves is to stay in bed! At The Athenaeum, make the most of our sumptuous beds, luxurious duvets and movie channels by snuggling up and watching a feel-good film.

The bedroom of one of The Athenaeum's serviced apartments in Mayfair.

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