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The Wonderush Spotlight: Hackney Hiitsters

We couldn’t really claim to be the fittest bunch of people at Team Wonderush. The most exercise we used to get was joking about how one of us never really gets to the gym, despite meaning to. However, our fitness levels are starting to change since we met the Hackney Hiitsters. Their HIIT workouts are hardcore but fun, and the group itself is friendly and encouraging (definitely necessary after about five minutes of work). In fact, they’re so great we couldn’t resist finding out a little bit more, so we spoke to Shelley, their awesome founder:

How did you get into what you do?

I have always been into fitness from a young age. I the studied it at College then went on to University to gain a BSc in Sport Science. From here I started my fitness career as a Personal Trainer at David Lloyd getting involved in many group exercise classes along the way.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Motivational and encouraging all the way.

Why would you recommend your activity?

Our classes effective and full of functional and fun exercises.

Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?

I can play the Ukuele.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at work?

Socialise with friends and fitness of course!

What’s your favourite part of London? Any places you’d recommend there?

Stoke Newington has had my heart from the beginning, Church Street is a magical place.

If you could try any experience in the world, what would it be, and why?

If it can be out of the world? It would to visit the moon and experience space, the unknown excites me!

What does the future have in store for you?

With working at Premier Training I teach students to build their own business. When they ask me my plan, my reply is always ‘going global’!

If you fancy an amazing workout check out Hackney Hiitsters and get booking! You’ll ache tomorrow, but you’ll thank us later.

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11 Things we learned this Summer

It’s been one hell of a Summer. Now that it’s nearly over, though, we’ve come over all nostalgic, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the highlights.

OK, fine.”highlights” might be the wrong word. Maybe “Learning opportunities” is slightly more appropriate. There have been an awful lot of educational moments in the past couple of months:

  1. Just when it looks like the weather can’t get any grimmer, the weatherman will invent a thing called a ‘Spanish Plume’ and we’ll all bask in glorious sunshine for, like, 36 hours.
  2. Just when it looks like the mood of the entire world can’t get any grimmer, an app gets released that instantly becomes a craze and makes everybody forget all of the terrible events of a bleak year in a blaze of anime glory.
  3. High Street Kensington has a crazy number of Pokestops. That one might just be benefitting us, but it’s good for you all to know.
  4. The political climate of your entire country can be turned upside down, but you might just manage to muddle through.
  5. You can create an insane mess, and then quit your job if you want to avoid any consequences (this only works if you are a politician).
  6. English footballers are not great. Some people still seemed to think they were.
  7. A surprising number of people can find a tenuous link to some Welsh ancestry if they try hard enough.
  8. The olympics are brilliant, and we are all world experts on everything from BMX to high-diving, none of which we’ve ever tried. But that doesn’t stop us from calling someone’s slightly-splashy dive ‘shit’ even though we’d die if we had to show them how it’s done.
  9. Sometimes the internet trolls are wrong and new, all-female versions of old films are actually incredibly funny and just all-around great.
  10. Just when we thought Kanye West and Taylor Swift had no more feud left in them, they restored our faith in their ability to create gossip column inches and make us click on articles we didn’t realise we cared about.
  11. Face swapping is never not funny. Was that even just a Summer thing? Whatever, it also happened in the Summer.

What were your Summer highlights? Or lowlights, for that matter? Let us know by tweeting us at @Wonderush, and if you’re suddenly feeling the need to make a few more memories before Autumn takes hold don’t forget to check out Wonderush for awesome things to do.

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9 Activities to help you hang on to that holiday feeling

It’s Summer. As a result, we’re going to go ahead and guess that you might have been on holiday recently, or be about to go (or have had a staycation, which we’ve covered previously). There’s nothing better than the feeling of being on holiday, but on the flip side there’s nothing worse than the feeling of having just come back. The whole of London suddenly just seems greyer, grimier, and grumpier. Sigh. Luckily, we’ve got a few activities up our sleeve to help you hang on to that holiday feeling for at least a little while longer.

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation

You know that chilled-out feeling you have when you’re sitting by the sea and nobody’s able to contact you so you can’t get annoyed? That’s, like, the first thing to go when you get home. Some guided meditation might help you to bring back your zen.

Pub Tour

historic london pub tour

You know how there’s often a lot of drinking while you’re on holiday? This tour combines sightseeing (also a staple on many peoples’ holidays) and the chance to grab a cheeky drink, so it’s a great way to keep your spirits up when you’re back.

Pop Up Screens

Pop up screens

It feels like in every other country they seem to place a great deal of emphasis on doing things outdoors (This is the part of the blog where we assume you didn’t go away to the Antarctic this Summer). Keep that attitude going with an al fresco film or seven.

Clubbercise

Clubbercise

If you’re a party animal while you’re away, there’s no reason to stop when you get back to London. Not only can you go out and party of an evening, but now there’s even an exercise class so that you can keep raving, even at times that might make stuffy old society might otherwise raise an eyebrow.

Salsa

Salsa with a Cuban Twist

Add a little bit of a sizzle to British Summertime with a Salsa class. It’s a great way to meet new people (something we never seem to have any problem doing while we’re away but often avoid when we’re home) and it’sa great way to top up the new moves you learned.

Hot Yoga

Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve

You know how it was really hot when you were on holiday (again, assuming you were not adventuring across Antarctica)? Well, it’s really hot when you do hot yoga. If you’re body starts craving warmth, this might be the best place to find some that does not involve sitting in an airing cupboard.

Mojito Masterclass

Mojito

Cocktails! Enough said. If you’re anything like us, you will have made full use of the bar facilities at your destination because it would be thoroughly rude not to. And now, you’ll be able to learn to whip up a cocktail like the pros did, so that you can taste the memories any time you like.

Mediterranean Cooking

mediterranean cooking

Ooh, people in other countries can cook, can’t they? If you’re not ready to go back to spending a fortune on takeaway or chowing down on whatever ready meal Tesco has on special offer (please don’t judge us. We’re not so great at the cooking.), why not learn some new holiday-esque dishes?

Photo Walk

heritage photowalk

We’re willing to bet that you took a lot of photos while you were on holiday. It’s only natural. After all, it’s something to capture and remember in the future. But now that you’re home you don’t need to stop. A photowalk could show you that there’s more to London than you expect to see.

So what do you think? How do you plan on keeping that holiday feeling going just that little bit longer. If you’re looking for any more inspiration, don’t forget to check out the Wonderush workshop for some great ideas.

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The Wonderush Roundup: August

August could – very correctly – be described as the height of Summer. Of course, it’s all very well for us to sit here at the very start and be all overly-optimistic about the weather, and therefore that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We can say with absolute certainty that we think August is going to be gorgeous, and sunny, and all-around lovely. And with our not-really-met-office-approved weather forecast out of the way, it’s time to take a look at some of the best things happening all over London this month.

Notting Hill Carnival

Carnival

We would not be doing our job correctly if we didn’t mention the Notting Hill Carnival here. Our love of it has been well-documented and we can’t wait to get out on the streets this year, dancing and judging people watching the world go by.

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

bucking palace

Speaking of judging people, Buckingham Palace opens it’s doors every Summer to allow the public a chance to get a glimpse of the royal family’s State Rooms. In other words, they’re giving the public a chance to have a nose around a judge their interior design taste, and we fully support that.

Camden Fringe

comedian

August is the month when everybody (including certain members of Team Wonderush) makes a big fuss about the Edinburgh Fringe. But the fact of the matter is there’s also an awesome Fringe Festival happening right here in London, which you should check out, whatever your tastes.

Great British Beer Festival

beer

Would you like to be in a room containing over 900 different kinds of ale, cider, perry, and beer? Yeah, we thought that might be a stupid question. Get involved in the ultimate in tasting fun this August at Olympia, London. There’ll even be great music to help you really make a day of it.

BeachEast

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Over the past few years, everybody in London seems to have grown to love a temporary, urban beach. They seem to be springing up everywhere. And now there’s one at the Olympic park, which means that you can lay back relax on the sand in almost the exact spot where someone did lots of movement just a few years before, which definitely heightens the experience.

Holi Festival of Colours

holi

If you liked Holi in the Spring, any kind of colour run, or just really playing up in art classes when you were at school, you’ll probably be well up for this. Taking place in Wembley, in combines music acts and throwing coloured powders at people. Perfect combo.

Proms on The Roof

Classy

Look. We were never seriously going to make it all the way through an August newsletter without suggesting some kind of rooftop situation, were we? What better way to enjoy the weather than by sipping a complimentary Aperol Spritz and listening to a bit of classical music?

And there you have it. August. We’ll be looking back on it fondly with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in our hands in just a matter of weeks, so we need to make the most of it. What will you be doing this month? If you’re still looking for inspiration, don’t forget that we’re bringing loads more of it on the Wonderush website!

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The Wonderush Roundup: July

Another month is upon us, which is scary. What’s even more scary is the fact that we’re now in the second half of 2016. Man. Remember the beginning? We were so young, and naive, and so full of hope. And now we’ll be in December before we know it, and the whirlwind of life will carry on ad infinitum. But putting our minor existential crisis aside for a moment, July is a great month. It’s sunny, people are going on holiday, and we’re all so determined to ignore the political chaos we’re currently in that we’re working extra hard to have a good time. So, here are a few of the best events across London this month, to help you do just that:

Festival of love

love

What the world needs now is love, sweet love. Never has that been truer, and luckily the Southbank Centre are bringing back the Festival of Love starting this July. There’ll be shows, outdoor attractions, and family events galore, all on the subject of love. All together now: Awwwwwww.

Lambeth Country Show

countryside

This is the perfect event for anyone who fantasises about living in the countryside and then gets put off at the last minute by things like lack of public transport or fields. Taking place in Brockwell Park, there’ll be animals, performances, and even homegrown vegetable competitions.

Thames Lates

boat

You know how sometimes you’re on a boat on the Thames and you find yourself thinking ‘this is great, but it could stand to be a little bit later…”? Well, you’re in luck. Thames Rockets are offering the chance to get out on the river closer to sundown for the whole of July.

London Wonderground

cabaret

London Wonderground is a place to see all of the best Fringe acts in the city, from circus performers, to comedians, to cabaret. On top of that, you have the opportunity to sit in old bumper cars with your friends and drink Negronis in the sunshine, and opportunities like that can never be underestimated.

Camden Beach

beach

Bringing a whole new element of fun to spending the night hanging out in a car park, Camden Beach is a sandy oasis (if such a thing exists) in the middle of London. If you’re not going away this Summer it’s your chance to chill and feel some sand between your toes and,if you are, it’s your opportunity to practice.

Great British Pram Race

pram

Show off a full range of skills, from keeping calm under pressure, to racing ability, to pram decoration chops in this charity event. It’s open to everyone so whether you want to bring your kids or your work colleagues, you’ll be able to show off your very specific, buggy-based skillset.

Ride London

bike

Cycling is a great way to get around, but cycling in London can be scary AF sometimes. Luckily, Ride London are closing off an 8-mile loop of roads past some of the city’s biggest attractions so you can have a go without the pressure from angry lorry drivers.

So, what do you think? Will you be getting out and doing anything cool this month? If you’re after more to do than just these few events, don’t forget to check out everything we have to offer on Wonderush – we’re your passport to pastimes this Summer. And, indeed, any other time of year!

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The Wonderush Spotlight: Speed Dater

Dating in London is tough. Luckily, there are companies like Speed Dater events to help us all to navigate the choppy waters of the dating scene. After all, who wants to spend their evenings looking at a screen when you could be sitting in front of some real people and actually getting to know someone? Since we’re always looking for new ways to get social we thought we’d find out more from Dani, the Speed Dater Date Whisperer:

Speed Dater sounds like a great company. How did you get into what you do?

More than a decade ago (gosh I’m old!), I helped out a big Valentines singles party in London. I fell in love with the concept immediately and found the dating industry fascinating. I had only recently moved to London and knew no one, so being surrounded by hundreds of new people chatting/flirting was very appealing! Soon after, I joined the SpeedDater head office and have now personally introduced more than 42,000 singles at a variety of events – from wine tasting to vegan speed dating. Every event is different and I am never bored!

How would you describe and recommend your activity?

Speed dating is a fun and fast way to meet new people. You meet around 15 people in a series of 4 minute dates and the following day you can see who you match with. Nothing beats face to face chemistry – if you have ‘swipe fatigue’ and just want to meet real people, you should most definitely give it a go!

If you were on a speed date, what interesting anecdote would you tell about yourself?

I would talk about my travels tales – I am forever in a state of either ‘just back from a holiday’ or ‘about to go on one’. Dating someone who also shares the desire to travel and experience new cultures is a deal breaker for me, so I’d make sure I weave some travel chat into each 4 min speed date.

Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?

I am the only Australian in the world who isn’t interested in watching sport, playing sport or talking about sport.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at work?

Dining out / bikram yoga. One cancels out the other! I have a very long list of restaurants to try that I probably couldn’t get through even if I dined out for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. I’m giving it a good try though.

What’s your favourite part of London to go on a date? Any places you’d recommend there?

I am a big fan of first dates which are cheap and quick (1 hour maximum). I often met my dates in Soho as it’s a central meeting point and has loads of options for drinks/coffee. A personal favourite of mine is to stop in at the Hanover Square Dirty Martini for a happy hour mango and chilli martini.

If you could try any experience in the world, what would it be, and why?

I’m really keen to do the Inca Trail.. or snowboard in Japan. Both are right up there on my bucket list.

If a Speed Dater event is right up your street you can find the next one here – we hope to see you soon!

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5 Ways to kick start festival season

Festival season (By which, let’s be honest, we basically mean ‘Summer’) is nearly upon us. It’s a few glorious months of fields, camping, music, mud, and floral wellies. With tickets getting booked up super-early in some cases, it can be hard to contain the excitement when you know you’re going, and after a while it stops being enough to simply spend every day at work shopping for fringed waistcoats and denim shorts on ASOS. Luckily, we have a few ideas for place you can go to kick off festival season sooner rather than later.

Campfire Club

Nothing says ‘it’s nearly festival season’ quite like sitting outside listening to acoustic music by the light of a campfire. The fact that the weather is, all of sudden, warm enough to make events like this possible; and that the whole thing takes place in a secret location is just icing on the festival-esque cake.

Festival Headbands

If you’re going to a festival or seven this summer you’re bound to run into someone wearing the exact same flower crown as you. After all, there are only so many designs in Accessorize. But instead of buying one, how about making one yourself? You can also wear it to the office to really show off your crafty credentials.

Thom Foole’s House Party

Thom Foole’s House Party has been booked for appearances up and down the country this festival season. It features character comedy, music, games, and all-around debauchery. However, if you’re not destined to cross paths with them at some point in the Summer they’ll be in London, and you should be too.

Festival of The Spoken Nerd

A festival season double whammy (in that they are performing at several festivals this Summer and also have ‘Festival’ in their name), Festival of The Spoken Nerd mix science and comedy brilliantly. Their shows are perfect for graph fans, or indeed anyone who likes their comedy a bit more interesting than usual.

Swing Patrol

Swing Patrol will be celebrating festival season at Wilderness in Oxfordshire (as well as holding the London Swing Festival this weekend). They’ll also be able to teach you some awesome new moves that you can take away and use at every festival you attend. That is, provided your wellies don’t get stuck in the mud, of course.

So, are you excited about festival season? If you’re heading to loads of them this Summer we hope you have a fantastic time. If you’re not, you’re in luck. With a Wonderush Unlimited membership you’ll still be able to get out and about and doing awesome stuff all season anyway.

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Reasons to attend the Wonderush Social

London can be a very antisocial place. Whether we’re elbowing people out of the way to get to the tube, looking down at our phones as we walk down the street, or just totally ignoring the strangers who come up to us in restaurants and start talking, we’re not always that friendly. And to be fair, that last one is a bit weird. We don’t encourage approaches from strangers when we’re mid-meal. Anyone coming between us and our Byron Burger is about to lose a hand. But the point is, it’s cold on the streets of London – even in the Summer – and we want to change that.

That’s why we’re holding the Wonderush Social. We’re bringing the drinks and the entertainment, and all you have to bring is yourself. Maybe even some friends. But basically, not a lot. If you need even more inspiration to join us, we have that too:

Free Drinks

wonderush social 1

The drinks are on Wonderush. At least to start off with. How often do you get an offer like that with nobody trying to corner you later in the day and sell you a timeshare? We wish we had a timeshare. We’d take you all on holiday. In a totally not-weird kind of way. But anyway, we’re getting distracted. What we do have is a whole bunch of wine and beer and a dream of sharing it with people.

A chance to meet likeminded people

wonderush social 2

You joined Wonderush (or at least found yourself on the Wonderush website) because you’re the kind of person who likes getting out and about and making the most of your free time. We are so all about that. And so is everybody you’ll find at the Wonderush Social! We happen to know that some genuine friendships have been forged through Wonderush membership, so if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t accept just sitting at home of an evening and feeling bored, you’re about to find your tribe.

An opportunity to show off

wonderush social 3

Everyone knows someone who tends to take pub quizzes too seriously. Now is your time to be that person! Unless you already are, in which case you just keep being you. Compared with certain members of Team Wonderush, we promise you won’t be the worst person in the room when it comes to competitiveness. But either way, this is your chance to win some awesome prizes.,

If you haven’t yet booked your tickets to the Wonderush Social, you can do so here. It’s a free event, so there’s no excuse not to, but we do need to make sure you’re on the guestlist so we know to let you in. We’ll see you on Thursday!

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7 Alcohol pairings you’ll wish you knew about sooner

Alcohol is great. It’s the thing that brings us together when we’re out with our friends, it’s the thing that gives us the false confidence to finally voice our opinions and/or weird crushes, and it’s the thing that comforts us at 2am when we’re having a cry alone in front of Netfl- Um, I mean, it pairs really well with food. But sometimes you want more than just a trip to a bar, and where are you to go when you’re looking for something different to go with your drink? Luckily, we know all the answers:

Wine and Jazz

alcohol 3

If you’re the music-loving type of alcohol fan this is absolutely up  your alley. You’ll be able to sample different varieties of wine, and then follow that up with three hours of amazing jazz performances.

Drinks and a quiz

Alcohol 6

If you’re a know-it-all – and especially a Londoner who likes to boats about knowing everything about the city – you should definitely head to our next social on May 26th. We’ll buy you a drink and then we’ll put you to the test.

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6 Things anyone can do to impress their friends

Saving face is very important in this day and age. As young people in a big city we constantly feel the need to impress everyone. And, yes. That’s not great. But Team Wonderush have decided that it is what it is. If everyone else is out to impress then we should be looking to join in – even if it’s just for the purposes of appearances. As such, we’ve come up with a list of ways we plan to dazzle everyone at our next meeting and/or social event. Get ready to be amazed:

Do some magic

Picture the scene: You owe your friend some money. Your friend asks you for the money. You hand over the money. Except that, instead of just handing it over, you pull it out of their ear. Because that isn’t annoying at all. Or maybe instead of that you learn actually-good tricks from an actually-good magician like Jerry Sadowitz, and really impress your friends, rather than just being a bit annoying.

Show off your physical prowess

You know how everybody loves a bragger? Impress your friends by telling them exactly how many press ups and squats you did last night. Maybe you could also keep them updated about the number of calories you’ve burned. Or, instead of being a total show-off, you can just casually mention the fact that you were at bootcamp training with actual Team GB athletes last night and let their imaginations do the rest of the work. They don’t need to know that you actually thought you were going to throw up a little bit.

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