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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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The Wonderush Review of Reviews: Part Two

We love our partners. We really do. And you guys do too, which is fantastic. We’ve been struck by the number of positive reviews you’ve been giving out, so we decided it was high time to showcase some of your favourites and an example of some of the love that they’re getting. You can find all of these guys running a whole range of awesome sessions, from acroyoga and cocktail-making classes, to super-fun workouts and crafty classes.

Uplifting Stunts

Acroyoga

Uplifting Stunts are an awesome husband and wife team who are on a mission to run inclusive and super-supportive classes that show people how to work together to form amazing shapes with their bodies. Check out their reviews:

“This was my first acroyoga class and I absolutely loved it! Really amazing experience, thank you Jayme and Rick – you wonderful teachers and humans!” -Boryana

“Amazing class can’t believe how much I learnt in 2 hours with great teachers! Would definitely recommend!” -Sarah

GOAT Chelsea

Cocktail Making

The guys at GOAT Chelsea run brilliant cocktail making classes, which combine practical skills with a heavy and very enjoyable element of tasting. Good times all round! Check out their reviews:

“Absolutely amazing night. Such a casual vibe with everyone just mucking in and enjoying themselves. You get to try all of the cocktails and the welcome cocktail was the bomb! We ate there afterwards too and the food was so good! Definitely recommend” -Pippa

“Such a fun evening!! Great location and teacher! Definitely recommend :)” -Christie

The London Bicycle Tour Company

Bicycle tour

The London Bicycle Tour Company run a range of bike rides around London, which are great for visitors and old-hands alike. You’ll get to see the city from a totally different perspective, and maybe even learn a little something. Check out their reviews:

“Great opportunity to try cycling in London! I was a little nervous at first – but it was super fun and felt safe cycling in a group! Our guide Tarik had loads of really interesting stories and it was a great way to experience the city. Highly recommend.” -Mel

“The tour guide Olly was witty, knowledgeable and passionate about his work. A very enjoyable morning ride around central London to rediscover the city I’ve been living in the past decade. :)” -David

Shake That Zumba

Zumba

Zumba is an amazing workout (hello, 500-1000 calories in an hour!) and Shake That Zumba are determined to make sure that it stays fun throughout. They guarantee to keep you smiling while you sweat. Check out their reviews:

“It was so much fun with the Steven, he’s absolutely crazy. Great exercise as well, can’t remember last time when I was sweating so much. Thanks!;)” -Angelika

“Fantastic! Absolute fantastic!. Steven is a fantastic instructor. This class is great fun for everyone. All shape, all age. It is a party and a really hard work. Left me buzzing with energy, happy and really really sore on muscles I didn’t know I even had.” -Agnes

Gabriela Szulman

Decoupage Taster

Once you’ve learned the art of decoupage, the world is basically your oyster whenever you decide you want to decorate something. From shoes to walls, Gabriela Szulman knows how to do it all. Check out her reviews:

“Really fun class and a good introduction to decoupage. Gabriela was a great instructor and had an excellent range of papers and inspiring projects to show what can be done with decoupage.” -Kirsten

“A great taster for trying decoupage. Artist Gabriela and her studio were both very nice. Highly recommended, especially for paper lovers.” -Pf

Have any of these whet your appetite? You can find all of these activities and thousands more on Wonderush. Why not pay a visit to one of our featured partners and add to their reviews. Don’t forget to let us know what you get up to!

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10 Wonderush activities which are also Pokestops

Pokemon Go has been taking the world by storm, and it’s- Sorry, hold on. Just catching a Jigglypuff. OK. Carry on. Like we were saying, Pokemon Go has been taking the world by storm, and it’s become a bit of a craze at Wonderush HQ. We’re constantly in need of our nearby Pokestops so we can replace all the Pokeballs we waste on the huge number of Drowzees that seem to be resident in our office. But when we’re out and about of an evening it’s also useful to know if we’re going to be able to stock up on the necessaries. So, we put together a list of the Pokestops we can find at Wonderush activities. It’s always good to know where your next poke-goodies are coming from, after all.

Wonderush Pokestops #1: Urban Coterie

Yoga with a view

There doesn’t seem to be a pokestop directly in Urban Coterie, but there are definitely some great ones just outside. And what better way to make an awesome morning than picking up some essentials before and after a great early-morning yoga session with included breakfast?

Wonderush Pokestops #2: The Good Ship

Comedy Club

Everybody likes a laugh, and TheGood Ship has some of the best comedians in the country. It’s an awesome venue with a great atmosphere, and now comes with added pokeballs. What could be better?

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The Wonderush Review of Reviews: Part 1

We love our partners. We really do. And, as it turns out, you guys do too. We’ve been struck recently by the number of positive reviews you’ve been giving out, so we decided it was high time to showcase some of your favourites and an example of some of the love they’re getting. You can find all of these guys running a whole range of awesome sessions, from tea tasting and art classes, to pole dancing and pottery.

Tea Studio

tea brewing

Tea Studio run activities from tea tasting to Alice in Wonderland-themed afternoon teas, and everything in between. Basically, if you like tea, you need to pay them a visit.

“Amazing little place, lovely atmosphere and the owner is very passionate about tea. I really enjoyed the experience and I’ll be going there for more!” – Natalia

“Lovely guy and very knowledgeable. If you like your tea, don’t miss his events!” – Penelope

To and TO

Drink and Draw

ToandTO run the ever-popular Drink and Draw, which is fairly self-explanatory. During the course of a really relaxed and creative evening you’ll meet loads of new people as you show off your artistic ability (or lack thereof – there’s no pressure here.)

“What a brilliant concept! Dragged a friend thinking it would be less awkward to meet absolut strangers that way, but what a fantastic casual way to mingle and meet cool people, and best of all, forget about the stresses of daily life by getting creative and sketching! Will definitely recommend to friends and go back, with or without them! P.S. You get to keep the sketchbooks and I’m gonna be framing one of the portraits!” -Sahar

“Very fun experience even if you can’t draw at all! :)” -Kate

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6 Edinburgh Fringe 2016 acts you can see in London first

The Edinburgh Fringe brochure was released yesterday. It was a momentous occasion. The Gimp Owl (Just wait until you see the cover) looked majestic, and the over 3000 shows happening this August comprise the usual mix of the genuinely brilliant-sounding, and the so-bad-it-might-be-great. Luckily for us some of the acts in the programme will even be performing in London in the next few weeks as they get ready for the Fringe, so we put together a list of the ones we can’t wait to see.

The Miserables

The MiserablesWe’ll declare our bias right now. Our very own Community Manager Nicola is bringing a show to Edinburgh. The Miserables is a parody of Les Miserables, which is set in an office where the employees hate their jobs. She has promised us it is not about us and we have decided to trust her. The Miserables can be seen at Just The Tonic at The Caves. Or, for those not travelling to Scotland, it’ll be at The Etcetera Theatre in Camden in July.

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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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The Wonderush Summer Social

The weather got a bit good a few weeks ago. We sat in our office getting very excited about that fact, and decided that the fast-approaching Summer was something we should be celebrating. Shortly after this we sat in our office watching a blizzard over Kensington, but by then it was too late. The seed was sown.

In those early weeks of excitement we came up with the idea of the Wonderush Summer Social. It would be a chance for Team Wonderush to meet their members and partners, and for those members and partners to meet each other (obviously it would, as that is the very definition of the concept of a ‘social’).

We picked a fantastic venue called Loading Bar in Dalston. Nary a Friday afternoon passes at Wonderush HQ without some kind of game being played, and Loading had them all. Like, literally all of them – board games, video games, you name it. It felt like home.

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10 Songs you should definitely sing at Nineties Karaoke

Our friends at Hot Since 91 have had an awesome idea. Everyone likes karaoke, and most people who are old enough to be in a bar can remember the nineties. So why not combine the two. “But music in the nineties was terrible!” We hear you cry. Actually, no. We respectfully disagree. Music in the nineties was great. And the small subsection that was really bad was so bad it went all the way around and came back to being good again. So put on all of your nineties normcore finery, and meet us in Highbury. Maybe you’ll want to sing one of these classics. You’ll have to get in line.

Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back

Start as you mean to go on: With a total classic. Nothing gets a person respect faster than knowing all the words to this, and not needing a karaoke screen to help. We are obviously basing this on experience.

Fugees – Killing Me Softly

An opportunity to show off for all of the good singers in the audience. An opportunity to have our very own ‘About A Boy‘ moment for the rest of us. But definitely a karaoke regular even when it’s not nineties-specfic.

Leann Rimes – How Do I Live

A song that smacks slightly of desperation but in a good way. Possibly one to steer clear of on a first date, but otherwise a great opportunity for some, what we’d call, passionate gesticulation. Steady now.

NSync – Tearin’ Up My Heart

We’re willing to bet that this is the song everyone hears and says ‘No. This was not in the nineties. I remember this being on the radio!” To those people, we say “Look at Justin Timberlake’s hair in the video. Of course it was.”

S Club 7 – S Club Party

If you’re on stage and want the crowd to join in, this should make it happen. It’s just unfortunate that S Club’s seminal 40th birthday party classic ‘Reach’ was too late for the nineties. But this’ll do the job just as well. And it really gives you the chance to show off your ‘mid-air-S’ drawing skills.

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Stereotypically English ways to celebrate St George’s Day

It St George’s day on Saturday. That, coupled with the fact that it’s also the Queen’s ninetieth birthday (which, let’s be honest, was always going to involve lots of pomp and ceremony), means that things have suddenly become a bit patriotic at Wonderush HQ. In fact, we want to celebrate in truly stereotypically English fashion, and this is our shortlist:

Historic Pub Tour

Pub EnglishIt has come to our attention that the English, as a nation, really like pubs. We can’t imagine why. Is it something they’re selling? Anyway, with so many pubs standing for centuries there’s a lot of history in everybody’s favourite watering holes, and there’s finally a tour that offers the chance to learn all about it. There’s even a cheeky half at the end.

Tea and Cheese Tasting

Tea EnglishWhether we’re chasing it as it rolls down a hill or slicing it three times as thick as the cracker we’re about to put it on, it’s safe to say that the English love a bit of cheese. It’s nearly too obvious to even mention tea, which is our go-to in times of crisis, celebration and, indeed, any hour on any clock anywhere. Basically, mixing the two together is an amazing idea and the perfect way to celebrate anything.

Having a Laugh

laugh EnglishThe Brits are renowned for their sense of humour, so some form of laughing was always going to make the list. Laughter yoga is a great way to loosen up and relax, which is something the English have occasionally needed to learn to do better (What? Who said that? How dare they?). The ability to laugh at ourselves is a huge part of the English identity and if standing on the South Bank with a group of people you’ve only just met doesn’t encourage you to do that then nothing will.

Referendum tasting

chooseIt might be a new national pastime in the general scheme of things, but that doesn’t make it any less significant. We are, or course, talking about talking about the referendum. Everybody’s doing it, from the people who’s opinions you don’t really care about on Question Time, to the people who’s opinions you don’t really care about in your own home. Referendum wine tasting, though? That’s something we will talk about until the cows come home.

Jeremy Clarkson Talk

Clarkson EnglishWhat better way to celebrate all things stereotypically English than spending an hour in the company of Jeremy Clarkson. He might be an acquired taste, but for those who’ve already acquired it this is the perfect evening. And for those who haven’t this might be the start of a wonderful love affair. Helmets will be provided to those seated the first three rows.

GB Active Bootcamp

Bootcamp EnglishYou know what we bloody love in England? Sport. And fine, it might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but Team Wonderush caught olympic fever in 2012 and it has never let up. So while running around a park and sweating may not initially sound like a celebration, the chance to meet (and very briefly train with) a GB athlete is definitely something we’re excited about.

If we’ve whet your appetite you can find tickets to these events and loads more in the Wonderush Marketplace. If you’d like the chance to try as many as you feel like every single month for £29 don’t forget to check out Wonderush Unlimited!