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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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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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My Life as a Musical Theatre Tour Guide

London’s theatre scene is amazing. From giant, long-running musicals to low-budget fringe productions that still knock your socks off, there’s something to keep everyone entertained. But how much do we really know about the theatres themselves? Fortunately the brilliant Neil from The West End Musical Theatre Walking Tour can help us find out more. We caught up with him to find out how he got where he is today:

“I first came up with the idea of starting a Musical Theatre walking tour just over a year ago and have been having fun entertaining audiences of all ages around the West End ever since. My main aim is always to inspire people about Musical Theatre with my passion, hopefully with them leaving having learned new things about this amazing art form and the theatres it is performed in.

I have been working as a singer/actor for over 15 years, starting out gigging in hotels in Bournemouth.  I also spent a lot of time performing in local amateaur dramatics which I really enjoyed, but went on to hone my craft on a professional level as I really wanted to perform for a living. It was at this time that I went on to win two national singing competitions (one judged by Amanda Holden and Earl Carpenter), which spurred me on and gave me the confidence to pursue my dream in earnest.

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The Wonderush Roundup: April

April is upon us and ooh, it’s going to be a good ‘un. We’ve had a very recent bank holiday, and there are more lined up. The clocks have gone forward and the days are only going to get longer. Outdoor events suddenly don’t sound like the worst idea in the world. It’s just really lovely. And of course, there are super-cool things happening all across the capital. We made a list of some of our favourite April events – maybe we’ll catch you at one?

Circusfest

Circusfest is back at the Roundhouse and this year’s festival will see a whole load of companies performing a huge range of circus-based shows. Whether you’re more into physical comedy or graceful movement, you’ll find something to suit you. Watch death-defying stunts and curse yourself for never running away to join the circus when you were daydreaming about it as a kid.

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8 Things we learned during a bicycle tour

Cycling in London can seem like a really horrible thing if you’re not used to it. The traffic is crazy, the roads are littered with pot holes and, frankly, the weather’s just kind of chilly and unpleasant a lot of the time. It’s lucky, then, that companies like London Bicycle Tours exist and are happy to take groups out for a spin. It could be that you want to learn more about London in general, or you might just want to see it from a saddle for once. It’s a great opportunity to do either. Team Wonderush recently went on our first ever London Bicycle Tour and we learned a lot – both about the city itself and about ourselves. It was eye opening, and we’ve recorded what we learned because we hope to pass our wisdom on to future generations:

  1.  You like to think you’re a nice person, but when it comes to it, you will fight to overtake anyone so that you’re not the person at the back of the group.
  2. There are very pretty backstreets slap bang in the middle of Central London that look like tiny villages where people live the ultimate Wholefoods-shopping, Cath-Kidston-furniture-owning dream, and you didn’t even know they existed.
  3. Those splotches that look like chewing gum all over the Millenium Bridge? Those are tiny pieces of art. Look a bit closer.
  4. Cobbled streets are not a cyclist’s friend. Or, at least, not a cyclist’s bum’s friend.
  5. It is very difficult to look cool while posing for photos on a bicycle. This does not put some people off from trying.
  6. There is no hunger like the hunger of a person who has been riding a bike around in the fresh air for a couple of hours.
  7. Busy roads look scary, but they are not actually as terrifying once you get stuck in.
  8. The man who started the Tate gallery is also the man who created the sugar cube. He is therefore one of our favourite men.

London Bicycle tours can be booked through Wonderush. If you’re looking for more than just a one-off activity don’t forget to check out Wonderush Unlimited, where you can book unlimited activities for just £29 a month.

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5 Spitalfields sights you should really see

Located at the edge of the City, Spitalfields has always been a place of social upheaval and a melting pot of cultures; catering to both domestic and international immigrants arriving in London as early as the seventeenth century. Katie, who runs Look Up London Walking Tours, is giving you a sneak peak.
Here are five Spitalfields sights you miss when you don’t look up…

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Things to do in London in December
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The Wonderush Roundup: December

Guys it’s December. Somewhere in the North Pole Santa is engaged in an epic Rocky-style training montage to get ready for his upcoming travels, and somewhere in London I opened a bottle of sherry first thing in the morning on December first and will not be putting it down until 2016. It’s a very exciting time of year and London is bringing it in the ‘Things to do’ department. Here are some of our favourites for this month but, as ever, feel free to let us know if we’ve missed something.

1. Club De Fromage on Ice

How do you make ice skating less terrifying (personal feelings of the author slightly coming through here)? Add cheesy music and a bar. This is a monthly event, but Decembers is billed as a Christmas special which means – you guessed it – Christmas music. I imagine skating will add a whole new dimension to We’re Walking In The Air, at the very least.

2. Weirdoes for Christmas Number One

An alternative pantomime with a cast of brilliant comedians who have basically no budget. This is actually the fourth panto produced by the Weirdos. Previous productions have included a live version of Hook and a KFC origins story. So if you’re bored of the traditional fairytales, or just don’t want to spend an evening in a room full of screaming children, this is the panto for you.

3. Christmas Lights Bike Tour

Christmas lights are pretty, and this is a whole new way to see them. The tour is slow, and takes mainly quiet streets, so that’s one less thing to worry about. You’ll be shown sights like Harrods, Winter Wonderland, and Oxford Street, which are all looking pretty flippin’ good right now.

4. South Pole Saloon

This is billed as “the ultimate drinking, dining, and immersive theatre experience to help Londoners celebrate the dark side of Christmas”, so definitely one for the people who want to get away from the same old Christmassy activities. The cocktails sound great and the food looks really good, so it’s definitely worth a look.

5. Resolution

Obviously, December isn’t just the season of flying reindeer and overeating. It also includes New Year’s Eve and its time-honoured combination of reminiscing, re-evaluating, and drinking seven too many proseccos. Resolution is a play that encompasses just that as it follows a couple through several New Year’s Eves, making people laugh and cry along the way.

6. The Great Christmas Pudding Race

This is essentially the best egg and spoon race ever, except that it’s in a relay format and has been given a festive twist. Participants (who are, naturally, raising money for charity) must keep their Christmas puddings on a plate while they take on an obstacle course including a foam slalom and running over an air mattress. Even if you’re not taking part, it’s worth going along to see people making festive fools of themselves.

7. Brick 2015

Not necessarily festive, but not everything is in December. This is the perfect event for the Lego-lover in your life. The show includes the chance to buy new or very rare lego sets, a display of amazing models built by diehard Lego fans and (saving the best until last) giant pits full of bricks which allow anyone to take a seat and set about building whatever catches their imagination. So much fun.


 

Hopefully this list will help you to get out and about and find something awesome to do this month – after all ’tis very much the season to make the most of everything. Ho ho ho, and all that. And for even more things to across London, don’t forget to have a browse of the Wonderush site to see what else is out there.

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The Wonderush Roundup: Things to do in London in October

Another month is over already. The nights are drawing in. The Christmas stuff is already out in the shops and yet, weirdly, there isn’t a whole lot of Halloween stuff yet. This is all very scary, and to avoid these thoughts we’ve been looking in some of the super-cool stuff that’s going down in London this month. Andso, here is our round up of things to do in London this month:

1. London Harvest Festival Show

Because what says ‘it’s October now’ like a giant bloody pumpkin? As a disclaimer, they haven’t actually advertised giant pumpkins as far as we are aware, but we’re basing this on the harvest festivals of our youth, where there might sometimes have been a pumpkin. This harvest festival also comes without the need to bring giant piles of tins to school, which is another bonus. Also, homes brew cider. ‘Nuff said.

2. Veg Fest

We’ll level with you right now: October is a full month of ‘fests’. First up is Veg Fest, which is a full weekend devoted to veganism in all its forms. With everything from information about vegan nutrition for cats to speed-dating for the over 50s, this event caters to all tastes. That is, as long as they are very, very specific and not in any way inclined towards cheese burgers.

3. Rum Fest

Anything with the tag line “Rum is more than a spirit, it’s a lifestyle” sounds OK by us. This show comprises tastings, demonstrations, and a carnival hour. We can’t guarantee that it also includes people doing impressions of Captain Jack Sparrow, but that’s certainly what it looks like in our heads.

4. NFL on Regent Street

The NFL have been bringing games to London for nearly ten years now. This is the first time they’ve done so in the midst of the rugby world cup, which might throw up a few awkward comparisons from people who like their sports people to not be padded to the hilt, but that’s by the by. On October 24th the NFL takes over Regent’s Street for a day. Traffic chaos for bus drivers, American football-themed fun for the rest of us.

6. Thrill The World London

On October 24th at 10pm join thousands of other super-cool people, or people with too much time on their hands depending on your point of view (Team Wonderush are firmly in the ‘super-cool people’ camp) in an attempt to break the world record for the most people doing the Thriller dance in zombie costume at the same time. There are events scheduled around the world, so it’s basically almost the olympics if you think about it. You have to really really think about it.

7. Big Draw

The Big Draw isn’t a London exclusive, but there are lots of events taking place all over the city. The theme this year is ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’. Whether that story is something epic and poetic about how amazing you are, or whether that story is how you skipped every art class from age twelve onwards because you couldn’t stand the smell of paint, there’ll be something for you to try. So please do.

8. London Porridge Championships

It might feel like you don’t have any strong feelings about the hot oats that mark the barrier between bed and work, but deep down, you know you do. For instance, we’re sure there would be a public outcry if we said we liked ketchup in our porridge. And we don’t. Because that’s weird. We like straight-up mustard. Anyway, the London Porridge championships see competitors battle it out to produce the most creative and tasty porridge they possibly can. One of the entrants will be the winner from a Waitrose competition so you know that shit’s going to be full of humous.

This week’s honourable mentions go, of course, to Halloween – which will see drunk people dressed up in amazing costumes, children nagging people for sweets, and amazing costumed walks of shame – and Oktoberfest, which will also see alcohol and the occasional costume. Put simply, get drinking, folks.

These events are all really cool, but they’re all really, really one-offs. For loads more cool things to in London, don’t forget to check out our main site.

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Get Discovering With Undiscovered London

One of the things nobody talks about in relation to the East End is that the second it comes up in conversation people tend to fall into one of two camps – Phil Mitchell impersonators, or ‘you schlaaagg’ types. From the moment I booked myself on to Undiscovered London‘s East End tour to the moment I was actually at the meeting point I was in full-on ‘Schlaaagg’ mode (easy now).

The tour itself is a pretty casual setup. You look for the group of people (if I’m honest, mostly tourists) standing by a particular statue at Liverpool Street station and you all stare at each other suspiciously until your tour guide arrives, orange umbrella in hand, to unite you in learning.

The tour starts by taking you into the middle of city office blocks and fancy glass apartment buildings. You get the chance to annoy hundreds of lunching office workers while you stop to look at ruins and hear about the walls of the old city, fires, and plague pits. It’s fun.

As you leave the shiny new buildings behind and head into Spitalfields and Brick Lane the talk turns to marginally-more-recent history, like Jack The Ripper, window taxes, and people throwing shit out of their windows. If you’re a British person who went to a British school there’s a lot you’ll already have heard, but that doesn’t actually make it any less interesting to see the real-life places and examples. It’s history in action, if you want to sound a little bit douchey about it.

After learning about the olden days we moved onto something distinctly more modern – Street Art. As a person with a woefully poor knowledge of artists who aren’t a couple of hundred years old (I can do the older ones because I sometimes sneak into the loos at the National Gallery) I found this part fascinating. To learn that there were more artists than just Banksy was one thing, but to find out the meanings behind a lot of their work and what their massive price tags could go up to added another element. Eddie, our tour guide, seriously knew his stuff.

A walking tour isn’t necessarily the kind of thing someone might think to do if it’s in the city they live or work in, and a lot of that (if my friends are anything to go by) is down to pride. We want to automatically be seen to be an authority on all things London. In reality, though, there’s nothing wrong with admitting that we’re interested and that we still have something to learn. I’ll start:

“My name is Nicola and, even though I live in London, I learnt a lot on a walking tour.”

Now go forth, be curious, and check out undiscovered London.


For Undiscovered London’s tours and a whole load of other things to do all over the city, don’t forget to check out our main site – We have everything you need to start ticking off your bucket list.

 

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The Wonderush Roundup: Things to do in London in September

It is September. Presumably, by now, somebody – whether they be in your office, your own front room, or in awkward small talk – will have said something along the lines of ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe summer’s over already’. We’ll spare you having to hear it again, but just know that we’re thinking it. In other news, here are some things you can do in London in September:

Open House London

Who wouldn’t want the chance to rubberneck their way around some of the buildings we never normally get the chance to go into? There’s even a ballot to have a poke round 10 Downing Street. Not that they’re explicitly saying that they’ll allow poking around, but we live in hope.

London Tattoo Convention

Striking fear into the hearts of mothers of teenagers everywhere, the London Tattoo Convention is an opportunity to get something done by some of the top artists  the UK and further afield. Or it’s a chance to go and have a look what other people have got. Or it’s a chance to openly stare, if that’s what you do. The convention is your oyster.

Apple Music Festival

One for the Apple devotees among you, the Apple Music Festival is coming to The Roundhouse this month. It’s an exclusive thing, with tickets being given away via ballots and competitions, but you can also watch online either live or for a short time after, so if you’re a person with an interest in music or hipsters it’s probably still worth a look.

Great Gorilla Run

Because who wouldn’t want to run 8km while dressed in a gorilla suit? Or, as an alternative, you can go down and watch the few hundred people who do make their way through the City on September 19th. Just make sure to hold your nose if you go down to have a stare – those outfits aren’t exactly moisture-wicking.

Design Festival

An opportunity to see and appreciate some really great design, or an opportunity to stand around, look at stuff, and nod? It all depends on what you’re into. But if you’re not a design bod per se, you never know, you might learn something. Or maybe you’ll just have some new material if you decide to chat someone up while you’re there.

London Wonderground

You’ve probably already seen this, since it’s been around all summer, and also since it is a giant, brightly-coloured, lit-up tent in one of the most popular parts of the city. It’s still worth a mention, though. The London Wonderground brings the best of cabaret, circus, and family entertainment to the South Bank. For those not into that kind of thing it’s also worth mentioning that they have a nice, outdoor bar and most of the shows are only an hour long.

Pearly Harvest Festival

We all have at least one friend who claims to be a proper Londoner, and thinks they’re more legit than anyone else because of it. Well, get them down to the Pearly Harvest Festival and shame them into realising that’s not true because there’ll be cocknies galore and the embarrassment of our nearest and dearest is priceless.

Totally Thames

There’s lots of Thames-based fun for all the family happening throughout the month of September. Which does not mean that it is actually taking place in the Thames, because that would be wet and idiotic.


 

This month’s honourable mention definitely has to go to Pumpkin Spice season, which should start sometime in the middle of September. Starbucks are keeping pretty schtum on exactly what date it’ll be. Either that, or Community Manager Nicola has had something of a research fail. She’s really excited, though, we’ll give her that.

Feel free to let us know if there’s something happening somewhere in London that we should know about and we’ll be all over it. For more stuff to do on the regular in London, you should definitely check out our main site. We offer unlimited classes and experiences in London, and we’re kind of a little bit awesome.