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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Roundup: June

It’s a new month! We’re lucky, because June is a great one. It starts to feel a little bit summery (as long as you don’t look out of the window for the next few days at least), there are suddenly Starbucks Frappaccino happy hours in our lives again, and you’re never more than a few days away from either your own holiday or someone else through whom you can live vicariously. Honestly. What a time to be alive. On top of all of that, there’s a whole new bunch of cool stuff happening across London, and we thought we’d give you a glimpse of some of it.

West End Live

Theatre tickets are expensive these days, so going to a show is an investment. And, just like you wouldn’t get a mortgage on a house without seeing it first, you might not want to book a show without knowing what it’ll be like. West End Live is your chance to get a taste of some of London’s best shows on the 18th and 19th of June, as well as hearing from stars on the theatre scene and generally geeking out with your fellow thesps. And it’s free! We’re already camping in Trafalgar Square to get a good space.

Pop Fields

This Summer is a big one as far as sport is concerned. It’s Euro 2016 and the Olympics, not to mention the perennial favourites like Wimbledon, the Tour de France, and lots of cricket-based fun. At Pop Fields you’ll be able to watch sporting events – starting in June, and then throughout the Summer – live with a crowd (which is always the best way to do it) and visit any number of the food trucks, restaurants, and drinks stands which will be there to keep you fed and watered. A sports fan’s dream.

World Naked Bike Ride

The World Naked Bike ride does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. All over the world, people get naked, and get pedalling to raise awareness of how vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians are in big cities. There’ll be be bicycles, body paint, and a bit of a party atmosphere; as long as you’re not put off by a little bit of flesh, the atmosphere is bound to be great.

Open Garden Squares Weekend

London is a very green city. The trouble is, there are green spaces all over the place that are kept locked, so nobody ever really gets to take advantage of them. Well, not on June 18th and 19th. Over 200 spaces are opening their gates to the public so that we can take a look around and live out all of our Secret Garden dreams. Don’t pretend you didn’t have those too…

ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

The idea of installing a slide in the twisty red tower in the Olympic Park was announced a while ago, and either illicited a reaction of excitement or dread in everyone who heard about it. Well, the time is now and the day is here. Tickets for the Orbital Slide are now on sale, and it looks terrifying. But this is being written by a person who is no fun and doesn’t like slides. For normal people who won’t publicly cry on thrill rides, it’s going to be awesome.

Pride in London

Kicking off the party atmosphere in London this June is Pride. It’s always a brilliant couple of weeks, with events ranging from the parade and festival, to many and varied parties, networking events, and performances. There’s even an app so that you can keep track of where you have to be and when to make the most of everything happening. All the better for celebrating our awesome, super-diverse, incredibly creative city.

Soho Create

On the subject of creativity, Soho Create will be taking place in – you guessed it – Soho. There’ll be talks and events run by everyone from actors, to writers, to artists, as well as the people behind the scenes of some of the best creative projects in London. If you’ve been feeling stuck in a rut it might just be the perfect place to find that artistic kick-up-the-arse that you so desperately need.

This month is going to be so good. We’ll be out and about making the most of everything, including (we hope) the soon-to-be-beautiful weather. What are you most excited for this month?

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Anatomy of a #HappyYouYear: Autumn

We went off on one a couple of weeks ago about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here. In the last couple of weeks she’s given us examples of what a Happy You Spring and a Happy You Summer might involve, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Autumn might look:

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The Wonderush Roundup: January

January is a month of opportunities. With the new year comes a whole new load of cool stuff happening in London. We put together a list of some of the stuff we’re particularly looking forward to. Maybe we’ll see you there?

New Year’s Day Parade

There’s nothing quite as amusing as people watching at the new year’s day parade. If you look closely you’ll see half of the crowd are bright-eyed, bushy tailed, and raring for the new year. The other half – who possibly overindulged the night before – are pale, in need of a fry-up, and quite obviously willing all of the loud music and screaming children to stop. Add to that the fact that it’s a genuinely fun day, and you have a perfect start to the year on your hands.

Lumiere London

Just when you thought the lights at every turn were over for another year, the Lumiere London festival came along to change your mind. Several locations in the West End and Kings Cross are being brightened up for four days with projections and more traditional light installations. We humbly request that you pardon the pun when we say that this is going to – ahem – brighten up some of those dreary mid-January days.

Get into London Theatre

The West End is following Broadway in becoming super-expensive, which isn’t really ideal for anybody, especially the month after you haemorrhaged most of your bank account into buying gifts (for other people, or for yourself – we’re not here to judge), but Get Into London Theatre is here to provide a solution to that. For the whole of January there are tons of shows available at a reduced price and we suggest you get in on this action ASAP.

London Art Fair

Perfect for the people who have decided 2016 is their year of being more cultured, or for people who are looking for a little bit of creative inspiration or, indeed, for people who just want to look a bit fancier when they make small talk about what they did at the weekend. The London Art Fair gives a wide range of galleries a chance to exhibit work, and also has a range of talk, events, and performances on offer.

Adventure Travel Show

If you don’t have any big adventures planned for 2016 this might just provide you with the solution. There’ll be loads of travel companies available to chat to you about where you should be heading next, as well as talks, photography workshops, and films. Whether you take after Bear Grylls or prefer something with a little bit less urine-drinking, there might well be something there to bring out the traveller in you.

London International Mime Festival

Spanning nearly the whole of January, the International Mime Festival is an arts event that’s perfect for anyone. Whether you’re interested in something comedic or creepy, and highbrow or a little bit less intellectual, there’s bound to be something to suit you. There’s also films, loads of workshops (especially good for those of you whose new years resolution was to learn to clown or become a puppeteer, which we’re sure is, like, everyone), and the chance to meet some of the artists involved.

Burns Night

January 25th is a night to glory in amazing stodgy food and bagpipe music, and is, therefore, basically perfect. And no, before you ask, this is not being written by a Scottish person. I’m just a hardcore haggis fan from London who does not have enough haggis in her life. And that’s about to change for one night only – restaurants all over London are holding Burns Night events, so wherever you’re located you should be able to find something. And by ‘something’, I specifically mean ‘neeps and tatties’. Yum.