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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 Spotlight: South London Wine School

South London Wine school lead tasting sessions all about our absolute favourite subject. The thing is, though. They don’t always go for the obvious, and we love that. Recent sessions have featured produce from Britain, Eastern Europe, and Asia, which – as regular fans of cheap, Happy Hour rose – we didn’t realise even had a wine-producing scene. What we’re basically saying is we’ve already learned a lot from Julia, the School’s leader – so we decided to learn a bit about her for a change:

How did you get into what you do?

I previously worked in a wine a shop. A job I largely fell into by chance. But I quickly realized just how much I enjoyed wine and how interesting it is! I took the opportunity to study, and now have a WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirit knowledge, which is what led me to create tasting events.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Casual, yet informative. There is a lot you can learn about wine, so I try to make sure everyone has some information they can take away, without too much jargon! Plus, wine is a social thing and a fun thing, I want people to get involved and enjoy themselves.

Why would you recommend your activity?

Well first off, there will be wine! All the tastings are slightly different so the wines themselves vary, but they are all good. And there is always something you can learn. Wine is a fun thing, but it can also be quite confusing. The more you taste and understand, the easier it becomes to pick wine in restaurants or supermarkets. And you might even enjoy it more!

If you were going to pour us a glass of wine, what would it be?

As it’s summer, and warm(ish) I would go for a cool white wine, probably a Torrontes. Something fresh, yet full of flavour. Plus, this is a wine that continues to impress people at tastings!

Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?

I actually drink more beer when I’m not running tastings.

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

I love to travel and explore new places. And if I don’t have time to get away anywhere, just being outside is great.

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

I really like the area around London Bridge and Borough Market. So many great places to eat and drink. Jose’s Tapas Bar is one of my favourites.

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

I would love to go into Space!

If that’s whet your appetite, we wouldn’t blame you one bit. Check out the South London Wine School’s Wonderush profile here to get involved with their upcoming sessions. Cheers!

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8 Childhood rules we can totally help you break

Once upon a time, we were all children. For most of us – unless you were Harriet The Spy, one of the kids from Goosebumps, or a character from the Beano – there were at least a few childhood rules to stick to. These obviously varied by family, but there were at least a few old favourites that cropped up time and time again. The great thing is that now we are adults and we can do what we like. With that in mind, and because we are super mature grown-ups, we came up with a few ways that you can stick it to the adults in your life who were always telling you what not to do:

Childhood rule #1: No fighting

Boxfit

Actually, childhood authority figure, I can fight as much as I like. It’s called Boxfit, and I do it to stay active. Remember when you used to tell me off for sitting around all day and not going outside? You can’t have it both ways.

Childhood rule #2: No staying up late

1 big night out

I see your point, rulemaker, but I bet you’d prefer to see me on a pub crawl at 10pm rather than 10am. Am I right? I mean, of course you’d rather not see me on one at all, but you don’t own me!

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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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Wine for the win

Like many of you, we saw photographer Marcos Alberti’s brilliant portraits of people after drinking 1, 2 and 3 three glasses of wine and thought – “well… what would 4, 5 and 6 look like?”.

So, we’ve teamed up with one of our wine tasting experience hosts and we want YOU.

If you live in London, would like to drink six glasses of the very best wine and have the results photographed this Saturday, 9th April, just pop your email address and name in below and we’ll randomly pick 5 of you for the shoot.

Oh – and did we say the wine would be free?

We’ll let the lucky chosen people know where to be on the day! Ooh… tense.

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8 Hangover-free activities you could try this weekend

You know what? Sometimes it’s really nice to wake up on a Sunday morning and have a clear head. You might use that extra clear-headedness for something useful like chores or Instagramming a fancy brunch somewhere because the bacon is aesthetically-pleasing rather than medically necessary, or you might just use it to check through Facebook before you make the conscious decision to have an extra few hours in bed. We’re not here to judge. What we are here to do is to let you know that there are weekend activities out there that don’t require one to get turnt up in order to enjoy oneself.

Activity Number 1: A good old-fashioned jam session

Nohangover singalong

Now. This takes place in a pub, so it’s not necessarily an alcohol-free activity, but we trust you. It’s a casual event where you turn up – with or without guitar – and so do other people. And then you all just sit around and play music and sing together. It’s really that simple, and it’s very obviously going to be the start of some beautiful, musical friendships that go on to change history. Or you’ll just have a great singsong. One of the two.

Activity Number 2: Pottery

Hangover free pottery

People make pottery look easy. We’re here to tell you that it isn’t. But it’s not easy in a funny way. The results can often be hilarious, and (as recently evidenced by The Great Pottery Throwdown) there’s also a healthy amount of innuendo involved. All of these things combine to make a properly fun activity, whether you’re with your friends or by yourself.

Activity Number 3: Insanity

Hangover free insanity

The endorphin high is a thing. It’s the nice feeling you get after you’ve done some exercise. And it’s something you really feel like you’ve earned because of the amount of sweating and sobbing and aching muscles for days afterwards. Insanity of a weekend morning is definitely a healthy alternative to lying in bed eating pizza.

Activity Number 4: Theatre Scratch Night

Hangover free audience

If you feel the need to know that you’re still getting out of the house in the evening an event like The Pleasance’s Scratch night might be just the thing for you. An array of new theatre and comedy talents will take to the stage to try out their new material and you might even be asked to give an opinion or two, which is always lovely. It’s exciting, it’s risky, and there’s a very good chance that nobody will spill their drinks on you.

Activity Number 5:  Cabaret 

No hangover cabaret

It’s not just The Pleasance, of course. There are all kind of events all over London. One of those is Cabaret Cultural, which is literally described as ‘a party with friends’. It’s a bilingual event celebrating art, literature, music, and gastronomy of Spain and Latin America. And let’s all be very honest with ourselves: That, right there, is a super-fun alcohol-free list.

Activity Number 6: Undercover London

Hangover free adventure

Make the best possible use of your non-fuzzy head, and protect London from spies and bad guys. Fire Hazard Games have put together a brand new immersive adventure where you’re in charge of solving clues and passing on messages to keep the city’s citizens safe. And that’s really hard to do when your brain is full of half a bottle of tequila and a full vineyard.

Activity Number 7: Language Exchange

Hangover free conversation

Nobody said a hangover-free weekend means you have to avoid socialising. With Babble’s language exchange you can meet new people, exchange language skills (Clue: Even if all you speak is English, that’s still a language skill that could be exchanged) and have a nice time. There’s a friendly and open atmosphere and you’ll have more success talking to people than you ever would in a nightclub with the music thumping.

Activity Number 8: Zumba

Zumba

Just because we’re avoiding hangovers doesn’t mean we can’t dance like nobody’s watching. The tunes are brilliant, everybody’s having a great time, and there’s an additional calorie burn that’s just a nice little bonus. There’s no embarrassment about going all out, because everybody in the room is. Plus there’s probably no cameras in use, so no humiliating pictures will start turning up on Facebook the next day. Everyone’s a winner.

We might just have summed up your perfect weekend. Or, these might not be to your taste at all. Fortunately there are tons of things to do all over London that don’t involve a thumping head the next morning, so there’s definitely something out there that’s totally perfect, and it can probably be found on Wonderush.