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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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Wonderush Spotlight: London Dance Company

The London Dance Company are awesome. Instead of the same old workouts they offer super-fun activities in a range of unexpected settings. Barre at the Bar, anyone? We really like people who shake things up and try new things, so we couldn’t wait to catch up with Aaron, who created the London Dance Company, and find out more:

How did you get into what you do?

Believe it or not, I used to hate dance! My dream was to be in musical theatre, and it was when chasing this dream that everyone told me that as a boy in this trade I needed to be a triple threat – I had to be able to act, sing and dance. I failed the first time I applied for a performing arts school but this was the push I needed to raise funds myself to realize my dream and so my love of dance began. I trained as a professional dancer at one of London’s top performing arts schools, Laine Theatre Arts. After graduation I was lucky enough to go to America and perform in three shows iBroadway, Celebrate The World, and Boogie Wonderland. When I returned to the UK I was asked to choreograph for a production company, alongside beginning to teach a few classes in and around London, and also coordinating and running dance workshops for all ages across the UK. I fell in love with what I do, the variety, the places and meeting great people and haven’t stopped since. I have worked and accomplished so much since college and I love building my brand. Recently I’ve travelled to China to teach at three ballet institutions and also Italy where I taught a three day Disney on Broadway workshop. Currently I run three of my own classes and also teach at Pineapple, London Studio Centre, Dance Works, and  some of London’s top gyms and fitness centres.

How would you describe your teaching style?

There is no point coming to a class if you’re not going to reap the rewards, I therefore make sure every part of your body gets a workout yet you also have fun. All of my classes are different depending on the style of dance; Zumba is high energy (some have been known to call me crazy) and a complete body workout. Being a professional dancer I use choreography to your benefit which actually provides you with a great core and muscle engaging workout. Barre is a class run at a slower steady pace, but don’t think it’s a breeze or any less of a workout as I use the techniques from ballet and put them into an easy to follow workout which caters for everyone, from the absolute beginner right up to the professional. After all, we all would want to have the strength, stamina, and body of a professional ballet dancer.

How did you think up ‘Barre at the Bar’? Why would you recommend your activity?

We at The London Dance Company love to try new things and think outside the box. We want customers to have fun and some people can feel intimidated in gyms and dance studios. Basically, it’s not about the barre – it’s about you so this is where Barre@the Bar came from. For the class all you really need is something to keep your balance and rest your hand on, so what better place than a bar? Everyone loves a bar! Therefore, we have just taken the traditional ballet class and set it up with a modern twist in a relaxed and accessible location for everyone! If you’re looking to tone sculpt and just have fun then this is the class for you!

Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?

1. I was born with a hole in my heart

2. When I was younger I was regularly on Eastenders and The Bill, playing a thug. When you meet me you won’t believe it!

3. At the age of 21 I travelled from Alaska all the way down the west coast of America to Antarctica (Canada, America Mexico, Peru, Panama, Chilli, Argentina)

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

I love traveling and sightseeing so jumping on a train; whether it’s to take a walk along the Thames, going to Richmond, Greenwich, or going further a field out of London and just picking north, east, south or west of the UK for a few days. I just see where I end up and what different cities and towns have to offer. Or, even better, I love jumping on a plane and travelling to another country – I love to explore!

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

So many to list but my top three places in London are: Sunday evenings @ Dirty Martini, Pineapple Studios (I go every Tuesday and Thursday to train and keep up on my game, Pineapple is thriving with talented individuals and is a great place to network), and finally I do love London’s Parks: Hyde Park, Richmond Park, St James, Chiswick Park, Holland Park – they all have their own charm, appeal and individuality.

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

Would have to be to fly a plane!

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Cocktail making classes with Goat

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all good things involve alcohol. That’s certainly the case for our good friends at Goat, who run cocktail making classes in Chelsea. We try to get along to as many of our activities as we can, and a casual bit of cocktail making seemed like the perfect idea to spice up a team whose drink preferences only normally include an after-work Becks on a Friday evening.

Based in a private bar away from the rest of the clientele, the cocktail making class began with – you guessed it – a cocktail. After all, it seemed only natural. Plus it was delicious. We went before Easter, which meant that during our class we learned to make more traditional cocktails (Negronis, Daquiris, and so on), as well as more seasonal ones (Creme Egg cocktail, anyone?).

The evening was interactive, but not in a ‘you are forced to respond very publicly to everything anyone says and you have to stand up in front of a crowd and look like a fool’ kind of way. Those who wanted to could put their hands up and make cocktails behind the bar with guidance from the awesome Goat staff, while those who were more into watching from the sidelines and having tasters of everything could do that too. Judging by the number of couples, it seems like it’s a popular thing to do on a date as well. Of course, we’re all too focussed on finding cool things to do all over London for anyone to ever love us, but that’s our own issue, and we’re working on it. And in the meantime we’re recommending date night spots to internet strangers.

As for cocktail making itself? It turns out that it’s not to be underestimated. All of the adding of ingredients is easy enough, but sealing and then opening a cocktail shaker is no joke. By the end of the night we all had the sore palms to prove it (steady now). We got a pretty good workout from all of the shaking, too. But it’s definitely worth it when you can impress your friends with your brilliant cocktail making skills later on. Bragging rights are everything.

If you’d like to have a go at cocktail making for yourself you can book your place on the next class here. If a monthly subscription for unlimited super-cool activities across London is more your speed, don’t forget to check out Wonderush Unlimited as well.

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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.