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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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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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Five Ways to #LiveMoreAwesome

Here at Wonderush we are huge proponents of Living More Awesome. It’s great. It’s just not an immediately self-explanatory term. So we’ve written this because we’re considerate. Please enjoy our guide to the benefits of living more awesome:

1. You Can Meet New People

Everyone is rightly sceptical when someone suggests we should meet new people. Because the thing is – we’re adults. Most of the time we have people already. And they’re normally driving us crazy with their incessant Whatsapp groups, life dramas, and inability to stick to plans. But the thing is, we’re not even saying that you have to make new best friends. Sometimes it’s just nice to have someone in the same class as you who you know you can roll your eyes at when the Bootcamp teacher tells you to do more press ups. We’re not saying you have to go on holiday with them afterwards, or launch a business venture together. It’s just a bit of moral support.

2. You Can Try New Things

You might not be any good at aerial yoga. You might be a really bad life draw-er. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be immediately fantastic at Chessboxing. But does that mean you shouldn’t give it a go? There was no guarantee that you’d be any good at your job until you were. At some points it’s probably looked like you’re kind of rubbish at being an adult, but eventually it all works out. We’re not often fans of the cheesy cliche in everyday life, but you never know what’ll happen until you try.

3. You Can See New Places

We all have the areas of London we’re familiar with, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s lovely to be able to just know where to go to get a good coffee, or a nice lunch, or a shortcut to a venue. But what if there’s a better coffee two stops down the line and you just never realised? There’s a whole world out there, and it doesn’t stop outside the fifteen-minute-walk boundary from your office. And once you get out of your comfort zone you might run into other things that sound interesting, and suddenly you have new things to do at the weekend and new super-hip bars to take your friends to as you pretend that this place was just on your radar because you’re really cool. We won’t tell anyone.

4. You Can Break Your Routine

“I’m sorry, I can’t come and get lunch with you because I brought the same ham sandwich to the office that I’ve been bringing since 2011.”, “Oh, I can’t come out with you, because it’s laundry night.”, “I usually wash my hair on Thursdays, so I need to be back by 9pm.”

There is literally nothing wrong with any of the above. In fct, they are all snapshots from Community Manager Nicola’s actual life. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself a chance to see what else is out there. Yes, it might mean you have to use a bit of dry shampoo, or do a febreze-wash on a tshirt (again, we won’t tell anyone), but that might not be a bad thing every once in a while. We fully admire the fact that your life is so well organised, but have you ever wondered what else is out there?

5. You Risk Making a Fool Of Yourself

When all is said and done, there are a whole bunch of ways in which you might end up looking stupid. Maybe you talk to someone and they don’t answer you. Maybe you get off at the wrong station and end up arriving late to a class. You might just be honestly terrible at something. Those things are all embarrassing. But the fact is that nobody else is going to care. The moment you realise that you’re the only person who is going home still thinking about your own humiliation is a very liberating moment. It could be depressing to think that nobody cares what you’re doing, but when we’re talking about total strangers at a class somewhere it becomes absolutely fine. So you do you, because nobody else is worried.


At Wonderush we really want to help you to Live More Awesome, and – not to toot our own horns – we think we can actually do that. Our members can access classes and experiences across London and do everything on our list. That’s pretty cool, right?

 

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The Wonderush August Round-up

Ah, August. It’s either going to be boiling hot, humid, and full of complainers; or rainy, chilly, and full of complainers. Either way, hang on to your hats, because it’s going to get complain-y up in here. Also hang on to your hats because it might be windy. It is August, after all, and therefore unpredictable.

But this month isn’t all unpredictability and moaning. We’ve listed a few of our picks of the most exciting things happening in London this month:

Exciting Thing No.1: Slide the City

Some utter geniuses are turning the ramp from Wembley Stadium down to Olympic way into a giant slip ‘n’ slide on August 22nd. I’m really not sure there’s much else to say on this one. It’s a giant, inflatable water slide. It’ll either be a refreshing thing to do on a hot day, or the kind of thing where you’ve already been rained on so it really doesn’t matter any more. One thing is for certain – make sure your swimming costume is the type that will stay up under sliding-based forces, because spectators go free.

http://slidethecityuk.co.uk/

Exciting Thing No.2: Great British Beer Festival

Taking place in Olympia from 11th– 15th August, the Great British Beer Festival is a must-visit. You know, if you like beer. Or if you have someone in your life who does like beer and who needs shutting up for a while. It’s presented by CAMRA so, for the people who are genuinely interested, you know they’ll know their stuff. There’s also a hat day (13th) for those who are less interested in actual beer drinking. Basically there is something for everyone. That is everyone except for the teetotal anti-hat lobby.

http://gbbf.org.uk/

Exciting Thing No.3: Kids Week

Winning the ‘spectacularly bad maths’ award (which I just made up) this month is Kids Week, which stretches for the full 31 days of August. Basically, kids go free to a variety of London shows. This is fantastic for parents, considering that it can now cost the equivalent of a small, quite-banged-up second hand car to go to the theatre. It’s also a good thing to bear in mind for adults who aren’t so keen on other peoples’ darling little ones. On the one hand, there may be a lot of them at some shows. On the other hand, you’re more likely to be able to see over the rest of the audience’s heads. So, swings and roundabouts.

http://www.kidsweek.co.uk/

Exciting Thing No. 4: London Triathlon

General entry to this closed a while ago. More fun than entering, however, is going down to watch, which you can do on the 8th and 9th of August. I say this as a person who cries with very little encouragement when people do difficult things for charities. And, if that’s not quite your bag, there’s also the ‘fit people in lycra’ factor. Which is one of the best factors.

http://www.thelondontriathlon.com/

Exciting Thing No. 5: Summer Screen at Somerset House

Tickets to a lot of these events (between 6th – 19th August) sold out a while ago, but there are still some going for a few of the films, as well as some of the ‘Behind The Screen’ events. And, let’s face it, it’s really the kind of event where you mainly just want to be able to say you’ve been. I’m planning on watching some of the films in the comfort of my own home, and then if anyone asks I’ll just say “oh, yeah. I was there, but it was just so packed – which I know, because I was totally there – that I couldn’t find you in the crowd – which was definitely there because so was I.” But that’s just me. 

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/film


And that’s August. Obviously there’s tons more stuff happening that I haven’t mentioned, so feel free to let me know if there’s anything you think should have come up. Other shoutouts go to The Edinburgh Fringe, for taking away 90% of London’s comedians for the entire month of August, and also The Great British Bakeoff, which returns to our screens this month to give everyone cravings for cakes with hilarious names that nobody has ever heard of before. Oh, and barbecues. Presumably, whatever the weather, there will be barbecues.

What are you getting up to this month? Is there anything else you think we should know about?

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Your Oblique Guide to Fitzrovia

At Oblique we are all about what we call the ‘four key social elements: food, drink, music and most importantly, people. Our brunch parties, residency nights and intimate events are perfect for getting to know new people and trying out the best that London has to offer.

So, we thought we’d share an Oblique experience of one of our favourite areas of town, Fitzrovia.

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