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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

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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

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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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12 Things that’ll happen to you at bootcamp

A couple of weeks ago, a small delegation of Team Wonderush members hit up the guys at GB Active to try out their bootcamp sessions. Now, there are loads of bootcamps out there. In fact, while we were in Green Park we were working out with at least four other bootcamp companies around us. But we were doing ours with a legit member of actual Team GB, so we knew we were special.

It’s only natural for the mind to wonder a bit when you’re exercising, and in the course of our daydreaming (and/or hallucinations due to our physical unfitness) we put together a list of things that will definitely happen when you do a boot camp for the first time.

  1. No matter how much you think you can’t go on, you will always manage to go on.
  2. “You will always manage to go on” does not mean you won’t complain. You will definitely complain.
  3. You will find out that you are less fit than you think you are.
  4. It will be super-tempting to decide that it looks like it’s going to rain and just leave. Don’t do that.
  5. You will feel very smug if you can do more press ups than somebody.
  6. You will finally realise what resistance bands are used for.
  7. You will learn that they are for torture. Resistance bands are used for torture.
  8. You will want to show off at some point. You will show off at some point.
  9. You will regret not opting for the easier level exercises when you definitely should have done that.
  10. You will be happier to spend time in a tent than you ever have been in your life. Because at least it is not planking.
  11. You will be planning your humblebrags and fitness-based jokes for the next day even as you start to suspect you might die.
  12. You will suddenly discover, about twenty minutes in, that the endorphin high is a real and brilliant thing, and you will vow to chase it forever. After a brief pitstop on the sofa, anyway.

If we’ve whet your appetite you can try out a GB Active bootcamp session through Wonderush here. Hope to see you out and about at something awesome soon!

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6 Things anyone can do to impress their friends

Saving face is very important in this day and age. As young people in a big city we constantly feel the need to impress everyone. And, yes. That’s not great. But Team Wonderush have decided that it is what it is. If everyone else is out to impress then we should be looking to join in – even if it’s just for the purposes of appearances. As such, we’ve come up with a list of ways we plan to dazzle everyone at our next meeting and/or social event. Get ready to be amazed:

Do some magic

Picture the scene: You owe your friend some money. Your friend asks you for the money. You hand over the money. Except that, instead of just handing it over, you pull it out of their ear. Because that isn’t annoying at all. Or maybe instead of that you learn actually-good tricks from an actually-good magician like Jerry Sadowitz, and really impress your friends, rather than just being a bit annoying.

Show off your physical prowess

You know how everybody loves a bragger? Impress your friends by telling them exactly how many press ups and squats you did last night. Maybe you could also keep them updated about the number of calories you’ve burned. Or, instead of being a total show-off, you can just casually mention the fact that you were at bootcamp training with actual Team GB athletes last night and let their imaginations do the rest of the work. They don’t need to know that you actually thought you were going to throw up a little bit.

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5 Ways to update your look for Summer

Summer is nearly here and that’s kind of a big deal in terms of fashion. There are new collections (We’re looking at you, Alexa) and the chance to get more creative with the outfits we choose. Not that we didn’t love the ‘jeans and jumper with a thermal vest underneath all day, every day’ look. It’s just time to branch out. We feel like we’re qualified to discuss this having watched The Devil Wears Prada three and a half times. So, in our capacity as experts, here is our list of ways to update your look for the new season ahead:

Get some new jewellery

Jewellery is probably, in our professional fashion opinion, one of the easiest ways to update any outfit, and it’s also something a lot of people notice and comment on. Just think how smug you’ll feel the next time someone says ‘Ooh, I like your necklace’ and you can say ‘thanks, I made it myself’, and then they go away thinking you’re amazing.

Upgrade your accessories

Picture the scene: It’s rush hour and you’re making your way through the station. Ahead of you is a wall of commuters who couldn’t care less. But that all changes when you pull out your stylish, handmade, monogrammed card holder. People turn. They’re dazzled by your stylishness. You are a fashion leader.

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Stereotypically English ways to celebrate St George’s Day

It St George’s day on Saturday. That, coupled with the fact that it’s also the Queen’s ninetieth birthday (which, let’s be honest, was always going to involve lots of pomp and ceremony), means that things have suddenly become a bit patriotic at Wonderush HQ. In fact, we want to celebrate in truly stereotypically English fashion, and this is our shortlist:

Historic Pub Tour

Pub EnglishIt has come to our attention that the English, as a nation, really like pubs. We can’t imagine why. Is it something they’re selling? Anyway, with so many pubs standing for centuries there’s a lot of history in everybody’s favourite watering holes, and there’s finally a tour that offers the chance to learn all about it. There’s even a cheeky half at the end.

Tea and Cheese Tasting

Tea EnglishWhether we’re chasing it as it rolls down a hill or slicing it three times as thick as the cracker we’re about to put it on, it’s safe to say that the English love a bit of cheese. It’s nearly too obvious to even mention tea, which is our go-to in times of crisis, celebration and, indeed, any hour on any clock anywhere. Basically, mixing the two together is an amazing idea and the perfect way to celebrate anything.

Having a Laugh

laugh EnglishThe Brits are renowned for their sense of humour, so some form of laughing was always going to make the list. Laughter yoga is a great way to loosen up and relax, which is something the English have occasionally needed to learn to do better (What? Who said that? How dare they?). The ability to laugh at ourselves is a huge part of the English identity and if standing on the South Bank with a group of people you’ve only just met doesn’t encourage you to do that then nothing will.

Referendum tasting

chooseIt might be a new national pastime in the general scheme of things, but that doesn’t make it any less significant. We are, or course, talking about talking about the referendum. Everybody’s doing it, from the people who’s opinions you don’t really care about on Question Time, to the people who’s opinions you don’t really care about in your own home. Referendum wine tasting, though? That’s something we will talk about until the cows come home.

Jeremy Clarkson Talk

Clarkson EnglishWhat better way to celebrate all things stereotypically English than spending an hour in the company of Jeremy Clarkson. He might be an acquired taste, but for those who’ve already acquired it this is the perfect evening. And for those who haven’t this might be the start of a wonderful love affair. Helmets will be provided to those seated the first three rows.

GB Active Bootcamp

Bootcamp EnglishYou know what we bloody love in England? Sport. And fine, it might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but Team Wonderush caught olympic fever in 2012 and it has never let up. So while running around a park and sweating may not initially sound like a celebration, the chance to meet (and very briefly train with) a GB athlete is definitely something we’re excited about.

If we’ve whet your appetite you can find tickets to these events and loads more in the Wonderush Marketplace. If you’d like the chance to try as many as you feel like every single month for £29 don’t forget to check out Wonderush Unlimited!

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5 Ways to get yourself onto Britain’s Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent is back on our TV screens and all is right with the world. It’s been around for ten years, and that’s insane. That also means that someone watching every episode has probably spent approximately 200 hours sitting in their PJs on Saturday nights. The contestants we’ve watched in those countless hours have proved that, with a little bit of practice, anyone can get to the kind of level that makes Simon Cowell’s jaw drop. Whether that’s for good reasons or bad reasons is case-dependent, but it’s memorable either way. While some contestants have gone on to bigger and better things, the majority were thoroughly normal before they went on the show. It’s totally do-able. And here are some activities you could try that might see you starring in Britain’s Got Talent 2017 (you know, if you feel like giving the PJs, sofa, and wine a break for a little while next year):

Salsa

Sure, you might not necessarily be a great mover at the moment, but that could change in a year. You don’t need to have always been a pro to kill it on the dance floor. You might just remember this couple who proved to all of us that age really doesn’t matter once you’ve got the moves:

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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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6 Things you could try when you have a song in your head

Sometimes in life, you have a song stuck in your head and singing in the shower just isn’t enough. You could do it at work, but unless you’re actually Taylor Swift we suspect you’d be hauled in front of HR pretty quickly. You could do it on the tube, but it’s probably only a matter of time before peoples’ commute-based stress boils over into a full-on lynching. You could do it walking around the streets, but you risk being mistaken for a busker and having change thrown at you. So where else can you go? The only way to get a song out of your head once it’s in there is to exorcise it. Well. We have some ideas.


Gospeloke

GospelokeYou know that feeling when you’re giving it your all on stage, belting out a brilliant song, and then the gospel choir joins in, and everything is just magical? No. We don’t either. But the good news is that we soon could, thanks to the geniuses behind Gospeloke, who’ve put together an event where everyone can experience what it feels like to be a musical superstar.


Karaoke Rumble

Karaoke Rumble betterIf you’re feeling slightly more confident about your superstar potential, Karoke Rumble might be just the thing for you. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to sing for two minutes. Pretty simple, right? Wrong. If the audience (or indeed the host) feel like it, they can boo you off the stage. And now that we’ve made the whole thing sound very scary, we’ll also point out that it’s a super-fun night.


Eureka Live

EurekaIf you’re a more serious ‘musician’ type, you might like the option of getting up on stage and performing a song without backup from rogue choirs or raucous booing. And you’re perfectly entitled to your preferences, which is why we’d like to suggest that Eureka Live might be just the event for you. It’s also good for those who simply want to listen to people do their thing.


Learn to Uke

UkuleleIf your musical ability isn’t quite what you were aiming for, and feel like you could do with an instrument to take you to the next level we fully have you covered. The ukulele is a pretty easy instrument to learn, and there’s nothing like the feeling that next time you see all of your friends you have all of the facilities to lead them in a spontaneous-and-really-cool singsong. It doesn’t matter that you probably won’t, because you’ll know that you could.


Musical Bingo

Musical BingoSometimes you don’t so much want to show off your talents as your mastery of music-based general knowledge and ability to know the actual names of well-known tunes. Musical bingo is the perfect place. They’ll play medleys of tunes, and you just have to mark off each song that appears on your card. It’s a bit like a night down at the bingo hall, but most people have drier underwear and a better sense of humour.


Notting Hill Unplugged

nicola emanuelleIf you’d rather just sit and enjoy a song or several while someone else does all the work, acoustic performances like those at Notting Hill unplugged are just what the doctor (what? A musical doctor is totally a thing) ordered. With great artists like Nicola Emanuelle and Georgia Van Etten, there’ll be something to please even the most discerning music fan.

If music isn’t your thing we have loads of other activities available, so don’t forget to check out the Wonderush Marketplace. If you’d rather try a whole load of cool stuff every month, don’t forget to check out Wonderush Unlimited!

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Introducing the Wonderush app!

We’ve got a new baby at Wonderush HQ. It’s small, and pretty, and none of us can stop talking about it…

It’s an app!

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With the Wonderush app our members can book all kinds of activities on the go. You could be talking about aerial yoga with your friends one minute, and then booked into a class the next. You could suddenly decide you want to try pottery, and then actually get yourself booked into a class before you manage to spend so much time looking into the practicalities of it that you end up talking yourself out of the idea. You might just be searching for a legitimate excuse to get out of something you don’t want to do. Well, now you can arrange a better plan in no time.

If you’re having one of those days where you don’t know exactly what you want to do but you definitely know you want to do something, there are lists of ideas. Maybe you want to destress. Maybe you want to get creative. Maybe you want some ideas for how to get fit. We’ve got you covered.

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Once you’ve booked whatever you choose – be it theatre, wine tasting, or maybe something a bit creative – your tickets are all stored in one place. There’s no more scrabbling around after emails, or printing them off at work and hoping nobody’s really looking too closely at how you’re using office resources.

If you’re the kind of person who needs a little bit of validation (hey, we all do sometimes) we’ve got you covered, too. By booking certain experiences you can earn badges. It’s a little pat on the back from us for being the kind of person who gets out and makes the most of their free time instead of sitting at home and wishing you were doing just that.

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We can’t wait to see what you get up to now that the process of finding super-cool things to do in London has become even easier. Download the app today!

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8 Activities that’ll bring out your inner badass

Sometimes in life we all feel kind of ‘blah’. Maybe it’s all the grey weather recently, or just that we all got stuck in a bit of a rut over Christmas. Whatever the reason, we need to put some excitement back in our lives. Obviously starring in action movies and doing awesome stunts isn’t really an option for the average Londoner, so we’ve looked at some other things you could try to get yourself feeling just a little bit more badass.

Paint Banksy

Paint Banksy

Graffiti has a reputation for being pretty badass (which is not us endorsing illegal stuff), and what’s more badass than a graffiti artist who’s also using his work for good? We’ve not done 100% of the research we probably should have, but we imagine it’s a bit like being an artistic Robin Hood. And now you can make your own version of some of his work. Ealing, £25.

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