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The Wonderush Roundup: September

September is upon us again. It’s crazy how fast this year is going, and we’ll miss Summer. At the same time, though, we’re super excited for the season of jumpers, blankets, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes (seriously, we’ve had at least one a day since they came out on September 1st and have only risen from our sugar coma because there’s so much cool stuff going on and we were getting FOMO). There’s some awesome stuff happening this month, so we thought we’d give you the rundown of some of the events that caught our eye.

Dinner at The Twits

Most people will remember the Twits. They were the gross pair in Roald Dahl’s eponymous book, who eventually got what was coming to them and ended up shrinking into nothing. Well, now they’re back and they’re inviting everyone to dinner. Share their questionable food, enjoy grizzly cocktails, and meet the man and woman themselves in this immersive experience from the people who brought us Alice’s Adventures Underground.

Proms in The Park

The Last Night of The Proms is an excuse for a little bit of pomp, ceremony, and Union Jack waving. While it’s quite tricky to get a seat in the Royal Albert Hall to experience the full ‘posh mosh pit’ effect in all of its (land of hope and) glory, anyone can buy a ticket to watch the spectacle on the big screen. Your neighbours will thank you for doing that instead of belting Jerusalem out loud in your living room. Um, if that’s what you do. Everyone does, right?

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

Have you ever wondered what the Thames would have looked like back in the day? And by ‘back in the day’ we do, of course, mean several hundred years ago. Well, now’s your chance to find out as Sail Royal Greenwich bring hundreds of awesome ships to the Thames. Whether you go as an onlooker, or actually opt to take a cruise on one of the vessels, it’s sure to be a spectacular day.

Future Fest

Do you ever wonder about the future? This is an ideal chance to hear from experts in all kinds of fields – from tech to the arts – about what it might look like. You’ll be able to hear talks on a huge range of topics, as well as sharing your opinions. There’ll also be installations and the chance to network and meet fellow future fans.

Astronomy Photographer of The Year

We think space is super cool, and we don’t care who knows it. When we’re stressed out and it feels like the world is conspiring against us, it’s nice to look up and remember exactly how small we really are. The photographs on display at the Greenwich Observatory are a great way to remember exactly how beautiful pretty much everything is. Y’know, if you were in need of a bit of inspiration.

The Museum Depot Open Weekend

The London Transport Museum is pretty great. But the thing is, London transport is really big, and they can’t fit everything they have into one little museum. There’s a depot in Acton where lots of brilliant (and mostly huge) articles are stored, and they’re throwing open the doors for one weekend in September. If you’ve ever wanted a behind-the-scenes peek at a bit of history, grab this chance.

Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival

Everyone claims to be a proper Londoner, and it’s usually worth taking that with a pinch of salt. However, the Pearly Kings and Queens are the absolute real deal, and this September they hold their annual harvest festival. The event includes morris dancing, maypole dancing (not just a Spring thing!), marching bands, drummers, and lots of character.

Open House London

You know what our favourite hobby is? Besides all of the awesome activities we let you try, of course. It’s snooping. We bloody love it. There’s nothing better than looking around places you’re not normally allowed, but it tends to be more trouble (and definitely more illegal) than it’s worth. But with Open House London you can take a look around some of the most interesting buildings in the city without having to worry about being arrested for trespassing once.

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The Wonderush Spotlight: Hackney Hiitsters

We couldn’t really claim to be the fittest bunch of people at Team Wonderush. The most exercise we used to get was joking about how one of us never really gets to the gym, despite meaning to. However, our fitness levels are starting to change since we met the Hackney Hiitsters. Their HIIT workouts are hardcore but fun, and the group itself is friendly and encouraging (definitely necessary after about five minutes of work). In fact, they’re so great we couldn’t resist finding out a little bit more, so we spoke to Shelley, their awesome founder:

How did you get into what you do?

I have always been into fitness from a young age. I the studied it at College then went on to University to gain a BSc in Sport Science. From here I started my fitness career as a Personal Trainer at David Lloyd getting involved in many group exercise classes along the way.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Motivational and encouraging all the way.

Why would you recommend your activity?

Our classes effective and full of functional and fun exercises.

Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?

I can play the Ukuele.

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

Socialise with friends and fitness of course!

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

Stoke Newington has had my heart from the beginning, Church Street is a magical place.

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

If it can be out of the world? It would to visit the moon and experience space, the unknown excites me!

What does the future have in store for you?

With working at Premier Training I teach students to build their own business. When they ask me my plan, my reply is always ‘going global’!

If you fancy an amazing workout check out Hackney Hiitsters and get booking! You’ll ache tomorrow, but you’ll thank us later.

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11 Things we learned this Summer

It’s been one hell of a Summer. Now that it’s nearly over, though, we’ve come over all nostalgic, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the highlights.

OK, fine.”highlights” might be the wrong word. Maybe “Learning opportunities” is slightly more appropriate. There have been an awful lot of educational moments in the past couple of months:

  1. Just when it looks like the weather can’t get any grimmer, the weatherman will invent a thing called a ‘Spanish Plume’ and we’ll all bask in glorious sunshine for, like, 36 hours.
  2. Just when it looks like the mood of the entire world can’t get any grimmer, an app gets released that instantly becomes a craze and makes everybody forget all of the terrible events of a bleak year in a blaze of anime glory.
  3. High Street Kensington has a crazy number of Pokestops. That one might just be benefitting us, but it’s good for you all to know.
  4. The political climate of your entire country can be turned upside down, but you might just manage to muddle through.
  5. You can create an insane mess, and then quit your job if you want to avoid any consequences (this only works if you are a politician).
  6. English footballers are not great. Some people still seemed to think they were.
  7. A surprising number of people can find a tenuous link to some Welsh ancestry if they try hard enough.
  8. The olympics are brilliant, and we are all world experts on everything from BMX to high-diving, none of which we’ve ever tried. But that doesn’t stop us from calling someone’s slightly-splashy dive ‘shit’ even though we’d die if we had to show them how it’s done.
  9. Sometimes the internet trolls are wrong and new, all-female versions of old films are actually incredibly funny and just all-around great.
  10. Just when we thought Kanye West and Taylor Swift had no more feud left in them, they restored our faith in their ability to create gossip column inches and make us click on articles we didn’t realise we cared about.
  11. Face swapping is never not funny. Was that even just a Summer thing? Whatever, it also happened in the Summer.

What were your Summer highlights? Or lowlights, for that matter? Let us know by tweeting us at @Wonderush, and if you’re suddenly feeling the need to make a few more memories before Autumn takes hold don’t forget to check out Wonderush for awesome things to do.

Photo credit: Ed Reeve
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The Wonderush Spotlight: Hotpod Yoga

Picture the scene: You’ve been at your desk all day, people have been annoying you, you’ve got a niggling ache that won’t go away. Sounds like most weekdays, right? We’re not really into that, and our friends at Hotpod Yoga aren’t either. They’ve made it their mission to make hot yoga accessible in order to help everyone work out the stresses of life in the city. We’re all over that idea so we sat down with Nick – Hotpod yoga teacher extraordinaire – to find out more.

How did you get into what you do?

It took me rather a long time to discover yoga. I was suffering from achey joints and a back that clicked and clunked all the time due to poor posture and bad habits I had developed over the years. I had seen chiropractors, osteopaths and physios but nothing helped; so I embarked on searching for something else.
I tried a number of yoga studios but felt that even those classes weren’t effective, and it was only when I tried hot yoga that things fell into place. I came out having never felt so good; worked, cleansed, and my muscles and joints felt open and mobile. I was hooked.
I started going more and more regularly, once a day for a 3 – 4 years. Soon I realised this was what I wanted to do; give others the experience I had discovered and to make others feel as good as it made me feel. That was the beginning.
I trained as a yoga instructor and taught part time, however, it was teaming up with my old school friend Max that changed the picture – who had a similar entrance to yoga as I did. We wanted to bring yoga to the 99% of people who had never done it before, to appeal to those who see yoga as something far-fetched and other-worldly, and bring it down to earth so that everyone can gain the benefits of the amazing practice – this is how Hotpod Yoga started.

How would you describe your teaching style?

How I view teaching is keeping it really simple, as if talking to a child. Not in a patronising way, but so that the students who come really grasp what is happening and why, so that things are clear.
Our classes are a little intense with the heat and movement so I try to make people as comfortable as possible with a little light heartedness (bad gags basically!), but the important thing for me is to try and make sure that those who are fresh to the class/environment grasp it and feel amazing, so that they really see and appreciate the benefits of it.

Why would you recommend your activity?

The way Hotpod Yoga makes me feel – my mind calmed, my body worked, open and strong; ready for whatever the day may bring – is second to none. Its a gamechanger of an experience which I would recommend to any body – and mind!

Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?

I am terrified of space. Outer; not personal.

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

Believe it or not – yoga! And, of course, seeing friends, discovering London, festivals, travelling, riding my motorbike, learning, learning more, learning even more about myself and the world around me.

What’s your favourite part of London?

I really like walking along the canals and discovering cafes overlooking the water – my most recent favourite being the Towpath Cafe.

What does the future have in store for Hotpod Yoga?

This September, we are going to be offering City workers a chance to supercharge themselves and their workdays, with the introduction of 20-minute power classes at One New Change. The classes have been created in a bid to combat sedentary – a ‘disease’ which now kills more people each year than HIV – whilst simultaneously providing a time-efficient way for office professionals to reach a physical and performance high.
We’re partnering with The Grange Hotel who offers their sauna, spa and shower facilities, and One New Change retailers offering discounts on food and beverage options post-class, the Power Lunch Series promises to be the most immersive, effective lunch hour London has ever seen. So if you’re in the City and want to have a revitalising lunch break, book a session here.

If you can’t wait to climb into that inflatable and get down to some serious yoga, you can find Hotpod yoga classes on Wonderush. We’ll see you there!

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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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7 Al fresco activities to get you outside this Summer

It is Summer. We’ve all been around long enough to know that there’s never any guarantee that the nice weather is going to last, but at time of writing we decided we were going to take a chance. After all, if you can’t be optimistic about the weather in August, then when can you be optimistic about it? So with our natural optimism in mind, we decided to round up some of the best activities on the Wonderush website which’ll allow you to get your Summer on and spend time outside. You might be the running around type, or you might prefer to take things more gently. Trust us when we say there’s something for everyone.

Good Gym

Good gym

If you like fitness, this is the activity for you. If you like volunteering, this is the activity for you. If you like multitasking- Look, just believe when we say that you’ll want to be all over this. It’s outside, it’s a workout, and it’s an opportunity to do a good deed.

Pop-up Screens

Pop up screens

Everyone loves a movie, right? With pop-up screens you get the chance to watch al fresco films in a huge variety of locations across the city. From action to comedy, and everything in between, this is the ideal outside entertainment for movie buffs everywhere.

Jack The Ripper Tour

jack_the_ripper_tour

Jack the Ripper was a bad man. This much most people know. But how much else do you really know about him, aside from the whispered half-truths people discuss when they’re in East London pubs? This is the chance to really learn more about London’s macabre past.

GB Active Boot Camp

green park bootcamp

If you’re into exercise, this is the session for you. It’s suitable for all levels, and you’ll have the chance to capitalise on your probably-recently-contracted Olympic Fever by training with a real life professional athlete. Plus the fresh air is at least a thousand times better than a sweaty gym.

Love London Bicycle Tour

Bicycle tour

We all love London. That’s why we’re here. But sometimes we’d love to be able to see it in a different way, and that’s where London Bicycle Tours come into it. Cycling in London is often seen as scary, but you’re in safe hands (pedals?) with the pros, and it’s a great way to make the most of a Summer’s day.

Laughter Playshop

Laughter Yoga

Picture the scene: You’re hanging out on the Southbank. Someone near you laughs at nothing. You join in. And suddenly everything is hilarious. Laughter yoga is growing in popularity and is a great activity to do outside. We guarantee that  people will look at you like a weirdo, and we guarantee even more that after a while you won’t care.

Tai Chi

Taiji Chi Kung Wednesday

If you’re in need of a little bit of relaxation, there’s nowhere better to look than nature. Tai Chi is a great way to slow down, and to really connect with your surroundings, and there’s no nicer time to do it than when it’s nice and warm outside and there are, like, birds and stuff.

So have we whet your appetite? If you’re still on the lookout for stuff you can do outside (or indeed stuff you can do inside if the weather takes a turn for the worst) don’t forget to check out the Wonderush website for more inspiration!

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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

Carnival

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

bucking palace

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

comedian

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

beer

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

beach#

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

holi

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

Classy

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 Spotlight: Shorts on Tap

Shorts on Tap is a great company. Through their themed screening nights which show a selection of short films, they’re giving Londoners the opportunity to find out more about an art form we might otherwise never really hear much about. After all, they’re not exactly regularly screening shorts at the local multiplex. At least, not where we live. In the spirit of discovering new things, we sat down with Filippo, who started Shorts on Tap, and asked him loads of questions because we have no chill:

How did you get into what you do?

Shorts On Tap started in late 2013 in a small basement venue called Juno, in Shoreditch, East London. I needed a place to screen a sci-fi short of mine called Time&Space and ended up screening 10 works from other filmmakers instead. The demand for more nights was so high I simply kept organising more screenings.

How would you describe your nights?

Our events are quite eclectic: the films take the central stage, of course, but we’ve also got live performances, crowdfunding campaigns, panel discussions, special guests. It all rotates around a central theme which changes from night to night. The vibe is incredibly friendly and relaxed, it definitely facilitates dialogue and great Q&As and discussions after the screenings. We usually keep in touch with most filmmakers we meet at the events: a great platform for networking, too.

How do you choose the films that you show? Why would you recommend your activity?

We constantly accept film submissions and we watch all the films we receive. We then sort the them into different categories and pick the best ones for the screenings. There’s a lot of filtering involved as each night needs a certain balance, a certain ‘colour palette’ to be conveyed. We curate our nights in collaboration with other filmmakers and people from the film industry. Our selection is usually made up of 5 to 7 films per night and the quality of the work presented is breathtaking. The talent out there is incredible and we’d like to give exposure to as many filmmakers as possible. The end result is a top quality event, this is how we’ve built our following and reputation.

Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?

Despite the name of the event ‘Shorts ON TAP’, I hardly ever drink during a screening night.

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

Meeting creative people, spending time with friends or simply walking and getting lost in the vastness of London. Did I mention watching shorts? 😉

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

I have recently moved to Streatham Hill, this area’s got a great vibe about it: not too pretentious or arty, not too busy or overcrowded, yet full of great cafes, parks and juice bars! A few minutes and you’re in Brixton or Balham or Clapham. It can’t get any better than this. South of the river is THE place to be.

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

I’d go on a road trip across South America.. months travelling, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina.. the places, the faces, the people.. that’d be my #1 experience.

If you can’t wait to get down to a Shorts on Tap event (and, frankly, who could blame you?), their next event is now available to book here. We’ll see you there!

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10 Wonderush activities which are also Pokestops

Pokemon Go has been taking the world by storm, and it’s- Sorry, hold on. Just catching a Jigglypuff. OK. Carry on. Like we were saying, Pokemon Go has been taking the world by storm, and it’s become a bit of a craze at Wonderush HQ. We’re constantly in need of our nearby Pokestops so we can replace all the Pokeballs we waste on the huge number of Drowzees that seem to be resident in our office. But when we’re out and about of an evening it’s also useful to know if we’re going to be able to stock up on the necessaries. So, we put together a list of the Pokestops we can find at Wonderush activities. It’s always good to know where your next poke-goodies are coming from, after all.

Wonderush Pokestops #1: Urban Coterie

Yoga with a view

There doesn’t seem to be a pokestop directly in Urban Coterie, but there are definitely some great ones just outside. And what better way to make an awesome morning than picking up some essentials before and after a great early-morning yoga session with included breakfast?

Wonderush Pokestops #2: The Good Ship

Comedy Club

Everybody likes a laugh, and TheGood Ship has some of the best comedians in the country. It’s an awesome venue with a great atmosphere, and now comes with added pokeballs. What could be better?

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The Wonderush Review of Reviews: Part 1

We love our partners. We really do. And, as it turns out, you guys do too. We’ve been struck recently by the number of positive reviews you’ve been giving out, so we decided it was high time to showcase some of your favourites and an example of some of the love they’re getting. You can find all of these guys running a whole range of awesome sessions, from tea tasting and art classes, to pole dancing and pottery.

Tea Studio

tea brewing

Tea Studio run activities from tea tasting to Alice in Wonderland-themed afternoon teas, and everything in between. Basically, if you like tea, you need to pay them a visit.

“Amazing little place, lovely atmosphere and the owner is very passionate about tea. I really enjoyed the experience and I’ll be going there for more!” – Natalia

“Lovely guy and very knowledgeable. If you like your tea, don’t miss his events!” – Penelope

To and TO

Drink and Draw

ToandTO run the ever-popular Drink and Draw, which is fairly self-explanatory. During the course of a really relaxed and creative evening you’ll meet loads of new people as you show off your artistic ability (or lack thereof – there’s no pressure here.)

“What a brilliant concept! Dragged a friend thinking it would be less awkward to meet absolut strangers that way, but what a fantastic casual way to mingle and meet cool people, and best of all, forget about the stresses of daily life by getting creative and sketching! Will definitely recommend to friends and go back, with or without them! P.S. You get to keep the sketchbooks and I’m gonna be framing one of the portraits!” -Sahar

“Very fun experience even if you can’t draw at all! :)” -Kate

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