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The Wonderush Roundup: July

Another month is upon us, which is scary. What’s even more scary is the fact that we’re now in the second half of 2016. Man. Remember the beginning? We were so young, and naive, and so full of hope. And now we’ll be in December before we know it, and the whirlwind of life will carry on ad infinitum. But putting our minor existential crisis aside for a moment, July is a great month. It’s sunny, people are going on holiday, and we’re all so determined to ignore the political chaos we’re currently in that we’re working extra hard to have a good time. So, here are a few of the best events across London this month, to help you do just that:

Festival of love

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What the world needs now is love, sweet love. Never has that been truer, and luckily the Southbank Centre are bringing back the Festival of Love starting this July. There’ll be shows, outdoor attractions, and family events galore, all on the subject of love. All together now: Awwwwwww.

Lambeth Country Show

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This is the perfect event for anyone who fantasises about living in the countryside and then gets put off at the last minute by things like lack of public transport or fields. Taking place in Brockwell Park, there’ll be animals, performances, and even homegrown vegetable competitions.

Thames Lates

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You know how sometimes you’re on a boat on the Thames and you find yourself thinking ‘this is great, but it could stand to be a little bit later…”? Well, you’re in luck. Thames Rockets are offering the chance to get out on the river closer to sundown for the whole of July.

London Wonderground

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London Wonderground is a place to see all of the best Fringe acts in the city, from circus performers, to comedians, to cabaret. On top of that, you have the opportunity to sit in old bumper cars with your friends and drink Negronis in the sunshine, and opportunities like that can never be underestimated.

Camden Beach

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Bringing a whole new element of fun to spending the night hanging out in a car park, Camden Beach is a sandy oasis (if such a thing exists) in the middle of London. If you’re not going away this Summer it’s your chance to chill and feel some sand between your toes and,if you are, it’s your opportunity to practice.

Great British Pram Race

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Show off a full range of skills, from keeping calm under pressure, to racing ability, to pram decoration chops in this charity event. It’s open to everyone so whether you want to bring your kids or your work colleagues, you’ll be able to show off your very specific, buggy-based skillset.

Ride London

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Cycling is a great way to get around, but cycling in London can be scary AF sometimes. Luckily, Ride London are closing off an 8-mile loop of roads past some of the city’s biggest attractions so you can have a go without the pressure from angry lorry drivers.

So, what do you think? Will you be getting out and doing anything cool this month? If you’re after more to do than just these few events, don’t forget to check out everything we have to offer on Wonderush – we’re your passport to pastimes this Summer. And, indeed, any other time of year!

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7 Activities for competitive people in your life

We all have competitive people in our lives, but they can be hard work sometimes. The competitive contingent of Team Wonderush are a nightmare when it comes to playing any kind of board game and we don’t care who knows it. It doesn’t mean we don’t love them, but sometimes us not-so-competitive types just want to relax, and it’s really difficult to do when the person we’re with is trying really hard to show that they can be more relaxed than us. We get it. You’re great. So, when all you want in life is to tire out the people in your life who are trying to outdo you, here are some events you could try sending them to:

Gamepad Summer 2016

Put a competitive person in a room full of games consoles, and it’s very likely that you won’t see them for a while. It’s even more likely that you won’t see them for a while at Mayamada’s Gamepad Summer 2016. There’ll be actual, organised competitions going on all day, as well as a cupcake-based Euro 2016 prediction system, which all sounds like a competitive person’s dream.

Karaoke Rumble

Perhaps the competitive person in your life is more of a performer? Lucky you. Fortunately there are events like Karaoke Rumble in existence, which can help them to exercise every facet of their personality as they compete to stay on stage for the longest time in a room full of booing. You could even quietly join in with the booing, if you felt like it. They’d never know, and you need a release too.

Quiz -n- Chips

Sometimes you want to arrange something special for your friendly local competitive person, and that’s when interesting locations come into play. After all, who wants to go to a boring quiz night when you could go to one on board a ship? And, on board none other than Sir Francis Drake’s old ride. It’s a great way to make a competitive person feel special. Or more special than they often think they are anyway.

Assassin’s Hunt

This event doesn’t expressly state that there’s a competitive element to it. However, there are teams, and there’s a murderer, and there’s running around after clues, and I think we’ve all met a competitive person who could take a no-necessarily-competitive event and add that little extra something. Even if the only competition really is between teams and a murderer, that’s still pretty high-stakes.

Yacht Retrotainment

You remember the thing we were saying about rooms full of games consoles? And remember the thing we were saying about (to paraphrase an earlier point) boats being better locations than dry land? Well. This marries both of those things to create the boat-based games console event of every competitive person’s dreams. That ought to keep them occupied for a while.

Last Man Standing

How have we got this far through a list of competitive person activities without including a quiz? Well, strap in, because that’s about to change. This is a quiz. It comprises true/false questions (good winning potential for probability fans) and on-stage challenges, which range from Swingball to “drop ‘n’ pop”. It’s basically a steady, balanced diet for the competition fans in your life.

Snooker Coaching

There’s nothing competitive people like more than showing that they’re better than everyone else at something involving skill. Ping Pong is a prime example at Wonderush HQ. But snooker is definitely up there too. By learning to play properly not only will the competitive person in your life pick up an actual skill, but they’ll be able to double up by also competing over who is the fastest learner. It’s a great way to tire them out.

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The Wonderush Spotlight: Speed Dater

Dating in London is tough. Luckily, there are companies like Speed Dater events to help us all to navigate the choppy waters of the dating scene. After all, who wants to spend their evenings looking at a screen when you could be sitting in front of some real people and actually getting to know someone? Since we’re always looking for new ways to get social we thought we’d find out more from Dani, the Speed Dater Date Whisperer:

Speed Dater sounds like a great company. How did you get into what you do?

More than a decade ago (gosh I’m old!), I helped out a big Valentines singles party in London. I fell in love with the concept immediately and found the dating industry fascinating. I had only recently moved to London and knew no one, so being surrounded by hundreds of new people chatting/flirting was very appealing! Soon after, I joined the SpeedDater head office and have now personally introduced more than 42,000 singles at a variety of events – from wine tasting to vegan speed dating. Every event is different and I am never bored!

How would you describe and recommend your activity?

Speed dating is a fun and fast way to meet new people. You meet around 15 people in a series of 4 minute dates and the following day you can see who you match with. Nothing beats face to face chemistry – if you have ‘swipe fatigue’ and just want to meet real people, you should most definitely give it a go!

If you were on a speed date, what interesting anecdote would you tell about yourself?

I would talk about my travels tales – I am forever in a state of either ‘just back from a holiday’ or ‘about to go on one’. Dating someone who also shares the desire to travel and experience new cultures is a deal breaker for me, so I’d make sure I weave some travel chat into each 4 min speed date.

Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?

I am the only Australian in the world who isn’t interested in watching sport, playing sport or talking about sport.

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

Dining out / bikram yoga. One cancels out the other! I have a very long list of restaurants to try that I probably couldn’t get through even if I dined out for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. I’m giving it a good try though.

What’s your favourite part of London to go on a date? Any places you’d recommend there?

I am a big fan of first dates which are cheap and quick (1 hour maximum). I often met my dates in Soho as it’s a central meeting point and has loads of options for drinks/coffee. A personal favourite of mine is to stop in at the Hanover Square Dirty Martini for a happy hour mango and chilli martini.

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

I’m really keen to do the Inca Trail.. or snowboard in Japan. Both are right up there on my bucket list.

If a Speed Dater event is right up your street you can find the next one here – we hope to see you soon!

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6 Edinburgh Fringe 2016 acts you can see in London first

The Edinburgh Fringe brochure was released yesterday. It was a momentous occasion. The Gimp Owl (Just wait until you see the cover) looked majestic, and the over 3000 shows happening this August comprise the usual mix of the genuinely brilliant-sounding, and the so-bad-it-might-be-great. Luckily for us some of the acts in the programme will even be performing in London in the next few weeks as they get ready for the Fringe, so we put together a list of the ones we can’t wait to see.

The Miserables

The MiserablesWe’ll declare our bias right now. Our very own Community Manager Nicola is bringing a show to Edinburgh. The Miserables is a parody of Les Miserables, which is set in an office where the employees hate their jobs. She has promised us it is not about us and we have decided to trust her. The Miserables can be seen at Just The Tonic at The Caves. Or, for those not travelling to Scotland, it’ll be at The Etcetera Theatre in Camden in July.

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The Wonderush Roundup: June

It’s a new month! We’re lucky, because June is a great one. It starts to feel a little bit summery (as long as you don’t look out of the window for the next few days at least), there are suddenly Starbucks Frappaccino happy hours in our lives again, and you’re never more than a few days away from either your own holiday or someone else through whom you can live vicariously. Honestly. What a time to be alive. On top of all of that, there’s a whole new bunch of cool stuff happening across London, and we thought we’d give you a glimpse of some of it.

West End Live

Theatre tickets are expensive these days, so going to a show is an investment. And, just like you wouldn’t get a mortgage on a house without seeing it first, you might not want to book a show without knowing what it’ll be like. West End Live is your chance to get a taste of some of London’s best shows on the 18th and 19th of June, as well as hearing from stars on the theatre scene and generally geeking out with your fellow thesps. And it’s free! We’re already camping in Trafalgar Square to get a good space.

Pop Fields

This Summer is a big one as far as sport is concerned. It’s Euro 2016 and the Olympics, not to mention the perennial favourites like Wimbledon, the Tour de France, and lots of cricket-based fun. At Pop Fields you’ll be able to watch sporting events – starting in June, and then throughout the Summer – live with a crowd (which is always the best way to do it) and visit any number of the food trucks, restaurants, and drinks stands which will be there to keep you fed and watered. A sports fan’s dream.

World Naked Bike Ride

The World Naked Bike ride does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. All over the world, people get naked, and get pedalling to raise awareness of how vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians are in big cities. There’ll be be bicycles, body paint, and a bit of a party atmosphere; as long as you’re not put off by a little bit of flesh, the atmosphere is bound to be great.

Open Garden Squares Weekend

London is a very green city. The trouble is, there are green spaces all over the place that are kept locked, so nobody ever really gets to take advantage of them. Well, not on June 18th and 19th. Over 200 spaces are opening their gates to the public so that we can take a look around and live out all of our Secret Garden dreams. Don’t pretend you didn’t have those too…

ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

The idea of installing a slide in the twisty red tower in the Olympic Park was announced a while ago, and either illicited a reaction of excitement or dread in everyone who heard about it. Well, the time is now and the day is here. Tickets for the Orbital Slide are now on sale, and it looks terrifying. But this is being written by a person who is no fun and doesn’t like slides. For normal people who won’t publicly cry on thrill rides, it’s going to be awesome.

Pride in London

Kicking off the party atmosphere in London this June is Pride. It’s always a brilliant couple of weeks, with events ranging from the parade and festival, to many and varied parties, networking events, and performances. There’s even an app so that you can keep track of where you have to be and when to make the most of everything happening. All the better for celebrating our awesome, super-diverse, incredibly creative city.

Soho Create

On the subject of creativity, Soho Create will be taking place in – you guessed it – Soho. There’ll be talks and events run by everyone from actors, to writers, to artists, as well as the people behind the scenes of some of the best creative projects in London. If you’ve been feeling stuck in a rut it might just be the perfect place to find that artistic kick-up-the-arse that you so desperately need.

This month is going to be so good. We’ll be out and about making the most of everything, including (we hope) the soon-to-be-beautiful weather. What are you most excited for this month?

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5 Ways that you can have fun with paper

Ah, paper. It’s super-plain, and it’s somehow made of trees (which is a fact you know, but you still don’t really understand exactly how it’s done). It’s possible that someone could find it a little bit boring, but that person would be wrong. There are all sorts of fun things you can do with paper, and we listed just a few of our favourites:

Bookbinding

There’s nothing quite like getting your hands on a brand new notebook. If you’re not a stationery fan, it might not be a high you’ve experienced before. But we’re absolutely sure that it’s one that gets even better when you’re holidng (oK, fine, sniffing) a book that you made yourself from scratch. We imagine this is how parents must feel about babies. Except there’s a lot less poo.

Paper Cut Workshop

Everyone can splash some paint around and call it a picture (Alright, fine. Some can do that more successfully than others). But for people looking to create something a little bit different, paper cutting might be the way to go. Working with negative space, pictures are created using blades. Plus you have a quick and easy way to look super-threatening if anybody interrupts you. (You did not hear this from us. Please do not threaten anyone.)

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5 Ways to kick start festival season

Festival season (By which, let’s be honest, we basically mean ‘Summer’) is nearly upon us. It’s a few glorious months of fields, camping, music, mud, and floral wellies. With tickets getting booked up super-early in some cases, it can be hard to contain the excitement when you know you’re going, and after a while it stops being enough to simply spend every day at work shopping for fringed waistcoats and denim shorts on ASOS. Luckily, we have a few ideas for place you can go to kick off festival season sooner rather than later.

Campfire Club

Nothing says ‘it’s nearly festival season’ quite like sitting outside listening to acoustic music by the light of a campfire. The fact that the weather is, all of sudden, warm enough to make events like this possible; and that the whole thing takes place in a secret location is just icing on the festival-esque cake.

Festival Headbands

If you’re going to a festival or seven this summer you’re bound to run into someone wearing the exact same flower crown as you. After all, there are only so many designs in Accessorize. But instead of buying one, how about making one yourself? You can also wear it to the office to really show off your crafty credentials.

Thom Foole’s House Party

Thom Foole’s House Party has been booked for appearances up and down the country this festival season. It features character comedy, music, games, and all-around debauchery. However, if you’re not destined to cross paths with them at some point in the Summer they’ll be in London, and you should be too.

Festival of The Spoken Nerd

A festival season double whammy (in that they are performing at several festivals this Summer and also have ‘Festival’ in their name), Festival of The Spoken Nerd mix science and comedy brilliantly. Their shows are perfect for graph fans, or indeed anyone who likes their comedy a bit more interesting than usual.

Swing Patrol

Swing Patrol will be celebrating festival season at Wilderness in Oxfordshire (as well as holding the London Swing Festival this weekend). They’ll also be able to teach you some awesome new moves that you can take away and use at every festival you attend. That is, provided your wellies don’t get stuck in the mud, of course.

So, are you excited about festival season? If you’re heading to loads of them this Summer we hope you have a fantastic time. If you’re not, you’re in luck. With a Wonderush Unlimited membership you’ll still be able to get out and about and doing awesome stuff all season anyway.

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Reasons to attend the Wonderush Social

London can be a very antisocial place. Whether we’re elbowing people out of the way to get to the tube, looking down at our phones as we walk down the street, or just totally ignoring the strangers who come up to us in restaurants and start talking, we’re not always that friendly. And to be fair, that last one is a bit weird. We don’t encourage approaches from strangers when we’re mid-meal. Anyone coming between us and our Byron Burger is about to lose a hand. But the point is, it’s cold on the streets of London – even in the Summer – and we want to change that.

That’s why we’re holding the Wonderush Social. We’re bringing the drinks and the entertainment, and all you have to bring is yourself. Maybe even some friends. But basically, not a lot. If you need even more inspiration to join us, we have that too:

Free Drinks

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The drinks are on Wonderush. At least to start off with. How often do you get an offer like that with nobody trying to corner you later in the day and sell you a timeshare? We wish we had a timeshare. We’d take you all on holiday. In a totally not-weird kind of way. But anyway, we’re getting distracted. What we do have is a whole bunch of wine and beer and a dream of sharing it with people.

A chance to meet likeminded people

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You joined Wonderush (or at least found yourself on the Wonderush website) because you’re the kind of person who likes getting out and about and making the most of your free time. We are so all about that. And so is everybody you’ll find at the Wonderush Social! We happen to know that some genuine friendships have been forged through Wonderush membership, so if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t accept just sitting at home of an evening and feeling bored, you’re about to find your tribe.

An opportunity to show off

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Everyone knows someone who tends to take pub quizzes too seriously. Now is your time to be that person! Unless you already are, in which case you just keep being you. Compared with certain members of Team Wonderush, we promise you won’t be the worst person in the room when it comes to competitiveness. But either way, this is your chance to win some awesome prizes.,

If you haven’t yet booked your tickets to the Wonderush Social, you can do so here. It’s a free event, so there’s no excuse not to, but we do need to make sure you’re on the guestlist so we know to let you in. We’ll see you on Thursday!

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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!