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The Wonderush Review of Reviews: Part Two

We love our partners. We really do. And you guys do too, which is fantastic. We’ve been struck 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 that they’re getting. You can find all of these guys running a whole range of awesome sessions, from acroyoga and cocktail-making classes, to super-fun workouts and crafty classes.

Uplifting Stunts

Acroyoga

Uplifting Stunts are an awesome husband and wife team who are on a mission to run inclusive and super-supportive classes that show people how to work together to form amazing shapes with their bodies. Check out their reviews:

“This was my first acroyoga class and I absolutely loved it! Really amazing experience, thank you Jayme and Rick – you wonderful teachers and humans!” -Boryana

“Amazing class can’t believe how much I learnt in 2 hours with great teachers! Would definitely recommend!” -Sarah

GOAT Chelsea

Cocktail Making

The guys at GOAT Chelsea run brilliant cocktail making classes, which combine practical skills with a heavy and very enjoyable element of tasting. Good times all round! Check out their reviews:

“Absolutely amazing night. Such a casual vibe with everyone just mucking in and enjoying themselves. You get to try all of the cocktails and the welcome cocktail was the bomb! We ate there afterwards too and the food was so good! Definitely recommend” -Pippa

“Such a fun evening!! Great location and teacher! Definitely recommend :)” -Christie

The London Bicycle Tour Company

Bicycle tour

The London Bicycle Tour Company run a range of bike rides around London, which are great for visitors and old-hands alike. You’ll get to see the city from a totally different perspective, and maybe even learn a little something. Check out their reviews:

“Great opportunity to try cycling in London! I was a little nervous at first – but it was super fun and felt safe cycling in a group! Our guide Tarik had loads of really interesting stories and it was a great way to experience the city. Highly recommend.” -Mel

“The tour guide Olly was witty, knowledgeable and passionate about his work. A very enjoyable morning ride around central London to rediscover the city I’ve been living in the past decade. :)” -David

Shake That Zumba

Zumba

Zumba is an amazing workout (hello, 500-1000 calories in an hour!) and Shake That Zumba are determined to make sure that it stays fun throughout. They guarantee to keep you smiling while you sweat. Check out their reviews:

“It was so much fun with the Steven, he’s absolutely crazy. Great exercise as well, can’t remember last time when I was sweating so much. Thanks!;)” -Angelika

“Fantastic! Absolute fantastic!. Steven is a fantastic instructor. This class is great fun for everyone. All shape, all age. It is a party and a really hard work. Left me buzzing with energy, happy and really really sore on muscles I didn’t know I even had.” -Agnes

Gabriela Szulman

Decoupage Taster

Once you’ve learned the art of decoupage, the world is basically your oyster whenever you decide you want to decorate something. From shoes to walls, Gabriela Szulman knows how to do it all. Check out her reviews:

“Really fun class and a good introduction to decoupage. Gabriela was a great instructor and had an excellent range of papers and inspiring projects to show what can be done with decoupage.” -Kirsten

“A great taster for trying decoupage. Artist Gabriela and her studio were both very nice. Highly recommended, especially for paper lovers.” -Pf

Have any of these whet your appetite? You can find all of these activities and thousands more on Wonderush. Why not pay a visit to one of our featured partners and add to their reviews. Don’t forget to let us know what you get up to!

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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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My Life as a Musical Theatre Tour Guide

London’s theatre scene is amazing. From giant, long-running musicals to low-budget fringe productions that still knock your socks off, there’s something to keep everyone entertained. But how much do we really know about the theatres themselves? Fortunately the brilliant Neil from The West End Musical Theatre Walking Tour can help us find out more. We caught up with him to find out how he got where he is today:

“I first came up with the idea of starting a Musical Theatre walking tour just over a year ago and have been having fun entertaining audiences of all ages around the West End ever since. My main aim is always to inspire people about Musical Theatre with my passion, hopefully with them leaving having learned new things about this amazing art form and the theatres it is performed in.

I have been working as a singer/actor for over 15 years, starting out gigging in hotels in Bournemouth.  I also spent a lot of time performing in local amateaur dramatics which I really enjoyed, but went on to hone my craft on a professional level as I really wanted to perform for a living. It was at this time that I went on to win two national singing competitions (one judged by Amanda Holden and Earl Carpenter), which spurred me on and gave me the confidence to pursue my dream in earnest.

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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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7 brand new ways to see your city

Londoners very often get set in their ways. We know the parts of the city that we want to spend time in, and we know how to get there. Once we get that London-based tunnel vision it can be very difficult to let go. but now that the weather’s improving we’re starting to look for ways to get out and about and seeing more of what the city has to offer. If you’re in the same boat we’ve put together a list of some super-unique ways to make the most of being in one of our favourite places in the world:

Running Tour

Running tour (blog only)If you’re the active type you probably think nothing of running somewhere in the region of 8km, which makes you the perfect candidate for a running tour. You might have seen groups of tourists traipsing around the city after umbrellas or piling onto buses, but running allows you to cover more ground and get into the places that a bus just can’t reach, so you know you’re going to see something new.

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8 Things we learned during a bicycle tour

Cycling in London can seem like a really horrible thing if you’re not used to it. The traffic is crazy, the roads are littered with pot holes and, frankly, the weather’s just kind of chilly and unpleasant a lot of the time. It’s lucky, then, that companies like London Bicycle Tours exist and are happy to take groups out for a spin. It could be that you want to learn more about London in general, or you might just want to see it from a saddle for once. It’s a great opportunity to do either. Team Wonderush recently went on our first ever London Bicycle Tour and we learned a lot – both about the city itself and about ourselves. It was eye opening, and we’ve recorded what we learned because we hope to pass our wisdom on to future generations:

  1.  You like to think you’re a nice person, but when it comes to it, you will fight to overtake anyone so that you’re not the person at the back of the group.
  2. There are very pretty backstreets slap bang in the middle of Central London that look like tiny villages where people live the ultimate Wholefoods-shopping, Cath-Kidston-furniture-owning dream, and you didn’t even know they existed.
  3. Those splotches that look like chewing gum all over the Millenium Bridge? Those are tiny pieces of art. Look a bit closer.
  4. Cobbled streets are not a cyclist’s friend. Or, at least, not a cyclist’s bum’s friend.
  5. It is very difficult to look cool while posing for photos on a bicycle. This does not put some people off from trying.
  6. There is no hunger like the hunger of a person who has been riding a bike around in the fresh air for a couple of hours.
  7. Busy roads look scary, but they are not actually as terrifying once you get stuck in.
  8. The man who started the Tate gallery is also the man who created the sugar cube. He is therefore one of our favourite men.

London Bicycle tours can be booked through Wonderush. If you’re looking for more than just a one-off activity don’t forget to check out Wonderush Unlimited, where you can book unlimited activities for just £29 a month.

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Get Discovering With Undiscovered London

One of the things nobody talks about in relation to the East End is that the second it comes up in conversation people tend to fall into one of two camps – Phil Mitchell impersonators, or ‘you schlaaagg’ types. From the moment I booked myself on to Undiscovered London‘s East End tour to the moment I was actually at the meeting point I was in full-on ‘Schlaaagg’ mode (easy now).

The tour itself is a pretty casual setup. You look for the group of people (if I’m honest, mostly tourists) standing by a particular statue at Liverpool Street station and you all stare at each other suspiciously until your tour guide arrives, orange umbrella in hand, to unite you in learning.

The tour starts by taking you into the middle of city office blocks and fancy glass apartment buildings. You get the chance to annoy hundreds of lunching office workers while you stop to look at ruins and hear about the walls of the old city, fires, and plague pits. It’s fun.

As you leave the shiny new buildings behind and head into Spitalfields and Brick Lane the talk turns to marginally-more-recent history, like Jack The Ripper, window taxes, and people throwing shit out of their windows. If you’re a British person who went to a British school there’s a lot you’ll already have heard, but that doesn’t actually make it any less interesting to see the real-life places and examples. It’s history in action, if you want to sound a little bit douchey about it.

After learning about the olden days we moved onto something distinctly more modern – Street Art. As a person with a woefully poor knowledge of artists who aren’t a couple of hundred years old (I can do the older ones because I sometimes sneak into the loos at the National Gallery) I found this part fascinating. To learn that there were more artists than just Banksy was one thing, but to find out the meanings behind a lot of their work and what their massive price tags could go up to added another element. Eddie, our tour guide, seriously knew his stuff.

A walking tour isn’t necessarily the kind of thing someone might think to do if it’s in the city they live or work in, and a lot of that (if my friends are anything to go by) is down to pride. We want to automatically be seen to be an authority on all things London. In reality, though, there’s nothing wrong with admitting that we’re interested and that we still have something to learn. I’ll start:

“My name is Nicola and, even though I live in London, I learnt a lot on a walking tour.”

Now go forth, be curious, and check out undiscovered London.


For Undiscovered London’s tours and a whole load of other things to do all over the city, don’t forget to check out our main site – We have everything you need to start ticking off your bucket list.