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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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9 Activities to help you hang on to that holiday feeling

It’s Summer. As a result, we’re going to go ahead and guess that you might have been on holiday recently, or be about to go (or have had a staycation, which we’ve covered previously). There’s nothing better than the feeling of being on holiday, but on the flip side there’s nothing worse than the feeling of having just come back. The whole of London suddenly just seems greyer, grimier, and grumpier. Sigh. Luckily, we’ve got a few activities up our sleeve to help you hang on to that holiday feeling for at least a little while longer.

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation

You know that chilled-out feeling you have when you’re sitting by the sea and nobody’s able to contact you so you can’t get annoyed? That’s, like, the first thing to go when you get home. Some guided meditation might help you to bring back your zen.

Pub Tour

historic london pub tour

You know how there’s often a lot of drinking while you’re on holiday? This tour combines sightseeing (also a staple on many peoples’ holidays) and the chance to grab a cheeky drink, so it’s a great way to keep your spirits up when you’re back.

Pop Up Screens

Pop up screens

It feels like in every other country they seem to place a great deal of emphasis on doing things outdoors (This is the part of the blog where we assume you didn’t go away to the Antarctic this Summer). Keep that attitude going with an al fresco film or seven.

Clubbercise

Clubbercise

If you’re a party animal while you’re away, there’s no reason to stop when you get back to London. Not only can you go out and party of an evening, but now there’s even an exercise class so that you can keep raving, even at times that might make stuffy old society might otherwise raise an eyebrow.

Salsa

Salsa with a Cuban Twist

Add a little bit of a sizzle to British Summertime with a Salsa class. It’s a great way to meet new people (something we never seem to have any problem doing while we’re away but often avoid when we’re home) and it’sa great way to top up the new moves you learned.

Hot Yoga

Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve

You know how it was really hot when you were on holiday (again, assuming you were not adventuring across Antarctica)? Well, it’s really hot when you do hot yoga. If you’re body starts craving warmth, this might be the best place to find some that does not involve sitting in an airing cupboard.

Mojito Masterclass

Mojito

Cocktails! Enough said. If you’re anything like us, you will have made full use of the bar facilities at your destination because it would be thoroughly rude not to. And now, you’ll be able to learn to whip up a cocktail like the pros did, so that you can taste the memories any time you like.

Mediterranean Cooking

mediterranean cooking

Ooh, people in other countries can cook, can’t they? If you’re not ready to go back to spending a fortune on takeaway or chowing down on whatever ready meal Tesco has on special offer (please don’t judge us. We’re not so great at the cooking.), why not learn some new holiday-esque dishes?

Photo Walk

heritage photowalk

We’re willing to bet that you took a lot of photos while you were on holiday. It’s only natural. After all, it’s something to capture and remember in the future. But now that you’re home you don’t need to stop. A photowalk could show you that there’s more to London than you expect to see.

So what do you think? How do you plan on keeping that holiday feeling going just that little bit longer. If you’re looking for any more inspiration, don’t forget to check out the Wonderush workshop for some great ideas.

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The Wonderush 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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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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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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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.