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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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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 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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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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5 Top tips for times when you get home late

The problem with doing loads of super-cool stuff in your free time is often one to do with juggling time. What do you have to give up in order to get to your chosen activities? How can you manage a full day of work and then a full evening of Insanity, or life drawing, or even just pub crawling? How can you manage a commute on top of that? The answer is, it can totally be done, but people often claim that they don’t have time. We don’t agree. What it actually means is that you might get home late and that’s inconvenient. With that in mind we got our very own Community Manager Nicola (who commutes nearly 4 hours every day and still makes it out to Wonderush events in her free time) to give us a few tips that’ll help make getting home late a little bit easier.

Getting home late tip No. 1: Know what you’re going to eat

There’s no way around it. If you don’t have a plan for what you’re going to have for dinner when you get home, then you’re going to eat everything. Have something to hand that you can shove in the microwave – like a ready meal, or something you cooked earlier if you’re feeling fancy and Blue-Peter-ish – or the number of a takeaway that you can call en route so that your food arrives at the same time as you do. Otherwise, kiss goodbye to the multipack of kitkats you hid in the cupboard last week.

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3 survival tips for life in a new city that every traveller must read

For the last couple of years, I’ve been in a constant state of wanderlust – which is a great word that encapsulates one’s strong desire to travel. Wanderlust is what eventually led me to make the move from my hometown of Toronto, Canada to the European Big Apple of London, UK.

Moving to a country all alone really pushes you outside of your comfort zone because you no longer have the things you relied on back home, from friends to favourite places to hang out. You have to recreate all of that and as nerve wrecking as that sounds, it can actually be quite rejuvenating if you refine your approach. Here are three ways you can do that…

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