Another Fun Trip with GO London: Two Days of Hiking in Snowdonia

Those who regularly visit this blog will know that Ellie and I go hiking with GO London at least once a month. We’ve been doing so for many years now, and never regretted it. DISCLAIMER This post is not so much about hiking in Snowdonia, but about another variation of ‘Fun Things To Do Outdoors,’ about GO London, and about group hiking trips in general. I got a bit carried away, so feel encouraged to go by the headings and skip those sections that don’t look interesting to you. Hopefully, even if you’re based somewhere else in the world, and the vast majority of you are, then this post might give you ideas about what you want to do when you’re not grinding away on the job.   A GREAT PLACE TO MAKE FRIENDS… Half of our friends are people we met through GO London. This includes my main climbing […]

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Our £20 six-mile helicopter flight with Adventure001 in Hampshire – We’d do this again.

In mid-May I stumbled across an offer by gift experience booking platform IntoTheBlue. The offer seemed almost too good to be true: £59 for a 6-mile helicopter flight with bubbly for two. If you subtract £10 per glass of bubbly, then that’s under £20 per person. Not for an off-peak train ride to Guildford. For a flight in an actual helicopter. INTO THE BLUE My experience with IntoTheBlue in the past had neither been brilliant nor particularly bad. Like with all gift experience booking platforms I’ve dealt with (VirginExperienceDays, BuyAGift, LastMinute), the company doesn’t go to extreme lengths to monitor and quality-check the experiences.   VALUE ADDED It’s what I expect. Where those platforms provide value sometimes (not always), is, by screening and pre-selecting activity providers, by performing basic quality checks, and most importantly: by offering very competitive prices.   A TRADE-OFF At a ridiculously low price like this, I […]

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CityBoxer Boxing Training at The Ring in London

Earlier tonight I revisited The Ring in Southwark, South London, for a CityBoxer one-on-one taster session (£40). In a way I guess you could say that I was cheating, booking a taster session. I had booked another taster session with them eight years ago and followed up by booking a whole ten-week boxing course. I had done some boxing at different gyms since. However, in terms of my skills I was not cheating at all. I was very much an absolute beginner without any talent or ability. The best way to get rid of frustration I love boxing. It’s the perfect way to get rid of aggression and frustration that inevitably builds up in most of us over time. I’m not more aggressive or more frustrated than the next guy, don’t get me wrong. I’m probably below average in terms of aggression and frustration. But boy does it feel good […]

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Axe-throwing with Whistle Punks in South London

I recently had some spare time at my hands and googled quirky fun things to do in London. When Whistle Punks’ axe-throwing (or “urban axe-throwing” as they call it) popped up, I knew I had to book myself in. Not sure if that is normal, but I always wanted to do some axe-throwing. I am a very peaceful, cautious, rational person, but it just sounds and looks like so much fun. Also, hard to imagine better ways of getting rid of a bit of frustration which in these testing times inevitably accumulate. For £22 off-peak (£29 full price) it seemed reasonably priced. I booked a one-hour single ticket for the following day’s evening.   To find the venue is not easy. Most people will arrive by train, bus, or tube at Vauxhall station. At time of writing, the direct path to the venue is blocked by construction sites.   Please […]

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London in the Sky – Brunching 30m Above Ground

I’ve checked out London in the Sky yesterday, after Ms B found a steep discount online for their Prosecco & Cake 11:00am 45-minute experience (£62.10 instead of £109.00, now expired, no complaints). It’s impossible to miss them, if you take the main exit of North Greenwich tube station and walk towards the main entrance of the O2 Arena. They’ll be right there, slightly to your left, literally when you walk out of the tube station. There are two giant mobile cranes, each of which has a seating-arrangement (roughly 20 chairs around a table, covered with a roof, but with any floor missing) dangling on a chain from the respective end of the extended arm. I’ve been doing so many activities involving heights lately, that it feels silly to mention it every time, but I feel it is important. Hopefully it will encourage some of you, who have similar issues, to […]

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