Today’s Guest post comes from Jade O’Donoghue, a web and social media editor of Hotcourses. Though initially dreading the disruption of the Olympics in London, she’s now very excited about everything going on in the next few weeks!
As a Londoner who travels around the city on a daily basis, it has not escaped my notice that there’s a fairly big event happening in the capital right now. The Olympics have arrived and many of us will be flocking to the big smoke to watch a variety of sports from football to fencing over the next few weeks.
I’ve heard there’s plenty to keep sport enthusiasts busy in the Olympic Park, but what is there to do when you’re not watching Team GB battle it out against the competition? For locals and tourists alike, I’ve found some exciting things to keep us occupied in London over the next month or so while the Games are on…
For the arty types among us who like trying new things, there’s a fascinator experience day happening on the last day of the Olympics, Sunday the 12th of August, where London milliner, Katty Janneh is on hand to help you craft the perfect headwear. Or, if you’re heading up to London with a group, there are flower arranging parties to be booked on Saturdays throughout August. They sound like such a fun way to get together with friends and all materials including refreshments are provided.
There’s no denying London has some stunning sights to see, and the city looks beyond spectacular when it’s all lit up at night. Since the sporting events don’t run round the clock, I found an original way to make memories of the capital in the form of a night time photography tour, taking in the London Eye and Big Ben under the cover of darkness. For those that would rather tour London with their taste buds though, there are wine tasting tours running in the West End across August. We’re promised the chance to sample delicious wines, meet new people and continue the night at the party afterwards where we’ll all be toasting Team GB of course!
Up your fitness levels
It’s hard not to be inspired by the athletes’ impressive sporting abilities and we’d all be lying if we said we didn’t feel the pressure to get fit! There’s loads going on at the moment to encourage people to get into sport but and some more unusual than others. I found a climbing course starting on the 6th of August for adventurous types but if you’re feel really daring there are also pole dancing lessons beginning on the same day!
Relax and unwind
There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to some chilled out guitar tunes and after all the cheering we’re going to need some down time! I discovered there are acoustic music production sessions running on most days that the Games are on, so now I’m desperate to mix my own sounds to unwind to. What’s great is that they’re open to all ages, so the whole family can join in. Then there’s meditation to really calm your body and mind after all the excitement. Chi Kung meditation has been around in China for thousands of years and this course on Saturday the 11th of August promises to de-stress our lives with 7 steps. I’m off to find my Zen!
All the fun things mentioned here can be found on Hotcourses where there are also reviews and articles to help you choose what to do.