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We are slowly but surely getting back to normality and that means tons of fun activities are now open for business, all COVID-safe, of course! If you’re making up for lost time by filling up your diary here are 10 fun activities to get booking now… 

BECOME A MEMBER…
Birch is the new wellness space and hotel just a stone throw away from London, based in Hertfordshire. Perfect for your days off, the Birch membership gives you access to their line-up of events, classes, restaurants, cinema room, bakery, pottery studio, treatment rooms, co-working space, gym and the recently opened Californian-inspired Lido, which just screams pool party vibes! Birch is a truly unique space, with quirky additions such as being able to rent a BBQ with friends on the lawn or their magical tipi’s for hire, anything goes at Birch! If you’re looking to escape the city this laid-back members’ club is the place to be.

TAKE A BAKING COURSE…
Bread Ahead is the bakery based in Borough Market that has a number of workshops to get excited about! From Scandinavian-style baking to doughnuts, pizza, bagels, croissants and of course, the almighty sourdough loaf, these workshops are the ideal place to experience artisan baking first hand. Newbies to star bakers are welcome and the team at Bread Ahead aim to help you perfect your baking skills at whatever stage you’re at. 

PAMPER YOURSELF…
Linnaean are pioneers in the art of modern wellness. Their beautiful space is based in London’s Embassy Gardens, is home to all things hair and beauty plus they have a plant-rich organic café to refuel. Their treatments include everything from non-toxic mani/pedis, massages, waxing, facials, haircuts, blowdry and colour! Harnessing the latest innovation in beauty technology, Linnaean’s medispa provides bespoke services to target clients specific needs, treating skin conditions, non-surgical tightening procedures and more. After months of beauty treatments missed, we’re making up for lost time and Linnaean has everything you need in one place!

SEE A FILM…
The Olympic Studios in Barnes is the luxe way to watch the latest blockbusters! It feels like a lifetime ago that cinemas were open so there is a lot to catch up on. Spend a chilled out day sprawled in their deluxe red velvet armchairs munching on popcorn watching a newly released film, then dine in the Olympic Studios restaurant. Serving up brunch, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, their food menus hit the spot with delicious dishes perfect for weekend dining in style.

CREATE A DRIED FLOWER ARRANGEMENT…
Dried flowers have stolen the limelight this year. Perfect for decorating beautiful tablescapes, there are many perks of dried flowers including their prolonged lifespan and wild, boho-esque aesthetic. Fancy creating your own masterpiece? Book onto this dried flower arrangement workshop in Clerkenwell. You’ll learn professional techniques on what to consider when selecting flowers and also how to dry your own. The workshop will be taught by The Flower Factory, the seasonally inspired flower studio and floristry school who are a creative team of florists with a passion for botanical beauty and an excellent eye for detail.

GET YOUR WELLNESS FIX…
Based in London’s hotspot for all things wellness, a visit to Glow Bar will leave you feeling zen. Harnessing ancient healing methods for modern living, founder Sasha created Glow Bar as a safe haven to escape daily stresses. Sip on adaptogen spiked lattes, Chaga smoothies and golden moon milks in their millennial pink. Sweat out all your toxins in their infrared saunas, designed to make you glow from the inside out or book a relaxing High Vibe Facial Massage, which uses crystal tools and CBD to leave you feeling recharged.

RENT A TIPI…
Staycations are the new way to travel and there is no better way to spent a holiday in the UK than in a Tipi! Cornish Tipi Holidays campsite is based in Tregildrans Quarry, one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. Surrounded by a wild woodland valley and a clear, spring-fed lake, the site has truly captured a magical nature-filled getaway, perfect for family time. The tipi’s sleep up to 6 people and are equipped with the camping basics. Come the evening, you can set up a campfire to toast marshmallows and sing campfire songs! Spoilt for choice with an abundance of activities of offer nearby including fishing trips, bird walks, sea safaris, sailing, windsurfing, coasteering, waterskiing, golf and tennis, this really is the ultimate staycation haven!

PLAY CRAZY GOLF…
Tee off in style at Swingers Crazy Golf venues! Perfect for a fun-filled day with friends, Swingers has revamped the idea of traditional crazy golf with a cool, modern twist. With four different courses to take on, each 9 hole pitch is filled with immersive displays to wow you at every point. Both venues are filled with renowned London street food vendors including Patty & Bun, Pizza Pilgrims and Breddos Tacos to refuel post-golf!

PAINT & SIP…
The MasterPeace Studio is back open for business alfresco style with their mindful ‘Paint & Sip’ workshops. Set in the beautiful Ecceston Yards, MasterPeace is London’s first dedicated mindful art experience that welcomes beginners right through to experienced artists. Chose from 10 different painting kits and create your very own ‘masterpeace’ with the help and guidance of the professional artist instructor. Sip on a cocktail or mocktail as you lose yourself in the painting under the summer sun…sounds like the perfect afternoon right?

RENT A BOAT…
Renting a GoBoat is the perfect way to spend a summer’s day. Now with three locations in the capital, Paddington, Canary Wharf and Kingston Upon Thames, you can pick up your self-drive boat that fits up to 8 people. No boating experience is required, the GoBoat team will give you a quick rundown of how to operate your GoBoat and you’ll be given a route map to help you navigate your way.

words by Isabelle Shury

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