How To Spend A Weekend In London…?
If you’ve got the post-Olympics blues, why not cheer yourself up with a weekend in London? To inspire you, we’ve pulled together a list of alternative ways to spend an afternoon in the capital…
Forget Thailand, this floating Mile End market has everything you could possibly need. Free.
Take the tube to Mile End, where a group of people inspired by the spirit of the Olympics have put together a quirky floating market, with barges in Mile End offering their wares to passers by on the canal, or the towpath. There’s the usual East London art, clothes, cakes, sandwiches and books, but visitors also have the opportunity to access herbal medicine, a floating hairdressers and even a floating factory (of sorts) making fused glass jewellery on board. One boat bears the sign, “I will build it for you”. Amazing.
Treat yourself to a manicure at MW Nails, Spitalfields. £9-£101
For passport-free escapism, a five minute walk from Liverpool Street station, in the heart of trendy Spitalfields lies MW Nails. Buckle up be transported back to the 1970’s highlife in an exotic nail bar designed to look like the inside of an aeroplane. Enjoy a range of 30 express manicures and pedicures before kicking back for some me-time in the painstakingly recreated 1972 plane interior. We recommend the ‘Shanghai Shape’, a quick shape and polish that’s a fast, fun way to update your nails. Zero fuss. Maximum impact!
A tasty, affordable lunch in the heart of the city. £10-£20
Head to St Martins Courtyard, Covent Garden, where you’ll find a brand new complex of shops, boutiques, restaurants, a yoga and pilates centre and a day spa. Amongst the new fixtures is Bills, a fabulously British, value-for-money cafe/restaurant that promises quality food, fast. Amongst the lovely own-label produce you can find picnic hampers, sweets, chocolate, beer, jam, coffee and tea, all of which make wonderful presents. As for the menu, go for a sumptuous British classic like Bill’s Fish Pie or a Homemade Fish Finger Sandwich. Alternatively, we highly recommend the all-day Vegetarian breakfast, complete with poached eggs, guacamole, hummus, sweet chilli sauce and mushrooms. Delicious! Be sure to take a bottle of Elderflower cordial home with you, too.
See the Olympic medals up close at the British museum. Free. Until 9th September
It’s the closest most of us will get to gaining an Olympic gold medal! This display explains the journey of the medals, from the mining of the metal by Rio Tinto to the creation of the designs by David Watkins and Lin Cheung, to their production by the Royal Mint. Examples of both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic victory medals – shown here publicly for the first time – are the high point of the display.
Catch one of the last performances of The Wizard Of Oz at The London Palladium. Tickets between £30-£70. Kids go free throughout August.
The brightest and most charming, fun-loving musical, The Wizard of Oz musical follows the journey of Dorothy and her dog Toto as she is transported from her Kansas home to the magical land of Oz. With the help of Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion she must find her way home as they travel through Oz to make their way to meet the Wizard, who promises to grant them their heart’s desires. Cue flying monkeys, an evil green witch and plenty of mischief, and you’re in for a wicked time. Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the quality of the music is unparalleled. Sing along to classic songs from the film such as Somewhere Over The Rainbow, If I Only Had A Brain and We’re Off To See The Wizard – we guarantee you’ll be in a good mood for weeks afterwards.