As a newly single Londoner, the idea of speed dating fills me with equal parts intrigue and dread. But when Date in a Dash invited me to attend their singles pub crawl, intrigue won! I went with 2 friends for backup – here’s the verdict.
With summer well and truly on its way out, now is a good time to relive it’s best moments! The summer months offered up a huge selection of fun times to be had in and around London, and this is my top 3.
We Are FSTVL – PROS
– Space. At no point did the festival feel overcrowded or uncomfortable. Even in the busiest tents I had enough space to get my dance ooooon, which is a real luxury compared to most festivals!
– Cost. The tickets are pretty cheap at £45 per day or £75 for the weekend and drinks aren’t too pricey either
We Are FSTVL – CONS
– Travel. The festival is in a random field in Essex so you need to get a shuttle bus from Upminster to get there. The buses are arranged by the festival and included in the ticket price which is great but on the way home it’s a nightmare! Not only do you have to queue for ages to get the shuttle bus but you have the added stress of potentially missing the last train from Upminster! You would think that TfL would extend their train service for the weekend…maybe next year!
Wireless – PROS
– Travel. The great thing about London festivals is that they are super easy to get to! Finsbury Park is a great location and means that you can go out for a post-festival dance if you’re up to it
– Atmosphere. I went to Wireless last year and it was super rammed with lots of pushing, shoving and fights. While that was partly down to these idiots breaking in, I was a bit wary this year. They actually pulled it out the bag – there was plenty of space and a chilled vibe, I didn’t see a single fight!
Wireless – CONS
– Crowd. The crowd was less angry this year but they were also pretty young. That’s not a huge issue but worth noting
– Cost. At just over £70 for a day ticket, Wireless is pricier than We Are. This year Ticketmaster had a two for one offer – had this not been the case I probably wouldn’t have gone.
Lovebox – PROS
– Travel. Living 5 minutes away from Victoria Park, it would be rude not to go to Lovebox! This was definitely the least stressful of my festival journeys
– Crowd. Lovebox has an older crowd than Wireless – more people my kind of age (26) so I didn’t feel like a granny
– Atmosphere. The festival had a fun vibe and seemed a bit more buzzing than the other two, which may have been a consequence of how large the festival is (more on that later)
– Cost. At around £50 for day tickets, Lovebox is great value for such a popular festival
Lovebox – CONS
– Queues. The festival itself didn’t feel too packed when walking around or at outdoor stages but the queues were insane. In the time that my friends queued for the toilets, I went to the bar to get drinks, went to a different toilet, came back and they were STILL waiting! We also missed out on seeing Kano because he was in an indoor tent and the queues were snaking around the tent 20 minutes before he was even on
– Size. Lovebox is huuuge. To the point where we lost part of our group and didn’t see them again for the rest of the day. We also missed some acts because we spent so long looking for the right stage
Summary: Overall, Lovebox was definitely my favourite festival of the summer and I can’t wait to go again next year!
I love an excuse to get dressed up and watch a sport I have no clue about – don’t you? Last year, I did that at Rugby 7’s…this year I opted for a different type of dressing up! The Henley Royal Regatta is a great day out – it’s nice to get out of London and is also a great excuse for a new dress 😉 We bought a ticket for the Chinawhites enclosure which was being headlined by Roger Sanchez. There are lots of different enclosures to choose from but this looked the most fun and I had heard good things!
– Atmosphere. Whether you’re there for the rowing or there for the party, Henley has a great vibe. The Chinawhites enclosure had a huge outdoor section which felt like a garden party but the tent was definitely more for the party animals than those who want to just chill 😉
– Cost. Tickets for the Chinawhite enclosure are only £50 which includes your entrance to Henley to watch the rowing and the Chinawhites afterparty which runs in the tent until midnight. In my opinion this is a bargain, especially in comparison to what some of the other enclosures charge.
– Crowd. The crowd was very mixed, with a huge range of ages but everyone was super friendly and we even made a few new friends!
– Travel. While Henley is wasy enough to get to by train (direct from Paddington) it has the same problem as We Are FSTVL of leaving before the party stops and racing back to get the last train before it leaves!
Summary: I had a great time at Henley but wished I could have stayed longer! I would love to go again next year and perhaps get an AirBnB so I can enjoy the night right until the lights come on.
Not all summer activities need to involve drinking! Go Ape is a fun activity day suitable for families, couples or groups. There are over 30 locations across the UK and I went to the Battersea Park one with a friend.
– Levels. There are different difficulty levels you can choose at various points in the course.
– Cost. At £35 per adult, Go Ape is pretty good value. It may sound like a lot but I’m sure you’d spend double that on most night’s out…
– Teams. Though you receive your briefing and demonstration in groups of 10, you’re not required to complete the course with others. You can go at your own pace in the pair/group you came with, so if you’re feeling anti social there’s no need to worry!
– Travel. There are no Go Ape branches in central London, which is a shame. However, the Battersea, Chessington and Trent Park locations are fairly easy to get to.
Summary: Go Ape is a fun day out, and isn’t just for summer! This month, you can get 20% off by booking with code ADSDY
What was your favourite summer activity? Let us know in the comments!
If you couldn’t make it to the latest WGL Network event – or if you did and you wanted to hear more from our wonderful speaker Ronke – you’re in luck! PR extraordinaire, Ronke Lawal, is hosting an event to give business owners an overview of how to use PR to gain media coverage and ultimately grow their business. This event is ideal for entrepreneurs, small business owners, or even those wanting to forge a career in PR. Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite and you lucky readers can get 10% off with the code WGL2016!
This is a guest post by Anthony Sargent, the managing director of modern estate agents in East Dulwich, Fish Need Water. Working with landlords, Anthony aims to make the property finding process easy and stress free for all renters in London.
In 2014, buying or renting property in London was considered one of the most stressful parts of our lifestyle — and it’s no surprise why.
With increasing property prices over the past two years, that stress hasn’t eased much. Finding somewhere to live in an ideal location and within your price range can be rare, and when you do find it, you’ve got to snap it up quickly, because you know it won’t be around for long.
While worrying about finding the right property and getting it as soon as possible, it’s often difficult to know what exactly you’re looking for, as well as the vital questions you need to ask. Find out how to prepare for finding property, and those crucial queries to put to letting agents or landlords in London.
Over the past few months, Holls and I have been hard at work to bring a new club night to London, and finally Lip Sync Ldn is here! This Thursday, we will be bringing the hit TV show Lip Sync Battle to Queen of Hoxton – and YOU could be crowned the MVP 🏆 Check out the full event listing here – hope to see some of my beautiful readers there 🙂
This is a guest post from Yaakov Smith, Founding Manager of Logican Solutions
How would you broach the topic of debt with your loved one? You may have noticed worrying behavioural patterns in your partner, such as overspending and a lack of regard for budgets. You might feel that it is your responsibility to let your partner know that you are present, and willing, to help.
Despite your good intentions, debt is a difficult area to navigate. You may be worried that your partner could get defensive or even angry, but don’t feel like you are overstepping your bounds. At this time, it is likely that your partner is looking for help and guidance. They may not know where to start. They may feel ashamed or withdrawn as a result. The best possible thing you can do for your partner and for their financial future is to address the situation head-on and offer a helping hand whenever you can.
Before going full steam ahead, read this article and prepare yourself. It is important for us as a society to overcome the taboo of debt, but money-related discussions should be sensitive and considered. Only once you get everything out in the open can you begin to explore debt management options.