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After have patiently waited over long months for the summer to come, I am very grateful. It has been so far a nice, warm time, full of activities and experiences to remember.
There is a wide variety of things-to-do you can find in London and around -“weather permitting” as they always say, and that’s been the best of
this summer, the weather has been our friend! I’d like to share some of the nicest things I have done recently:
Street Art tour
Anyone new to a city, or to a part of their city would think that taking a guided walking tour is a good way to find out more about the place where you live. This is what I thought, but it was a lot more than I was expecting. This pay-what-you-like tour organised by Alternative London, turned out to be a journey through East London Bricklane, containing an entertaining narrative about history, graffiti and street art!
This passionate and energetic Aussie man started talking about some of the history of these streets, buildings and houses that were once own by French rich people and divided after the years in several apartments. He then went to explain how here is where the City of London ends, meeting this colourful area where artists have made installations, paintings and other art manifestations, here and in many other urban places around the world. Legally or illegally, artists such as Jonesy, Bansky, Vhils and many more, take ownership of urban spaces and create their own brand names, gaining recognition and admiration. Their techniques, speed and particular installations, make them unique and part of a culture full of magic, creativity and colour.
You can go on this tour any Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12p.m & 7p.m, Fridays at 12p.m. and Saturdays at 12p.m, 12:30.p.m, 3p.m & 3:30p.m. to find out about this and other London tours and activities, go to the alternative London website. I highly recommend taking it and if you do or have done it, please come back to this post and let me know how was your experience.
Industry meet ups
I have recently attended to a great networking event for people just like me, a woman in the Digital Marketing Industry wanting to be more involved with the Digital World, where I could not only spend some time with my dear fiends in the industry but also meet some other Digital Females. You can read more about this particular meet up in my other post, because what I want to highlight here is that there are not only meet ups for people like me. No matter what you are or in what you work in, there is a meet up for you! This is a platform where you can create a profile and instead of interacting online, or well, apart from it you can actually meet these people and share some time with others like you.
I think this is a great way to do something different, meet people outside your common social networks and expand your knowledge in anything you want to. There are no excuses as this meet ups run throughout the whole year and give you the opportunity to plan in advance and squeeze one or two into your busy schedule. Check this out on the meet up website.
I know some of you are already thinking ‘camping is suffering’, without all the comfort of home, your own bed, TV, laptop and in the worse case not mobile signal. But think again, all these in the company of friends and a nice natural landscape surrounding you… It couldn’t be that bad eh? So this was my case, with the plus of the UK non-tropical weather where there are no bugs in summer ☺.
All planned and organised by my lovely man this mid-July weekend was all about exploring the nature, enjoying with friends and meeting new people. We left London pretty early on Saturday morning heading Seaford, bought some food on the way and arrived by midday to Alfriston Camping Park, where we set up our tents and went to walk around the town. Later in the evening we set up a nice fire, started cooking a BBQ to then sat down and chat under the light of the full moon. Next day on Sunday we took a long walk enjoying a natural trail along the river, all the way to the sea at the side of the seven sisters. The brave swimmers went into the cold water and some others walked up the cliffs where the view was amazing.
Most of us were not exactly camping persons but this weekend was a lot of fun, truly enjoyable and relaxing. I really recommend a plan like this if you are tired of the routine. You can find out more on the Alfriston Camping website, don’t forget your camping equipment such as backpack, tent, sleeping bag/blanket, airbeds, disposable bbq, food & drinks, and very important: to bring lots of water to the walks!
I hope you liked this post and found some ideas to vary your routine. Although the weather can be overwhelming, London is never boring… and not only London but also any place in the world can be fun if we want it to be. What other interesting activities have you done this summer? Please leave your comments below ☺