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Learn a thing or two from London’s Amazings

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England’s capital city is brimming with exciting events and interesting sights, but another of the perhaps little less known things London has to offer is the Amazings.

The Amazings offer fun, friendly and informal classes and courses on a wide range of subjects. They are delivered by people with an abundance of experience and are very well priced. If you’re thinking about picking up another hobby or want to polish up your skills then the Amazings offer many fantastic opportunities.


Who are the Amazings?

There are a large number of teachers, so it really depends on what class you choose. All of the Amazings are over 50 and have a lot of experience in the area in which they teach. They come from a variety of backgrounds, some having never taught before but with a visible passion for the subject, and others with years of teaching knowledge.

Teaching is something the London Amazings excel at.

Teaching is something the London Amazings excel at.

Learning from those who have experience in your chosen area is one of the best ways to learn, as you can fully trust that they know exactly what they are talking about. They can pass on their valuable knowledge and help you not to make the same mistakes they may have done.


What Do They Teach?

There are so many classes on offer that it’s hard to name them all! They fall into various categories, which include art, craft, creative, careers, DIY, food, music, online skills, outdoors and many more. In all of these broad areas you are likely to find classes such as music marketing, hair styling, knitting, cooking, blogging, and even how to give head massages.

The great thing about the Amazings is that they offer a huge variety of useful, quirky and exciting classes covering so many different topics. Whether you already know what you want, or if you’re not quite sure but want to learn a new skill, it’s definitely worth checking out the Amazings and seeing what takes your fancy.


Who Can Learn?

The Amazings isn’t the place to go if you’re solely interested in getting recognised diplomas or qualifications, as it is their love for ‘learning for learning’s sake’ that is truly the core of the company. If you’re looking to learn in an informal and friendly environment, simply for fun, then the Amazings is the place for you.

The Amazings teach in a variety of different ways.

The Amazings teach in a variety of different ways.

The classes are open to anyone who is interested in the particular topic on offer and wants to learn something new, or hone their current skills. Whether your 16, 60 or 116, the Amazings is a fantastic place to learn as the informality and friendly approach allows flexibility and suitability for everyone – whatever the age.


Where does it happen?

The Amazings headquarters are located in London. However, the classes themselves do not take place in their base camp. Across London, the Amazings meet their students in coffee shops, pubs, homes and even online.

One of the best things about this is that you can find somewhere close to home and suitable for you. Finding an Amazings class within close proximity of your home also helps you meet other locals and make friends. In addition, meeting in an informal location helps bring a more personal touch to the classes. 



The Amazings combine genuine experience with friendly learning to create fun classes. Learning with the Amazings is a great way to meet new people as well as learn something new from someone who knows exactly what they’re talking about.

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Catch a glimpse of unseen London on Open Garden Squares weekend

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Open Garden Squares is an annual event held across 27 boroughs of London. It is a weekend, usually at the start of summer, where communal gardens that aren’t usually open to the public, unlock their gates and welcome people in. It is held in association with the National Trust and includes traditional gardens, garden squares, allotments and roof terraces.

Attending the Open Garden Squares event is a fabulous way to experience parts of London that are usually unseen. Some gardens offer guided tours, picnics and even activities such as puppet shows for the kids. Whether you want to spend a relaxed afternoon in the sun, enjoy a whirlwind tour or see lots of gardens, this is a great event. Below is a guide to some of the exciting and beautiful gardens that open their gates to visitors.


10 Downing Street

The small L-shaped plot of 10 Downing Street will be opened to 25 people only at this year’s Open Garden Squares event. The Prime Minister was happy to accept the invitation from the National Trust and take part in the event. It is very unusual for anyone to be allowed to visit the garden but this year it has been opened to a limited number of Open Garden Squares’ guests.

London has many amazing gardens to go visit.

London has many amazing gardens to go visit.

Larry, the Downing Street cat, often makes use of the garden which has been visited by many famous people over the years. Being allowed to view the Prime Minister’s garden is definitely a glimpse into unseen London, so if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket don’t hesitate to have a look.


Fulham Palace

Fulham Palace is one of the main residences of the Bishop of London. The Fulham Palace Gardens, as well as the Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments also open their gates to welcome visitors to experience their secret beauty.

Fulham Palace are also offering guided tours at various points throughout the day, so if you are particularly interested in getting a little more detail, why not embark upon a tour? Tickets are available on the door or by booking in advance online.


Valence House

The only one of Dagenham’s historic houses to survive, Valence House dates back to the early 1400’s. Today, the house is open to the public as a local history museum, and it is partially surrounded by a moat.

Why not go and discover some of the unseen parts of London?

Why not go and discover some of the unseen parts of London?

This beautifully historic house has a wonderful herb garden that is accessible only during the Open Garden Squares celebrations. During this exciting event guided tours are available where you can discover an abundance of interesting historical facts about the site and the garden. Entering the Valence House garden during the event is a fantastic way to see the exciting and unusual parts of London.


Westminster Abbey Gardens

Westminster Abbey is one of London’s central attractions and biggest icons. The stunning green areas, usually closed off to the general public, will be opened up for Open Garden Squares only. It is located in the centre of London and has hosted 16 Royal weddings, most recently that of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

One of the gardens is situated around the ruins of the old medieval chapel and has numerous beautiful flowers growing across it. Visiting the Westminster Abbey Gardens is truly a once in a lifetime experience to see some of London’s hidden majesty.



The Open Gardens Square event is a fantastic and unusual way that you can catch a glimpse of unseen London. With so much hidden beauty in this metropolitan city, you might just be surprised at what you find.

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Explore the world of the IncrEdibles at Kew Gardens

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If you’ve got green fingers and ticklish taste buds, then you’ll love the IncrEdibles summer show at Kew Gardens this year. A great and extremely unique way to enjoy your days come rain or shine, the Kew Gardens grounds are packed with activities for all to enjoy. As well as the amazing fun to be had, visitors are surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Kew where this summer, the place will be brimming with boating, botany and plenty of barbecues! Here’s a little more about the IncrEdible adventures waiting to be explored.


Weird and Wonderful

Kew Gardens’ IncrEdibles festival is all about giving you a taste of the wild, from a botanical point of view! While some of us struggle to give our five fruit and vegetables a permanent place in our culinary calendar, this brilliant display of incredible edible plants will certainly spice up your menu! Come to see plants of all shapes and sizes from around the world, and learn how to use them in the fight against a dreary diet. Whether you’re 7 or 70, the IncrEdibles has something new to teach everyone, and is a fantastic family experience.


Swimming With Salad!

Kew Gardens isn’t all about the greens; in addition to the beautiful grounds and historic buildings, the Palm House pond is also being transformed this summer for the IncrEdible festival. Bompas & Parr are giving visitors a chance to dive into a brilliant boating experience, colourfully called ‘Tutti Frutti’! From the end of May, right up to the 1st of September, you can set sail on a giant fruit or veg boat, and off onto the open water. Mystical grottos and an impressive Pineapple Island make this boating bonanza engaging and fun for all ages! All it takes is a little advance booking beforehand; to make sure you get your perfect half hour experience. Bring your sea legs and an appetite for adventure!

Kew Gardens is a great day out for all.

Kew Gardens is a great day out for all.


Time for Tea

Hosted in the stunning Rose Gardens in the Kew grounds, a delightful tea party is held from May 25th all the way through to the beginning of November. This isn’t your ordinary tea party though, and certainly not one you’ll want to miss! This is a tea party with a twist; an amazing variety of vegetables and fantastic fruit, edible plants abound as they appear to grow from the very platters, dishes and dinnerware before your eyes. Your taste buds are sure to tingle, but there’s plenty to train your brain too. Great interactive riddles and puzzles will challenge you as to what really goes into your favourite scrumptious snacks and guilty grazing pleasures. Surprises are in store!



On Saturday 1st of June, there’s a one day event that you won’t want to miss. Make sure that you come to enjoy this brilliant day to learn all about growing in your community, and all about sustainability from the experts. You may even want to change your lifestyle after these lectures; there are great benefits for learning about the environmental impact, and the huge positives for your community that come with local growing gardens. You may embark on a new journey that you never considered as a possibility before.

Kew Gardens has many amazing parts to it.

Kew Gardens has many amazing parts to it.



The IncrEdible festival is a fantastic opportunity to experience something new, exciting and different to anything else available this summer. A great experience for friends, families, adults and children alike, it’s a chance to find out more about our colourful world and the great things that grow in it. Kids 16 and under even get in absolutely free.

If you really are what you eat, then why not be fun, exciting, weird and wonderful? Make your way down to the Royal Botanic Gardens in London this year, for a spectacular summer adventure that you’ll never forget!

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