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A Guide to London spa breaks

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Whether you’re after a day where you can simply spend time on your own away from the craziness of everyday life, a relaxing hen weekend celebration or a romantic break with your partner, London has many fantastic spas on offer.

Every spa offers something a little bit different and has unique facilities. Whether you prefer to spend hours in the sauna or enjoy being pampered with massages and other treatments, it is the perfect way to relax.

London is a bustling metropolis full of life, but there are a few tranquil havens located in and around the city itself. Below is a guide to how to approach a London spa break.

 

Choose Your Length of Time

Spas offer a huge variety of deals on different time scales, so it’s important that you know how much time you are setting aside for your spa break. You can visit a London spa for a morning, an entire day, or alternatively stay for a few days and really make a holiday out of it.

London is a great place to visit for many reasons.

London is a great place to visit for many reasons.

The most popular amount of time to visit a spa for is 1 or 2 nights over a weekend, although if you can go during the week it is usually cheaper. This is ideal if you’ve taken time off work to visit London, as you can enjoy a spa break mid-week and benefit from the lower prices as well as fewer people.

 

Choose Your Treatments

Planning the treatments you want to undertake before getting there is very important when visiting a London spa, as they can get booked up quite quickly. It also means that you will fit everything in and won’t leave longing for that head massage that you never got.

There are a huge variety of treatments on offer; these vary from spa to spa. Most of the London spas offer massages; scrubs and many other pamper treatments, as well as full access to the saunas, swimming pool and steam rooms.

 

Choose Your Destination

The extra special thing about London spas is that many of them offer spectacular views. Whether you can see views over the city or the beautiful landscapes surrounding it, London is a great place to go on a spa break.

The capital city is brimming with spas, varying in quality, rating and price. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing spa break on a budget, or a 5 star luxurious break, London has it all.

 

Book in Advance

Finally, booking in advance is very important if you are thinking about going on a spa break in London. As it is England’s capital city it is a very popular destination and many people frequently enjoy relaxing breaks as a little treat.

If you book quite far in advance you will most likely get a good deal. Conversely, if you leave it till the last minute (1 – 2 weeks before) then there are often many cheap offers available, though this is not guaranteed, and might not be the package you particularly want.

Spa days make for a great time of relaxation.

Spa days make for a great time of relaxation.

If you have your heart set on something very specific, then your best bet is to book at least 6 weeks in advance to ensure availability and a reasonable price. Looking online for deals is also a great idea; as the spas are constantly in competition with each other there are often lots of incentives around to entice customers. Why not take advantage of the deals on offer?

 

Conclusion

Despite London being a busy, bustling city, it is also home to some of England’s most relaxing destinations. London is the perfect place to go for a spa break, as there are such a large variety of places to choose from.

Whatever your budget, timescale and preferences, you are sure to find the perfect spa break destination in London.

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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. 

 

Conclusion

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.

 

Conclusion

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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