Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Weekend

So I was asked on Friday, “what are your plans this weekend” – the staple question your colleagues ask when the work week comes to a close - and I realised I didn’t have anything concrete to give an adequate response. I like to wing things as plans can tend to fall through but it got me thinking about things you can do outside your house that are both easy and inexpensive. Decided to put a list together in this impromptu blog post. Here are 5 ideas:

1.     Visit a free exhibition or museum
Soak up some information and enjoy art at a free exhibition or museum. Some of London’s best free art galleries and museums include: The National Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery. There are more that you can search for on google and exhibitions pop up all the time. Earlier this year, I visited the Basquiat exhibition “Boom for Real” with a friend and we decided to put our art skills to the test and draw images influenced by Basquiat’s work. If you think you might be bored, give yourself an activity to do when you visit and grab some food afterwards.

2. Do some work at a coffee shop

I find myself wondering into cute coffee shops all the time, based on the fact that they look different to the regular Costa or Café Nero. They’re unique and usually they have great tasting coffee. The best coffee I’ve had in London was from this place in Shoreditch called Brooklyn Coffee. I wish it weren’t so far away from me but that’s probably a good thing because I’d go broke if it were closer. Shoreditch has some great spots you can work remotely at like the Hoxton Hotels and Ace Hotel. Some other great spots out side Shoreditch include: Timberyard and Market Place Bar. If you’re looking for an inexpensive place to have brunch, try The Book Club in Shoreditch as well.

 3. Cylce to the park

I was surprised the first time I rode on one of those Santander Cycles you see dotted all over London as they are quite cheap. If you’re more of an outdoorsy person and like physical activity, definitely go for a cycle (or skateboard if you prefer that). Create a playlist, put your phone on airplane mode and take a trip to Hyde Park. It’s a great way to tune out and enjoy your own company (I enjoy my own company probably too much). If you get tired of cycling, make sure you have a refreshment and a book or magazine to keep you occupied.

4.     Explore and take photos

This is actually something I did yesterday. I had a wonder around my neighbourhood to see what I could take pictures of (I didn’t find much lol) but it was something different and it got me moving. If you really want to do this, I suggest getting on the tube, getting off at a random stop and exploring your surroundings with your camera or phone. You’ll be surprised at what you might find. If you’re really into photography, take your laptop with you as well so you can play around on Photoshop afterwards.

5.     Read a book in bookshop café

The big bookshops (like some Waterstones) have cafés in them where you can grab a coffee and enjoy a book. Whenever I go into a book shop, I spend longer than I have to. You would think I was buying multiple books but I’d just end up leaving empty-handed. If you have a book you’re really enjoying, spend some time surrounded by other book lovers and get engrossed in your novel or browse the shelves for something new. You can try the Waterstones at Picadilly. I went to UCL and the closet Waterstones to me was right opposite my uni, near Goodge Street, the café on the ground floor did great coffee and was a good location to work and read.

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