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COVID-Secure Activities In The UK

Does anyone feel a new appreciation for activities now that life is slowly adjusting to a new normal? I took the train for the first time into London recently to visit a bar, and didn’t think I’d be in such awe of the capital as I was when I finally arrived. I was so grateful to actually feel – despite having to log my details in for track and trace – that things for the first time seemed ‘normal’ and it was a breath of fresh air. It’s like everything I took for granted – holidays, travel, restaurants, cafes, being with friends (socially distanced of course) – has taken on a whole new meaning to me. We’re so used to doing what we want, whenever we please, that the previous restrictions and this whole, new socially distanced way of living is changing the way I look at things. Not only is it shocking when you see how badly the hospitality and travel sectors have been affected, but I didn’t realise how much NOT being able to do simple activities I took for granted would impact on me. Now that lockdown’s lifted, I thought – for a brief, hopeful second – that perhaps the UK would be blessed with some good weather. In fact, I was sure of it – the world has had a terrible year, surely it’s not too much to ask for a bit of sun? But oh no, it’s now looking unlikely, and that combined with a lack of international travel plans is frustrating.

Never fear though, I’ve decided to explore the best of what the UK has to offer us for a truly great weekend out, – so whatever the weather, you can kick off Autumn having fun whilst still adhering to the government guidelines. So let’s begin!

Bottomless Brunch

Grab the girls (or the guys) together, and make sure you have a bottomless brunch scheduled in your diary. London has such a vast array of options that it’s difficult to choose which is best! Fancy Mexican? Why not try the cuisine at Santo Remedio in Soho, where they charge £30 for two hours of bottomless margaritas, beers or cava complete with two dishes off the menu. Looking for more classic brunch options? Head to Lantana Cafe, where you can choose one menu item for £30 with unlimited prosecco and mimosas. There’s also Asian fusion style food at Ping Pong, offering endless Dim Sum with cocktails for £30 per person OR if you’re feeling particularly extravagant, head to Nobu in Shoreditch where for £83 per person you can expect a main dish, unlimited access to the brunch bar, dessert bar aswell as a wide assortment of drinks to choose from.

A London Tour Like Never Before 

I’m proud of my London heritage, but shockingly I don’t know much about it. After spending a day with London Cab Tours though, I learnt about London from a completely different persepective and saw my city in a totally new light. Our tour guide Graham has incredible insight on the capital and a wealth of knowledge, as he drives you through the backstreets of London in his authentic black taxi. Whether you wish to learn more about the historical landmarks and the history behind them or fancy a more rock n roll themed tour, visiting the many places The Beatles made their mark, it’s an absolutely wonderful day out. That’s not all – fancy just finding some incredible spots for a photoshoot? Why not sign up for Graham’s photography tour, where you can simply TELL Graham what backdrop you’re looking for – and he’ll find it. From stunning, modern architecture to quaint, listed buildings you’ll experience London like never before, visiting beautiful backalleys and hidden gems that definitely aren’t featured in the guide books. Not only does it make for a perfect, COVID-secure day out with friends and family, why not end the tour at a rooftop bar, so you can overlook the city you’ve just learnt about? Check London Cab Tours out here.

Drive-in cinema

With the indoor cinemas closed for sometime, the drive-in cinemas made their move – and they became popular for a reason. Why not take a friend, and drive to either the Drive in Film Club in Alexandra Palace (created by the geniuses behind Rooftop Film Club) from approximately £29.50 per vehicle depending on the time of day or visit the Drive Inn in Edmonton, where food is provided and tickets are priced at £35 per vehicle. 

A Day In Hampton Court

Whether you choose to visit the Hampton Court Palace and Gardens -Henry VIII’s previously owned palace – for a fun, cultural day out and explore the beautiful gardens, or choose to simply eat overlooking the river at a local pub, I think this makes a really nice weekend with your friends. Lovely, riverside pubs include The Mute Swan (across the road from Hampton Court Palace!) and The Albany which has a beautiful, riverside terrace to enjoy.

Staycation Trip

Then of course, you’ve got the option of leaving London behind and exploring the best of what the UK has to offer. Now, more than ever, the travel and hospitality industries need us – and there’s plenty of gorgeous places to rent a pretty Airbnb in the UK. Whether you want some unique accommodation, camping overlooking some great views or prefer a easy walking holiday away, book ahead of the Staycation crown and see what tempts you. 

What’s on your COVID-friendly list of things to do this summer? Keep your eyes peeled for more – socially distanced concerts and festivals could be next.