Hen Party and Weekend Ideas UK in 2019*

Seriously, there is no need for every hen party to be involved in tacky polyester sashes. Or perhaps make it look like it is a stale, cheesy nightclub, which does not really make the entire concept unique or interesting. After all, who wants to settle in the old-fashioned hen do? It is time you start thinking outside the box and introduce a party that everyone would want to be part of.

Take for example London, which is considered home to a slew of hen party ideas be it new or old. It is almost expected from every person there to go for chic bars, silent disco, or boozy brunches, not to mention the titular fitness challenges that everyone is celebrating.

But hey, the one above are just some of the many favourite hen do ideas out there. And yes, you have come to the right place. Here they are!

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A Guide to Outdoor Cinemas London 2019*

There is no doubt that summer can be quite a tricky time for all cinephiles out there. Considering the fact that sunshine seems to be a rare treat on British shores, it somehow feels unexpectedly wrong to just waste sunny days or even warm nights under a roof. But hey, there are many benefits that Londoners can enjoy every now and then – one of these is a summer packed with lots of outdoor cinema screenings. And mind you, it is the type of experience that offers the best of both worlds.

If you are so hell-bent on finding the best outdoor cinema London experience, then you have come to the right place. We have put up a guide that can get you access to guilty pleasures, cult classics, and avant-garde features that this experience can offer. So, without further ado, step into this guide.

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Firewall attack – clueQuest: cQ ORIGENES

Heading into London and feeling a bit like a sheep standing on the tube I headed to clueQuest to play their newest escape room cQ ORIGENES.

I was invited down courtesy of clueQuest to write up along with some others from Love Pop Ups London community on their latest room.

Throughout my blog I will try not to give too much away but there could be some potential spoilers so be warned before reading any further.

clueQuest

clueQuest has four escape rooms. Each room has a specific theme, storyline and difficulty rating.

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Ready, steady, cake – Cookery School

I love cooking and baking so when I was invited via the Cookery School to do whatever class I wished I just had to opt for cakes as I have a sweet tooth. Firstly though let me explain more about the Cookery School which is based at Portland Street just of Regents Street in London.

Cookery School at Little Portland

Cookery School is about sustainability which has always been a key part of Cookery School at Little Portland Street’s ethos. Since 2003, the schools founder Rosalind Rathouse, has been inspiring and teaching students how to cook food with confidence using her principle-led teaching approach that provides sustainable learning.

Cookery School is about learning how to cook and been sustainable. They provide a number of different varied classes and courses throughout the year from sausage making to cake baking.

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Get your ass to DNA VR – DNA VR

Ever wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of London? then DNA VR offers adventurers a chance to jump into a virtual world of their own choosing to escape your normal everyday life.

I was invited down along with some other community members of Love Pop Ups London to take our minds away from everyday life for an hour which we got to fly around within a futuristic time period to shooting zombies in a desert.

DNA VR

DNA VR is the first and biggest Virtual Reality arcade to hit London in 2018.  They provide a number of well known single player and multiplayer titles and unique team VR Experiences for up to 10 players.  They are also the only venue in UK to provide unique Free-Roam experiences Depth of Osiris and Space Station Tiberia.

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Facing zombies – The Walking Dead: Art Apocalypse

The Walking Dead a long running zombie series is returning to Fox 11th February for it’s second half of it’s ninth season.  As to get fans excited agency Premier Comms bought to London’s Old Truman Brewery (8th / 9th February) a zombie lovers interactive pop up called ‘FOX’s The Walking Dead: Art Apocalypse’.

As I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead and anything to do with zombie’s I just had to pop on down to get a selfie or two with walkers and learn further about what happens behind the scenes to my favourite zombie series.

Guests will be able to view and interact with walkers (zombies), pose within recreated set scenes and play with an assortment of replica props.  There was also plenty of artwork and photos on display, which I must warn is not for the faint hearted.

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Luck seeking – Air China Land of Luck

With it being Chinese New Year, Air China popped up with their pop up Land of Luck in The Bargehouse on London’s Southbank to bring Londoners good fortune and to celebrate the Year of The Pig.

According to Chinese horoscope the pig represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, general prosperity, symbolising a hard working, a peace-loving person, a truthful, generous, indulgent, patient, reliable, trusting, sincere, giving, sociable person with a large sense of humour and understanding.

I was cordially invited to attend the press night before opening to the public for one day to see what this pop up was all about.

Air China

Air China has been operating UK routes ever since 1988 when it was established and has a long-held commitment to the successful operative of flights out of the UK.

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Swigging back grog with Captain Morgan – Bompas and Parr Lost Lagoon

Shiver me timbers, set designers Bompas and Parr have joint forces with Captain Morgan to give Londoners a nautical adventure to an underground paradise of the Lost Lagoon.

For three months from the beginning of February 2019 until early April, buccaneers will be able to discover a secret island within a secret location in central London to take a journey of wonder on the largest underground lake in the UK.

I was invited on a complimentary basis to adventure through Bompas and Parr’s latest part immersive theatre part bar experience with another buccaneer of my choosing so I just had to have my bestie Steve join me as to keep me safe from them pirates.

Bompas and Parr

Bompas and Parr is globally recognised as the leading expert in multi-sensory experience design.

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Get Arty – PopUp Painting

I am a big kid at heart and just love anything fun and quirky.  So, when I heard about PopUp Painting I was excited about the prospect of trying to paint a proper piece of art with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of prosecco in another.

To be honest though I have not painted properly for a long time as the only painting I seem to do now days is with my niece who is six and let’s just say my art is more on the lines of stick men and unicorns. 

So, when I was invited down on a complimentary basis along with another member of Love Pop Ups London (Chelsea) to have some fun in painting I was certainly not going to let this opportunity brush on by.

PopUp Painting

PopUp Painting popped up back in 2013 with their take on social painting classes.  Social painting classes have been popular over the world for a number of years but there was not any in the UK at the time. 

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A look back at January 2019 – Community fun

This article is a look back at the amazing experiences which various community members of Love Pop Ups London enjoyed and helped spread the word about during January 2019 on complimentary basis.

January 2019 a look back

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