As 2017 kicks in, we look back on another year of office breaks. From a day trip to the end of the world to bank holiday weekends in Bavaria and Bohemia; it’s been an action packed year. We share with you a few of our favourite memories which hopefully may inspire your own breaks out of the office during 2017.
No longer just for grandma, compression socks have become a staple of the long-haul packing list. Adopted by canny flyers everywhere, the socks are worn as much for their comfort as they are for their ability to prevent DVT and leg swelling. With a family history of blood clots and a dread of “cankles” (swollen ankles), I agreed to try a pair of Bridgedale compression socks on my recent twelve-hour flight to South Africa.
A startling one in four Brits will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. With workplace stress viewed as a major cause of mental health issues, a range of well being initiatives from healthy eating to exercise programmes are now the order of the day in most offices. But how have treatments changed in recent times? I went along to the Bethlem Museum of the Mind to find out.
October Plenty is an autumn harvest festival which is held each October in Southwark. A colourful procession of medieval pageantry weaves its way through the ancient cobbled streets of the Thames walkway to Borough market. Led by the formidable Green Man, the procession is a joyful celebration of the passing seasons and the abundance of the harvest.
It’s official, gin is the new vodka with £1 billion of sales recorded for the first time this year. And where better to sink a post-work G&T or two than the City of London Distillery. Rising up from its ashes, you can now work your way through more than 380 gins in their clandestine, basement bar. Flexing my tasting muscles, it was a tough assignment but someone had to do it.
As the witching hour of Halloween beckons, our thoughts turn to scary stories of haunted houses and morbid mazes. And where better to indulge your fangs this October than Dreamland Margate’s multi-award winning Screamland. Offering spine-tingling sensations and horrors galore, it’s a night of fiendish fun for all the work team. Those of a nervous disposition may wish to look away now.
With street food markets popping up all over London, we’re practically tripping over Yum Buns and Korean dumplings every time we leave the office. Intrigued by colleagues who happily spend half their lunch break queuing for an £8.00 burrito, I joined in the action at the Guildhall street food market.
Pop-up restaurant stars, Terry and George, were on hand this week to teach a class of bewildered bloggers about the benefits of whole grains. From wholemeal pizza to cakes infused with rapeseed oil, their simple, tasty recipes gave me food for thought for my lunch break leftovers. Fitting easily into the lunch box, I thought I’d share their whole grain tips for healthy lunch breaks.
“In Japan, only a lunatic would go to the bother of making noodles” declares our teacher as we pound flour and water. Not being the world’s most patient cook, I wondered if I’d live to regret tonight. But having spent many a lunch break slurping the hearty fare in Kanada-Ya, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to try out Sozai, the UK’s first Japanese Cooking School. Raring for Ramen, I dashed over to Aldgate to uncover the culinary secrets of the Far East.
Nestled between the Rhine and the Black Forest, Freiburg is officially Germany’s sunniest city. Offering cuckoo clocks, cobbled streets, roof top restaurants and pulsing techno bars, it’s a quirky blend of Hans Christian Anderson meets Kraftwerk. Throw in some succulent, fresh Trout and Black Forest Gateau and it’s also a mecca for foodie indulgence. Swapping my corporate suit for dashing dirndl, I set off in search of adventure.