Consuming 30,000 cups at our desks every year, tea is the essential elixir that gets us through the working day. Its restorative properties help spark ideas, relieve stress and provide a soothing moment of calm. But with sales of alternative tea soaring, has the traditional office brew had its day? I headed to tea bar and shop, Piacha, to get the lowdown on the new tea trends that could soon be sweeping through your office.
As the cold and rain continue to batter our misery-laden, grey old island, my thoughts turned wistfully to freshly plucked, glistening seafood savoured on endless blue-sky summer days. And where better to seek wish fulfilment than at Covent Garden’s Big
Easy Bar. B.Q. and Lobstershack. Specialising in all American tucker from ribs and hogs to steak and seafood, the Big Easy Lobster fest grabbed my eye. But was it really worth shelling out my salary for? Claws at the ready, I set off to find out.
Offering towering mountains, coursing rivers and shimmering plains, Tibet sparks the imagination like nowhere else. A mecca for mysticism, its magnificent monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and chanting monks are as compelling as its dramatic scenery. Intrigued by this mysterious land, I slipped out after work on Thursday to explore Tibet’s Secret Temple at the Wellcome Collection.
Rising at 7.00 to run round a muddy field on a Saturday morning has as much appeal as sticking pins in my eyes. But shamed by my expanding midriff and spurred on by my alternative New Year’s resolutions, parkrun was calling. Enticed by the tidal wave of rave reviews, I dragged myself kicking and screaming out of bed to find out what all the fuss was about.
Returning back to work in darkness, light relief arrived this week in the
form of Lumiere London – the capital’s first free light festival spanning 30 locations. Juggling terriers, shimmering dresses and neon birdcages were just a
few of the magical sites emblazoned across the city. Intrigued, I nipped out on
Friday night to find out what King’s Cross had on offer.
Packing your gym bag with a feeling of dread? The familiar pilgrimage from desk to treadmill marks the start of another year packed with good intentions. But by the end of January, over one third of us will have packed in our post-work gym visits altogether. If you’re looking to make a change this year, read our top five alternative ways to exercise and discover a whole new world of adventure.
With a startling array of uber-trendy eateries springing up daily in King’s Cross, eating out at work has never been so tempting. The latest wunderkind on the block is the German Gymnasium. Amidst the sauerkraut and schnitzel, an enticing kaffee and kuchen menu caught my eye. Served up during peak office sugar craving hours, I slipped away from my desk to savour some afternoon strudel.
With baubles, fir trees and tinstle popping up in offices across the capital, the festive frolics have arrived. But if you’ve ever wondered about the origins of Christmas trees, puddings and stockings, all is revealed at the Geffrye Museum’s fascinating Christmas Past exhibition. From 17th century parlours to cutting-edge warehouse conversions, Christmas Past traces the homes, decor, food and rituals that have shaped Christmas over the last four hundred years.
“Do not enter if you feel unwell.” “Search for the walls when you want to get out.” screamed the warnings plastered outside the Wellcome Trust’s latest exhibition States of Mind by Ann Veronica Janssens. A post-work tipple to calm the nerves appeared to be out of the question too. Joining the long queue snaking round the mysterious pink-shrouded room, I braced myself for a disorientating state of altered consciousness on an otherwise mundane Thursday after work.
With the mercury hitting 34 on the hottest day of the year so far, I wilted out of the office in a state of near melt-down. Desperately seeking shady trees and wide, open spaces, I headed straight for the sanctuary of the world’s most famous botanical gardens to experience Spicy Lates – part of Kew’s Full of Spice Festival. Exploring the origins of our favourite seasonings, the festival takes you on a fascinating journey from distant lands to our dinner table today. Departing the tube inferno, I made straight for the giant inflatable chilli pepper.