Hit the ground running as soon as you land in Britain and follow the golden rule of travel: don’t sleep until it’s bedtime in the country you’ve landed in. With amazing coffee, daytime raves and world-famous sites to see, snoozing will be the last thing on your agenda. Jetlag? What jetlag?
1. Ditch the luggage
Free yourself of your worldly possessions – at least until it’s time to check into your accommodation. Most London rail stations have left luggage facilities, as do Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool. Manchester luggage storage company Stasher has drop-off points close to major landmarks including Chinatown, Old Trafford, Deansgate and more. Just grab your wallet and your camera, set forth and explore!
2. Fuel up with the most important meal of the day
Landed in the early hours? Get your body clock onto the right time zone with a great British breakfast. Tuck into eggs, bacon, sausages, beans and hash browns everywhere from traditional ‘greasy spoons’ to posh restaurants. Celebrity favourite The Wolseley in Mayfair London is famed for its breakfast; try what The Queen has first thing – kippers. She does live just over the road, after all.
3. Caffeine and superfoods
If you’ve arrived in Manchester and are dreaming of a flat white or long black, you’ll thank the coffee gods the moment you step into Federal, an indie café that brings ‘antipodean café culture to Manchester’s Northern Quarter.’ Their wholesome brunches are an antidote to plane food – think smashed avocado toast and açai bowls. Hula in Edinburgh is a buzzy little juice bar in the heart of the city; along with fresh fruity combos, there’s a comprehensive coffee and matcha menu.
4. From on board to ommmm
Frame studios operates across seven central London locations, offering daily yoga classes (plus meditation, Pilates and fitness); no need to pre-book – just turn up and salute the sun. Tribe Yoga runs a smooth operation at its three Edinburgh locations and – crucially after a long haul flight – its change rooms have powerful showers, fancy products to use and even hair straighteners. In Manchester, art-lovers will want to visit The Whitworth gallery even without its programme of ‘Great Escapes’; depending on the day of the week, take part in yoga or Tai-Chi in the Art Garden, before taking in fantastic contemporary art inside.
5. Stretch your aeroplane legs
Many of Britain’s cities are cycle-friendly, so pick up a pair of wheels and get your circulation moving post-flight. London’s bike hire scheme is easy to use, costing zilch for the first half hour and then £2 per half hour; bicycles are docked all over the city and you can pick up and drop off in different places.
6. Join the party
‘Rave your way into your day’ with Morning Gloryville, the pioneers of ‘conscious clubbing’ and sober morning raving. The concept danced its way into being in London in 2013 and has since taken place across the world: from 6.30am – 10.30am, the best party music, visual entertainment, free massage, organic coffee, vegan eats and yoga will get your trip off to an energetic start. Raves take place across London, Manchester and other UK cities.
7. Find out what time it really is!
If you’re still confused about which time zone you’re in, make for impressive Greenwich in London, of ‘Greenwich Mean Time’ fame. All the clocks around the world are referenced according to the clock time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich; stand on the historic Prime Meridian line, tell your body and brain you’re on northern hemisphere time now and don’t forget to re-set your watch…