Microgapping in London

Microgapping in London

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Find/lose yourself with a three-day London escape filled with colourful yoga, lunchtime lectures and rooftop swims in London.
Day 1 of 4

East London

Drop your bags off at The Curtain Hotel
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The Curtain Hotel
 

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Ease into your microgap with a quick dip at The Curtain Hotel. This swish East London pad has decadent interiors, its own signature scented toiletries and a heated rooftop pool. Swim up and gaze out at your home for the next few days.

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Freshen yourself up after your swim with a steam shower in your room, then before you head out into the city, book in for a super luxe mani-pedi at their in-house spa.

Get flexing at Chroma Yoga
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Chroma Yoga
 

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Limber up those muscles with a lunchtime session at the colourful Chroma Yoga. This multi-sensory yoga experience incorporates light, sound, smell and colour techniques to cleanse you inside and out. Choose from Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Pink classes to suit your specific moods and maladies.

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If you fancy a few sessions whilst in the city Chroma Yoga offer pay-as-you-go and multi-class passes. If you really need to clear your mind then book onto one of their 30-minute Ganzsound Meditation sessions that invokes a deep state of relaxation using various coloured lights and soundscapes.

Pamper and indulge at Barber & Parlour
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Barber & Parlour
 

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Shopping, grooming and eating – all necessities when you’re travelling. So, if you swing by Barber & Parlour you’ll be able to have all your needs serviced under one roof. Serving wholesome food and sprucing up weary travellers, you’ll be able to get it all sorted here.

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Make sure you pop in for a screening at the on-site Electric Cinema. This isn’t some shabby old multi-plex though – cashmere blankets, squishy armchairs and a menu of tasty food and drink will turn this into a Hollywood occasion in the heart of London.

Day 2 of 4

Central London

Take in a lunchtime lecture at UCL
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University College London
 

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Continue to expand those horizons on your microgap with an academic masterclass at the world-famous University College London. Covering topics from anthropology to archaeology, science to science-fiction, you can learn more about the world around you – and perhaps a bit more about yourself.

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If you need somewhere to sip a pint and dissect the intricacies of life following your lecture, pop into nearby pub The Jeremy Bentham. Named after the famous philosopher and reformer, it’s a traditional British pub that is beloved by the UCL crowd.

Open your mind at the Barbican
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Barbican Centre

Continue that quest for culture by seeing what’s happening at London’s Barbican during your stay. Always pushing the envelope with their productions, visit to see contemporary dance, avant-garde spectacles and open your mind to a whole sphere of art, music, and literature.

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Step into the Barbican’s Conservatory to feel as if you’re in the depths of the rainforest. With its carefully recreated a habitat, it houses exotic species of flora, fauna and fish. They also have tours so you can learn more about what is housed within.

Sign up to a supper club
 

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Swap the standard restaurant setting for a dining experience like no other. Eat With has a whole range of intimate supper clubs to choose from and the best thing about them is that that are intimate affairs, often taking place at the host’s home.

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Select your location, date and number of guests and let Eat With do the work. From Bengali tapas and thaali nights to Roman-style pizza making, pull on an apron and discover a whole new range of cultures and flavours.

Day 3 of 4

West London

Saddle up at Richmond Park
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Richmond Park + Kingston Riding Centre
 

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Feel like an extra from a period drama as you saddle up and take a ride around London’s Richmond Park. Explore the area from a completely different perspective as you and your newfound friend trot your way around the sights.

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There’s a range of stables that offer rides in the park -  including Kingston Riding Centre and Barnfield Riding School. If you’re not keen to ride yourself then perhaps book onto a 90-minute carriage ride for a slightly fancier way to travel.

 

Refuel at Petersham Nurseries
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Petersham Nurseries

Enjoy seasonal produce and homemade cakes surrounded with the most beautiful blooms in Richmond. Be sure to browse the heady-scented garden shop for vibrant bouquets and pot plants.

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For something extra special be sure to look out for the Petersham Nurseries night-time Supper Clubs. Here you can dress up, dine on a sumptuous three-course-menu and look up at the twinkling stars through the glasshouse roof.

 

Day 4 of 4

North London

Take an early morning dip in Hampstead ponds
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Hampstead Heath Bathing Ponds
 

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Come rain or shine, the Hampstead Heath Bathing Ponds are always open for fun. These open air waters are the ideal getaway from central London and, for just a couple of pounds, you can jump right in and splash about.

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There are three ponds to choose from – one for women, one for men and one for mixed swimming. The ponds can get quite busy in the summer but are open year-round if you’re feeling brave enough for a winter dip (and many do!)

 

Throw a pot at the Ceramics Sculpture Studio
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Ceramics Sculpture Studio

Master that wheel to become the next ceramist extraordinaire by booking a class at the famous Ceramics Sculpture Studio, West Hampstead. Here you can squish and sculpt some clay into a fabulous objet d’art, or if your artist vision is lacking, a nice vase.

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Whatever your commitment to the clay, the studio has a range of classes and workshops to suit every level of budding artist. From a 2.5 hour taster to a full day beginner’s session, you’ll be a master potter in no time.

 

 

02 Oct 2018(last updated)

Locations

Day 1
East London
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The Curtain Hotel

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Chroma Yoga

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Barber & Parlour

Day 2
Central London
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University College London

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Barbican Centre

Day 3
West London
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Richmond Park + Kingston Riding Centre

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Petersham Nurseries

Day 4
North London
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Hampstead Heath Bathing Ponds

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Ceramics Sculpture Studio

Duration:
4 days