If you suffer from ‘samey weekend-syndrome’ in the colder months, you’re not alone. Without those extra couple of degrees to keep us warm, options are inevitably limited. But with only two days of freedom per week to enjoy, boredom is simply not an option!
That’s why we’ve partnered with South Western Railway to round-up some lovely wholesome activities that are guaranteed to put a spring back in your step. So you can skip into the weekend with all the excitement one should!
Learn how to make chef’s kiss-worthy cuisine at a cooking class
With so many outstanding foodie spots in London, it’s hard not to make a habit of wining and dining out. But if you’re trying to cut back on restaurant spending, a cooking workshop is just the thing. At London Cookery School you can find affordable, expert-led classes in both dim sum and sushi. And not only will you get to feast on your creations after the class, you’ll learn all the skills to enjoy restaurant-standard food at home. That means dinner parties round at yours from now on! Tower House, 149 Fonthill Rd, Finsbury Park, N4 3HF
Spend more time outdoors at the beautiful Chiswick House & Gardens
Tucked away in the leafy haven of West London, Chiswick House & Gardens is a real inner-city sanctuary. Centred around the glorious 18th century architecture of Chiswick House, you’ll find gorgeous stone bridges overarching a lake as well as some enchanting gardens. There’s even a fortnightly artisanal Saturday market selling tonnes of ethically sourced, handcrafted produce to fuel you after your walk! Burlington Ln, Chiswick, W4 2RP
Move your body in a way that makes you happy
Nothing will give your motivation a boost like a hit of endorphins. And at The Move Method, you can try a range of classes, designed to optimise strength, movement and mobility. But the best part is, there’s a food hall downstairs where you can reward yourself with a delicious post-workout snack. 396 King’s Rd, SW10 0LN
Get your brain ticking at one of London’s fascinating exhibitions
This thought-provoking exhibition provides a fascinating interrogation into the world of design and its effect on societal values. Recognised world-wide for his art and activism, Ai Weiwei’s Making Sense juxtaposes historical Chinese artefacts with dialogue on demolition and urban development in China, aiming to get people pondering on the value of histories and skills that have been erased. The exhibition comprises some of Weiwei’s greatest pieces, alongside new commissions and unseen objects. 224-238 Kensington High St, W8 6AG
Cheer and chant at a London Irish match
If you’re in the market for a good bit of craic that doesn’t involve heading down the pub, an afternoon at the rugby will scratch that itch no end. After all there’s nothing like a bit of fast-paced live sport and enthusiastic fans to lift the mood! And you can save 10% on your tickets at all games at the Gtech Community Stadium with this SWR reward. Lionel Rd S, Brentford TW8 0RU
Wes and Sandy’s pick of the week
South Western Railway’s winged friends, Sandy and Wes are always on hand to provide their top London recommendations. Sandy is a culture vulture with a love for the arts, theatre and lunching with the girls, while Wes loves clubs, pubs and going to gigs with his mates. But one thing they can both agree on is their love of other animals. And Clissold Park is their favourite place to wander amongst the wildlife. From frolicing deer and gambolling goats to a fluttering flock of birds, this animal haven provides the perfect backdrop to a leisurely afternoon walk. Green Lanes N16 9HJ