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3 Unusual Things to do in London

London is such a huge city with so many interesting and exciting things to do that it can be difficult when you have limited time to choose which things to do.  But, when we were in London for lunch recently, we found three brilliant, and rather unusual things to do.

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The Ultimate Selfie

After lunch in what used to be the Old Smithfield Meat Market in Charterhouse Street, Farringdon we wandered up Clerkenwell Road and noticed an amazing shop on our way to another amazing shop.

Always up for a diversion we popped into the iMakr Store. This fascinating shop sells 3D printers and can do 3D printing on site too. We were shown the scanner they use to create a Mini-you. The technology can recreate your likeness in a 3D colour infused sandstone statue. The detail is fantastic and you can commission statues of yourself or your loved ones in five different sizes, the largest being 15”. For a special occasion we thought they were good value. The staff spent ages with us explaining the technology and whilst it is a shop and obviously they want to sell you stuff, we felt under no pressure to buy at all. With thanks to Jim, the manager for letting us use the image.

Do you believe in Magic

Our next stop was our original destination the only on street magic shop in London located at 89 Clerkenwell Road. This glorious establishment has been offering its wares for over 50 years and the floors are stacked from top to bottom with enticing looking magic tricks, some in packaging that looks as though it hasn’t been updated since the 1950s. Behind the counter the proprietor was delighted to show us some of the simpler tricks that could be mastered by granddads for grandchildren and by children for granddads!

We spent a very entertaining hour or so in there browsing the stock and enjoying an impromptu magic show. We definitely recommend putting both shops on your list of go to places and things to do when in London.

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Can’t beat a good exhibition

Our ultimate destination before catching the train back home was the British Library. The exhibition we were aiming for is only on for a short time, but once we’d done that we headed into their permanent exhibition - Treasures of the British Library. There is a permanent display of over 200 of the British Library's greatest treasures and the ones that made the most impression on us were the handwritten lyrics of a few of the Beatles songs, listening to audio recordings of some favourite poetry and gazing in awe at the masterpieces of illumination on some of the sacred texts from different religions!

It is an amazingly eclectic collection of books and manuscripts. We loved it. Oh, and the exhibition we had gone to see Punk 1976 - 1978, finishes on 19th September 2016.

The nearest Trail to the area we were in is Bloomsbury Treasures. A fun treasure hunt for all the family. 

20th July 2016

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5 One-of-a-Kind Ideas for a UK Break

Our friends from the Pegasus Marine Team are our guest bloggers this week and have shared their thoughts on some ideas of things to do. 

As the world of travel continues to evolve, it’s becoming easier and easier to travel the globe in search of unique and exciting things to do – but this often means leaving the UK behind. However, thanks to our beautiful countryside, rich culture and diverse history, there are so many ways to guarantee a Great British break.

From exploring the canals (and pubs!) on a canal boat and taking part in a spy-themed treasure trail to spending a few nights under the stars, today’s post will give you a few ideas when it comes to alternative UK holiday options for summer 2016.

1) Float along the UK canals

5 One-of-a-kind Ideas for a UK Break - Pegasus Marine - CanalsThe UK is famous for its many canals. From Oxford to York, there are a range of beautiful boating trips available for visitors looking to get out on the water – and cruising season is usually from March to October, making this the perfect family escape during the school holidays. Park up and explore the surrounding areas, such as Marlow or Henley – where you can stop at Rebellion Beer Co. (a local brewery serving delicious beers) for a first-hand tour.

The best thing about canal holidays is that you won’t have to rely on glorious weather to enjoy your trip. On rainy days, you can stay inside and experience authentic canal living – or if the sun’s out, you may prefer to bask in the fresh canal air. You can rent a boat in various locations across the UK, or even buy your own narrowboat on finance if you’re looking for something long-term.

2) Try out a Treasure Trail!

5 One-of-a-kind Ideas for a UK Break walk the woodlands with Treasure TrailsFancy indulging in some espionage, or love solving murder mysteries? If you’ve got an appetite for adventure, self-guided treasure trails are an affordable way to get to know the rich history of the town or village you’re staying in – and they’re an ideal holiday activity for families. Treasure Trails are perfect for allowing locals and visitors to explore somewhere new, or learn new things about a place they love – and you can download themed booklets instantly to take your first step on a tour of rural Britain.

3) Enjoy a weekend under the stars

5 One-of-a-kind Ideas for a UK Break - Dark SkiesHome to some of the largest areas of Dark Sky in the whole of Europe, the UK offers some truly unmatched stargazing opportunities for nature lovers and amateur astronomers alike. 90% of the British population doesn’t have the chance to witness a truly dark sky – and with a number of International Dark Sky Places situated across the country, it’s easy to take advantage of this natural phenomenon. Galloway Forest Park, located in Scotland, boasts no less than 300 square miles of treeless fields – where you can gaze upon 50 times the number of stars you’d see in the average city.

4) Sail the Scottish isles

5 One-of-a-kind Ideas for a UK Break - Sailing the Scottish IslesIf you’re looking for something a little more adventurous this summer, why not give sailing a go? Argyll and the Isles is absolutely stunning in the warmer months, and boasts some of the best sailing waters in Britain. The rugged Scottish scenery is guaranteed to take your breath away – with sandy beaches, rocky coastlines and undisturbed sea lochs in abundance.

Challenge yourself by taking a sailing course this summer at one of the many sailing schools in the Isles. Offering a great holiday idea for families that’s well worth the investment, you can take a full course and stay in a self-catering beach hut – looking across the Kyles to the Island of Bute, at Tighnabruaich Sailing School – for less than £400 for the week.

5) Sleep in the trees

5 One-of-a-kind Ideas for a UK Break - sleep amongst the treesFind zen by staying in a tranquil forest for the weekend – giving you an opportunity to embark on a rural adventure and live in the trees, with luxury cabins located all over Britain. From themed treehouses for children to accommodation options with hot tubs for groups of up to 10, these alternative holidays are ideal for a weekend break or longer escape. Many treehouse holidays also allow pets – so you can bring your dog along to explore the breathtaking surroundings and take some long, relaxing walks through the forest.

There you have it – 5 unique holidays in the UK, so you don’t have to travel halfway across the world to experience something special this summer. Plus of course, you can pick up a Treasure Trail for over 1,200 locations in the UK. 

24th June 2016

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