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5-Course Tasting Menu @ Beehive Place, Brixton

Despite being a firm believer in having a separate stomach for mains and desserts, I’ll admit I was apprehensive as I approached Beehive Place for a five-course dinner. Never before had I faced a multi-course meal of such proportions, and visions of being carried out on a stretcher with a bulbous stomach or airlifted to the nearest hospital tormented my appetite. Or worse: I pictured dishes so microscopic they had to be eaten with a magnifying glass and cocktail stick. Would I be stuffed or starved?

The Beehive Place dining room

The Beehive Place dining room

Luckily, neither was the case. I was swiftly seated and before I had time to even fully imagine a Heston-esque laboratory of bubbling Blumenthal potions behind the Beehive Place kitchen door, it opened. The first dish had arrived – ‘Isle of Man’ crab, radish, baby gem and wild fennel tops. I timidly nibbled the baby gem, waiting for a puff of smoke and a cackling chef to appear. But they never did, and the only explosion to speak of was the flavour; the sweep of fennel foliage was sweet and aromatic, bringing the other ingredients to life. This was quickly followed by ‘New Laithe Farm’ lamb, nettle, broad beans and foraged sweet cicely, with meat so tender that a baby could eat and excrete it without batting an eyelid. This was no slap-up supper club.

'New Laithe Farm' lamb, nettle, broad beans and foraged sweet cicely

‘New Laithe Farm’ lamb, nettle, broad beans and foraged sweet cicely

Throughout the evening, the food was artfully presented and carefully constructed. From bull’s blood to buttermilk, each of the five courses experimented with ingredients unfamiliar to myself and my fridge. Even regular vegetables were vastly improved – the elegant spears of asparagus were far finer than the tough old buds I cook at home. Beehive Place’s scrupulous sourcing of ingredients and mantra of serving food ‘with passion, not pretension’ was evident with every bite. The informal setting – a converted hayloft in Brixton with communal wooden tables and not a hint of white linen – was evocative of a casual meal round a friend’s house, despite a menu packed with fine dining delights.

Not to discredit Beehive Place’s chefs, but perhaps the best part of the evening was my noticeable lack of food envy. Since everyone was served the same five courses (bar a few vegetarians who were adequately catered for) everyone dined on the same food, leaving no room for my usual indecision and attack of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I left absolutely satisfied, but not satiated. Would I return? Definitely.

The Beehive Place pop-up runs until the end of June so book your place quick and look out for more tasting menus and pop-up adventures on Wowcher.co.uk.

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Wowcher Guide To Valencia

valenciaWhilst being bathed in sun almost all year long does make for a pretty good reason on its own to visit Spain’s third city, Valencia’s got plenty more to offer lucky visitors, from a lively city centre to the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. Our guide to the city is here to show why a trip to Spain’s sunny coast is a must:

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of the city, our guide to Valencia unsurprisingly begins at the masterpiece known as La Lonja. Constructed in the 15th century, the Silk Exchange’s late gothic style and sheer magnificence has made it a symbol for what is now regarded as the city’s Golden Age; the striking spiralled columns that dominate the main hall as well as the charming surrounding courtyards and the adjoining Renaissance chapel will no doubt impress. Also built during the 15th century, the Torres de Quart is described by Lonely Planet as ‘Spain’s most magnificent city gate’ – see if you can spot the dents caused by the French cannonballs during the Napoleonic invasion in the 19th century!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of the city, La Lonja makes for a must-see.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of the city, La Lonja makes for a must-see.

Restored to its previous glory in 2012, the enchanting Plaza Redonda’s eye-catching design makes it one of the city’s more unique hotspots. From the vantage point of the fountains in the centre of the round square, you’ll be able to catch a lovely view of Santa Catalina’s late baroque bell tower. Keeping on a similar vein, it would be a mistake not to pay a visit to the imposing cathedral on the Plaza de le Virgen. Built in 1238, the cathedral’s 207-step Miguelete bell tower is well worth venturing up for 360-degree city and skyline views. You’ll also be able to snap a few pictures of the two Goya paintings in the Chapel of San Francisco de Borja and a chalice that is claimed to be none other than the Holy Grail.

For easy travel around the city, make sure you pick up a Valencia Tourist Card that entitles users to free entry to public museums and monuments, public transport in zones ABCD and a 50% discount at selected shops and restaurants. That way you should have no trouble making your way between other must-see sites, including the modernist Mercado Central, the Plaza del Carmen and the fantastic Bioparc. More than enough to keep you busy!

Beach Break
Where to start?! Boasting an abundance of Blue Flag beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice for sandy spots to relax and enjoy the sun in Valencia. Stretching over 1000m, La Malvarrosa is considered by many to be the city’s main beach, though the quieter Las Areans just to its south may have something to say about that. Fancy visiting them both? Not an issue – both are located just a short walk from the city centre. You can even take a stroll down the connecting Neptuno Promenade and take them both in on one lovely lazy day by the Mediterranean.

Malvarrosa and Las Arenas beaches make for the perfect spots to soak up the sunshine

La Malvarrosa and Las Areans beaches make for the perfect spots to soak up the sunshine.

Just a 30-minute yellow bus journey away in the beautiful La Albufera National Park on the southern outskirts of the city, the 2.6km untouched sandy stretch known as El Saler beach is well worth the trip. A favourite of locals and tourists alike, the popular beach is regarded by many as the jewel in the crown of Valencia’s coastline, with sun-worshippers conveniently protected from the westerly winds by the surrounding sand dunes and pines. Unlike the previously mentioned beaches, you won’t find any sun loungers or parasols already set up there for you to use, so make sure you come prepared.

Fireworks, Festival and Flames
Valencia is famed for its fireworks, so naturally come festival time you can expect to see a whole host of inventive pyrotechnic displays that’ll last long in the memory. For five days each March the city comes alive for Las Fallas, a typically-Spanish celebration in honour of Saint Joseph. Each night, spectators gather along the Paseo de la Alameda to witness spectacular displays that never fail to light the city up in stunning style. Make your way down on the last night (the Night of Fire) for an incredible 30-minute showing that is the undoubted highlight of the festival (though you will have to get there early to snag a prime viewing position).

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Valencia is famed for its fireworks, so naturally come festival time you can expect to see a whole host of inventive pyrotechnic displays that’ll last long in the memory.

Amongst the important ceremonial events and traditions that take place during the festival, the parading of giant, specially made papier-mâché figures is definitely the most remarkable. Often reaching up to 20ft in height, these impressive models (named after the festival) are later set on fire on the last day at the Cremà (or ‘the burning’), though one is spared and given a place amongst the growing collection at the dedicated Fallas Museum in the city.

Food
Thanks in large part due to the city’s seaside setting, Valencia boasts a rich culinary heritage that leaves visitors absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to grab a bite to eat. Despite the neighbourhood’s uncertain future, we recommend heading to Valencia’s vibrant old fishermen’s quarter El Cabanyal in the east of the city for the best in authentic Spanish dishes. Amongst the beautifully tiled houses and art-nouveau stylings of the barrio, you’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants offering the freshest fish and tapas – keep an eye out for the imaginatively named El Cabanyal restaurant for what is described as ‘a real taste of Spain’, and the Bodega Casa Montaña in the very same neighbourhood for one of the best tapas bars in the country (booking in advance is recommended).

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Rice is a staple ingredient in the city and the crux of Valencia’s many gourmet specialties, including its most famous food invention paella. Explore the surrounding villages and you’ll find each has its own preference for ingredients and rice mixes, though you won’t have to travel too far from Malvarrosa beach to find the city’s most famed paella hotspots. A favourite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, La Pepica’s walls are plastered with signed pictures of the restaurant’s most famous patrons, though an outdoor table with a view of the sea instead might be more preferable when dining during the summer. One of the restaurant’s many specialities is the authentic version of paella known as the ‘valenciana’, a spectacular dish made with ingredients from the garden rather than from the sea – just click here to read more about the restaurant.

So there you have it – a guide to the must-visit city of Valencia. For the latest breaks dead-set on taking you to Europe’s top destinations, make sure you stay with Wowcher.co.uk.

Weddings With Wowcher!

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Here comes the bride, all dressed in…pink? Okay fine, you don’t have to don a pink Wowcher-themed wedding dress, but at the very least let us ensure that all the stressful wedding planning doesn’t turn you into your ‘something blue’…

‘Which photographer shall we book? What about the colour scheme? Do we need a theme? The food? Drinks? Where do we sit drunk Uncle Geoff? What cake do we buy? What about the frosting flavour, Jeremy? Would somebody please think of the frosting?!’ With so much to think about before a wedding, it’s hard to know where to start. Luckily, you can get two tickets to The Westminster Wedding Show for just £4 with Wowcher! You and your hubby-to-be will be able to wander through the exhibition on Saturday 18th July 2015 and get some fab ideas for the big day. With cakes, music, venues and pretty much anything else you can think of on exhibition, it’s the perfect way to start planning the wedding. There’s even a bridal catwalk showcasing the latest on-trend gowns. That’s the dress sorted then. Now, for the cake…

Here at Wowcher, we’ve never understood why people keep telling us that ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it too’. Of course, you can! With Wowcher, not only can you get the wedding cake of your dreams, but you’ll also be able to get it for less than half the price by heading to Southport’s very own Vanilla Nova. Here, you can purchase a delicious three or four-tier wedding cake after partaking in a tasting session where you can sample the most delectable, mouth-watering sponges. Vanilla? Lemon? Butterscotch? Coconut? Oh, we don’t know… best try them all!

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Getting hitched can be a very expensive business, with the average wedding costing just over £18k (whoa!), so ensure your big day goes off without a hitch with an amazing three or four-tiered Vanilla Nova wedding cake!

While we’re on the topic of food, let’s think about what else your guests will be able to nibble on after the ‘I Do’s’. Well actually, now that you mention it, Wowcher’s got that one figured out, too. Covering Birmingham, Peterborough, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Lincoln, Northampton and Cambridge, LA Weddings and Events can sweeten up your guests with a candy, candy floss or popcorn cart! With a server included in the hire, it’s sure to impress everyone.

Dress? Check. Cake? Check. Candy cart? Check. Photographer? Umm…

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Expert photographer Rach Ashurts’ six-hour wedding photography package includes a pre-wedding day shoot, two prints and a USB full of photos!

Don’t worry! As luck would have it, we’ve sorted the photographer, too. We’ve teamed up with With This Ring Wedding Photography to give all those who are within 40 miles of B1 Birmingham postcodes, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester a little help when it comes to capturing your big day. They’ll cover everything from bridal preparations to the first dance, plus you’ll get up to 300 edited images on CD and two prints of your favourite snap. Alternatively, Rach Ashurst offers those who will have their weddings within 25 miles of Durham city centre a six-hour package, which not only includes cover of the day itself, but also a pre-wedding day photoshoot, two prints and a USB full of photos! Prefer moving pictures? Not a problem, we’ve also joined forces with Quaint Weddings to bring you a full-day wedding videography package, including a 15-minute HD video on DVD for all weddings within a 60-mile radius of SK6 1AA. You can even personalise the video with your choice of song. We’re thinking ‘Baby Got Back’ by Sir Mix-a-Lot. No? Maybe we should just stick to bringing you great deals…

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Boasitng over 20 years’ experience, With This Ring Wedding Photography is the natural choice when you’re looking for the best people to cover your special day.

If all this wedding talk gets you excited, then maybe you’re destined for a career as a wedding planner! There can’t be many things greater than helping a bride and groom-to-be plan one of the most special days of their lives, so why not take an ICOES-accredited wedding planner course with Trendimi? You’ll learn everything from planning the big day, dressing the wedding party, budgeting and even marketing your wedding planner business.

So there you have it! From Bridezilla to blushing bride in one simple blog post. Who ever said that weddings needed to be expensive anyway?

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Wowcher Does TV Presenting @ The TV Training Academy

logoWe sent Hannah to The TV Training Academy to see if she had what it took to step in front of the camera…

Not being an overly confident public speaker, I accepted the challenge of attending a TV presenter taster course at 3 Mills Studios, Bromley-by-Bow, with the vague hope I might discover an unknown talent of being in front of a camera and become the next Holly Willoughby. Sure enough, it wasn’t to be, but what I got from this experience was something altogether different. I left feeling inspired, comfortable in my skin and empowered having enjoyed a full day with some incredible people in one of the most supportive and friendly environments I’ve ever come across. This is how it happened…

The Beginning
Upon arrival at 3 Mills Studios, I was warmly greeted by Helen Sheppard, our host for the day, who gathered together the flock and whisked us off to our workspace. After an introduction to her fantastic career as a children’s TV Director working on well-known programmes such as Playdays and the Tweenies, I relaxed a little knowing that I couldn’t be in better hands. We began by introducing ourselves and why we were there, which gave me a great insight into the breadth and depth of people a course such as this could help. The group comprised musicians and business owners wanting to improve their TV interview skills for appearances, writers wishing to take the leap into the world of video blogging, public speakers looking to create inspirational videos, individuals preparing for a new course and a small few who actually wanted to pursue a career in TV presenting. Basically, whatever you’re after from this course, it’s for you, and the opportunity to network is an added bonus.

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Now, down to the good stuff. We entered into a brief and informal discussion about what makes a good TV presenter, gathering lots of tips and advice from Helen ready for our first shoot. We learned the five golden rules of presenting (ooh!) and that the most important part is not the words themselves but their expression, which is perfect because if you mess up, and all of us pretty much did, it’s fine as long as you recover – phew! Next we readied ourselves for the first shot, and in 5 4 3 2 1… we spoke a little about ourselves remembering all we had learned, maintaining eye contact with the camera and staying well anchored. We then watched these played back on the screen and, yes, we all squirmed a little as we thought ‘do I really sound like that?’ but input from Helen and the rest of the team was vital for improvement.

Quick tip: The most successful people in this section didn’t list everything about themselves from their education to their favourite food, but spoke about a subject that interested them such as their business or their recent travels. Their passion came through and produced great results!

The Middle
After lunch, we got back to work and when entering back into the room the equipment had been moved and the teleprompter (aka Autocue) had been set up. Each of us glanced over the words on the sample guide we had been given, making mental notes of bits to look out for, as our host explained the exercise and how it all would work. Written as a mock TV show competition, we took turns to take the seat and after a practice run filmed our second performance. This exercise for me was easier, as I didn’t have to think about what I was saying, I was able to perform better. This task was great for those who might write a script such as a video blogger or motivational speaker, as it helped them to work on looking natural and thoughtful even when reading or speaking something premeditated. It was an excellent contrast to the morning’s activities, and gave an insight into the diversity of a TV presenter’s skill set.

logoQuick tip: When you glance over the sample on the back of your hand-out think about how these competitions might be done on TV, for example they might say ‘triple two, triple three’ instead of each number individually. Also, be sure to memorise words or phrases that might trip you up.

The end:
Our final task was co-presenting, which I had been dreading the most but was in fact my favourite of the day. We were told to split off into groups of two or three, decide what kind of show we wanted to be and then create an introduction feature which might advertise the show and make people want to tune in. I split off with a couple of other girls in the group and we decided that our show would be a beauty show with different features including ‘dirt cheap product of the week’, a ‘high-end to high street’ comparison of products and a food section talking about great foods for healthy skin. I think our sections were clearly defined, and the most successful ones did have a clear purpose for the different parts of the show such as an interview or cooking section. Again this part of the day was a lot of fun and everyone was noticeably at their best having taken on board constructive criticisms and encouragement throughout the day. Everyone was comfortable, happier to be the focus of attention and individual personalities really shone through. The improvement from the first exercise was very visible and it was great to see how each session enhanced individual performances. The format of the day really worked!

Quick tip: You might want to begin by introducing yourselves with a ‘Hello and welcome to… My name is…’ opening, then follow on with ‘Coming up on today’s show…’ and a list all of the features. Finally, finish off with something like ‘And that’s all coming up on channel X at 9’. This is how this kind of section tends to go so it’s a useful template to follow.

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Cut:
So, the day was over and we all left with smiles on our faces having had a great day! For those looking to purchase a showreel of their pieces, the first exercise was rerecorded to allow the opportunity to use your new found knowledge and experience to improve on your first attempt.

I left feeling that I could happily tackle a presentation or pitch. I even flashed back to my teaching module at university and thought I could tackle a lesson much more assertively now, which just goes to show that everyone can take something valuable from the day. In fact, those who were most out of their comfort zone got the most out of the day. At first it may have been hard but the day definitely helped them grow – some people arrived with virtually no confidence in themselves and left with a new-found quality to their personality that I don’t think anyone ever thought would be achievable in a short space of time. Definitely one to recommend… and that’s a wrap!

Fancy checking out the TV Training Academy Course yourself? Click here for the fantastic Wowcher deal valid at six nationwide locations. Please note – deals featured may not be live.

Rock n’ Roll Cricket: The NatWest T20 Blast

I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth – certainly greater than sex, although sex isn’t too bad either” – Harold Pinter

When it comes to the UK’s favourite summer sport, we all have our preconceptions. For you, cricket might conjure up images of neatly creased and ironed white kit, dappled sunlight on freshly cut grass, a rosy red ball to match the ruddy cheeks of the players, and the familiar thud of leather on willow. You might think of a gentle summer’s day enjoyed in leisurely style, as spectators and players alike break for tea to tuck into cucumber sandwiches and real ale. Well, prepare to have your notions of sleepy, boring cricket smashed. The grand old sport has entered the 21st century with an explosive short-form game known as Twenty20. And what with Wowcher offering tickets to see the Birmingham Bears in action, we thought we’d help you swot up on just what you’re missing!

Fun for all the family
As with everything, cricket moved with the times to appeal to younger audiences. Twenty20 cricket offers an evening or afternoon (of manageable length – no three-to-five day marathons here!) that is exciting and fun for everyone aged 1-101. Certainly no longer the preserve of foppish posh boys with bouncy hair, Twenty20 matches showcase just how fun the sport can be, offering great quality entertainment for all the family at an affordable price.

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Wowcher Does a Cocktail Making Class @ Dice Bar

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We sent Emily to Dice Bar for a marvellous cocktail making class, where she learnt how to mix, shake and stir like a master…

Though I thoroughly (and I mean thoroughly) enjoy drinking them, the klutz in me has ensured I steer clear of actually making cocktails at all costs. Tragically, I lack the coordination and flair needed to successfully create such tasty, beautiful beverages – or so I thought!

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Off I trotted to Dice Bar in central Croydon to try my hand at cocktail making. I was impressed the moment I stepped inside the modern and stylish bar, but things were only going to get better. Within seconds of sitting down, I was given a shot of Apple Sourz and presented with a dish of curly fries, nachos, deep fried chicken balls and more. This was my sort of evening. I was then handed the drinks menu to peruse so I could pick which two cocktails I wanted to make. Porn Star Martini? Long Island Iced Tea? Bahama Mama? Piña Colada? The choice was almost enough to send someone as indecisive as me over the edge, but I eventually plumped for the Mojito and Strawberry Daiquiri, whilst my guest for the evening opted for the Mai Tai and Amaretto Sour. After a chat with the friendly mixologist it was time to get down to business, so I tentatively ventured around the other side of the bar and hoped for the best.

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I needn’t have worried as the mixologist had the patience of a saint, taking me through the process step by step. So with a little lime juice, a lot of rum, some soda water, sprigs of mint and a hell of a lot of shaking, my Mojito was ready! I became further acquainted with the cocktail shaker when making my Strawberry Daiquiri (topped off with an orange lolly pop), and then it was time to sit back and enjoy my creations as I watched my companion attempt an Amaretto Sour. Whilst slurping down our cocktails (which were delicious, if I do say so myself), we played a game of ‘guess the vodka flavour’ with our mixologist. The flavours ranged from honey and jalapeño to chocolate raspberry and coconut. Delish! After we ensured there wasn’t a drop left in our glasses, it was sadly time to head home. I’d learned two things that evening at Dice Bar. Firstly, it’s a fantastic bar with even better drinks and staff, and secondly, I am, as it turns out, a cocktail-making extraordinaire.

To try a cocktail making class for yourself at a great price, keep an eye on Wowcher.co.uk!

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Wowcher gets a Traditional Shave @ Mr. Rizzo Grooming

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With winter drawing to a close and parts of his face untouched by sunlight for several months, March seemed a good time for Kaja to brave the barber’s chair and get a wash, cut and traditional cut-throat shave, courtesy of Mr. Rizzo in Covent Garden.

I was fourteen years old the last time I visited my local barber. My hairdresser laughed at my grey hair, shouted at me for having a weak neck and, despite my request to look like Freddy Ljungberg, gave me a hairdo commonly sported by national hero Pat Butcher. Safe to say, I was fairly nervous about sitting in the hot seat after ten years living in blissful ignorance of chatty men with scissors.

When I arrived at the ultra-modern salon on Upper St. Martin’s Lane, the first thing that threw me was Mr Rizzo’s magazine collection. New editions of National Geographic and New Scientist lay in amongst glossy gossip columns and lads’ mags. There was no six-month-old copy of Home and Garden, this was the real deal. After a few minutes pretending to read a magazine, it was my time to shine. I put on my man bib and I was ready for grooming. Read more

Wowcher Does Hot Yoga @ Fitness on Fire

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Imagine you’re stretched out on a scorching beach, basking in 30°C heat and surrounded by supple, sweaty bodies. Now replace the beach with four walls, your towel with a mat and the beams of sunlight with infrared heaters, and you’ve got yourself a hot yoga studio. Doesn’t sound so scary now, does it? First founded by yoga guru Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s, hot yoga has earned itself a toned troupe of practitioners that include Gwyneth Paltrow and Lady Gaga. Tentatively, I brave the humidity to see what’s behind all the hot yoga hype at the Fitness on Fire studios in London.

Prepare to Sweat
As I enter the studio (just moments from Old Street station) and leave the bitter wind outside, my chilly limbs are embraced by hot air and wafts of incense. It’s like stepping into an airless conservatory on a summer’s day. In Bangkok. Already a devoted yogi – but used to the comfort of air-conditioned classes – I choose a space at the back of the room, strategically close to the door should I need to swoon out sideways to escape the heat (which typically wavers between 30°C and 40°C, with a high degree of humidity).

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Ten minutes into the hour-long session, a beady moustache of sweat has slyly formed on my upper lip before dribbling mischievously down my chin to form a beard. My usual yoga classes would never cause even a small stream of perspiration, let alone a fully-formed channel of facial hair. During the course of the hour, as we move through a sequence of postures, the room becomes a sauna. Perhaps it’s the relief of savasana (the resting ‘corpse pose’ held at the end of each session) or the rush of cool air that greets me at the door, but when I leave the studio, still pink and glistening like a leaf drenched with morning dew, I’m feeling strangely satisfied and drawn to return.

Body Benefits
Advocates claim that hot yoga enables us to sweat out toxins, while improving balance, strength, flexibility and coordination. The higher temperature helps yogis stretch out further than usual, lengthening limbs and engaging a wider range of muscles. After a few sessions, my body soon adjusts to the heat and the initial burn that I felt during the first class slowly lessens (as does the fear of losing balance and causing a domino effect of tumbling down dogs). My clothes may still become saturated while my hair is glued to my scalp like a stringy leech, but with each class, the poses become easier to follow and practice becomes a relaxing but rewarding workout. It’s safe to say I’m hooked.

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Tips for First-Timers

  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after practice to avoid dehydration
  • Take a towel to soak up the buckets of sweat that may pool around you
  • Inform the instructor of any injuries you have
  • Light-headed? Get on your knees and lay your head on the ground in front of you with your arms stretched out behind (don’t worry, this is a genuine resting posture called balasana, or ‘child’s pose’)
  • Don’t push yourself too hard – you probably won’t master the splits in your first session
  • Try to maintain regular breath
  • Try not to eat heavy meals two hours before a session
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously – wobbling and slipping is all part of practice!

Want to try hot yoga for yourself? Feel the heat at Fitness on Fire’s hot yoga classes in either Old Street or Westminster, with Wowcher.co.uk. Choosing from Vinyasa, Power, Hatha, Ashtanga and Dynamic Flow classes, held Monday to Sunday from 7am-10pm, you’ve no excuse not to get sweaty!

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The Wowcher Guide to Live Entertainment

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From the magical stories and exuberant costumes of a West End musical to epic sing-along anthems from your favourite stars, theatre, music and comedy always make for a brilliantly fun night out. At Wowcher, we’re firm believers in the power of performance to move, to provoke, to illuminate and to purely entertain people of any age and background – and you can regularly find great deals on tickets to some of the most scintillating performances out there. Here, then, is the Wowcher guide to live entertainment…

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All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” – William Shakespeare

A night at the theatre can bring out such a strong range of emotions in an audience – fear, excitement, tension, love, joy, anger, inspiration and more! There are a huge number of ways theatre can be enjoyed, from the latest blockbuster shows (like West End mainstay Thriller Live, the multi award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical at Victoria Palace Theatre and the Tony Ward-nominated musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) to summertime touring productions of old classics in parks up and down the country. Wowcher offers deals on them all. If you’re looking for a super night out, either for cultural value or for sheer entertainment, keep checking Wowcher for great deals on tickets to suit every taste.

Just a few theatre tickets you could have got your hands on!

Just a few theatre tickets you could have got your hands on!

For the complete package, Wowcher offers deals on luxurious overnight stays in London with tickets to some of the most spectacular shows on the West End. With recent deals including musicals such as Jersey Boys, Wicked and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, as well as terrifying play The Woman in Black. For ol’ Bill Shakespeare, we’re all players upon the stage that is our world, but if you’re not in the mood to play a part yourself, then let Wowcher offer you the best tickets to watch the professionals do it for you!

Comedy
Comedy critic Brian Logan recently said that Britain has ”the world’s liveliest comedy scene”. It’s certainly true that British comedy is in rude health with everything from small clubs featuring inventive emerging acts to arena-filling comedy megastars, making UK comedy a multi-million pound industry. Wowcher regularly offers great deals on tickets to some of the UK’s most popular comedy clubs, including Jongleurs, as well as smaller independent clubs like Manchester’s Frog and Bucket. Comedy is about more than good jokes. It has the power to hold a mirror up to society, to reaffirm our sense of humanity and make us believe in the power of humour to make the world a better place. Wowcher offers great ticket deals on comedy nights and clubs so if you’re in need of a life-affirming laugh, just look out for the pink splat!

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Roll up! Roll up! The circus is in town!

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Roll up! Roll up! The circus is in town and Wowcher will be there to offer you great value deals on tickets. Wowcher has a long-standing relationship with some of the best touring circus troupes in the UK, such as Billy Smart’s Circus, Circus ZyairRussell’s International Circus, Zippos Circus and even the prestigious Moscow State Circus! If you’re looking for an evening of entertainment combining the best elements of theatre, music and comedy, then a night under the big top is exactly what you need! Keep checking Wowcher for the best deals on circus tickets for the whole family, as these prestigious troupes are regularly on tour across the UK.

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Fancy something little different? Watch Britain’s top pro-wrestling company lay the smackdown at one of 13 UK locations!

Something a little different
None of the above float your boat? Well how about tickets to see Britains’ top pro-wrestling talents lay the smackdown at one of 13 UK locations? On the topic of buff lads in skimpy gear, perhaps an unforgettable night of male entertainment is more up your street? Well you can always count on the Forbidden Nights lads or those oh-so-lovely Dreamboys for a sizzling evening of entertainment!

So there you have it, the Wowcher guide to live entertainment, for every possible taste. For all the best entertainment deals make sure you stay with Wowcher.co.uk!

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Wowcher’s Guide To Brighton!


Battleground for the Mods and Rockers in the 60s, stomping ground of the legendary Fatboy Slim and Peter Andre, and an infamous playground for Britain’s dirty weekend, Brighton is one of the UK’s most colourful coastal crannies, well worth a visit no matter the time of year. Here, at Wowcher, we’re here to share the filthiest secrets of this outrageously endearing seaside town.

The Coast with the Most
A wintery wonderland in colder months and a slothful sunspot in summer, the coast of Brighton is gemmed with affordable bars, sensational seafood restaurants, penny arcades and of course, piers. Visit the turtles and rays at the world’s oldest Sealife Centre, dine on an oriental barge in the Marina or glug some grog at the pirate ship pub Fortune of War. If you’re brave, get a made-to-order donut or a bag of chips and see how you fare against an army of hungry seagulls. Small but full of life, Brighton’s seafront is a pebbled paradise perfect for families, couples and even stags in drag.


Pier to Pier
Once a town of three piers, now a town of one working pier and a hollowed-out shell of another.Brighton Pier is like the Catherine Zeta-Jones to West Pier’s Michael Douglas. Buzzing with rip-roaring rollercoasters and amusement arcades, the former is teeming with life and a great place to win a cuddly toy for your loved one. West Pier, on the other hand, has been deteriorating since 1975 and is simply a skeleton of its former self – still beautiful though, in a haunting kind of way.

Festivals Galore
As well as an annual supply of candyfloss, Brighton also seems to manage a festival every other weekend. No matter when you go there’s sure to be something going on. Hoards of classic cars can be seen cruising the promenade on weekends, local artists open their homes in May and foodies will be spoilt for choice with several food and drink festivals occurring throughout the year. Our favourite festival has to be Brighton Fringe, England’s largest arts festival. The perfect concoction of cabaret, comedy, classical concerts, club nights, theatre and exhibitions – something for everyone!

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The Royal Pavilion
So it may look like something you find in Sittingbourne’s Model World but this scaled-down Taj Mahal is the reason Hitler didn’t bomb our pretty Brighton boulevards (he wanted it as his headquarters!). Built for the Prince Regent in the 18th Century, The Royal Pavilion is one of the most striking structures in the world and well worth a visit. Marvel at the palatial domes from the gardens or take a trip inside the eccentric head of George IV and admire the Pavilion’s magnificent interior. The beautifully restored tearoom makes an ideal spot for an afternoon scone!

Shopping
Bohemian, hedonistic and cosmopolitan, Brighton’s North Laine is full of independent clothes shops, cosy bars and award-winning restaurants. Whether it’s the freebie-filled food markets or the second-hand stalls on Upper Gardener Street, Brighton is a peruser’s paradise. In Snooper’s Attic, Brighton’s best loved antique bric-a-brac vintage and retro store, you can find everything from old taxidermy to go-go boots. For the more refined shopper, we recommend trawling the twisting alleyways of Brighton’s South Lanes for specialist and designer boutique fashion.

Where There’s a Wheel, There’s a Way
If you’re worried you won’t have a chance to see all of Brighton, go on the city’s newest attraction; the Brighton Wheel, London Eye’s smaller and younger brother. With panoramic views of the town’s famous landmarks and an informative cultural commentary by local hero Steve Coogan, you can rest-assured you won’t miss a thing. Some say that on a clear day you can even see France!

So there you have it, plenty of reasons to plan a weekend trip to Brighton this spring. Loved by Queen Elizabeth II for its £1 shots and mini golf opportunities, Brighton is a treasure trove of things to see and do. No matter what time of year you visit, people will be skating along the esplanade and kayaking round the piers. Just keep an eye out for fantastic deals and your window of opportunity to visit our nation’s favourite seaside town!