Something For The Weekend
Chances are, you're in a relationship or single..Are we right? Either way, you need date ideas - and with Summer every so slowly creeping in..(we mean really slowly) we are here to help you impress, even for those on the stingiest budget!
Here, we have narrowed down the top 10 date ideas for Londoners this Summer, all depending on how much you want to impress the other half. Whether you're a soppy romantic or up for a laugh kind of date maker..we have you covered.. (For More Ideas Click Here)
1. SNEAK BOOZE ONTO THE LONDON EYE AT SUNSET | Westminster
2. PRETEND TO START RAP BEEF AT HIP HOP KARAOKE | Fitzrovia
Tip: But actually don't..
Remember you're not Eminem.
3. PLAY A FEW ROUNDS OF DARTS AT FLIGHT CLUB | Finsbury Square
4. BOB AROUND IN PEDALOS AT HYDE PARK | Hyde Park
5. PLAY TABLE FOOTBALL AT KICK BAR | Shoreditch
6. STOCK UP A WICKER BASKET PICNIC AT BOROUGH MARKET | Southwark
7. GET A SOFA AT THE ELECTRIC | Notting Hill / Shoreditch
Tip: Perfect for a comfy nap (that "wasn't your fault") during the awful RomCom she might pick.
8. GET ON BORIS BIKES & GO ON A SIGHTSEEING CRAWL | Various Locations
Tip: And we really mean bike it..no taxi hopping half way through.
9. GO TO THE MUSEUM LATES AT THE NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM | South Kensington
Tip: See who can ask the most 'Jurassic Park' themed questions.
10. DELIBERATELY GET LOST IN HAMPTON COURT MAZE | Richmond
Don't forget to check out our great range of Date Night Shoes online, so you can be completely prepped for whatever day or night out you plan.
Take a decent snap of you in your Base London kicks before your date, tag us on Instagram and we'll share it on our page!
Still feeling bloated and sluggish from all the turkey, booze and pudding? We're not surprised. If you're anything like Team Base, however, from your position horizontal on the sofa you'll be feeling like it's really time to do something about your post-Christmas chunkiness. But all that exercise can seem like an awful lot of hard work – and there's still a load of mince pies in the cupboard...
As luck would have it, we live in the 21st century. Which means, hypothetically, that it's easier than ever before to get a great work out, get fit and stay in shape – all thanks to technology. But as with most technological steps, trends and fads come and go. There's a veritable plethora of fitness tech out there at the moment, some of it will be forgotten in the space of a fortnight, other bits of kit will prove game-changing for years to come. So which pieces of fitness tech should you be spending your hard-earned cash on this January? We've rounded up five gadgets which are the real deal...
Cycling has seriously taken off in the UK in recent years (thanks Bradley and Chris). If you're amongst the ranks of "born again cyclists" The Connected Pedal could be your favourite new fitness gizmo for 2016. This handy gadget tracks everything from calories burned, to inclines scaled (along with all the standard stuff like speed and route). It even has an anti-theft feature which alerts you the second your bike is moved and tracks its whereabouts.
Fitness tech isn't for everybody. For some users, too many gadgets proves distracting and counter productive. If you're not sure which camp you fall in, the UpMove fitness tracker is a very affordable gadget which will give you the chance to experiment with fitness tech before you full commit. At just £39.99, this top notch tracker from Jawbone will count your steps, track your sleep, log your calories and even let you compete with friends.
3. SITU Scale
Diet is a crucial part of fitness and health, but there are far fewer devices out there designed to help you manage it. The SITU scale fills this gap, making counting calories, vitamins, salt, saturated fats – you name it – effortless, even when you're cooking meals from scratch. Sync it up with your iPad and get cooking.
These incredible headphones from Bragi are well worth the steeper price tag for runners who appreciate pitch perfect sound, a flawless fit and tonnes of features packed into one lightweight, functional gadget. These wireless running headphones also include a heap of tracking features. Ready, steady – go!
Sometimes measuring goals is as motivational as a flash new gizmo. While this impressive scale won't aid your workout, it will help you accurately measure your progress, whether you're keen to lose weight, reduce your body fat percentage or blast your BMI. Wireless and app-connected, with space for 8 individual users, this is a great tool for motivation and staying on top of your game.
Will you be using any fitness technology to support your 2016 health kick? Share your picks with other readers in the Base London Facebook group.
Whether you're an “all the gear, no idea” kind of guy, or more of a fairweather cyclist, there's no denying that London looks lovely from a bicycle seat (as long as you've got your helmet on and your highway code memorised). With June just around the corner, it's officially a brilliant time of the year to oil up that chain, get on your bike and enjoy the best of the city's summer sunshine.
To get you peddling, we've shared three of the Base London team's favourite laid back London bike rides, which will take you through some of London's prettiest places. Chapeau!
- Windsor Great Park
Hop on your bike at The Savill Garden at Windsor Great Park or set off from Egham railway station to enjoy 15 miles (or less if you're feeling more sedate) of uninterrupted cycling bliss. Yes, it's jut outside of the M25, but this is an easy beauty spot to reach from central London, just hop on a 30 minute train from Waterloo. Once you're there, you'll discover nature doing some spectacular stuff, plus plenty of curiosities to keep you interested, from totem poles and Roman ruins to a stunning view over Windsor Castle. Lovely stuff.
- The Tourist Trail
Sometimes it's fun to be a tourist in your own city, especially when you can steer clear of the crowds. This route, which runs from the Natural History Museum to the Tate Modern, will take you to many of the capital's finest museums and sights, from the V&A, to Hyde Park, The Serpentine Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, London Dungeon, Borough Market and the Tate Modern. Speed right through on a whistlestop tour in an hour, or make a day of it and check out your favourite exhibits as you go.
- Richmond to Hampton Court
A trundle along the Thames has to be one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy London by bike. This hour long 7.5 mile route will take you along pleasantly flat terrain while you soak up the sights and sounds of the river (with plenty of spots for lunch, tea and cake or a pint on the way). Take your bikes by train on the North London Line to Richmond Station, then make your way to Richmond Bridge to join the Thames Path. Follow its course past Eel Pie Island and Teddington Lock, then cross over at Kingston Bridge before cruising on to Hampton Court. Don't mind if we do.
What's your ultimate laid back London cycle route? Share your picks and tips with other readers on the Base Facebook page. Looking for some relaxed footwear for stylish summer cycling? We've got that sorted too.