With the Olympics getting well underway today, we’ve had enough of the hype. We are excited to be part of this historic moment in London, but we’re also sick of talking about it. Sick of the delays and the transport chaos and the hype hype hype. So without being total Olympigrinches, we’ve decided to round up a few ways to escape the Olympics without leaving London.
Blue Cow Yoga
So maybe you want to escape the hype but don’t want to give up sport altogether? Yoga is a good (not to mention very relaxing) alternative, and the folks at Blue Cow Yoga – which is located right in The City – offer a great escape from the madness of the Olympiad without compromising your body. Drop-in classes cost £14 or you can join as a member for the month for £115 and do as much yoga as you like. Okay, so it’s not a total escape from the Olympics, but it is a great way to relax and forget about the transport madness for awhile, as Blue Cow are situated walking distance from Bank and Moorgate stations.
It might be tough to score tickets to West End shows during the Olympic period at this point, but Soho-staple Archer Street is transforming its already-buzzing bar into a musical heaven. Along with several musical stars, the singing and dancing bar staff will play out mini versions of some of the West End’s most popular shows, including Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Jersey Boys.
Brompton Bar & Grill
Chic local Knightsbridge bistro Brompton Bar & Grill are hosting a sports-free zone during the entire Olympic period. Instead, Brompton will feature a quiet, candlelit ambiance with live jazz performances and a totally relaxing atmosphere for a complete escape of the madness. Among the performers slated to grace Brompton’s stage is British jazz legend TJ Johnson. Brompton also does a menu of souped up bar food and steaks.
myvillage Pop-up Festival
Starting 26 July and carrying on until mid-August, myhotel Bloomsbury is hosting a pop-up festival event to celebrate summer. The ‘myvillage’ pop-up is located on the hotel’s ground floor and is designed to mimic a farmer’s market festival ambiance, complete with summery indulgences like craft beer from The Hop Box, burgers and sausages from Happy Herefords and ice cream from the Matt Benecci Ice Cream Trike. It’s summer as it should be, minus the sport.