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Non-Sport Related Fun in London - Your Olympic Alternatives

The London 2012 Olympics are only days away, but if you aren’t a fan of sport London has far more to offer.  This week I will be posting a list of ideas of non-sport fun to be had in London this summer.

Relax – Wine Tasting

Learn something new, or enjoy a relaxing wine filled evening, or both during a wine tasting evening. Bistro du Vin have wine tasting evenings at their 2 London restaurants, check their events listing for dates. Jeroboam runs wine tastings (as wine and cheese pairing) evenings in the atmospheric cellars of Milroy’s restaurant in Soho. The biggest and most well know option is Vinopoilis on the Southbank of the Thames, where there are guided tours, self-guided tours, and tasting events.

Thrills and Chills – Jack the Ripper Tour

A great tour of East London with along with a great story – Jack the Ripper, is a good way to see nooks and crannies of East London which you probably otherwise wouldn’t see.  Your will keep you from getting lost in the spooky alleyways of Jacky the Ripper’s hunts while keeping you entertained.  There are many tours to choose from, some have guides in fancy dress, and others have guides who have written the book (literally) on Jack the Ripper.  They all start at Tower Hill station, and almost all of them take place in the evening when “the city” is emptier and the atmosphere for a spooky story perfect, allowing you to imagine what it would have been like back in the Ripper’s day.  London Walks does a great one, you can find it here.

Test Yourself – Pub Quiz

Team up with some friends and join in on a pub quiz, a true British tradition. They’re a good laugh and if you have never been to a Pub Quiz, it is a must before leaving the UK. You’ll be surprised at what you know (and don’t know). You can find listings on the Quiz List websites.

Refresh – Afternoon Tea

Another British Tradition worth delving into is Afternoon Tea, also known as High Tea. Afternoon tea is meant to tide you over from Lunch to dinner. Most restaurants which serve afternoon tea do so from about 1:30pm to 4pm. It’s a great way to get away from it all for a couple of hours and enjoy some civilized finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream (very yummy!), a mini assortment of desserts, all served with your choice of favorite tea.  Afternoon Tea is more filling than you would think looking at those little crustless sandwiches.

Hopefully that will give you some ideas of things to do that aren’t Olympic related and more ideas will follow over the next week.