With the Olympics over, there’s every chance we could be feeling a little deflated. After all that sporting excitement, the highs (including our very own onefinestay Olympics) and the lows (iPlayer streaming problems at crucial point of the men’s Triathlon), and the reckless cheering mid-office, who wouldn’t be? But we won’t be beaten by the post-Olympic blues, and here’s why.
Team GB turn to their singing skills
Team GB have made a rousing little video to Don’t Stop Me Now to help us all keep our chins up:
Many, us included, have used the Olympics to get Mo-tivated (nods to the Evening Standard for that gem) in their physical endeavours. We’ve been particularly enthusiastic at our weekly Urban Gym sessions, which involve an hour of running around the City, chin ups under the Millennium Bridge and lunge-walking down Fleet Street. And recently, our efforts have been more buoyant than blundering, with a Track and Field special bringing out onefinestay’s competitive edge.
But if crab-walking on all fours down commuter-crowded streets would make you red in the face (and not just from exhaustion), there are plenty of other workouts to choose from – indeed, it seems that London’s fitness scene has just been super-charged.
Join the Gorilla Circus at their outdoor flying trapeze school in either Regent’s Park or Battersea Park.
Beat your best time with Parkrun, which holds free, weekly, timed 5km runs at various locations.
Thanks for the warm up – there’s more to come
And then, there’s round 2 – The Paralympics. The city is in the middle of a quick turnaround operation to ready itself for the biggest Paralympic Games in history, and the Olympics – well, they were just a warm up.
London is a wonderground
The cultural Olympiad is still running strong too, and if you’re feeling a bit sported out (until the Paralympics at least) return to the stage, the screen, and the gallery for the time being.
London’s most beautiful open-air cinema is back at Somerset House with an exciting line-up for films, including Hitchcock’s The Birds and the UK premiere of the adaptation of Kerouac’s On The Road. Screenings until August 27th.
The Southbank is buzzing with the highly praised London Wonderground at the moment. Described as ‘a playground of wonders and curiosities’, its shows span cabaret, comedy, theatre and more. Open until 30th September.
And more of this:
Olympic fashion faux-pas aside, there’s something a bit comforting about the return to reality, too. We’re not sure how much more of an emotional rollercoaster we could have taken after that Men’s Diving final.