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11 Beautiful Places In London To Go Dating For Free

11 Beautiful Places In London To Go Dating For Free

Enjoying an inspiring date in the capital does not need to break the bank. Below are 11 ideas for gorgeous places to take a date in London without paying a penny.

1. Explore the jewellery collection in the V&A

    The stunning Victoria and Albert Museum is a wonderful place to take a fellow art-loving single. Though you may have to pay for some of the special exhibitions, the main exhibitions of this sumptuous museum are free to explore – including the world-renowned jewellery section.

    2. Skate your way through Hyde Park

      An exhilarating experience that gets your adrenaline rushing really helps to bond you with your date. So why not don some roller skates and glide through this amazing Royal Park?

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      3. Take a guided tour of the National Portrait Gallery

        If your date is an intellectual who loves culture, take them to the National Portrait Gallery for a free guided tour. Or, head to one of the free lunchtime lectures hosted at this gallery.

        4. Enjoy the views from Greenwich Park

          If you want to enjoy a panoramic view of the city, simply ascend the hill of Greenwich Park and gaze downwards as the park’s iconic deer grazing all around you.

          5. Take a walk through Bankside

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            Strolling beside the Thames is such a romantic thing to do, and if you walk along Bankside, you can show your date some of the city’s most exciting sights, such as Shakespeare’s Globe and Tower Bridge. Why not make a day of walking the bridges that lay across the Thames, and see how many landmarks you can spot.

            6. Catch an exhibition at The Southbank Centre

              There is always something free going on at this lively arts centre, including poetry readings and exhibitions. The Southbank Centre is also home to the Poetry Library, so why not read your date some verse while you are visiting?

              7. Walk along the old city walls

                The walkway beside the Museum of London will give you a bird’s eye view of London’s ancient walls. The museum is free to enter too, and is filled with fascinating exhibitions all year round; there’s something for every kind of interest.

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                8. Explore the secret garden at the top of the Barbican Centre


                  The Barbican Centre is free to enter, and if you take the lift right to the top floor, you and your date will find a secret garden complete with birds, hidden paths and a menagerie of tropical birds. Sneak a tipple in, and enjoy an afternoon to remember at this unusual, quiet roof garden.

                  9. Do some yoga in the park

                    Free yoga groups abound in London, including in Russell Square and Greenwich Park. So, if you have met someone online who likes to stay active, what better way to romance them than to invite them for a spot of yoga in a gorgeous, tranquil garden setting?

                    10. Relax in the roof garden of the Brunei Gallery

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                      This free gallery always has plenty to see, and its exhibitions change throughout the year. After soaking up the culture that is found on the three floors of exhibitions, make sure to ascend right to the top of the gallery and to head outside where you will find an elegant Japanese roof garden that is the perfect spot for a romantic conversation.

                      11. Marvel at the oldest tree in England

                        A hidden gem, Fulham Bishop’s Palace and its majestic gardens are free to enter. This is a great place to bring someone who loves history or horticulture. Make sure to take your date over to the oldest tree in England, a huge oak tree which was found in the palace grounds.

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                        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                        1. Work on the small tasks.

                        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                        2. Take a break from your work desk.

                        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                        3. Upgrade yourself

                        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                        4. Talk to a friend.

                        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                        7. Read a book (or blog).

                        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                        8. Have a quick nap.

                        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                        9. Remember why you are doing this.

                        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                        10. Find some competition.

                        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                        11. Go exercise.

                        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                        12. Take a good break.

                        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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