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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 December 2, 2019

                        10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                        10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                        Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                        In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                        These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                        1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                        Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                        But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                        Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                        2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                        You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                        The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                        3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                        If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                        Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                        If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                        4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                        Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                        To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                        In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                        5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                        We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                        If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                        Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                        “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                        6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                        When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                        One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                        So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                        7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                        Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                        Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                        8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                        When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                        So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                        9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                        Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                        It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                        It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                        10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                        There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                        But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                        Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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