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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 November 18, 2020

                        50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                        50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                        If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                        That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                        Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                        1. Believe It to See It

                        Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                        2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                        While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                        3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                        Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                        4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                        Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                        5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                        There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                        6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                        It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                        7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                        Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                        8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                        Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                        9. Maximize Your Strengths

                        Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                        10. Be in It to Win It

                        Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                        11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                        People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                        12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                        Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                        13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                        You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                        14. Be a One-Off Original

                        Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                        15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                        Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                        16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                        Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                        17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                        Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                        18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                        We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                        19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                        Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                        20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                        Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                        21. Make Your Own Luck

                        In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                        22. Ignite Your Initiative

                        While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                        23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                        Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                        24. Champion in Communication

                        Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                        25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                        Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                        26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                        To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                        27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                        While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                        28. Live by Core Values

                        Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                        29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                        Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                        30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                        Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                        31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                        Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                        32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                        Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                        33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                        Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                        34. Change Opens New Doors

                        People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                        35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                        It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                        36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                        Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                        37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                        When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                        38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                        How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                        39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                        If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                        40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                        Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                        41. Swim Against the Tide

                        Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                        42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                        More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                        43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                        Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                        44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                        While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                        45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                        Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                        46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                        Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                        47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                        While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                        48. Follow Through

                        Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                        49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                        We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                        50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                        To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                        So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                        Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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