Your guide to the hottest things to do, see and buy this month
Learn to surf, gourmet glutenfree dining, climb the stairs of London’s Gherkin for charity.
Want to physically challenge yourself and reward more than just your body? London’s Gherkin challenge, October 22, is an excellent way to do just that. Run up 38 stories of the iconic 30 St Mary’s Axe and enjoy well-earned champagne, a massage and incredible panoramic views of the London skyline, all in the name of fundraising for the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Sign up at nspcc.org.uk.
EAT, SLEEP, SURF
Want to hold on to that summer feeling for as long as you can? Why not spend three days in Devon at ETE TriCamp’s Surf-Fit retreat (October 6-8), getting active, eating well and challenging yourself ? Don’t worry if you’ve never surfed before – experienced coach Mark Capps will guide you through it. The long weekend also includes openwater swimming, trail running and beach fitness. It costs £450, including B&B accommodation, surf kit, daily transfers and delicious seafood meals from local restaurants; visit etetricamps.com.
MAKE A BEELINE
you’re a cyclist who’s tired of stopping at every street corner to get your mobile out and check your sat nav, Beeline’s what you need. The simple compass-like device attaches to your handlebar, and has an arrow to indicate the distance and direction you need to go in. Download the app, key in your destination plus any stops you want to make, and off you go, turning left or right as indicated. £99; halfords.com.
Here’s the perfect fine-dining experience for all you dairy-free and gluten-free food lovers. Indigo at the beautiful One Aldwych Hotel in London’s Covent Garden is the first restaurant in a luxury hotel to be dairy- and gluten-free, thanks to its new tasting menu by Chef Dominic Teague. It’s also officially accredited by Coeliac UK. It offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus and you can expect deliciously fresh, summery flavours and impeccable service; visit onealdwych.com or call 020 7300 0400 to reserve a table.
WORKOUT WITH A VIEW
Fancy joining the yacht set? Londoners can now work out on the deck of superluxurious yacht hotel Sunborn London in Docklands, which has launched a new personal training programme with The Wellness Collective. Enjoy an incredible view of London from the fifth floor of the yacht as you get your sweat on with expert trainers. The 45-minute workout, combining HIIT exercises with cardio and mobility work, will get your heart rate up, whatever your fitness level. Classes are limited to five people, so you get individual attention and motivation. Afterwards, enjoy complimentary smoothies and healthy refreshments. Book now for the introductory price of £18; sunbornhotels.com/london/.