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Top Things to do on Your Lunch Break in London

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by Joanna Sopylo-Firrisa (subscribe)
Writer by passion, administrator by profession. I check what life brings and turn it into writing.
Published November 21st 2012
How to spend lunch hour not only on eating?
Lunch hour usually relates to food but it doesn't have to. There is such a wide range of activities you can do within one hour during the day that food may become only a side dish.

Every day, shortly after 12 o'clock, the streets of London become full of people heading for their lunch hour. Most of them choose to eat, meet up with friends or do some errands.

Certainly, there are some among them who don't think primarily about food. They choose alternative ways of spending their lunch hour, by going to the gallery, listening to a lecture, going for beauty treatment or even attending singing classes.

Here's a bunch of ideas of what the city can offer you in your lunch hour.

Culture. Galleries all around London offer different ways of spending your lunch hour. At the National Gallery you can join one of the lectures. Topics include Nature Makes Painting or 1912 Post-impressionism and Roger Fry. In spite of the sophisticated sounding titles, the lectures are given in an interesting way, and they are understandable for everyone, not only art specialists. National Gallery's lunchtime talks take place every Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 1pm and 1.45pm in Sainsbury Wing Theatre.

Furthermore, the Photographers' Gallery every Friday invite one person to speak about their favourite picture. Talks are lead in an informal atmosphere and you can also buy food and drinks at the gallery's cafe. The event takes place at 1pm and lasts for 15-20 minutes.

If you're a woman, you can also join singing classes at Morley College. It offers classes once a week for 1.5 hours, so it's an offer for those with longer lunch break.

Spirituality. For those located around Oxford Circus, All Souls at Langham Place opens its doors at 1.05pm for a half an hour of worship and preaching, sometimes related to the working environment.

Science. If you're hungry for knowledge, go to University College London for one of its lectures on different topics. Among them, you will find one about drinking in Victorian England, sustainable energy, as well as about Twitter. The University offers also streaming online, so you can even listen to the lecture while seated in a restaurant with your meal. Each lecture lasts from 1.15pm to 1.55pm

Lecture Hall
By Calbear22 (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Fitness. Some people choose a short run on the streets of London or parks nearby during their lunchtime. If you don't have enough self-discipline, you can also join a lunch workout group like the one in Tokei Centre, which offer pilates, yoga and martial arts. Classes are held on different days and times.

[B]Beauty. /B] Finally, if you want to simply relax. London Serenity offer a nail treatment and manicure straight in your office while Massage Therapist for You can make a quick massage of your head neck and shoulder.

Just choose any option that suits you or try each one of them on a different day and have fun. Just don't forget to still eat your lunch.

By Alisdair McDiarmid (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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