Thinking allowed — 27 January 2015

The great Samuel Johnson once said that when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. So, why is it Londoners spend so much time on boring things like laundry when they could be out enjoying the capital?

This Guest Post by Dian Liu suggests ways nowadays there’s so many ways to get rid of your chores that there’s no excuse. Why spend ages ironing or hanging your clothes on the radiator when you could use a mobile laundry service like Laundrapp and spend your time relaxing instead?

Download Laundrapp on iPhone or Android and you can have your dirty clothes collected whenever you want, cleaned professionally and delivered to your door for free. That means you’re free to spend time doing more fun things, such as . . .

Borough Market
One of the country’s oldest food markets and one that neither locals nor tourists seem to get bored of. It’s free to browse, but with the smell of tempting cookies in the air you’ll definitely want to spoil yourself. Plus, with the Southbank so close, this a fantastic way to share a morning with someone special!

Rooftop Film Club
Watching a movie may not sound like anything special, but it takes on a different meaning when you’re on top of the city. The Rooftop Film Club provides the movie, the comfy chairs and the food – but London provides the dazzling view. It can get a bit chilly, so get your coat dry cleaned and be sure to bundle up warm.

Monthly Festivals
If you live in London then there’s no shortage of festivals throughout the year, so rather than choosing a single one to visit why not visit them all? There’s the Reggae Festival in February, the Seaside Rock Fest in March, Extreme Sports Festival in April . . . every month has something to keep you busy.

The Last Tuesday Society
Every Londoner has been the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, but have you ever seen a two-head lamb or the eggs of the (now extinct) Elephant Bird? These are the sorts of things you can only find at The Last Tuesday Society – and that alone makes it worth a visit.

Soho Comedy Club
The only thing better than a giggle is good luck, which is why we love the Soho Comedy Club. Monday nights always feature special comedy guests and the casino gives you a chance to win big. Want to dress up before your night on the town? Download Laundrapp and get your suit dry cleaned now!

This is only scratching the surface of things to do in London, obviously – and the best things to do are those you discover for yourself. That’s just one more reason to avoid doing the laundry and create your own laundry list of things to do in London!

Central-WashIf you really want a way down Memory Lane the Central Wash in Queensway which was Britain’s first self-service coin-operated launderette, opening on 9th May 1949 still survives today. Photo: Lucy Fisher (CC BY 2.0)

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