Social media – it’s like a drug. We’ve all felt the high when our Instagram likes hit triple digits, or a Facebook post is flooded with compliments on a new haircut. It’s a thrilling feeling, but that doesn’t make it good for us…
A detrimental impact on our mental health
According to a survey carried out by ExpressVPN, it can actually be very bad. Findings revealed that around half of us have deleted a post because it didn’t get enough interactions and that 62 per cent find the “hide likes” feature on Facebook and Instagram decreases their anxiety around posting. More worryingly still, 86 per cent say social media has a direct impact on their happiness.
So, this Christmas season, why not give yourself the gift of some time away from the ‘gram with these festive events?
Swap social media for these seasonal treats
The Big Bake
Do you have a penchant for baking or love of sweet treats? Then this one is for you! Put your skills to the test with The Big London Bake – an exciting cooking experience in the heart of the capital. All the prep is done for you, so all you need to do is follow the recipe provided. From fancy Christmas cakes to cute gingerbread houses, it’s time to test your mettle and see what you can whip up.
The Christmas Steam Express
This one is great when you’re looking for date night ideas or something different to do. Step aboard this old-fashioned steam train and prepare for a magical night ahead. Once aboard, keep your eyes peeled because you’re about to be treated to some incredible views of festive London. You can also enjoy a fine-dining experience, with three-course meals available or the choice of fizz and nibbles instead.
The Silent Disco Boat Christmas Special
Alternatively, swap that romantic steam train for a silent disco aboard a boat. This one-of-a-kind party promises to be a show-stopping event, affording you incredible views across the Thames and the surrounding city. Headphones are provided, and there’s also a dance floor for throwing some seasonal shapes. Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a tipple or two, so be sure to indulge in a cup of mulled wine to help you get into the festive spirit.
The Winter Bar Bus
There seems to be something of a transport theme going here, but we’ll roll with it and provide you with another exciting suggestion: the Winter Bar Bus. In true tourist fashion, you’ll be driven around the capital, with a chance to take in some of its most famous landmarks. Don’t worry about the seasonal nip; blankets are provided, along with plenty of warming drinks to keep you toasty.
When it comes to Christmas, there’s nowhere quite like the capital to get you into the spirit of the season. So, what do you say? Why not put down your phone, log out of your socials, and enjoy the very best that festive London has to offer?