Sure, 2021 might not have been the most uplifting year for the books, but we had a blast along the way.
After a myriad of canceled plans during this pandemic (here’s looking at you, omicron), it’s nice to take stock of things that didn’t just happen as expected but also turned out to be great experiences.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for what to put on the calendar for 2022, here’s a list of the things and places the Metro.co.uk Lifestyle team loved the most in 2021.
Lifestyle reporter Jess said: “I booked a cooking class with Pasta n ‘Play for my birthday and it was soooo nice. I think it would be cute for a couple too.
Lifestyle & Weekend Editor-in-Chief Ellen recommends a carpentry class: “I went for a class at Goodlife Center in London and it was honestly my favorite day of the year. I learned how to make a shelf, and it was just nice to create something with my hands and get a little out of my head.
“I left with some real carpentry skills, a shelf that’s now on my kitchen wall for my tea, and I feel empowered (cranky as it sounds). Plus the location means you can go to Borough Market for lunch which I highly recommend – get the pizza from Bread Ahead then a matcha from Bird & Blend.
Associate Lifestyle Editor Natalie Morris shares: “The Mount Vineyard in Kent is set in the most beautiful countryside, so you can take a walk first, then stroll through the park and see all the vines. .
“I went in the summer and sat on the terrace which has an opening roof, and I also went in the winter and I sat inside and drank their amazing sparkling red wine. They also have a pizza oven and make amazing desserts.
“It’s less than an hour by train from London and a short walk to the other end, so accessible without a car.”
And lifestyle journalist Aidan is a huge fan of Whistle Punks: “At Whistle Punks in Vauxhall, I discovered that I have a real love for ax throwing. You introduce yourself, they show you the ropes and you face off against a group of friends.
“My upper body strength and hand-eye coordination leave a little to be desired, but if that sounds like you don’t be discouraged – I literally couldn’t stop winning so it’s absolutely anyone’s game. Who. ”
Lifestyle journalist Lizzie Thomson said: “We went to A. Wong – a Michelin-starred Chinese in London – for my birthday. I would say it’s probably more of an occasion as it’s a bit more expensive, but the food was amazing.
“There is a tasting menu, or you can get a lot of small plates a la carte. I would recommend the sweet and sour pork chop and the crispy chili beef tartare.
“Yeni in Soho was exceptional,” recommends Aidan. “It’s a Turkish place with honestly to die for. If you go, try the manti dumplings and the eggplant, stilton and fig platter – you won’t regret it. ‘
Lizzie adds: “At the Porthminster Beach Cafe you can sit and eat amazing seafood and fish while looking out to sea – it’s so picturesque, plus they have a roof that opens up to make it more out looking. the open air.
“I ate lobster here twice during my week in St Ives, and it was divine. I also ate a bite of my partner’s monkfish curry which was amazing. They also have a take-out hut on the beach so you can go eat all kinds of delicacies by the sea. ‘
“I got to try cocktails at the Ginger Lily Bar at the Pan Pacific Hotel in London before Christmas, and they were honestly some of the best I have ever tasted,” says Aidan.
“Their festive Old Spot gingerbread cocktail particularly blew me away – sweet and tasty without being sickly. It’s not cheap, but I look forward to any special occasion that will serve as an excuse for me to return. ‘
Freelance lifestyle journalist Ella tells us: “One of my best parties of the year was in the basement of Stage and Radio in Manchester, also Pink Room at Yes Bar.”
“The Jurassic Coast of Dorset – honestly an incredible coast, I was blown away by its beauty and that it was in the UK,” says Lizzie.
Aidan adds: “I have to stay at a country club for the first time for a review. I expected it to be a little stuffy, but it was actually so much fun.
“The place I stayed was called Foxhills. The food was delicious, the staff were super friendly, and between the fitness classes, the tennis courts, the huge pitches, the spa and the pools, there is plenty of healthy things to do no matter how you prefer to relax. . I would recommend going in the summer when the outdoor pools will be the most fun to use.
“I loved a trip to Bristol this year,” Ellen tells us. “Great food (try the Gambas Tapas Bar), great cider (the mango one from the Apple Cider Boat? Unbelievable) and great shopping. “
“I went to One Tribe, this little festival in Shropshire, and it was honestly the highlight of my 2021,” Ella shares.
‘It was beautiful!’
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