We always love exploring our cites, and are lucky to work with many incredible Partners across them. This means, we know plenty of must visit places, and are always in the know when there’s cool new spots popping up. October can be a month where those post-summer blues start to kick in, and also a time that many take part in the trend of ‘sober October.’ With these factors at play, this month, we wanted to give you some inspiration to get out and explore the city around you. Whether you’re having a cocktail or mocktail, there’s no need to miss out on the fun. There’s plenty to do for whatever mood you’re in, and we guarantee they’re all worth hitting pause on that Netflix series for.

LONDON / The Vaults, Waterloo

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Wander down into a maze of dark tunnels beneath Waterloo Station and up-coming comedians, inventive theatre and immersive dining experiences will barely scratch the surface of what you’ll find. Set in a maze of disused railway arches deep beneath Waterloo station, The Vaults host an eclectic range of events from the unusual, the daring to the unknown, it stands true that the most unexpected is under your feet here. Add this to your must-do in the capital.

www.thevaults.london

LONDON / Otherworld

As Time Out put it, “The future may be full-on terrifying, but boy, is it fun.” We can’t say we aren’t intrigued by ‘the world’s most immersive Virtual Reality Arcade & Bar.’ Leave the daily grind behind and step into a world of sixteen unforgettable virtual reality experiences. Whether you fancy exploring beautiful islands or fighting a zombie apocalypse deep in Arizona, this one will sure speed up a dry October for you. Or if you are drinking, take the edge off travelling between different realities and pair your experience with something from their exotic drinks list.

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HEATHROW / The Floating Spa, Monkey Island Estate

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Go on, treat yourself, you’ve been saving so much not drinking this month! And even if you haven’t gone off the tipple, we guarantee you won’t regret visiting this luxury Floating Spa, moored on the banks of the fish-tail shaped Monkey Island Estate. This hideaway just a stone’s throw from London is the epitome of bliss, offering guests a wellness-oriented journey on gentle waters. Pastilles and homemade elixirs with plants and herbs grown in the estate’s Experimental Teahouse take inspiration from ancient recipes brewed by monks who inhabited the island 800 years ago. Float down the Thames and return a new person with any of their signature treatments.

www.monkeyislandestate.co.uk

MANCHESTER / Ribeye Steakhouse

Ribeye Steakhouse is one not to miss for any steak lover, and the perfect place to delight even the toughest steak connoisseurs. Here, the philosophy is ‘it’s all about the food,’ and we guarantee you’ll want to savour every bite. Their renowned Chefs pay homage to the very best beef from not only around the world but also local shores. Featuring a Dry Bar, the luxurious setting is adorned with real marble tables and emerald green and cream leather booths. Get comfortable for a one of a kind dining experience, where the theatrical grill takes centre stage in an open kitchen style. Get amongst the flames and watch as the chefs prepare your mouth-watering dish.

www.ribeyesteakhouse.com

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EDINBURGH / Harvey Nichols

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Beat the pack and tick off your Christmas shopping early. It certainly won’t feel a chore in this luxury department store offering everything from fashion and beauty to food and wine. Head up to the fourth floor to refuel with the ultimate dining experience boasting picturesque views of the breath-taking city of Edinburgh. The Window Bar also offers equally plush cocktails in a decadent setting to match. Treat yourself, you’ve shopped hard!

www.harveynichols.com/store/edinburgh

YORK / York Racecourse

Award-winning modern grandstands, manicured lawns and home grown flowers set the scene for the best race days at York. Even though the racing season is wrapping up, there’s still plenty to do at this scenic destination. From Art Shows, to Christmas Party nights, it’s always an unforgettable occasion where you can will no doubt soak up plenty of that friendly country atmosphere in style.

www.yorkracecourse.co.uk

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LEEDS / First Direct Arena

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Whether you’re local, or visiting Leeds, First Direct Area is your stop for world class performances of all genres. Opening its doors in 2013 with Sir Elton John playing to an audience of 12,000, the arena has years under its belt of hosting show stopping performances. From Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, to Andrea Bocelli, this month there’s something for everyone, so definitely put this on your radar if you really want to spice up these colder nights.

www.firstdirectarena.com

GLASGOW / Science Centre

One of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions, The Glasgow Science Centre boasts two acres of interactive exhibits, workshops, shows, activities, a planetarium and an IMAX cinema. You’ll never run out of new things to discover here, and if you’re looking for an epic way to celebrate Halloween, then make sure you set off to Spooksville, where they’re putting on an out-of-this world party.

www.glasgowsciencecentre.org

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