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Nowadays, it’s common to jump to “let’s hit the pub” or “let’s grab a bite to eat” when you’re planning a gathering, but there are so many other fun activities in London to enjoy.
Have you ever considered escape rooms, crazy golf or VIP bowling as activities to do with your friends, instead of the usual pub or restaurant?
We hope today’s post will inspire you to get out there and try other fun activities in London – whether that’s showing off how great your table tennis tricks are or how quickly you can race around a go-kart track.
Have a ball at a bowling alley
Embrace the Americana vibe and give ten-pin bowling a bash.
Bowling alleys have risen in popularity over the years – in 2016, Britons spent £285 million in alleys across the country and it’s predicted to top £300 million this year!
They’re no longer just venues for kids’ parties – organise an after-work outing to your nearest retro alley as a ‘bonding exercise’, or celebrate your birthday at a VIP venue like Bloomsbury Lanes.
Gone are the days when you had to pick between a cocktail night and an evening showing off your ball skills – spruced-up alleys have popped up around the country offering long drinks lists and gourmet dishes to enjoy while you bowl.
For some particularly yummy grub, check out All Star Lanes for everything from mac-n-cheese to pulled pork burgers, lobster to sirloin steak.
Get swinging at a crazy golf course
Many of us probably have memories of hitting neon plastic balls around run-down golf ‘courses’ during our childhood, but the sport has had a massive re-vamp since then.
Rainy golf courses are no longer your only opportunity to swing a club – indoor adult crazy-golf venues have grown in frequency and popularity across the UK.
If crazy golf is at the top of your list of fun activities in London to try, we recommend you check out cocktail bar Swingers. Embrace your competitive side and challenge your mates to a round of golf after work – the loser can buy the beers!
If you’re still after a family-friendly game, check out Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf in Barnet, North London. This exciting crazy golf adventure – complete with nine almost life-sized dinos – was voted one of the best miniature courses in the country by Day Out With The Kids.
Test your teamwork skills in an escape room
Escape rooms are relatively new to the UK but they’ve been causing a stir. The aim of the game is to solve various puzzles and problems in order to escape from the room you’ve been trapped in.
There are tons of fun activities to try in London, but keen problem-solvers will likely enjoy this immersive themed game the most!
It’s a great way to get a team working together to achieve a common goal – whether it’s your family, work colleagues or mates from uni.
Themes range from prison cells at Omescape London, to cinemas at Enigma Escape, to World War II at Escape Plan. With 150 rooms across the UK – 50 in the capital alone – you’re bound to find one that suits your and your teams’ tastes.
Bounce balls at a ping pong bar
Who needs a gym membership when you can mix ping pong workouts with a night out in town?
Quirky bars across the capital have been introducing ping pong into their entertainment portfolios. Londoners can hire bats and balls for a game over some classic cocktails and tasty British dishes.
Bounce is one of Europe’s most popular ‘Social Ping Pong Clubs’, and a favourite among celebrities looking for fun activities in London to enjoy between photoshoots and filming. Here, you can opt for a casual game with a beer, or hire out the space for your own ping pong party! There are a number of food and drinks packages available too.
If you’re after a more cultured evening, Nordic Bar in Fitzrovia is home to a ping pong and beer pong table, a range of classic Scandinavian dishes and an extensive drinks menu.
Race around a go-karting track
Are ping pong games and bowling matches a little too tame for you? There are lots of other fun activities in London to give a go – like go-karting!
The UK is well-known for its selection of twisty, tricky go-karting tracks, with 139 venues situated across the country.
If you’re on the hunt for a centrally-located track that’s easy to pop to after work, head on down to Team Sport’s course in Tower Bridge for a multi-level track with a generous number of hairpin bends.
If you’re willing to travel a little further out of the centre, Capital Karts in Barking houses the longest indoor go-karting track in the UK and boasts 20 tricky corners.
Fun Activities in London – a summary
Whether you like putting balls or throwing them down a bowling lane, karting around a track or racing to solve puzzles in an escape room – there are lots of fun activities in London that will spice up your social life!
Combine cocktails and cuisine with a game of ten-pin bowling at one of the spruced-up bowling alleys across London.
For that special feeling of nostalgia, get your friends together for a round of crazy golf (don’t forget the drinks!) or bat some balls across a ping pong table.
If you’re looking for an exciting team-bonding exercise, try cracking puzzles in an immersive escape room experience.
Still after something more racy? Challenge your mates to a chase around a go-karting track at one of many venues across the country.
We hope this post has convinced you to pass on the pub and give other fun activities in London a try – as well as a great night with your mates, you’ll have a chance to refine your skills and might even discover a new passion!