World-class galleries and museums, beautiful parks, incredible restaurants cooking food from across the globe, cool shops and boutiques, a whole host of performing arts and music venues….London’s not exactly short on things to do (there’s loads of them that don’t even cost any money). But what about the weird and wonderful, the unexpected and the unusual? The city’s got you covered there too.
Floating Hot Tubs and BBQ Boats
If you fancy sailing round West India Quay in style, you probably couldn’t do any better than this. Skuna Boats offers you the chance to cruise around in your very own wood-fired hot tub or BBQ boat. You can take your own alcohol to get boozy on board AND with up to 7 friends to a tub (and more round the BBQ) this is defo a step up from your usual river cruise.
Go Ape Tree Top Adventures
Are you a fan of heights? Well you better be to take on this adventure. Located in the grounds of Alexandra Palace, you’ll be able to reach heights of 12 metres as you make your way through the aerial challenge that includes high-speed zips, free-fall tarzan swings and a 46f plummet. Yes this will test you physically and mentally. Balance is key people. Spend three hours making your way from start to finish and we can promise you this will be an experience you talk about for weeks.
The Crystal Maze
If you grew up in the 90s it was probably your dream to play the Crystal Maze and now you can. Expect lasers, barrels, blinding masks and tricky puzzles in four zones; Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic. And of course THE Crystal Dome. Mumsie would be proud.
For any of you that have been to Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities you’ll know it’s quite the err…curious place. If you haven’t, let us elaborate. Hackney’s world famous emporium of bizarre collectables houses everything from mummified skeletons and taxidermy to human hair and voodoo artefacts. And once you’ve explored all the weird and wonderful exhibits, you can kick back with an absinthe or two at the parlour bar.
Ride the ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide
Taking you from top to bottom in 40 seconds, the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide will have you hitting speeds of up to 15mph. Standing at 178m tall it’s the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide, and even has a corkscrew – it’s really not for the faint hearted.
Go for a dip the AIRE Ancient Baths
AIRE Ancient Baths, which creates a modern version of thermal baths in restored historical buildings, has opened its first London site inside an 18th century building in Charing Cross (which also used to be the home of Peter Pan author J.M Barrie). Inspired by the Greek, Roman and Ottoman traditions of bathing, the 14,000 sq ft baths feature a series of pools including the Tepidarium (36º), the Caldarium (40º) and the Frigidarium (14º) as well as a jet bath, a steam bath and a salt bath, made extra zen with candlelight and soothing music.
Saddle up and see Hyde Park from a whole new viewpoint. Hyde Park Stables in Connaught Village is one of the last standing mews with horses in Central London offering a range of rides both in the park and by the Serpentine, suitable for all levels of experience.
If you need a new way to release some stress – and practice your aim at the same time – then give axe throwing a go. Sling axes side by side with your friends and colleagues to see who can hit those all important bullseyes. It’s mighty satisfying.
Explore the garden at Buckingham Palace
If you’ve always wanted to have a nosy around the Queen’s backyard, now’s your chance as the Buckingham Palace Garden is opening for visitors this summer. You’ll be able to take a self-guided tour through the garden that will take you past the 156-metre herbaceous border, plane trees planted by Queen Victoria & Prince Albert, and views of the 3.5 acre lake and its island. You can spend your time checking out the variety of flora and fauna or you can have a picnic on the lawn and pretend you live in a palace.
There’s life drawing and then there’s neon life drawing. Neon Naked offers a unique spin on the traditional form of life drawing by using vibrant and bold living sculptures (and neon paint obvs), so you’ll come away with more interesting and creative artworks.
Midnight Apothecary at The Brunel Museum
Built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his father Marc Brunel, the Thames Tunnel was the first tunnel under a river in the world. Now the site is home to the Brunel Museum, which hosts concerts and talks in the Grand Entrance Hall (which was the world’s first underground theatre), and has a rooftop bar, Midnight Apothecary, where you can drink cocktails made from foraged ingredients around a campfire.
GoBoat down Regent’s Canal
Captain your very own ship – well small electric boat – and take in the sights of Little Venice, Regent’s Park and London Zoo as you cruise down the canal. You don’t need any experience as full instructions are provided, so all you have to do is load up with a picnic and hop on board (you can even bring your dog along for the ride).