Fun Activities for Big Kids in London
When it comes to London rent prices, the grinding misery of the daily commute and having to remortgage every time you want a pint of craft beer, we sometimes feel like we want to go back. Return to the heady days of our childhood, when life was bill-free and fish finger-filled, but hey, don't dwell, London is full of fun activities for big kids. Jump into ball pits, practise your spelling and putt your way round a mad golf course; these are the best ways to relive your childhood in London.
Last updated on 21st August 2017
Battersea's hottest spot for Londoners looking to relive their youth is The Four Thieves, a pub that's packed to the rafters with craft beer, gin and most importantly games. From remote control car racing through to arcade games and ping pong, there's enough here to keep you out of trouble.
Learn a new skill and nerd out at the same time as paper artist and designer Marc Hagan-Guirey teaches you how to create a number of 15 different Star Wars ships and fighters.
Since its renovation, Queens has pretty much been synonymous with fun time activities in London. Come for the ice skating and bowling in their 12 lanes, stay for the MEATliquor food and cocktails from the bar.
The ultimate in London's old-school activities, The Four Quarters' games room is packed with arcade games such as Pac Man, Asteroids and Space Invaders. Throw in a hot selection of craft beer - because you're actually a grown-up - and you've got yourself a hilarious night in South London.
Brunch doesn't have to be a civilised affair, in fact we think it's better when it's messy, mad and fun. Hip Hop Brunch will start your weekend with heaps of pancakes, tonnes of hip hop and even a magician for all you big kids out there.
It's not just the big kids down in South London who get to enjoy Four Quarters, the second venue has just opened in East London in Hackney Wick. The new bar is near the Queen Elizabeth Victoria Memorial Park and has the same fun mix of arcade games and craft beer as the original.
Remember the days of thriving on Crash Bandicoot and Mario? They're still here, and this time you can enjoy them with some of the best cocktails in London. Join Simmons as they provide retro gaming and fun in their bar alongside some of the best happy hours in the business.
16 person foosball, huge slices of pizza and vintage video games; sounds like the ultimate big kid experience, right? Pizza Pilgrims are offering that and more in their new Canary Wharf-based site. The famous pizza chain have made a name for themselves by creating stunning Neapolitan pizzas topped with the freshest ingredients around.
Remember trawling around some of London's most popular museums as a kid? Now you can do it with a drink in hand! Join Madame Tussauds as you not only get familiar with some of the best waxwork in the business, there's selfies and bubbles to boot.
Street food traders specialised in cuisines from around the world are uniting at one big party, with cocktails, rum, retro games and top Djs for a night to remember.
Put on your big boy trousers and head to People's Park Tavern for a hilarious night of crazy golf and craft beer. The course will take you right back to your childhood as it features loop the loops, water hazards and tricky little bends, all for a fun activity in London.
The team at Roof East have opened their iconic East London rooftop up to the Social, Fun and Games Club this summer. Try your hand at bowls, hit a few home runs in the batting cage, enjoy an outdoor film screening or zip around the corners at the fun rollerblading ring. Grab your mates and head down for a day out in London like no other.
Bringing all things '90s to London, Hot Since '91 is one of the biggest throw-back events in London. Head to one of their parties to sing to the best RnB karaoke, play playground games and have a go at games which include SEGA classics, Jumbo Jenga and Guess Who?.
Growing up isn't always easy, but you know what is? Having fun. Join Bounce for buckets full of the stuff as not only are they toting a cool UV vibe alongside craft beers and cocktails aplenty, they're upping your game with ping pong tables aplenty.
Having already conquered Shoreditch, the brilliant fun Flight Club is heading over to Bloomsbury to open a second venue. Complete with all the same hilarity, expect games, cocktails, brunch, pizza and one of the best meeting places in central London.
The Old School Yard has become a legend in South London thanks to its nostalgic decor and cheeky character. Based on Long Lane in London Bridge, the venue features Nintendo Games, vintage toys and classic comics, alongside a clock that is continuously set for 3:10 PM. Perfect for all of London's big kids, grab a boozy drink at the bar and enjoy all the carefree fun of your youth at this charming spot.
Full of wonder, magic and suspense, The Magic Hour will bring you all the astonishment of your childhood. Watch master magician Sonic dazzle and amaze with his tricks, the likes of which have already impressed celebs from Sir Roger Moore through to Gary Barlow.
Gather a team of four and head to Festibowl for one of the events of the summer. Seriously, they’ve combined summer beats from great DJs, street food and bowls to create one mini festival of balls.
Combining networking, gaming and amazing views comes Retrotainment at the top of the CCT Venue. There will be a whole host of games consoles and games, opportunities and networks and even competitions.