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 17th January 2020

Apé Hour

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.

Ballie Ballerson is a haven for re-living those days spent at indoor adventure centres. Once the weekend rolls around, you can sip on bottomless prosecco, porn star martinis and chomp on unlimited pizza before plunging head-first into a ballpit, or head along one evening for some midweek fun.

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

899 user reviews 4

Half Price Karaoke

With bowling, karaoke, ping pong, pool and everything else you need for a great night out, the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes is one of the top picks for big kids in London. Grab some of their tasty cocktails and get ready to run amok at one of the funnest bars in the city.


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Take things back to the old school as Reztron brings you legendary consoles and some of the best retro games to some of the best rooftop bars and gorgeous venues in London. From bottomless brunch with SEGA Mega Drives to karaoke at a sky bar, it doesn't get much better than this.

London Shuffle

590 user reviews 5

Get ready to get petty as this competitive and addictive sport returns to London for more rounds of friendship-destroying shuffling along with beers, pizzas and cocktails.

@ Hyper Reality on Various dates from Tuesday 21st January 2020

Fancy yourself as a gaming wiz? Head to Hyper Reality this winter and you'll get the incredible opportunity to explore everything in twos hours. From riding rollercoasters to chasing high scores and exploring new worlds, this is the ultimate adventure for London's big kids.

Bounce, Old Street

908 user reviews 5

Ping Pong and Packages and 2 other offers

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.

Bar Elba

932 user reviews 5


Picture this: gliding along a roof-top ice rink with a mulled wine and London's skyline in the background - sounds pretty great huh? Well, the booze gods have answered your prayers with Bar Elba's newest festive ice-skating installation. Get yourself a themed cocktail or two before popping on your skates and testing your balance on the ice.


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Looking to escape the mundane every day of London's drizzly climes? Look no further than Otherworld - a space-age VR arcade in the heart of Haggerston. Step into one of the immersion booths and take on one of 16 challenges, before cooling off with a bespoke cocktail in the futuristic cocktail bar.

@ Leake Street on Various dates from Monday 20th January 2020

Run around the city like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible as you track clues and crack riddles sent to your phone, all in an attempt to catch a potential bomber. Working against the clock, you'll attempt to prevent destruction in the city and save hundreds of lives. 

The Mind Palace

105 user reviews 5

Happy Hour Specials and 1 other offer

When it comes to fun group activities, you can't go wrong with cocktails. Make your way to West 12 Shopping Centre where you'll have to find this hidden bar which promises themed cocktails and a story inspired by the legendary Sherlock Holmes.

Having already conquered Shoreditch, the brilliant fun Flight Club is heading over to Bloomsbury, Victoria and Islington to open more venues. Complete with all the same hilarity, expect games, cocktails, brunch, pizza and one of the best meeting places in central London.

  Thames Lates

31 user reviews 5

@ London Eye Millenium Pier on Thursday 23rd January 2020 and 4 other dates

Zip along the River Thames like James Bond in a high-power speedboat. You'll zoom past iconic landmarks with an educated guide as you blast a soundtrack of top hits. To top off the evening, you'll be greeted back to land with a refreshing cocktail. 

Inter-Pub Gaming

53 user reviews 5

Discounts available on certain events

A great way to get out of the heat this summer, head to one of these great pubs across London to try out the ultimate VR gaming experience for up to an hour courtesy of The VR Concept.

Let your inner child out with a singing sesh at London's hottest karaoke club. Not only are there 10 rooms for all sorts of capacities, but there's even live DJs come the weekend and a mouthwatering cocktail list each and every day. What more could you want?

The Four Thieves

45 user reviews 4

Buy One Get One Free Burgers and 2 other offers

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.


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Relive your favourite childhood memories with a series of themed events for adults only. Taking laser quest and elevating it to new heights, Laser Tag Nights has got everything from the Star Wars-themed to 90s-inspired events.

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Step off the streets of London and enter the thrilling world of the Wild West at the Moonshine Saloon. This immersive experience in a secret location will have you become a butt-kicking cowboy as you sip on cocktails and attempt to make a fortune from smuggling moonshine. 

@ The Hidden Spirit Ship on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Ever fancied yourself as a young buccaneer? Step aboard The Hidden Spirit and live out your pirate fantasies as you attempt to steal hidden treasure from under the watchful eye of the Governor, just make sure to not get caught. 

So Board

15 user reviews 4

Release your inner child as So Board pops up at some of the best pubs in London. From The Four Thieves to The Birds, it's all about original entertainment with discounted food and drinks to boot. Think card games, wooden blocks and foam guns.


228 user reviews 4

A perfect spot for big kids, Aeronaut brings all the fun of the playground to the cocktail bar. With a stunning array of weird and wonderful events such as fairytale film brunches and quirky cabarets, the atmosphere is always fun and fantastic whether you're heading for a show or just a few drinks.