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 23rd May 2018

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One of London's best fun activities for big kids, Stand Up Magic brings together awesome magic acts and hilarious antics to Clapham's Bread and Roses.

19:00 - 22:00
Comedy, Cabaret/Burlesque
Clapham
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2 events @ 2 venues with 34 upcoming dates from 31 May 2018 until 31 Aug 2018

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.

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The Ghost Bus Tours

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Both hilarious and great fun, The Ghost Bus Tour is a brilliant way to see the city while having a good time. Jump aboard the vintage Routemaster as it whizzes around London showing you the sites and revealing plenty of ghastly secrets.

Happily Affordable ££
Central London

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.

Happily Affordable ££
East London

Since its renovation, Queens has pretty much been synonymous with fun time activities in London. Come for the ice-karting and stay for the bowling or dreamy comfort food and cocktails from burger-queens MEATliquor.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Date Night, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Background Music
Notting Hill
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The Four Quarters

8 user reviews
The Four Quarters
Happy Hour - all cocktails £6

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Peckham
34 events @ Secret London Location with 34 upcoming dates from 02 Jun 2018 until 29 Dec 2018

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.

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3 events @ Neverland London with 114 upcoming dates from 27 May 2018 until 26 Aug 2018

Packed full of activities to get involved with, from beer pong and bottomless brunch to shuffleboard and mini golf, this fun pop up in Fulham is one of the ultimate places to hang out for big kids.

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London Dungeons isn't just for school groups and tourists, the iconic venue is opening its doors for a terrifying late night. Head to the popular spot as Sweeny Todd and Jack the Ripper come to life, history is told in terrifying form and rides are waiting to whizz you around.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Food & Drink, Theatre/Arts
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Perfect for big kids, this night of retro gaming will let you re-live that misspent youth you like to tell people you don't miss. With everything from Street Fighter to Sonic it's one of the quirkiest events coming up in London.

17:00 - 22:00
Hen Party, Karaoke, Something A Little Different, Stag Do
80's Music
Holborn
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Simmons Soho

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Simmons Soho
Bottomless Afternoon Tea

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

16 user reviews
Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes
Burger and Beer and 1 other offer available.

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross
11 events @ Aeronaut with 120 upcoming dates starting on 30 May 2018

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.

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Let your imagination run free and get those brains into gear as you dive into this epic treasure hunt. You’ll tackle riddles and puzzles using clues, which will take you all the way through London – before ending on the Treasure pub, where you’ll get 20% off the bill. Try out the City version too.

10:00 - 22:00
Daytime, Quiz Night, Walks & Tours, Something A Little Different
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London is full of fun activities for big kids and this karaoke movie night is no exception. Watch a classic Disney film or musical favourite from the comfort of your own private karaoke room. Wine and dine then prepare to sing your heart out to the soundtrack.

19:00 - 19:00
Film Screenings, Fun Time Partying, Karaoke, Something A Little Different
Angel
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7 events @ 7 venues with 27 upcoming dates from 07 Jun 2018 until 22 Nov 2018

Famed for their no-holds-barred approach to partying in London; the It's Unknown collective are throwing a series of events across multiple locations this year, including the likes of Gospeloke and Musical Bingo, plus a host of other associated bashes.

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Flight Club Bloomsbury

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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.

Happily Affordable ££
Holborn

Bounce, Old Street

19 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

The Four Thieves

32 user reviews
The Four Thieves
Buy One Get One Free Burgers and 2 other offers available.

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Battersea

The Old School Yard

4 user reviews
The Old School Yard
Any cocktail £4.50, Two beers for £5

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.

Happily Affordable ££
London Bridge

One of the ultimate London activities for big kids, this awesome event at Drink, Shop & Do will separate you into groups of 10 and then the fun starts. In just an hour you will have to build the most remarkable toast house concievable. Yes, toast.

19:00 - 22:00
Date Night, Food & Drink, Quiz Night, Something A Little Different
Party Mash Up
Kings Cross
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Four Quarters East

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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.

Happily Affordable ££
Hackney

Perfect for a birthday party or night out with a difference, Mallets & Hoops is the fun London activity that's taking place on Southbank. Head over to Oxo Tower's Bargehouse for games of croquet, great music and affordable drinks.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
Background Music
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