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 16th January 2019

@ London Dungeon on Various dates from Thursday 14th February 2019

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.

@ Capeesh Sky Bar on Monday 4th February 2019

With an envious location on the 48th floor of the Pan Peninsula Square, Capeesh is the place for proper Canary Wharfers. Don't miss their one-off event, bringing you retro gaming, lively karaoke, old school tunes and delicious cocktails with iconic views to boot.

If you love exploring, dancing and learning, this is the big kid experience for you. Strut your stuff through the streets of London sound tracked by massive hits from the 70's to present day, and learn a bit about the city's most iconic landmarks while doing stuff. Expect to throw some shapes and to laugh a lot, there may even be a flash mob thrown in somewhere to keep you on your toes.

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.

The Old School Yard

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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.

  Thames Lates

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@ London Eye Millenium Pier on Various dates from Thursday 24th January 2019

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. 

Forget the Winter Games, there's only one place to get your fill of on-ice play and it's at Queens for their curling sessions. Grab a ticket and get ready to have a bash at this kitsch sport, before tucking into cocktails and burgers inside their restaurant.

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

362 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.

Bounce, Old Street

351 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.

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.

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.

Discounts available on certain events

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.

Head to Croydon where Limitless are bringing one of the best gaming experiences to the south-east of the city. Choose from a great variety of VR games, or get involved with one of their tournaments.

The Four Thieves

36 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.

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.

@ 333 Mother on Sunday 20th January 2019 and 3 other dates

When it comes to fun things to do in London, there's nothing quite like a giant arcade. Head east, where this Shoreditch hotspot is bringing you over 40 classic titles, foosball tournaments and retro arcade machines for you to play to your heart's content.