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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.
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.
How's this for a fun rainy day activity? Navrtar is a unique immersive VR experience and bar that allows you to shoot zombies in their hoardes and prevent full-blown alien takeovers, all from the heart of Ealing. It's an essential voyage for big kids across London.
Swingers is a playground for big kids in London, where you can play on two of their 9-hole crazy golf courses, all while enjoying three incredible street food vendors, five cocktail bars, and a two-storey clubhouse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swing on over to Battersea to try your hand at an undeniably fun game of mini golf. Perfectly placed in South London, this expertly-designed quirky course takes you through cascades, slopes and rockeries with pretty canopies hanging overhead.
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.
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.
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.
Re-live your youth with a night of booze, burgers and board games. Grab some mates and forget about work tomorrow as you take on Jenga, Risk and Monopoly, just make sure not to ruin it by flipping the board.
Video games and pizza reign supreme at London's first dedicated video game and e-sports bar and restaurant. Grab your team and head down to take on Mario Kart, FIFA and plenty more with the loser picking up the tab.
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.
After a long day of being a grown-up at work, unleash your inner kid at this unique technology-meets-shuffleboard experience. From the minds behind Flight Club, Electric Shuffle is an exhilarating social activity with a unique spin on the classic game, and additional refreshments to carry you through.
Sushi meets sports games at this unique Soho eatery. Chow down on some of the finest Asian tapas in the area while you get your kicks from their selection of consoles including PS4s, Wiis and even a classic Atari.
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.
Put that roller skating stamina to the test at North London's favourite new activity bar. Head to Palmers Green where Roller Nation offers a full size skate rink, full-stocked bar and diner offering some seriously good burgers.
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.
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.
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.
A bar in London brimming with more activities than you could imagine, QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl has a world of fun under its roof. From bowling and an arcade to an ice rink hosting skate nights, curling and more, you've got no excuse of getting bored here.
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?
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.
We don't know about you, but bowling at a birthday party used to come as standard when we were kids. Relive the good times, but with alcohol and burgers to boot, as All Star Lanes promise wild nights of strikes and shots aplenty.
Take your mates to re-live your youth at this quirky night out in Ladbroke Grove. You'll get to try your hand at classic favourites like Jenga, Connect 4, Frustration and more before hitting the Sega, Mega Drive and PS2.
Hop Kingdom is a unique space just five minutes from London Bridge. Whether you're booking a birthday party, gig, exhibition or any kind of event that springs to mind, make use of this skate park, bar and venue that'll cater to your inner child.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Promising something that's a little different from your average escape room, AIM is a premium experience with four thrilling rooms of puzzle solving to get stuck into. Expect a thrilling combination of immersion, and technology at this quirky activity.
Sure, The Bat and Ball may be one of London's premium ping pong bars, but they're so much more than just the paddle. From karaoke to pool and cocktails in between, it's an all rounder when it comes to fun.
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.
Ever wanted to step inside a video game? Well now is your chance as Electronic Theatre has launched in the heart of London. An immersive social experience, you and your mates can take on adventures in digital rooms aka LightBoxes, where you'll feel like you're a part of the game.
The ultimate destination for big kids, Puttshack is the latest project from the team behind Bounce. Bringing you tasty food, great drinks and a cool social hub, it's also home to one of the most insane crazy golf courses in London.
Live out your inner Hot Wheels fantasies by heading to London's ultimate go-karting experience. You'l get to drive round 800 metres of multilevel track while battling it out to gain the top spot on the podium, it's sure to be one adrenaline-fulled adventure.