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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Release your inner big kid with a trip to one of London's most iconic attractions. From the epic SEA LIFE London Aquarium to the spooky Dungeons, it's time to check out these attractions for something a bit different.
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 potential bombers or rescue hostages. Working against the clock, you'll attempt to prevent destruction in the city and save hundreds of lives.
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.
One of the best bingo nights in London is back for more hilarious antics this season. Head down to Brixton every Wednesday where the Musical Bingo gang are taking over the Prince Of Wales rooftop with high-energy dabbing action, dance-offs and more.
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.
When life gets tough? We find it's best to escape to an entirely different reality. And that's where DNA VR comes in. Their epic games range from underwater adventures to haunted hospitals and murderous zombies - with venues both in Camden and Hammersmith.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 courtesy of London Cocktail Club.
One of the best outdoor activities for big groups in London, The 90 Minute Dash is a treasure hunt-style event that will have you working in teams to plan and execute your mission. Will you be able to find it all and get on the leaderboard?
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 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.
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?
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.
Get ready to be bamboozled as you spend the evening just inches away from some of the world's most impressive sleight of hand. The Magic Hour's legendary lineup includes feats of impossible and mind-reading tricks that will leave you mesmerised for days after.
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.
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.
Big kids in London will jump at the chance to take part in this fun, wholesome and competitive night at The Four Thieves in Battersea. The crew from So Board will be bringing their selection of classic and quirky board games to try out, with discounted drinks throughout the experience.
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.
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.