Blow off steam and the stresses of city life with some of London’s best kidult activities
In a non-stop, high-pressure capital city like London, regressing back to childhood has a lot of appeal. Luckily there are kidult activities in abundance so blowing off steam has never been more fun. From ball pits with bars, to sleepovers and shuffleboard clubs, London is beginning to look a lot like a giant adult playground. Here are a few of our favourites.
Words Helen Brown
Bounce is a game-changer in social entertainment. Ping Pong is at the heart of this venue which offers individual games and group activities. Additionally, a huge 30 person competition takes place each week called ‘Round the Table Fridays’. Guests can enjoy a Bounce bottomless brunch, as well as a wide selection of beverages and delicious pizzas.
The Crystal Maze
Cult 90’s TV show The Crystal Maze has made a comeback in Angel. Take part in a recreation of the interactive team-building game. Solve puzzles as you follow the Maze Master through the Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and futuristic zones. The only thing missing is Richard O’Brien. the-crystal-maze.com
Ballie Ballerson is essentially an adult ball pit where you can get bottomless prosecco and spaghetti. The underground club is kitted out with 250k clear balls on an LED dancefloor and the cocktails are even more fun. They are themed around the planets – Neptune is based on charcoal and liquid nitrogen; the helium rich Saturn is garnished with a floating balloon; and Uranus is undrinkable until you’ve eaten the Miracle Berry pill provided. Mess around in the pit and head upstairs to do your worst with two hours of bottomless spaghetti meatballs, prosecco and punch. ballieballerson.com
Drink, Shop, Do
Drink, shop, do in King’s Cross hosts a wealth of kidult activities such as Harry Potter quiz nights, arts and crafts and boozy board games. They’ll have you capturing Ed Sheeran on a ginger nut and dancing like Beyonce in no time. They have an interchanging menu of pastries, cakes, sandwiches, salads and stews; as well as a bottomless brunch of bagels, boardgames and Bloody Mary’s. drinkshopdo.com
Trampolining at Oxygen
As far as exercise goes, bouncing around on a giant trampoline is about as fun as it gets. Oxygen has 150 connected trampolines, an obstacle course, foam pit, dodgeball, jumping runway and more. For just £12.50 a session, you and your friends can bounce, skip and jump to your heart’s content. oxygenfreejumping.co.uk
Sleepover at the Natural History Museum
London has some weird and wonderful places to spend the night but they don’t come much cooler than the Natural History Museum. Doze with the dinosaurs or make like the movie and tour the exhibitions after-hours. The Dino Snores sleepover offer live music, stand-up comedy and food tastings. Additionally, guests can sample edible insects, hunt some treasure and enjoy a scary movie marathon. You also get a three-course meal and hot breakfast included.
The next available Dino Snores takes place on 19th May. Prices start from £162.
Navigate your way around jacuzzis, slides, speed boats, wendy houses, cows and treadmills in search of the perfect round. There are three nine-hole crazy golf courses of weird and twisted junk to let your competitive streak loose. Four bars serve amazing cocktails and street food traders are available to satiate hungry appetites. The class gift vouchers make an excellent and exhilarating gift for anyone seeking an adrenaline rush.junkyardgolfclub.co.uk
Thrill seekers will love the Handmade Mysteries adventure. This clue-solving experience involves escaping into a world of twisted mysteries and hilarious surprises. It’s an action packed game that is not for the faint hearted. handmademysteries.com
The London Shuffle Club
With a disc in one hand and a drink in the other, The London Shuffle Club offers a playful night out. Shuffleboarding meets craft beer, American food and disco tunes in this nostalgically eclectic experience. You and your mate can go head to head, or alternatively couple up with friends for a bit of healthy competition.londonshuffle.com