Having a few drinks with your friends is one of London’s most timeless activities, but there’s only so many times you can go and drink overpriced pints in crowded pubs. So why not do something different with your friends? London has an insane amount of different things to do if you know where to look. And luckily we do!
Check out our favourites below, and get ready to experience a side to London you might not have known about. And you can always end up at the pub after of course!
Perfect for any weather, the UK’s first floating hot tub is heated to a balmy 38 degrees, and fits up to 7 people.
Choose your captain, have a few drinks, and set sail through the canals of Old Street or West India Quay.
Feeling peckish? They also offer a BBQ Boat, and it’s as good as it sounds. Bring your favourite BBQ food and get grilling whilst cruising through the canals.
It’s the ultimate upgrade from your usual pub visit. View on AVA Proud Embankment's Bottomless Brunch and incredible Show Cocktails & Cabaret! Embankment, ££ Pull up a chair at one of Proud Embankment’s round tables for a bottomless brunch complete with a cocktail punch!
With some of the best performers in London, Proud Embankment will also treat you to an afternoon show of cabaret, drag or burlesque in their wonderful venue.
Expect wild circus performances, crazy drag dances and amazing burlesque entertainment all afternoon, featuring jazz music that will definitely get you in the mood! View on AVA Get active at New Motion Fitness The fitness class that feels more like a nightclub Vauxhall, ££ Picture a live DJ playing house music, bright and colourful lights, and lots of sweaty people.
Although we don’t blame you for thinking it’s the latest trendy nightclub to pop up in London, you’d be wrong. It’s New Motion Fitness, the completely immersive and different way to exercise.
With the best trainers in boxing, HIIT, dance and yoga, New Motion Fitness brings a new energy to exercise. 25,000 LED lights surround your workout and light up to the beat, whilst you move to the incredible tunes of one of New Motion’s in-house DJs.
Whether it’s intense boxing training or the more peaceful yoga classes, New Motion Fitness is a fun activity for groups of any size, and will have you feeling better than a binge at the pub.
View on AVA A BYOB Pottery Masterclass at Cernamic Get your creative juices flowing Bermondsey, ££ Spend your evening at the brilliant Cernamic Studio and enjoy a exclusive BYOB pottery workshop.
Get inspired as you are invited to this intimate pottery studio owned by the award-winning artist, Nam Tran who knows everything about pottery from Lego men to basketballs!
With his expert craftsmanship, you'll turn a piece of clay into a piece of art by learning a range of techniques including hand building, using coils and slabs, as well as pottery wheel throwing.
So get messy, have fun and enjoy getting creative whilst you sip on your favourite tipple! View on AVA Take your cocktail experience back in time There’s a new cowboy in town Chelsea, ££ Cocktails with friends, with a twist. The wild wild west has come to the UK, and outlaws need your help with their underground moonshine operation.
Gather up your friends and be part of the immersive cocktail bar that will have you feeling like you time travelled back to the 1900s.
Kitted out in full wild west attire, you’ll feel like a cowboy in your favourite saloon. Bring your own “moonshine” (your liquor of choice) and the bartenders will mix up delicious concoctions for your near 2-hour stay.
Just don’t get caught by the sheriff so the underground moonshine party can continue on!
View on AVA Settle in on a Segway For a wheely good time Battersea, ££ Lose your Oyster card, ditch the bus, and zoom around London on a Segway.
Enjoy an hour with Segway Events learning how to control and ride a Segway with a guided tour and free time to explore on your own.
Play their Segway games and learn how to swerve in and out of obstacles like a professional.
Perfect for large groups, this adventure is that something a little different for the weekend.
Check them out ZipNow The fastest city-centre zip wire in the world Waterloo, ££ Conquer your fear of heights and build your friendships with ZipNow, the 35m high zip wire that lets you see London from a completely new angle.
Reach speeds of 50km/h as you race towards the ground on the fastest city-centre zip wire in the world. Located in Waterloo, you’ll be able to see the London Eye, Parliament, and Big Ben, as long as you conquer your fear and keep your eyes open!
Not for the faint-hearted, you can go down in twos - ideal for some good friend bonding.
Check them out Beers and bees We’re buzzing for this brew Bermondsey, ££ Bees and beer, what could go wrong?
Turns out not much. Hiver Brewery combines sweet honey with beer to create the perfect brew. Gather your mates and visit their taprooms and see what it takes to harvest the sweet stuff.
Settle in for a mini-session sampling some of Hiver's best honey-beers. It’s an experience you and your mates will be buzzing about for days.
View on AVA Create your very own gelato I scream, you scream, we all scream for gelato Fulham, ££ Another class for the friend group with a sweet tooth, Unico Gelato help you create your dream ice cream with their unique flavours.
With recipes straight from Bologna, you’ll be transported to Italy with every bite.
Mix in toppings, flavours and fruit to create incredible flavours you won’t be able to get from the local ice cream van.
Learn the entire process, from cream to tub, and take home a cheeky pint of ice cream to enjoy from home.
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