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, bring your own 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 Master the art of chocolate making (and tasting) A sweet-toothed tasting sensation Notting Hill, ££ Anyone who says they don’t like chocolate must be lying because it’s delicious.
Melt takes your love of chocolate and personalises it with their chocolate bar making class.
From bean to bar, they show you the entire process. Roasting beans, grinding them down, tempering and molding into a bar, the hour and a half long course will help you understand the journey of all those chocolate bars on the supermarket shelves.
The class is perfect for groups, and we doubt it will be hard to round up some friends to spend the afternoon tasting chocolate.
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.
Check them out BYOB to a pottery painting class Get your creative juices flowing Southwark, £ Get a little creative at Token Studio.
This arts and crafts workshop offers pottery painting classes that are perfect for a group of friends.
To help you get your creative juices flowing, it’s BYOB, and there’s no set time limit, so take as long as you need to paint your masterpiece and sip your wine with friends.
With expert teachers and endless creative options, it’s an experience that will expose the secret Picasso in your friend group (or not).
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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