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32 Fun Things To Do in London for Adults

London is a world-famous city, home to nearly 9 million people and the destination for more than 20 million overseas visitors each year.

As you can imagine, there's no problem finding fun things for adults to do in London, the tricky part is choosing the best ones!

We're here to help - here's our selection of 32 of the best activities for grown-ups that London has to offer.

Up at The O2


© Up at the O2

Climb to the top of London's most iconic venue and enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views from the top, 52 metres up.

This exciting 90 minute experience takes you on an expedition with expert guides to the top of this landmark building.


© Up at the O2

You can book daylight, twilight or sunset climbs, or a special celebration climb which includes a glass of Champagne Lanson at the top.

When you've finished your climb, there are all the attractions of The O2 to enjoy, including more than 30 bars and restaurants, and Outlet Shopping with 60 brands offering up to 70% off.

https://www.theo2.co.uk/up-at-the-o2/climb

Sherlock - The Official Live Game


Sherlock - The Official Live Game © Nic Crilly-Hargrave

If you're a fan of the popular Sherlock TV series, you'll want to test yourself against this challenging escape room created by the makers of the show.

You can choose from a private or shared experience, and adults can choose The Poisoned Chalice Cocktail Experience or Sherlock's Boozy Afternoon Tea which includes bottomless fizz in Sherlock's hideaway The Mind Palace.


Sherlock - The Official Live Game © Nic Crilly-Hargrave

The game includes original content featuring stars of the show Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott, Martin Freeman and others.

The experience is truly immersive with the beautifully designed sets and challenging puzzles transporting you to the world of Sherlock. There's even a fully-themed bar!

https://www.thegameisnow.com/

Axeperience


© Axeperience

What could be more fun than throwing axes?

The expert instructors at Axeperience will have you hurling axes and hitting bullseyes in no time.

Compete against your friends to see who's the champion axe-thrower.


© Axeperience

You'll have 60 minutes of axe-throwing fun, coached by a dedicated instructor. Players must be over 18.

https://axeperience.co.uk/

Vauxhall Comedy Club


© Vauxhall Comedy Club

The Vauxhall Comedy Club has great stand-up comedy 7 nights a week.

The club features a wide range of comedians with plenty of new material to enjoy.


© Vauxhall Comedy Club

You can also enjoy delicious street food at the venue with no less than six options to choose from: Wagyu Burgers, Win & Lilly Asian Cuisine, French Tacos, Get The Greek, Pizza Sorrento and The West Indian Bake Company.

Midweek tickets include a free drink when you sign up to the loyalty card. Bottomless offers are also available with 90 minutes of free drinks included.

https://vauxhallcomedyclub.com/

Thames Rockets High-Speed RIB Tour


© Thames Rockets

For a London experience like no other, try a high-speed RIB speedboat tour with Thames Rockets.

"The Ultimate London Adventure" takes 50 minutes, and you'll see The London Eye, Big Ben and power under Tower Bridge and down to docklands propelled by 880 horsepower!

"Break the Barrier" tour focuses on speed with a thrilling ride past Greenwich and The O2 to the Thames Barrier - it's a high-speed thrill you'll never forget, accompanied by music from the 60s to the present day.


© Thames Rockets

Or splash out and choose the "Thames Barrier Explorers Voyage" for 80 minutes of high-speed sightseeing.

Your entertaining guides, recruited from the worlds of acting and stand-up, are experts in London history too.

https://www.thamesrockets.com/

Private Escape Room with a Zombie


Escape Room with a Zombie © Bunker 51

This is an escape room experience with a difference - and it's a big difference!

You won't be on your own - you've got company in the form of a zombie chained to the wall.


© Bunker 51

To survive you'll need to find the hidden key to the exit - and quickly, because every 5 minutes the zombie's chain gets a foot longer and soon he'll be able to reach you...

If you're allergic to zombies, other games are available such as "Trapped in a Prison Van" and "Trapped Undercover".

https://www.trappedinaroom.co.uk/zombie

Bounce Ping Pong and Cocktails


© Bounce PingPong

You've probably played ping pong before - but it's never been this much fun!

Get a group of your mates together at Bounce and you can enjoy playing Classic Ping Pong, Wonderball (an exciting high-tech game played on a ping pong table), Beer Pong and Shuffleboard.

Bounce also offers a great range of savoury bites as well as tasty pizzas, so you won't go hungry.


© Bounce PingPong

They also offer a full range of cocktails, wines, beers and ciders.

https://www.bouncepingpong.com/

Historical Pub Walking Tour of London


© Liquid History Tours

With more than 3,000 pubs in London, how will you ever find the best ones?

Liquid History Tours solve that problem by taking you to the best and most interesting pubs the city has to offer.


© Liquid History Tours

Add a dash of London's quirky history from your knowledgeable local guide and a small group of no more than 14, and you have the recipe for a great evening out.

https://www.liquidhistorytours.com/

DNA VR


© DNA VR

Experience the best of Virtual Reality at DNA VR - London's first VR arcade.

You can play as many multiplayer games as you like with your group in the VR Arcade: Survive the zombie apocalypse in Arizona Sunshine, defend your town from orcs in Elven Assassin or try Half-Life: Alyx the most popular first person VR shooter.

Alternatively, choose Premium Free-Roaming where there are no wires to hold you back so you can walk freely through virtual worlds like Dragon Tower and Manor of Escape. You'll be amazed how immersive this experience can be.


© DNA VR

DNA VR also have VR escape rooms like Mission Sigma and Alice in Wonderland where you can solve tricky puzzles in a virtual world for extra excitement.

There are branches of DNA VR at Battersea Power Station, Hammersmith and Camden.

https://www.dnavr.co.uk/

Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience


War of the Worlds Immersive Experience - The Artilleryman © Manuel Harlan

The double album "Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds", released in 1978, is a musical tour de force that has sold millions of copies around the world.


War of the Worlds Immersive Experience © Marc Sethi

Now you can experience it as never before: In one hour 50 minutes you'll enjoy 24 interactive scenes mixing virtual reality with live actors, multi-sensory special effects and Jeff Wayne's iconic music to bring the story to life.

With holograms, pyrotechnics, motion simulation, aroma and more, this is an experience you'll never forget.

https://thewaroftheworldsimmersive.com/

Brigit's Afternoon Tea Bus in London


© Brigits Bakery

The Afternoon Tea Bus London tour combines the iconic red London Routemaster bus with the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea to create a fun and memorable experience of London.

Your bus will take in all the famous sights including Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey, Nelson's Column and lots more.


© Brigits Bakery

Meanwhile you can sip a cup of tea and enjoy tasty sandwiches, cakes and pastries as you go.

The afternoon tea tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

https://b-bakery.com/london/bus-tours/afternoon-tea-bus-london

Private DJ Class by London Sound Academy


© London Sound Academy

Ever fancied being a DJ? Well now you can learn how to do it in a private DJ class run by London Sound Academy.

The beginner's course consists of 4 two hour lessons, taught 1:1 by industry pros and gives you everything you need to know to DJ in a club.


© London Sound Academy

If you get the bug, there are intermediate and advanced courses too, finishing with a gig at Ministry of Sound!

https://www.londonsoundacademy.com/

Twilight Soho Food Tour


Twilight Soho Food Tour © Eating London Food Tours

Soho is famous for being the centre of London's nightlife, with lots of great cocktail bars, pubs and fantastic restaurants.

But how do you separate the amazing venues from the tourist traps?

The Twilight Soho Food Tour is the answer: Three and a half hours discovering some of Soho's best-kept secrets, eating amazing food and drinking some killer drinks in the coolest venues with an expert local guide.


Twilight Soho Food Tour © Eating London Food Tours

You'll also learn some of Soho's fascinating and sometimes surprising history.

https://www.eatingeurope.com/london/twilight-soho-food-tour/

London Eye


© London Eye

A London landmark since the year 2000, copied by many cities around the world, a trip on the London Eye is a must for visitors to the city.

Enjoy incredible views over London on your 30 minute trip and see the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Tower of London, The Shard, Tower Bridge and lots more.


© London Eye

Once you've booked your tickets you can book a time slot - see the city in the daytime or at night, or choose one of the twilight slots for the best of both worlds.

Or why not book a champagne experience including a glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and fast-track boarding to skip the queues?

https://www.londoneye.com/

HiddenCity Interactive Scavenger Hunt


© HiddenCity

Go on a real-world adventure through London, guided by your phone with a HiddenCity interactive scavenger hunt.

There are three games to choose from: "Moriarty's Game", "The Hunt for the Cheshire Cat" and "The Enchanted Mirror". Each game is a 3-4 hour immersive experience in central London.


© HiddenCity

As you play, you'll explore the city, interact with characters from the story by phone and by text message, solve hands-on puzzles and interact with people you meet in the real world.

The decisions you and your team make will affect how the story unfolds.

https://www.inthehiddencity.com/

ClueQuest Live Escape Room Game

Can you take on the challenge of ClueQuest's escape rooms?


© Cluequest London

There are 4 one-hour missions to choose from: "Plan 52", "Operation Blacksheep", "Revenge of the Sheep" and "CQ Origenes".

Each room has many unique and challenging puzzles to solve and is beautifully themed to make sure you have an exciting and immersive experience.


© Cluequest London

There are also 3 Ubisoft VR escape games that take place in the world of Assassin's Creed Origins: "Escape the Lost Pyramid", "Beyond Medusa's Gate" and "The Dagger of Time".

These last between 40 and 90 minutes, depending on how quickly you solve the puzzles!

https://cluequest.co.uk/escape-room-london

Bunker 51


© Bunker 51

Bunker 51 offers a range of fun activities inside their themed Cold War nuclear bunker in Greenwich.

Airsoft: Use realistic replica weapons to take part in close-quarters battles in several exciting game formats. Airsoft sessions last one or two hours.

Paintball: The only indoor paintball centre in London offers an urban environment quite unlike most other paintball arenas. "The Loading Bay" has a truck, several small rooms and lots of obstacles. "Missile Silos" features 3 silos, a launcher and even a prison complex. One and two hour packages are available.


© Bunker 51

Laser Tag: Unlike the usual UV laser tag environment, Bunker 51 offers a military-themed arena for a unique laser tag experience.

https://www.bunker-51.com/

Ultimate Introduction to Photography in Central London


© Matthew Wiliams-Ellis

If you want to go beyond taking snaps, then the Ultimate Introduction to Photography beginner's course is for you.

During the five and a half hour workshop, expert photographer Matthew Williams-Ellis will show you how to develop a photographer's mindset, take control of your camera and unleash your creativity.

Using some of London's most iconic locations, and with Matthew's guidance on composition and technique, you'll soon be taking photos you'll be proud of.


© Matthew Wiliams-Ellis

Matthew also offers a Wildlife Photography workshop in Richmond Park for those looking to take their wildlife photos to the next level.

https://www.matthewwilliams-ellis.com/workshops/london-beginners-photography-workshop

Mission: Breakout - The Escape Room - London


© Mission: Breakout

For a fun escape room experience with a difference, why not try Mission: Breakout, the escape room set in an atmospheric disused (ghost) tube station?

There are three games to choose from:

Codebreakers - an extraordinary spy story set in Churchill's most secret war room - based on the amazing true story of the WWII codebreakers.


© Mission: Breakout

The Lost Passenger - based on a true story of the lost passenger in South Kentish Town tube station in 1924. Investigate the paranormal activity and make it out alive, within the hour.

Underground 2099 - a post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi adventure in which the rats have evolved and taken over the city.

https://www.missionbreakout.london/

London Landmarks & Secret Gems Bike Ride, Historic Pub & Graffiti Session


Landmarks & Gems © Tally Ho! Experiences

The "London Landmarks and Secret Gems" bike tour is a great way to see London and learn some of its fascinating history.

The 3.5 hour tour includes bike and helmet hire.

Using back streets and bike lanes to avoid the worst of the traffic you'll ride past many famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace.


Landmarks & Gems © Tally Ho! Experiences

Discover Westminster, see the changing of the guard, try your hand at street art in Banksy's graffiti tunnel and enjoy a drink in a historic pub.

https://tallyho.cc/landmarks-and-gems

Queens Skate Dine Bowl


© Queens London

At Queens Skate Dine Bowl, you can choose your fun activity - bowling, ice skating or even curling.

The bowling lanes have state-of-the-art kit, neon lights, crazy decor and individual booth seating. Or you can book the ruby-red VIP lanes for an even better bowling experience.

The ice rink features brilliant lighting and awesome sound, you'll have a blast skating at Queens. You can even book some coaching if you'd like to improve your skating.


© Queens London

Dining at Queens is provided by MEATliquor with their great range of burgers, fries, chicken dishes, sweets and drinks.

After 8pm Queens is strictly over 18's only - ideal for a grown-up fun night out.

https://queens.london/

The Camden Head Comedy Club


© Angle Comdey Club

There's free comedy every night at the Camden Head pub in Angel, Islington.

Angel Comedy started in 2010 and is proud to be a community rather than a business. They put on more than 20 shows per week, and more than 6,000 comedians every year.


© Angle Comdey Club

It's the place to go if you want to see new acts taking to the stage for the first time, and more experienced performers trying out their latest and edgiest material.

https://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/camden-head/

Brush and Bubbles


© Brush and Bubbles

If painting and prosecco sounds like the perfect combination, then you'll want to check out Brush and Bubbles.

In a two hour workshop, the artists at Brush and Bubbles will help you create a painting you can be proud of.

Sessions last two hours and everything you need is provided: Canvas, paint brushes, aprons and an easel, not forgetting a delicious glass of Prosecco.


© Brush and Bubbles

No experience is necessary - it’s all about having fun and being creative.

https://www.brushandbubbles.com/

AIM Revolutionary Escape Rooms


© AIM Escape

Aim offers revolutionary escape rooms in the heart of London.

There are several amazing games to choose from, offering a range of difficulties: "Patient Zero 2150"", "Psychopath's Den"", "Hangover Deja Brew"", Spy Heroes" and "Coming Home".

Or for something completely different, why not try the augmented reality outdoor escape game experience?


© AIM Escape

In this experience you’ll see many of the iconic landmarks of London while discovering the city's secrets and of course collecting clues and solving tricky puzzles.

https://aimescape.com/

Draughts Board Game Cafe


© Draughts Board Game Cafe London

Some good mates, a great range of delicious food, a wide choice of drinks and a huge range of fantastic board games sounds like the recipe for a fun time.

Draughts have London's largest selection of board games, with more than a thousand games to choose from!


© Draughts Board Game Cafe London

If you're overwhelmed by the choice, the friendly staff can recommend games you might like, and even teach you how to play them.

Draughts Boardgame Cafe has branches in Waterloo and Hackney.

https://www.draughtslondon.com/

Comedy Carnival Covent Garden Comedy Club


© Comedy Carnival Covent Garden

With shows every Friday and Saturday night, Covent Garden Comedy Club is a great place to see the best in stand up comedy.

The comedy club offers a Show & Dinner deal with nearby Pizza Express and Monmouth Kitchen.


© Comedy Carnival Covent Garden

Comedy Carnival also have venues in Camden and Leicester Square.

https://comedycarnival.co.uk/covent-garden/

Chamber of Horrors at Madame Tussauds


© Madame Tussauds

The Chamber of Horrors is back - and it's scarier than ever!

Madame Tussaud's Chamber of Horrors has been shocking and frightening visitors since 1818 - and has recently been re-imagined for the 21st century.


© Madame Tussauds

Featuring some of the worst violent criminals and killers in history, the latest version of the Chamber of Horrors isn't for the faint-hearted.

Come face to face with London Gangsters The Kray Twins and serial killers Jack the Ripper, John Cristie, John Haigh and Dennis Nilsen, and learn about their shocking crimes.

https://www.madametussauds.com/london/

Puttshack


© Puttshack

Puttshack say they've re-imagined mini golf with a seamless high-tech scoring system, meaning you won't be needing a notepad and pencil any more, and you can earn points based on how you play.

Challenges include beating the ghosts in Puttman, taking on a giant Beer Pong hole or the Pop Trivia hole. Every game gives you the chance to win prizes including free drinks or pizzas!

There's a fantastic selection of signature cocktails available as well as mocktails, beer, cider and wine.


© Puttshack

They also serve delicious burgers, sourdough flatbread pizzas, a range of shareables and desserts.

Puttshack have London branches in Bank and White City.

https://www.puttshack.com/uk

Immersive Gamebox - Southbank


© Immersive Gamebox

Immersive Gamebox is a great way to play fun video games with your friends.

There are lots of games suitable for adult groups including "Squid Game", "Psychedelic Mansion", "Alien Aptitude Test", "Ticket to Mars" and lots more.


© Immersive Gamebox

Using the latest touch screens, motion tracking and surround sound, your chosen games will be brought to life as never before.

You can even get drinks delivered to you as you play!

https://immersivegamebox.com/locations/southbank-london/

Fullers Griffin Brewery Tour


© Fullers Brewery Tour

Strictly for the over 18s, this fascinating tour will show you everything that goes into making a pint of Fullers beer taste so good.

In this two-hour tour you'll learn all about the history of the Griffin Brewery, see how beer is made and there's even time for a tasting of several Fuller's ales.


© Fullers Brewery Tour

After your tour why not visit the George and Devonshire next door and taste some more of Fuller's finest ales in this traditional English pub?

https://www.fullersbrewery.co.uk/brewery-tours/

Lift 109 at Battersea Power Station


Lift 109 Battersea Powerstation © Backdrop Productions

Battersea Power Station has been a London landmark for more than 90 years, but didn't open to the public until October 2022.

One of the most exciting parts of the refurbishment is Lift 109 - a 109 metre glass elevator which climbs one of Battersea's iconic chimneys.


© Lift 109 at Battersea Power Station

You'll enter through a multimedia exhibition in Battersea's amazing art-deco Turbine Hall A, where you can learn about the building's fascinating history.

Then, board the glass elevator and ascend 109 metres to enjoy a unique, 360 degree panoramic view of London from the top of the chimney.

https://lift109.co.uk/

Junkyard Golf Club Hackney


© Junkyard Golf

With four challenging courses, each one themed with UV lights, loud music and flashing lights, Junkyard Golf is a great place for a fun round of mini golf.

"Bozo" is a creepy fairground themed course, "Gary" is retro, with disco balls and a scrap metal yard, "Dirk" is set in an abandoned warehouse with a 90s soundtrack and "Pablo" transports you to a tropical jungle.

With a great range of Junkyard Cocktails, drinks and food including Pizza and Nachos available, there's everything you need for a great and photo-worthy night out.


© Junkyard Golf

Junkyard Golf is open to over 18s only after 6pm and all day on Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays.

https://www.junkyardgolfclub.co.uk/london/

Four Quarters


© Four Quarters

If you love gaming and you love bars then Four Quarters arcade bar is perfect for you.

With a great selection of classic arcade machines carefully restored, you can play everything from Asteroids and Crazy Taxi to Pac Man, Sega Rally and Virtua Fighter 2.


© Four Quarters

But it's not just arcade machines - you can also book a booth and play classic consoles from the 80s to the 00s too, including NES and PS2.

There are three branches to choose from: Peckham, Hackney and Elephant & Castle. Each branch has its own unique selection of games, so you'll want to visit them all!

https://fourquarters.bar/


We hope you've enjoyed our selection of the most fun things to do in London for adults - whatever you choose to do, have a great time!

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