We collected a huge list of fun things to do in London. Life is serious enough, right?!
Just browse through the list, and pick your favourite(s).
(Last updated in August, 2022)
We even added unique and immersive experiences in London. You will love for sure the unique experiences, offering exactly this. We created this list when staying at the 5 Star Hostels Palmers Lodge. Find our brand new guide to the 3 best hostels in London.
How about an “outdoor” Escape Room? This outdoor treasure hunt is awesome!
This is a super fun activity for adventurers everywhere. Perfect for couples, families, groups of friends, and even as team building.
HiddenCity creates interactive treasure-hunt style experiences across the city.
Solve clues sent to your phone, as you venture into the unknown, speaking to people you meet, interacting with physical puzzles you encounter, and completing challenges set for you by characters in the story.
Simply put: It is like an escape room but outdoors across the whole city.
What do you need?
a fully charged phone for each player (we recommend to bring an external battery charger just in case!)
UK Number (if you don’t have one, you can get a local SIM Card)
weather appropriate clothing since its an outdoor game
There are different games to play each with its own story, goal, duration, and even starting point. The three most popular ones are:
Their latest game is Moriarty’s Game: The Professor’s Invitation, a journey into the world of a criminal mastermind.
In this game you will be personally invited by Professor James Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ infamous adversary, to celebrate the finest minds in London by tracking down his elusive safehouse. However, the great Sherlock Holmes may well have other ideas for you and you must decide who to be: villain or vigilante…
Choose between either a one-way or round-trip journey, with skip-the-line entry, and avoid the queues at the ticket office as you go straight to board the boat.
The boat travels at the perfect speed to be able to absorb all the sights along the Thames. The commentary is very informative, funny and full of insight.
Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay before arriving at Greenwich Pier. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walking distance from the pier.
With this background, you can imagine that some weird things were going on here….right?! It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reasons, and you can actually see the Crown Jewels of the British Monarchy.
GetYourGuide mentions you spend around 60 minutes here, but we actually spent almost 3 hours here.
It’s really beautiful to walk around and admire. I recommend taking a guide to walk through the towers. There is quite some brutal and fascinating history hidden in these walls.
Good to know: While we found the Tower of London interesting, we don’t think it is something to do for families. It is way too long for kids, and some areas not even appropriate. Better go with the Harry Potter Tour 🙂
We personally love escape rooms. This team building and group activity is a serious hour of fun! Same as for our Amsterdam guide, we had a look on what is the COOLEST escape room in London.
AIM Escape Rooms is a premium entertainment brand, offering an unparalleled level of immersion, technology and storytelling that brings the revolutionary escape room experience to the heart of London.
Players will experience a level of involvement and immersion that confirms AIM Escape as the premium brand of choice for those who crave extreme challenges, complex narratives and hyper realistic sets and props.
Whether you are planning a corporate booking, birthday party, stag or hen party or just a trip with friends and family, AIM Escape is the perfect choice for you.
There is 4 different themed games at AIM Escape and each of them has multiple rooms within them.
Psychopath’s Den is the horror-themed spectacular
Patient Zero 2150 is a sci-fi room with added zombies
Spy Heroes provides fun for the whole family
Hangover Deja Brew is an adult only, 18+ party room!
Located in Whitechapel, just 2 minutes walk from Aldgate East, AIM Escape is in the perfect spot to provide a great day out! Prices start from £25 per person and each of the four games can be played by 2-5 people.
THE landmark in London – besides Big Ben. London Eye should be on your list of the most important places to visit in London.
This is so unique, really cool, and you will remember this forever, no doubt. I still remember my first time on The London Eye – WOW!
Take a ride on the London Eye and experience the city from above. We did it and had a blast. This is also a unusual thing to do here.
How to get your ticket? There are two basic tickets:
regular queue ticket
The queue can easily be up to 2 hours long…for us, this was way too long to spend our precious time in line here. There was even a line just for getting the regular tickets. In total, we would have waited around 3 hours.
Good to know: With the fast-Line-Ticket you need to pick up your voucher at the entrance next to London Eye.
With the skip-the-line-ticket you can even skip the ticket-line itself. So you are actually skipping two lines!
Pretty cool, right?! The video below gives you a pretty good idea.
10. Madame Tussauds London
Madame Tussauds is one of the world’s most popular attractions. It first opened more than 200 years ago and since than millions of people have passed through its doors.
You can get up close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights, and historical icons. In addition to different zones where you can find your favorite stars from film, music, sports, fashion or the Royal Family, here you can also enjoy different experiences. Marvel Universe 4D is especially popular, as well as Alien: Escape, Kong: Skull Island, and “Behind the scenes” where you can find out more about how the figures are made.
The tour lasts 2.5 hours (it can be done in 2 hours if you skip actors that you don’t like) and you can go alone, but it’s definitely more fun if you do it with friends or family.
You can find this trip on Airbnb Experiences and GetYourGuide. See many of the city’s greatest sights the way they were meant to be seen – from the river, on board the Thames’ biggest speedboat, fitted with suspension seating.
You’ll be welcomed at Tower Bridge Quay by your expert skipper and a personal tour guide for lifejackets and a safety briefing. The sound-system will be fired up with great British tunes and you’ll cruise down to Tower Bridge for the best of all selfies. Then hold tight as you take you on a 10 mile high-speed blast to the O2 Arena and back to Tower.
This is for sure a unique experience you could join with friends in London!
By joining the London Secret Bars Tour, you agree to their ethos that ‘Secrets are meant to be shared not revealed’
Follow Aisha into London’s historic streets as you discover secret bars often unknown to travelers and locals. The bars you will visit have passages, some require passwords for entry whilst others can only be accessed by appointments only. You will travel back in time to charming speakeasy bars, tasteful 1960s decor, unique themes, dim lights, and enjoy quality cocktails that also experiments with taste and textures.
Some of the bars have exclusive cocktails that have been designed to experience the history of cocktails through time.
This is an incredible cool idea for a date in London. Okay, you won’t have the privacy, since it is a group. But, it will be memorable!
Please note that drinks are NOT included in the price.
One of the best views of London are from the viewing platforms of the Shard, with an unrivalled 360-degree view of the city.
This review I read before actually put it best: “We were a little unfortunate with weather as it rained and had not realised the top viewing point is open to the elements. Lesson learnt take a coat. We went early evening and managed to capture amazing views of the city by day and night. Well worth the visit and impressed no limit on time viewing.”
Therefore, bring a coat, time and your camera. We spent here around 2 hours.
With 360-degree panoramas of London from more than 300 metres above sea level, you will spot the iconic London Eye, Tower of London, St. Paul’s, the Thames and more.
Besides the view, my personal highlight was the high-speed elevetor.
After the elevator at Taipei 101 in Taiwan, it was the fastest I ever took. No worries, you won’t get dizzy or anything. It’s just a tiny rush, you almost do not feel it.
Good to know: The online entrance with Tiqets.com £6 cheaper than you would pay at the door.
Do you want a bit less party, but more cultural background of the nightlife in London? Then join this Soho Music and Historic Pub Tour. Experience hidden pubs, great beer and truly unique photo locations, as you discover the UK’s fantastic and hilarious musical past and present.
Check out where the Beatles recorded Hey Jude, where the Rolling Stones kicked off their career, where Jimi Hendrix partied hard and even a pub where The Who got banned for life!
Instant laughs are a comedy show featuring up and coming comedians across London, providing stand up comedy, you will have never seen before.
The performance roster features up and coming new comedy talent, experienced professionals and established TV names, who have performed on Live at the Apollo and Mock the week.
The shows are staged at the Grove, a London authentic, award-winning, modern Mediterranean restaurant.
It is just a short walk from Hammersmith tube station and the Apollo, a popular destination of celebrities, frequently visited by stars, such as: Alan Sugar, Rich Hall,Adrian Charles, Bill Baily and Olly Murs.
The shows run every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Here they have two professional comedians, a hilarious host, plus a feast of up and coming, comedy talent. There may even be a surprise celebrity guest, as they have had Phil Wang and Mr Love Island, Iain Stirling grace their stage.
If you fancy a laugh and want to see a comedy show unlike any other, the Tuesday and Thursday shows are from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, whilst Sunday shows are from 6pm to 8pm.
We covered the London Eye before, and yet, we have to mention it again. The Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben, and London Eye; all these places must be on your list for the most important places to visit.
34. Vintage Cinema, Pizza and Cocktails (perfect for a Date)
Have you ever considered the coolest cinema in London? We have found this activity with Indytute.
Here is what they say:
TT Liquor is based in Shoreditch, and is known for all things cocktail-related. The venue was originally an old Victorian police station and the old lags who found their way into the establishment would be more than a little surprised at the makeover. It still has atmosphere in spades, but this is achieved with the twinkling lights around the bar, pinging off the bottles.
Cocktails and vintage cinema, a heady combo and a great night out.
They also has a fabulous 52 seater cinema. Sit and sip a classic cocktail, while watching a cult classic, Hollywood hit, or independent gem. The cinema is newly built, but with the wood floors, brick walls and panelling this is film buff heaven.
Past showings have included ‘The Big Lebowski’, future listings include ‘Eraserhead’ , ‘La Haine’’ and ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. Every month they put on fifteen different showings, so there is an impressive turn over of the classics.
More of a private cinema and all the nicer for the cocktail on the side.
ALL IMPORTANT DETAILS:
This is a gift for one or two people
2 x Cocktails per person included
Showings are every Tuesday-Friday at 7:30pm in the newly renovated cinema.
How to book?
You purchase a voucher directly on Indytute here. They will send you a voucher which you need to present for entering. Simple as that.
Travel by Eurostar train from London and on arrival, take a panoramic coach tour of top Paris attractions including the Champs-Élysées and Opera House. After a glass of Champagne and 2-course lunch at a chic Eiffel Tower restaurant, enjoy a 1-hour Seine River cruise and either a guided visit to the Louvre or time at leisure.
The train takes around 2 hours from London to Paris. Unbelievable, right?!
Go back to your childhood and learn how to be a Hula Hula master with “The Indytute”.
They offer brilliant lessons. It is fun for every age and especially for couples.
What will you be learning?
Everything hoop related. Twirling and a whirling. Fantastic exercise for boosting energy, and getting an exercise routine going. You can work that hoop indoors, outdoors, work and at home; take your hoop with you wherever you go. Hula Schoola is the best work out for hip action!
Instead of a full day trip to Bath, Stonehenge and Windsor, you can also just visit the impressive Windsor Castle.
Windsor Castle is the most famous castle in the UK.
Want to see where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018? Windsor Castle is the oldest and longest-inhabited castle on the planet – 39 kings and queens have lived here for over 1,000 years!
When you start thinking about this, it gives you goosebumps. At least, I do.
This day trip is for everyone interested in European and British history and castle. I would even argue kids will love it here – at least the castle part (not the paintings so much…).
Good to know: You can either take a train and bus from central London station to Windsor Castle or you can directly book the entrance ticket to Windsor combined with the transport. You can book the ticket with roundtrip here.
Either way, you really should prebook your entrance ticket online to pass the queues without any delay.
74. Disco Yoga – Fun for Friends and meet new people
A boogie what?! Wonderland!
You will have a mat, and you will be going through the moves, but this is an evening for those who want fitness to be uplifting. If you love disco, and you want to find a new way to socialise and unwind, then this is an evening to get you moving, dancing, laughing, chatting and connecting.
It’s time to spend an evening a little differently and try out Disco Yoga. This is what to expect…
‘Glitz Up’ at the glitter station
Take a mat & dance, disco style
Move, dance, laugh, chat, connect
Wind down with a superfood-inspired cocktail
Everyone who wants to rejuvenate mind, body and soul is welcome!
This is a fun activity as well for friends and even bachelor-parties – before the pub-tour starts!
London is famous for more being the European New York City. It offers magnificent ancient buildings such as the Palace of Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, London Eye, Art Galleries, and Big Ben. It is world famous for being one of the world capitals.
What can families with kids do in London?
You can spend a pleasant time as a family in London. These are some of the activities that will be especially interesting for kids.