Top 5: Unusual Activities You Can Only Do in LondonBy Angelica Malin
Looking for some unusual things to do in London? From ice curling to trampolining, dining in an igloo to skating, here’s 5 of our favourite quirky London experiences. If you’re looking for something fun, don’t forget to try these popular casino games:
The Lowdown: One of our favourite unusual things to do in London, ZAPspace is a stunning new indoor trampoline park in Stratford. The only trampoline park in Stratford, ZAPspace is jam-packed with features, including a new-to-the-UK ping-pong jump, a drop slide, a cardio wall, and a tumble lane, as well as large open trampoline areas and dodge ball courts. The venue also features a cafe, a SkyBar party booths and changing rooms with showers.
What to Expect: One of our favourite unusual things to do in London, this is the first trampoline park in a theatre – the park brings a long-neglected old building back to life while retaining many of its attractive features. The wider redevelopment also introduces a new restaurant, the Old Town Bistro, and underground speakeasy, The Curious Fox, to the area. We’re in.
How to Book: Simply reserve your spot online here.
Where: 369 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ
The Lowdown: Remember bouncing around with colourful balls as a kid? You can do it all over again. One million balls, retro sweetie cocktails, damn sexy food, and a ball waterfall – Ballie Ballerson is the ultimate adult playground to get loose. The new Shoreditch venue provides more space, and more nostalgic hedonism with unparalleled photo opportunities.
What to Expect: Ballie Ballerson is covered with a 70 metre glowing UV mural twisting around three ball pits. There is an extra deep VIP pit for the serious ballers, or a private pit looking directly out on the street on two sides. This is the ultimate night out for new memories.
How to Book: Entrance to the bar is free. If you want guaranteed ball pit fun and to skip the queues, book an advance two-hour session through this website. They also have private hire and VIP areas available for complete ballers.
Where: 97 – 113 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3BS
Unusual Things to Do in London: Winter Guide
The Lowdown: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That’s why Coppa Club’s cosy Winter igloos have been copied all over the world, from Brighton to Sydney and even just down the river at South Bank.
What to Expect: One of our top unusual things to do in London, the insta-famous igloos are making an even better comeback this year. They have re-designed them as timber frames with Perspex sliding doors, all fully furnished enclosures with heating, blankets and speakers. Coppa Club’s Christmas menu will be available from Tuesday 21st November and igloos can be booked for Christmas lunches.
How to Book: Bookings will be live from Monday 16th October. Last year they sold out within 48 hours, so be quick. There is a limited amount held back for walk-ins only. The first release of Coppa Club igloo bookings will be available online here.
Where: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH
The Lowdown: Tipped to become London’s coolest trend, QUEENS proudly presents Sliders. After taking East London by storm last winter, Sliders comes to West London, for the citys first on-real-ice social curling experience which will be sure to bowl everyone over. Sliding into Queensway, prepare to team up with friends, family and foes and compete against each other at central Londons only permanent all-year round ice rink.
What to Expect: At QUEENS, Sliders features 8 real ice, freshly marked curling lanes, alongside a super-cool soundtrack under a giant disco ball. Bowlings wonderfully weird winter cousin is here!
Are you brave enough to give the curl a whirl at the oldest ice rink in the UK, opened in October 1930, and mark your place in history at an iconic venue? QUEENS will transform their legendary ice rink into the real home of social curling, with 8 lanes being painted and coaching provided.
How to Book: Book online here from only £12.50 per person for a team of 4, or 8. Includes curling, grips, drinks service and a welcome drink to warm-up.
Where: 17 Queensway, London, W2 4PQ
The Lowdown: After a year off, the pop–up town of Winterville heads south of the river to Clapham Common from 23rd November to 1st January. Expect brilliant entertainment for all ages: skate on Clapham Common’s first-ever Ice Rink, enjoy sensational street food from Street Feast, watch screenings of Christmas classics in Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden, play crazy golf on the UV-powered Plonk Golf course, ride the Big Wheel and grab gifts from our alternative Christmas market.
What to Expect: One of our favourite unusual things to do in London for foodies – the Street Feast area will feature some of London‘s best street food traders including Up In My Grill, Mother Clucker, Petare, SE Cakery and many more to be announced. The Spiegeltent will host plenty of free entertainment including an opening weekend set from Norman Jay MBE and ticketed shows include Cirque du Cabaret and Mexican Wrestling from Lucha Britannia.
How to Book: For more information, tickets and opening times, see here.
Where: Information here