London is a city with 2000 years of history, so you’d expect that over those millennials, the English capital would’ve amassed just a few thrilling stories and adventures. London’s tourist scene has made the city one of the most exciting in Europe and there are many ways for adrenaline junkies and active tourists to enjoy the city. Whether you’re staying at outer London accommodation or at the centrally located Montcalm London City, there are many ways for you to get your thrills.
But where to start? In a city consisting of 32 boroughs and more than 900 square miles, how do you seek out the best adventures for your trip? This blog will outline some of the central and outer London adventures that can kickstart your holiday and crank it up a notch. From extreme sports to jaw dropping views, guests of the London city hotel deals have the world - well, the city - at their fingertips.
Climb The O2
Available for corporate, family and groups of friends, the Climb The O2 Experience allows visitors to safely navigate their way to the peak of the large dome using large walkways, harnesses, and of course, hard hats. The views over the docklands end of the Thames are stunning and the climb exhilarating too.
Or Big Ben
Though they’re often sold out 6 months in advance, tours of Big Ben are highly sought after, especially because they’re free! The tour of Big Ben, or Queen Elizabeth Tower as it’s now known is one of the most iconic sights on the Thames and the tour guide will offer insights and background into its history and architecture. If you’re a guest of spa hotels in London who wants to book a tour of the 96 metre tower, remember that all visitors must be UK citizens or residents and must have sensible, sturdy footwear for the 334 step climb, which you’ll be expected to complete without assistance.
Santander Cycle The City Sights
Santander Cycle docking stations are located all throughout the City of London Ceremonial Borough and Westminster, and gift sightseers with easy to rent bikes for cycles through the city. At just £2 for every half an hour you ride, these sturdy city bikes allow you to zoom around the landmarks of London with ease, making great use of the rapidly growing cycling superhighway.
White Water Rafting In The Lea Valley
Head east via Liverpool Street to Waltham Cross and you can utilise the whtie water rafter course that was used during the 2012 London Olympics. The stunning array of rivers and manmade rafting features is available for all ages to try out and learn on, offering an accessible yet adrenaline fuelled thrill ride for all who are interested in kayaking.
A Thrill A Minute At Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park is one of the best theme parks in London, hurtling, stomach churning roller coasters, family friendly rides and interactive mazes at all adrenaline junkies who dare enter. This brilliant theme park is open 7 days a week till 5 pm and is easily reachable from Waterloo Station.
Escape Rooms Of London
London is teeming with fun activities for parties and work events, but escape rooms are some of the funnest, most heart racing out there. From being “trapped in a room with a zombie” to both official and unofficial Sherlock Holmes escape rooms, there’s one for all tastes, including a cocktail sampling escape room and a new iteration of the classic Crystal Maze game show.
For horror lovers and history buffs alike, the London Dungeon embraces the grislier side of London’s past and takes visitors on a live action, interactive journey through the murders of Jack The Ripper, the Black Plague and the Great Fire of London. All these stories and more are brought to life by live actors and multimedia sets, all coalescing into a jaw dropping experience that will leave you chilled to the core - and unlikely to sleep well that night.
Churchill War Rooms
Guests of the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch might be visiting the area for its wartime history. Indeed, much of East London was badly damaged by bombs during the Blitz. If you want to learn more about the high intensity period of wartime London, then the Churchill War Rooms are the place to start. Located underneath Westminster, the Churchill War Rooms were designed specifically to protect the Prime Minister from the terrors of the Blitz as well as being the place where many key decisions concerning the British Army were made during the war.
London Underground Tours
Tours of the London Underground are available through the London Transport Museum for limited times only, so get booking! For instance, you can venture into the lost tunnels under Euston, a former train station complete with vintage advertisements still on the walls during the month of October, or you can explore the former Aldwych Station during August. Whatever you choose, the tours of these abandoned tunnels were all once used as part of the London Underground, and all are incredibly atmospheric.
With a variety of speeds and durations available, the Thames Rockets are a series of speed boats - or RIBs - commonly used for the purposes of emergency rescues on the Thames. These boats however, are designed for tourists and allow speedfreak visitors to hurtle down the Thames at astounding speeds, all while learning about the history and landmarks along the river.
Go Ape Battersea
Go Ape is an outdoor adventure park brand that has taken up a prime location in the scenic Battersea Park. Balance, climb and jump your way across the obstacle course and revel in the team building aspects of this fun jungle run that has routes suitable for 6 to 12 year olds.
Hampstead Swimming Ponds
Take a splash in these natural swimming ponds - even in winter if you dare. Located in the scenic Hampstead Heath, these swimming ponds allow you to enjoy the great outdoors and get a breath of fresh air. With mixed and single gender ponds, for diving, swimming and simply refreshing yourself through the seasons, the Hampstead Ponds are a unique addition to the London Lido scene.