Have you ever wanted to explore the city of London but didn’t know where to start? If you’re an adventurer, this list is for you.
There are many things to do in London, but these are some of the best for those who want to explore and have a great time.
They vary from outdoor activities to visiting historical landmarks to trying new foods. No matter your interests, you’re sure to find something on this list that piques your curiosity.
Fun Outdoor & Indoor Activities For Thrill Seekers
When it comes to finding adventurous things to do in London, there is no shortage of options for those who love adventure. If you’re looking for some thrills, then check out these activities.
Also note that if you have a car, you also have the option of heading to Milton Keynes to try out snowboarding or skiing. Technically not in London but there as an additional option if you choose to venture out further afield.
Get excited In Battersea
When in London, you just can’t miss out on a trip to Battersea Park – one of the most popular recreational areas in the city. And what better way to enjoy the park than from high up in the trees?
In this area, you can swing from Tarzan swings, zip line through the forest canopy, and take on other daring obstacles. It’s the perfect activity for those who love a good thrill.
Other things you can do in Battersea Park include:
- Renting a pedal boat and exploring the park from the water
- Playing tennis on one of the many courts
- Having a picnic in the lush green surroundings
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Paddle Boarding In Regents Canal
If you’re looking for a fun and adrenaline-pumping activity, look no further than paddle boarding in Regents Canal! You may have spotted some paddleboarders in my post on things to do in Little Venice.
This is one of the most popular spots for thrill-seekers in London, as it offers a great workout while also providing stunning views of the city.
One of the best things about paddle boarding is that no experience is necessary, as the activity is suitable for all levels. Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll have a great time on the water.
If you have a family day out and wish to take turns on the board, you can do so without any problem.
Bungee Jump O2 Arena
Few experiences can match the rush of bungee jumping, and there’s no better place to do it than at the O2 arena in London. You’ll be harnessed up and jumped from a high platform, freefalling towards the ground before being pulled back up again.
It’s an exhilarating experience that isn’t for the faint of heart.
It is recommended that if you have asthma or any heart condition, you must not take this activity. For example, people with high blood pressure, pregnant women, those who have had recent surgery, etc.
But if you are okay with taking this activity, then you are all good to go. If you want to stay close by there are plenty of hotels near o2 Arena.
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Whether you’re a local looking for something new to do, or a visitor searching for an adrenaline rush, London offers plenty for thrill-seekers in outdoor and indoor activities. From skydiving and zip-lining to indoor rock climbing and go-karting, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
If you want to get your heart racing, why not try WakeUp Docklands? This unique activity combines trampolining, parkour, and freerunning and is perfect for those looking for an exhilarating workout.
With over 8,000 square feet of space to explore, plenty of challenges keep you entertained, and the experienced staff is on hand to offer tips and advice.
Another excellent option for thrill-seekers is The Drop, an indoor skydiving center in west London.
Here, you can experience the sensation of freefall without jumping out of a plane, and there’s even a simulated ‘airplane’ cabin that you can sit in to get used to the feeling before you take the plunge.
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Climb The O2
Climbing The O2 might not sound like the most thrilling of activities, but it certainly is an exhilarating experience.
Located in the heart of London’s Docklands, The O2 is Western Europe’s tallest free-standing structure and offers breathtaking views of the cityscape from its summit.
For those looking for a real challenge, The O2 also offers an abseiling experience, which sees participants rappel down the side of the building.
If you are a newbie to climbing, beginner-friendly classes are available, so don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before. Tickets to climb the O2 can be bought for day, sunset and twilight climb.
The Dare Skywalk
Skywalking, or tightrope walking, is not for the faint of heart – but it’s a thrilling experience!
Head to The O2 in London and walk 52m above ground on a narrow beam. With nothing but a safety harness keeping you attached to the wire, this is undoubtedly a test of nerve. But the views from up high are worth it.
So if you are in London and looking for an adrenaline rush, check out The Dare Skywalk. The best thing is that you will enjoy fantastic city views while you are up there.
Another great thing is that it is an indoor activity, so you can do it regardless of the weather.
You are also guaranteed that you will get fantastic company and experienced guides. You can purchase your Dare Skywalk tickets here.
Abseil The ArcelorMittal Orbit
If you’re looking for a unique way to see London from above, then abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit is definitely for you! At 114.5m high, it’s the UK’s tallest sculpture and offers stunning views of the cityscape below.
You’ll be in safe hands, too, as you’ll be kitted out with all the necessary safety gear and given a thorough briefing before you start your descent.
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of heights, the experience is still exhilarating and something you can tick off your bucket list.
Why not try it with friends and make a day of it? Doing it with friends is often more enjoyable as you can encourage each other and have a good laugh simultaneously.
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Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath is one of London’s most prominent and wildest open spaces.
With over 700 acres of green space to explore, it’s the perfect place for a nature fix in the city. This is an excellent place for a picnic or a stroll, but there are also plenty of opportunities for adventure.
The Heath has three large ponds, perfect for swimming in the summer, and plenty of hills to explore.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try your hand at wild camping overnight. Just be sure to check the rules before you set up camp.
Slide Down The ArcelorMittal Orbit
Standing at a whopping 115 meters, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture.
Located in the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, this steel structure offers stunning views of the cityscape below.
For those feeling adventurous, there’s also a toboggan ride that takes you spiraling down the sculpture at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour!
When sliding down isn’t enough of a thrill, you can also abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit!
This activity is not for the faint-hearted as you’ll descend from a height of 80 meters. But it’s an experience that you won’t forget any time soon.
Explore an Abandoned Hospital
Barts Hospital, also known as The Royal London Hospital, is one of the city’s oldest and most well-known hospitals. It has been featured in several films and TV shows, including Sherlock and Calls the Midwife.
While the hospital is still very much in operation, some parts have been abandoned and left to decay.
If you’re looking for a spooky adventure, then exploring the abandoned features of Barts Hospital is definitely for you. Just be sure to mind the gap.
Ellis Bringham Vertical Chill Ice Climb
This is a great place for avid ice climbers to enjoy some vertical thrills. Located in an abandoned quarry in Kent, Ellis Bringham offers a range of different routes to try out, with varying degrees of difficulty.
If you are a beginner, there are some access routes to get you started, or if you are looking for a challenge, there are also more complex options available. Whichever you choose, it is sure to be a thrilling experience.
Guides are available to help you if you need them, and all the necessary equipment is provided, so all you need to do is turn up and enjoy the climb. Don’t be afraid of the cold either, as you will be provided with all the necessary gear to keep you warm and comfortable.
Kayaking On The Thames
Kayaking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in London and is a great way to see the city from a different perspective. Many kayaking companies offer tours or rentals, so you can choose what suits you best.
Kayaking On The Thames is a great way to see the city from a different perspective. You can see all of the landmarks that line the river from the kayak. You can also paddle under bridges and through tunnels, which is a unique experience.
There are many adventures in London, whether you’re looking for something thrilling or more relaxed. So get out there and explore all that the city has to offer. Above all, don’t forget to have fun. The list of activities above is just a tiny sampling of what’s available, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.