Typically known for its lively colourful nightlife and pubs around every corner, London can seem like an unfair challenge for those participating in Dry January. Luckily, there’s plenty of unique and exciting activities for those looking to get through the month sober. Whether you’re looking for date ideas, casual fun with friends or itching to try something new, our guide has the perfect selection to ward off temptation while offering fun, thrills and adventure in the capital.
Operated by the company most famous for the arcade classic, Pac-Man. This classic funhouse offers all manners of entertainment options, from a wide range of arcade games, both old school and modern to three fun-filled floors of bowling, dodgems, karaoke, ping pong and more. You can find this classic arcade experience at Southbank, a nine-minute walk from Point A Hotel Westminster.
There are also plenty of prizes up for grabs for arcade challengers. Simply collect tickets from each game you play, and you can exchange them for a variety of prizes, from sweets to high-end gadgets and electronics.
Experience the best combination of crazy golf and delicious street food at Swingers. Taking inspiration from classic 1920s British seaside crazy golf, Swingers lets you choose between two bespoke nine-hole courses; the windmill and the lighthouse, both offering an authentic golfing experience with lush greens and an incredible atmosphere.
There are also plenty of food stalls on-site, including Patty & Bun and Pizza Pilgrims so you can enjoy a full hearty meal after a long game. The city branch can be found a short walk South from our Shoreditch hotel, they’ve opened an additional branch in the West end, a 10-minute tube journey from our Westminster hotel.
For adrenaline-fuelled treetop adventures, Go Ape is the perfect choice. From Tarzan swings to speedy zip wires, tricky tight ropes and more, Go Ape lets visitors experience a range of obstacles and challenges 30 feet above the forest floor. For the fearless, the Battersea branch’s treetop crossings are twice the height of most other locations and can be found in South-west London, a 30-minute bus ride away from our Kensington and Westminster hotels.
Two other locations in London can be found in Cockfosters and Alexandra Palace. There’s plenty of thrills and adventure to be had at either location as long as you’re not afraid of heights.
Showing classics, independent and arthouse titles, this cinema has earned its cult status amongst fans as well as being the only independent cinema in the West End. The cinema can be found near to Leicester square.
Viewers can typically enjoy 70mm showings of Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, as well as regular showings of The Room and The Rocky Horror Picture Show throughout the year, as well as marathons of fan favourite series like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Embracing a fun and classic movie experience, it’s no wonder this cinema is Quentin Tarantino’s favourite.
Get a head start on your new year’s resolution by swapping out your dull January gym experience for exercise classes you can take in a club atmosphere with a live DJ to keep you feeling pumped. Taking place at Lightbox, a popular night club on the weekends, the venue also functions as a perfect spot to work up a swear with high tempo tunes and walls covered in vibrant LEDs.
Choose from a range of fun, immersive classes, including boxing, yoga, strength and, of course, dance taught by friendly and experienced coaches to keep your workouts exciting so you can avoid the grind at the gym. You can find New Motion at the Vauxhall Arches.
This board game café offers over 1000 games in its library, from classic favourites to more obscure selections, acting as a haven for both experienced and more casual gamers. Both sites in Hackney and Waterloo offer a relaxed and casual atmosphere, perfect for hanging out with friends or even taking someone on a date. Thanks to their seasonal menu, visitors can also indulge in delicious snacks while they play or full meals for longer sessions.
Immerse yourself in the latest VR experience thanks to the latest VIVE headsets and individual rooms which generate multi-sensory effects so you can feel the environment around you. You and your friends can enjoy all manners of fun games and experiences; from fighting off a zombie apocalypse to wild west adventures or even stepping into the world of Rick ‘n’ Morty. Otherworld is a short walk from Haggerston station in East London.