If you think London is a boring city, because of the grey and foggy skies, that means you haven’t experienced the fun buzz of London town. There is so much to do and visit in London that it can be hard to select all activities and places to enjoy the city to the fullest. In order to help finding the best activities, I selected four that during holiday season will make you forget London’s lousy weather: Fairgame, Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour, Winter Wonderland and The Tina Turner Musical. Let’s have fun, shall we!
In hectic London, winter can be dark and long, but it doesn’t have to be dull. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy and bring all the fun whilst the sun is in “hibernation mode”. The hard task is narrow down the fun places to go when the list of amazing activities doesn’t end. Of course I’m here to help by reducing the list to four activities that will take you on a fun day in London.
When I lived in London, before moving to Tenerife, I barely had time to enjoy the city, since I was always working to pay bills. Going to London recently as a tourist, was an opportunity to see the city from a fun perspective. Without further ado, let me show you the four activities I went that will change your mind, if you think London is a colourless city.
Keep your adrenaline levels high by playing at the fairground games of Fairgame in Canary Wharf. Here there won’t be a minute of boredom. They have plenty of games that will remind you the funfair games. You won’t resist to take a shot at the roll-a-ball derby, skeeball, clown-shoot or whac-a-mole. With so many games around, you just need to make sure you had enough sleep to keep up with so much fun. To find where Fairgame is, once you arrive to Canary Wharf, you just have to look for a big, very big, yellow duck floater on the river.
You can go alone, with colleagues, friends or family, important is that you book in advance the game package you’re interested in, because if not they might not let you in, if everything is already fully booked. On their website www.wearefairgame.com , you can proceed with the booking depending on how many people are. You can build your package, from games to drinks, everything can be included.
75 minutes of games cost £15 per person and then you can add up drinks, food or candies, that will vary between £5 and £48 (a bucket of 10 beers). They have more or less 5 stands of food, 2 bars that serve drinks, beers, cocktails and a candy stand that has cotton candy. Fairgame is the right place to awaken your most fun inner child.
By the way, if you don’t have anything planned for New Year’s Eve, head to their website to book the 31st of December with them. It’s their first New Year’s Party ever, with a DJ and more entertainment than usual.
On a daily basis, they are open everyday, but Mondays, from 11.30 am until 12 am, and on Sundays until 5 pm.
AFTERNOON TEA BUS LONDON TOUR
If you want to take a tour around London in style, I completely advise you to take the tour provided by Golden Tours: The Afternoon Tea Bus with Panoramic Tour of London.
The scrumptious afternoon tea bus tour is the right way to enjoy the best views of the city, whilst experiencing the traditional English afternoon tea. Along with the sandwiches, scones and other cakes, they also also serve prosecco, besides tea and soft drinks. They let you keep the mug as a souvenir.
I really liked the journey on the upper deck with the views over Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and The Palace of Westminster.
They have 2 schedules, one at 12 pm and another at 3pm. I would recommend to choose the one at 12pm, because at 3pm in London during winter is already night, in case you want to take pictures of the city during daytime.
The tour takes one hour and a half and the staff is extremely attentive to get all your requests fulfilled.
The meeting point to start the tour is at Victoria, where the Golden Tours Visitor Centre is, located more or less at the back of Victoria train station. The prices of the tour start from £40 and go up to £65, depending on the deck you select. Head to www.goldentours.com to book a tour, in case you are interested in.
You cannot go London during holiday season and not go to Winter Wonderland. The Christmas/New Year’s Eve funfair is the only place in London that will make you have fun outdoors, even if the weather is cold, damp and rainy. Winter Wonderland always reminds me the fun I used to have when going to the funfair, when I was a kid. I absolutely love the atmosphere. The only thing I don’t like are the queues to get into it.
They have an outdoor ice skating rink that every time I pass by, reminds me the Christmas movies in New York. They also have plenty of food and drink stands, so no one will starve or be thirsty.
The entrance can be free, if you go off-peak. For peak hours the entrance can cost from £5 up to £7.50. You can buy it online (click here) or at the desk they have next to the entrances. Ask the security where the desk is to buy the tickets, to avoid waiting at the wrong queue. This year Winter Wonderland started on the 18th of November and will end on the 2nd of January.
THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
London is famous by the West End musicals and the last one I went was years ago, so it felt really special to be able to assist to the amazing The Tina Turner Musical. I could not take pictures unfortunately, since they always request not to take photos from the show, but I’m sure it will stay in my memory.
Tina Turner biography makes this musical, an emotional story of resilience, strength and unexpected love. The actress Kristina Love plays and sings beautifully! At the end of the show, I was singing and dancing, without caring if I was the only one or not.
If you like musicals, The Tina Turner Musical is a must-see! The show is at Aldwych Theatre and the price starts from £35 and goes up to £125 per person. Click here, to book tickets for the show.
If you’re about to visit London, I hope these four activities that I suggested will make you have fun and understand that London is much more than a lousy and foggy weather.
From the four activities, it’s hard to choose which one is the best, because they are all different, however since I’m a foodie, I will opt for the Afternoon Tea London Bus Tour. The sandwiches and cakes that they serve are exquisite.
Which activity would you choose to have fun in London?
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