16 adrenaline and adventurous activities to do in London

Experience a different side of the capital with these action-packed activities.
Written by Lisa Robinson Edited by Visit London Editors 11 June 2024
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A woman and man walk down the side of The O2, hanging onto a rope and wearing harnesses, during the Up at The O2 experience.
Up at The O2 © visitlondon.com/Antoine Buchet.

From bungee jumping and wakeboarding to trapeze lessons, check out the top ways to get your adrenaline-filled kicks with some of the most adventurous activities in London.

Whether you’re seeking heart-racing adventures or unique experiences, London has something for everyone!

High adrenaline activities in London

Enjoy a thrilling array of adrenaline-pumping activities in London. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city on exhilarating outdoor climbs, soar above the city on a helicopter tour or take to the water on a high-speed boat trip taking in the sights of London.

1. Up at The O2

Climb to the roof of one of London’s most famous landmarks with Up at The O2. As one of Greenwich's most Instagram-worthy spots, you can take snaps during a sunset climb or see the capital twinkle from the top of the iconic venue at night. Book Up at The O2 now

2. The Dare Skywalk

A small group of people, attached to a railing, peer over the edge of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at sunset, with London's skyline in the background.
The Dare Skywalk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Navigate the roof of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during The Dare Skywalk, a 90-minute adventure featuring a glass walkway and the chance to get close to the famous golden cockerel. Book The Dare Skywalk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium now

3. Speedboat tours of London

People sat in rows with life jackets on and their hands up on a speedboat trip down a river
Thames Rockets speedboat tour. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Prepare yourself for high-speed twists and turns along the river Thames on a thrilling speedboat tour of London. Scream out loud as you race past the capital's riverside landmarks. Book a speedboat tour with Thames Rockets now

4. London Helicopter tours

Soak up incredible aerial views of the city with London helicopter tours. Offering a FOMO-inducing perspective of the capital, these sky-high experiences are not to be missed from your London bucket list. Book London helicopter tours now*

5. Lee Valley White Water Centre

A man in a cblue anoe turns in the rapids of the Lee Valley White Water Centre.
Lee Valley White Water Centre. Image courtesy of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Ride the rapids during a white-water rafting session at Lee Valley White Water Centre. You can also try out plenty of other exhilarating activities, including kayaking, hydro-speeding and tubing.

6. UK Bungee Club

Feel the wind in your hair during a thrilling 160ft (47.8m) bungee jump with the UK Bungee Club at Battersea Park and Coram's Fields in Bloomsbury. You’ll be able to soak up incredible views of the the Thames and central London before your adrenaline-fuelled leap.

7. Go karting in London

Go karts lined up towards the camera, ready to set off on the track at Teamsport London Docklands.
Teamsport London Docklands. Image courtesy of Teamsport.

Test your racing skills as you go head-to-head with friends, family and strangers or go against the clock at go karting London tracks. Teamsport offers different types of circuits and race options across its five karting London venues, while Capital Karts boasts the UK's longest indoor go karting track.

Adventure activities in London

Experience adventure activities in London for thrill-seekers and explorers alike. Enjoy action-packed high-rope courses and high speed slides, test your skills and knowledge in escape rooms or enjoy panoramic views from London’s highest viewpoints.

8. Lift 109 at Battersea Power Station

two people looking out through glass windows overlooking the London skyline and the river Thames
Lift 109 at Battersea Power Station. © Battersea Power Station/Joshua Atkins

Experience incredible 360-degree views of London's iconic skyline at Lift 109 at Battersea Power Station. Ascend 109 metres (358 ft) to the viewing platform in the north-west chimney and snap a selfie with famous London landmarks in the background, including the London Eye, the Shard and The O2. Book Lift 109 at Battersea Power Station now

9. Gripped London

two girls smiling and laughing on a zip line experience, with a cloudy blue background
Experience thrilling and action-packed activities at Gripped London. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Enjoy an action-packed day out at Gripped London; jump, zip, slide and climb your way around high rope courses, zip lines and high speed slides. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, free-fall from a 24-metre tower attached to a Power Fan restraint system! Book Gripped London now

10. The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience London

A group of gamers, wearing orange, try to catch falling items within the colourfully lit dome, as part of the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience.
Take on the challenges at the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience. Image courtesy of the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience.

Travel through four unique time zones in The Crystal Maze: futuristic, medieval, Aztec and industrial. Based on the hit 1990s TV show, this indoor adventure boasts numerous exhilarating challenges to test your mental and physical skills. Book The Crystal Maze now*

11. Go Ape

Channel your inner adventurer while climbing through the treetops of Alexandra PalaceBattersea Park or Cockfosters, Trent Park with Go Ape. All venues offer a thrilling mix of high ropes, zip wires and bridges to navigate during your London adventure. 

12. London's top escape rooms

Get your blood pumping as you and your pals turn into spies, time travellers or adventurers, racing against time to reach freedom. From gruesome experiences to classic mysteries with a virtual reality twist, adrenaline junkies are in for a treat at escape rooms in London.

13. WakeUp Docklands

Enjoy an action-packed afternoon of watersports at WakeUp Docklands at Royal Victoria Dock, where you can join a range of adventurous activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, wakeboarding and paddleboard pilates. Afterwards, grab an ice-cold drink from the beach bar.

14. Lee Valley VeloPark

Views over the Lee Valley VeloPark and surrounding green space as cyclists ride along the path outside the velodrome
Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Credit: London Legacy Development Corporation. Image courtesy of London Legacy Development Corporation.

Relive the 2012 Olympic Games with a high-speed cycling session at the Lee Valley VeloPark. Race around the world-famous velodrome, ride mountain bike trails or get the adrenaline pumping on the BMX track during your London adventure.

15. Parkour Generations

Take part in free-running classes at the dedicated indoor gym or in locations around London with Parkour Generations. Get to grips with all the essential parkour skills, from jumping to landing, needed for this thrilling sport.

16. Oxygen Freejumping

Bounce around at one of Oxygen Freejumping's three London parks, including Acton, Croydon and The O2 in Greenwich. Get your blood pumping during fitness sessions, try out a freejump session and enjoy the connected trampolines, dodgeball courts, foam pits and reaction walls.

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