33 fun activities for adults in London 2024

From outdoor adventures and action-packed adult days out to fun-filled games nights and mind-bending immersive experiences, find the best activities for adults in London in 2024.
Written by Hannah Cornish 18 April 2024
Two people playing in a ball pit full of multi-coloured balls at SENSAS
The colourful ball pit at immersive multi-sensory experience SENSAS © SENSAS. Image courtesy of SENSAS.

Looking for fun adult things to do in the capital? Discover the coolest activities for grown-ups, with this adult guide to London's most interesting and fun experiences, tours, games, entertainment, night spots and more.

Fun activities for adults in London

Friends riding bikes across the river Thames.
Friends riding bikes across the river Thames. © Shutterstock
  1. Explore London's most interesting spots and stories with the best adult-themed walking tours: From street art and hidden gems to historic pubs or even Jack the Ripper, pick your theme and go on a walk to remember.
  2. More of a foodie? Treat yourself to one of London's best food and drink tours: Choose from plenty of fun tours for grown-ups to indulge in delicious treats and drinks, from Brick Lane's best Indian fare to afternoon tea with prosecco on a pink double-decker bus!
  3. Discover London on two wheels on an insightful cycling tour: See the city’s most famous spots on an exhilarating Grand London Bike Tour, explore its hidden corners on a Secret London Bike Tour or whizz past iconic sights on funky bikes with BrakeAway Bike Tours.
  4. From cocktail-making to art, learn from the very best with an adult masterclass: Upgrade your kitchen skills, learn how to make fancy tipples or tap into your creative side with a pottery class or a painting lesson.
  5. Go on a fun river tour: Paddle under your own steam on a kayak tour or glam up to see the city twinkle from the water on a luxury dinner cruise.
  6. Enjoy a boat ride or a swim in London's most gorgeous outdoor locations: From Hampstead Heath to the Serpentine in Hyde Park, rent a boat or cool off with a dip in one of the city's scenic pools and lidos.
  7. If you're a sports fan, go behind the scenes with London's best sports venue toursTake your pick from football stadiums, the home of rugby at Twickenham, the tennis courts at Wimbledon, historic Lord’s cricket ground or centre-piece of the London 2012 Games, London Stadium.
  8. After some much-needed pampering? Indulge in a London spa day: From stylish saunas and luxury spas with pools, to spa breaks at top hotels, discover the best spa treatments and relaxing activities for adults to escape and unwind.
  9. See London in a new light with a London by Night bus tour: Glimpse the likes of the London Eye, Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral lit up after dark.

Action-packed outdoor London activities for adults

a young woman climbing on a high ropes course, smiling as she reaches for the next platform to climb onto
Climb through the tree tops on the High Rope courses at Gripped London. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.
  1. Experience one of the best adrenaline-fuelled London adult activities with Up at The O2Climb up the famous entertainment centre and enjoy incredible views of the iconic London skyline.
  2. Take a thrilling speedboat ride down the Thames: Get the adrenaline flowing with an exciting James Bond-style London speedboat experience.
  3. Take on aerial challenges at Gripped London: Jump, zip, slide and climb your way around London's coolest aerial adventure spot.
  4. Ride the white water rapids at Lee Valley White Water Centre: Have a thrill-a-minute water adventure, or pick from the many other adult activities available at Lee Valley Regional Park, from BMX biking to horse riding.
  5. Climb through the treetops of Alexandra Palace, Battersea Park or Cockfosters' Trent Park with Go Ape: Be bold, be daring and blitz your senses across the ultimate high ropes courses for adults in London.
  6. Test your head for heights on the Dare Skywalk: Admire panoramic views with an epic climb to the viewing deck and glass walkway at the top of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
  7. For a fun day out that'll have adults feel like teens again, take a trip to one of London's best theme parksFrom thrilling rides at Thorpe Park to underwater wonders at Chessington World of Adventures, it's time to let loose!

Indoor adult games and London adult party ideas

a person taking a photo of another person about to throw an axe into a target board
Learn axe trick shots and play competitive games at Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing London. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.
  1. Turn into spies, time travellers or adventurers with your mates at one of London's best escape rooms: Battle your way out of locked rooms using only brainpower and teamwork in these real live games.
  2. Take on exhilarating challenges to test your mental and physical skills at The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience London: Travel through four unique time zones based on the hit 1990s TV show.
  3. Speed through the UK's longest indoor go-karting track at Capital Karts: Test your racing skills as you go head-to-head with your friends.
  4. For something more chilled, glide along the ice at the Alexandra Palace ice-skating rink: Set inside one of London’s most iconic landmarks, this popular indoor London adult activity is open all year.
  5. Get ready to swing into action and test your putting skills at the best mini and crazy golf courses in London: From neon jungles to Jurassic Park, take your best shot at fun and quirky-themed mini golf courses across the capital.
  6. Upgrade your night out to drinks and adult games at London's best activity bars: From ping pong and ball pits to axe throwing and electric shuffleboard, check out thrilling ways to test your sporting skills and party all at once, with these top indoor adult activities in London bars.
  7. Indulge in retro funfair classics and arcade games at venues including The Four Quarters and Fairgame: Relive all the fun of your childhood with nostalgic fairground games, from balloon darts to Skeeball, or retro arcade favourites like Street Fighter and Sega Rally. Throw in top-notch street food and banging cocktails, and you're in for a fun-filled night out!
  8. Have an old-school-fun adult party at one of London's best bowling alleysShow off your skills and roll a strike at cool venues full of vintage American style, neon lights and upbeat music.
  9. Sing your heart out at the best karaoke bars in London: Perfect for stag nights and hen-dos, or just a fun night out in London, there are plenty of great venues across the city for a singalong.

Adult entertainment and immersive adult activities in London

Arcadia’s 10th Anniversary Festival. Image courtesy of Arcadia
  1. When it comes to fun adult activities in London, immersive experiences are a must: Choose from theatre shows, attractions and more, including hit show ABBA Voyage and the hugely popular Frameless art exhibition.
  2. Experience mind-bending optical illusions at Twist MuseumTest your senses and immerse yourself into a world of unique, interactive and multi-sensory experiences to discover how your brain interprets reality.
  3. Go to a late museum or gallery openingEnjoy special talks, performances, DJs, food and drinks after hours.
  4. Get tickets to see a top adult-themed theatre show, play or musical: From Hamilton's epic tale of resilience to the spectacular dance and acrobatic routines of Magic Mike Live to satirical musical comedy at its best in The Book of Mormon.
  5. Catch an extravagant cabaret or burlesque showFrom the iconic London Cabaret Club to the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern, discover the best venues to see exciting cabaret performances and burlesque dancing acts in London.
  6. Snuggle up beneath the stars to enjoy a movie at London's best outdoor cinemas: More into live theatre? Book tickets for this year's spectacular lineup of outdoor plays and musicals at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
  7. Dance to your favourite band’s tunes at one of London's top concert venues, live music bars and music festivalsMusic lovers are spoilt for choice with exciting and eclectic London music festivals and gigs taking place year-round.
  8. Or experience London's incredible clubbing scene: From Fabric to KOKO, get ready to stay out late with the hottest nightclubs in the capital to dance the night away.

After more ideas for adult things to do in London? Check out these guides to the best pubs and bars, nightlife, outdoor activities and things to do at night.