London is a crazy beast! There are few cities where there is such a diverse range of things to do, which leaves amazing opportunities but makes it hard to choose where to spend your money. If you want to find some of the really unique events London has coming up in the next year I am here to help you out with a few of my faves. Not only that but they make great gifts for the special people in your life to give them a present they won’t forget!
Ride the waves at the Lee Valley White Water Centre
I don’t know about you but when I think of White Water Rafting I imagine a river running through a forest somewhere in the country, I do not think of our own fair city. Yet thanks to the White Water Centre you don’t need to travel far to get your white knuckle thrills. Take to the waters on this olympic course for some wet and wild fun with activities ranging from White Water Rafting, Hydrospeeding and Hot Dogs (no I hadn’t heard of that before either) and plenty more.
Price: Starting from £38
Become one with a whale with Predator Adventures
In one of the craziest ideas I’ve ever seen head to London, Predator Adventures gives you the opportunity to climb on board a state of the art F-16 fighter grade glass cockpits shaped like a whale (what else) as you experience a serious adrenalin-inducing ride through the water! Glide at amazing speeds in this half-submarine speedboat to see a side of London few get to see. I am hoping to hit this up early in the new year and honestly I can’t wait. This is a great one for people who think they’ve tried it all in London or just love g-forces, it is an adventure that will surprise them and get their heart racing! To give you a better idea of the experience I recommend checking out some of the videos on their Youtube page, it has to be seen to believed!
Price: Prices start from £89 and are currently on offer so buy them quick, you can also buy gift cards which make a great Christmas present.
Take things at a more relaxed pace with the Moo Canoes
Not only is it super fun to say but Moo Canoes are also amazingly adorable! Choose a canoe or kayak with their adorable cow print and take to the water for some fun at a more relaxed pace.
Price: From £26, gift vouchers available
The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit
Londoners like to make a joke and take it too far…sometimes with amazing results! When the Olympic Games rolled around in 2012 London built this crazy looking structure as it’s focal point, the ArcelorMittal Orbit. After many jokes about how much fun it would be to slide down the structure it was made possible to do just that! You don’t slide down the actual building (thank god!) but a helter skelter that has been built around around it. I did it last year and it was a seriously thrilling ride!?
Price: £16.50 per adult
Take to the Thames at speed in a Thames Rocket
Price: Around £41, gift cards available.
Want a cosy keepsake? Why not Arm Knit a Giant Throw?
If you want to give the gift of cosiness and creativity you won’t find much better than this! You get an amazing creative experience and you get to take home your craft home with you as a lasting memory.
Embrace the Winter with Ice Climbing
Another activity you would never have thought would be available in London but amazingly is! A real, vertical ice wall is available for you scale! Just grab a pick, a helmet, and get climbing!
Price: From £25
Food and Drink
Go back in time with The Medieval Banquet
Ever dreamt of being a king at a royal table, food thrust in front of you as you are entertained by the royal jester? Well prepare to get a taste of that life with The Medieval Banquet. Join Henry VII and his court for a four course meal with plenty of entertainment with wine and beer to boot!
Camp it up with Strictly Come Drag Queen
Bottomless boozy brunches have taken London by storm in the last year and here’s one with an entertaining twist. London’s finest drag stars serve up and all singing, all dancing performance while you tuck into your grub over a Prosecco or 5. Expect lip syncs, amazing routines and your chance to live out your drag dreams in their specially devise game.
Price: From £39
Get a real sweet treat with the Chocolate Treasure Hunt
Got a friend with a sweet tooth like me? Get them this amazing gift of chocolate filled London experience. Work as a team to solve the clues around the city and get plenty of chocolate treats along the way!
So there are just a few of my favourites, what London events are you looking forward to in the new year?
*This post is in collaboration with Preditor Adventures, all words my own.