Best activity bars to go after lectures

Between exams and coursework, it's easy to feel stressed out. Fortunately, London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and there is no shortage of fun activities to do. Check out these recommendations for breathtaking places to unwind.

Have a look at our ten favourite distractions for students:

Go bowling and karting at Gravity Wandsworth

 Wandsworth High St, London SW18 4TF

One of the largest entertainment complexes that London has ever had. Here, you can ride go-karts, play VR games, urban golf, darts, esports, shuffleboard, and our personal favourite: bowling with electronic tracks that light up as the ball rolls down!

Play classic arcade games at The Four Thieves

 51 Lavender Gardens, SW11 1DJ

The Four Thieves feels like two worlds in one: on one hand, it's a traditional pub where you can buy a pint and relax, and on the other, it's an impressive indoor arcade full of dancing machines, shooting games, skee ball, table hockey, and so much more.

Show off your skills at Bounce Ping Pong

 241 Old Street, EC1V 9EY
 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD
 Battersea Power Station, SW8 5BN

Ping-pong is fun, but is it enough? At Bounce Ping Pong, you can go for a few rounds of table tennis, but you can also drink, eat, dance, and play other games: such as beer pong, shuffleboard and "wonderball", where a digital, interactive table provides many different games to play.

Throw real axes at Whistle Punks

 53 Eastcastle St, W1W 8DN

If you're up for a more adrenaline-filled evening, what could be better than tossing a sharp axe at a block of wood? You read that correctly: throwing actual hand axes. You can also arrange stag and hen dos, which is something you can certainly say very few people have ever done.

Play crazy indoor golf courses at Swingers

 15 John Prince’s St, W1G OAB
 8 Brown’s Buildings, EC3A 8AL

If you haven't tried miniature golf yet, what are you waiting for? Unlike regular golf, this is more of a test of wits rather than athletic ability. You can watch your ball ride a ferris wheel or a windmill as you compete with friends... Did we also mention the unlimited drinks deal?

Golf even more at the Junkyard Golf Club

 88 Worship St, EC2A 2BE

Maybe the standard crazy golf isn't crazy enough for you. If that's the case, head over to the Junkyard where you can find miniature golf courses made out of literal junk. Their themes include discos, fairgrounds, and our favourite: a neon warehouse which is constantly blasting 90's music.

Play pinball and indoor sports at Funland London Arcade

 25 - 27 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AW

Nobody ever really stops being a child. Go embrace your inner child at Funland, an entertainment centre where you can find pinball, prize machines, video games, and regular dance competitions. The legendary London Trocadero may no longer exist but its spirit lives on in Funland.

Play board games with friends at Draughts

 Arch 16 Leake St, SE1 7NN
 41 Kingsland High St, E8 2FA

It can be tough to play a large board game in a small house. Thankfully Draughts has you covered: massive tables with free games to play. If the only board games you know are Chess and Monopoly, then we invite you to try something more exciting, like Catan, Codenames or 7 Wonders.

Stay up all night at the Prince Charles Cinema

 7 Leicester Pl, WC2H 7BY

Not just any cinema: you won't find modern flicks here, but you will find all of your old favourites. If you're a real cinephile, then try their movie marathon all-nighters where they will play the likes of Harry Potter, Disney and Ghibli back-to-back – you can even bring your own pyjamas!

Enter virtual reality at Otherworld VR

 85 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0QJ

For the most immersive VR experience, try Otherworld. You can visit other famous places on earth without the expensive flight fees, or swing a sword and fire a gun in popular VR games. It is conveniently located next to our offices, so you can always pop in and pay us a visit. 😉

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