Visit London Blog » all star lanes http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Things To Do in London For Thrill-seeking Teenagers By Dempsey, Age 13 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2015/02/things-to-do-in-london-for-thrill-seeking-teenagers-by-dempsey-age-13/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2015/02/things-to-do-in-london-for-thrill-seeking-teenagers-by-dempsey-age-13/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:33:37 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=39302 Kia Ora (that’s “hello” in Maori, the native language in my country New Zealand). I recently spent a week in London and I’d like to share with you some cool, exciting things to do for teenagers in this lovely city.

My first piece of advice would be to buy a ZIP Oyster card. It only costs £10 and saves kids a lot of money on transport: half the adult price on the Tube and free on buses!

Up at the O2

Up at the O2

Up at The O2

Up at The O2 is like walking on the world’s biggest trampoline because the walkway across the top is made from the same bouncy material as The O2 itself. It’s not too difficult to climb and there are brilliant views; good for keen planespotters. It can be a bit windy so definitely bring gloves and a beanie hat. I recommend asking lots of questions as your guide has loads of great answers, like how each of the main tower wires can withstand 12 tons of tension! Things to see from the top include Emirates Air Line, The ArcelorMittal Orbit, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and London City Airport.

Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers

MBNA Thames Clippers

We used a River Roamer ticket on board the MBNA Thames Clippers river bus when we got on at North Greenwich next to The O2. The boat to Embankment is actually really fast and it took us past Canary Wharf, The Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, and Tate Modern, amongst others. It’s a fun way to travel through the city with comfortable chairs inside and even a small coffee shop. The best views are from the back.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Within the first five minutes at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! London I’d already seen a five-legged lamb and a knitted Ferrari car. I also found the longest nose in history (19cm), a painting created by a horse, a dog face man, and another man who drove nails into his head (don’t try this at home). My recommendation: pull a funny face in the mirror when you arrive in the room containing the world’s fattest and tallest men. Also, make sure you enjoy the mirror mazes and the laser ninja game.

RIB Voyages

RIB Voyages

London RIB Voyages

London RIB Voyages disembark next to The London Eye. Again, bring gloves and a hat. This is an experience for people who like rollercoaster rides. We learned some great facts along the way from our funny guide, such as how the river is just centimeters from flooding London twice a day, and how all signs around the world that point towards London use Charing Cross as their reference. We also did some great historic sightseeing including the Houses of Parliament, The Shard, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, and HMS Belfast.

HintHunt

HintHunt

HintHunt

The gameplay experience HintHunt is fun for anyone aged nine years and over and is excellent for families. You have one hour to solve your way out of a locked room. My main tip would be to look in every nook and cranny. I can’t tell you any more than that because I want to keep it a surprise. You will enjoy it though, I promise.

Lee Valley Velopark

Why stick to one type of cycling when you can try four, all in one place? At Lee Valley Velopark, you have a choice of BMX, track, road and mountain biking. We tried the last two. For the mountain biking we tackled a number of the trails that wound around the park, each colour-coded according to their difficulty. Make sure you don’t wear your best clothes for this because you will get muddy. The road track is super-smooth though and bobs up and down along a mile-long course; exhilarating stuff. Afterwards, we went into the Velodrome for a hot drink, which we enjoyed while watching cyclists on the indoor track.

All Star Lanes

All Star Lanes

All Star Lanes

All Star Lanes Westfield Stratford is recommended for parents with teenagers who want to add a bit of fun to their dining experience. Look out for the “drink, dine and bowl” offer which comprises two courses plus a drink and a game of bowling. There is also a similar kid’s deal. I started with an Oreo milkshake, which hit the spot, then shared quesadillas with my Dad as a starter. They were zesty, scrumptious and a little bit spicy. The buttermilk chicken with sweet potato fries helped to satisfy Dad’s spicy urges thanks to the jerk gravy, while I had a well-cooked, flavoursome burger. With a game of bowling after dinner (Dad claimed a rare victory this time!), it was a great end to the day. We also had wonderful service. The staff always had a smile on their faces.

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More Than Just a Drinking Hole: London’s Top Activity Bars http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/10/more-than-just-a-drinking-hole-londons-top-activity-bars/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/10/more-than-just-a-drinking-hole-londons-top-activity-bars/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:00:30 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=29693 If you’re looking for a bar that does more than just serve drinks, check out one of these activity bars that offer everything from ping pong to karaoke, golf to bowling.

Bounce
Situated just a ping pong ball’s throw away from Holborn station, Bounce is built on the same site where table tennis was originally trademarked by J Jaques & Son Ltd in 1901. Complete with blue plaque, the venue is home to a swanky cocktail bar, an up-market pizzeria, a DJ booth and 17 table tennis tables – including an official London 2012 table. Drawing on the success of similar venues stateside, it’s the brainchild of entrepreneur and accomplished table tennis player Dov Penzik and the co-founder of All Star Lanes, Adam Breeden.

Bowling at All Star Lanes
There are no bright lights or flashing arcade games at All Star Lanes – this is boutique bowling! There are four lanes in Holborn, six each in Bayswater and Brick Lane and a whopping 14 at Westfield. Each has a modern American restaurant and cocktail bar, as well as private rooms.

Table Football at Bar Kick
Mostly famous for their many football tables, Bar Kick also offers basement events, lovingly cooked food and cocktails. It is also a great place to watch live football and every 3D match available is shown in the basement.

Snooker and Pool at the Hurricane Room
Open 24/7, the King’s Cross Hurricane Room has recently undergone a £500,000 refurbishment. The swish venue now houses 10 snooker tables, six English pool tables, nine American pool tables and two poker booths. Coaching available.

Karaoke at Lucky Voice
Lucky Voice bills itself as the UK’s Number One karaoke experience. Hire a private karaoke room for you and your friends in either Soho or Islington, choose from thousands of songs to sing and use the “thirsty” button for waitress service. Discounts and special offers available online.

Darts, Pool, Table Football and a Nintendo Wii at The Bell
The Bell is an independently owned Victorian pub on the fringes of the City. But don’t mistake this for just another city pub as it’s far from it, according to management. Traditional pub grub and space available for private hire.

Indoor Golf at Urban Golf
Urban Golf offers a virtual golf experience on simulators, so no matter what the weather you can try your skills on more than 50 of the world’s top courses. Whether you head to the Smithfield, Soho or High Street Kensington branch, you’ll find about seven simulators and a full bar and menu too. Coaching available.

Do you have a favourite bar that does more than serve great drinks? Let us know in the comments below

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