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London Bucket List: Best Group Activities

A certain magic comes alive when the sun shines down on the bustling streets and waters of London. And what better way to seize a sunny day than by spending it with friends?

With its vibrant energy, iconic landmarks, and (seemingly) endless things to do, we’ve narrowed down the most fun activities in London to experience with groups. So without further adieu, here is our London Bucket List for summer 2023:

1. Floating Hot Tubs
2. SUP on the Thames
3. Rocket Boats
4. Up at the O2
5. Scavenger Hunt in the City
6. Potterhead’s Day Out
7. Eat at Dinerama

Floating Hot Tubs

Canary Wharf is one of the city’s key business districts; but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all work and no play here. Head to the water's edge and enjoy one of the very best and most unique activities in London.

Book yourself a floating BBQ boat for the perfect sunny day group activity, and then enjoy some of the stunning modern architecture from the relaxing comfort of your floating kitchen! If that doesn’t offer you quite the level of relaxation you were hoping for then check out the floating hot tub.

Cruise the docks in the heart of the city with your friends in pure bliss as the heated water soothes your body, and the bubbles massage your muscles. You can bring your own drinks, snacks, and good vibes to this awesome experience.

SUP on the Thames

If you fancy something a little more active or want to learn a new skill then try out Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on the mighty Thames. There are several companies that offer group lessons, specialised sessions and adventures exploring the world-famous waterway, and it’s arguably the best way to see some of the most iconic sights in the city.

If you’re beginners you may want to stick to the canals, but if you’ve found your feet and want a greater challenge then try paddleboard yoga or the stunning golden hour trip. You can help the environment and go litter picking and even paddle right up to a riverside pub.

Rocket Boats

If you and the gang are looking for something to get the blood pumping, something a little more adrenaline-fuelled, then look no further than an actual rocket boat tour of the River Thames. Power your way past some of the city’s iconic sights like the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, and the London Eye. 

Your captain, tour guide, and splash expert will fill you in on the sights whilst doing donuts, high-speed turns, and death-defying maneuvers; all whilst thrilling and educating you on the city’s history and maybe splashing you a bit, too!

Up at the O2

We all remember the iconic Millennium Dome with its white tented roof and 12 yellow towers, but what has it become since the passing of the millennium some two decades ago? Well, it has changed its name to the O2 Arena and been turned into one of the greatest events spaces on the face of the earth but that’s not all…

You can actually get kitted up and climb the exterior of the dome to a staggering height of 52 metres. Nowhere else in London offers an uninterrupted 360° view from the very heart of the city; enjoy views of Greenwich, Canary Wharf, the Isle of Dogs, and beyond. 

Try a celebration climb that includes some bubbly at the top, or the twilight climb for mind-blowing sunsets with the famous skyline as a backdrop.   

Scavenger Hunt in the City

If you’re looking for a fully immersive, explorative day in the city then try the finest treasure hunt London has to offer and test your critical thinking and puzzle-solving abilities. 

You’ll be led around the city by a series of clues that will include many of the incredible landmarks, and plenty of off the beaten track locations too. You’ll get a guide to all the best cafes, pubs, and shops that are en route, and there are plenty of themes to choose from. 

Get lost in Victorian London, discover the city’s roots, or explore the quirky and beautiful squares that make up this city. If you’re into discovering hidden gems and enjoy a good old-fashioned mental workout, then this is the activity for you.  

Potterhead’s Day Out 

Harry Potter and London have become pretty synonymous with one another. The internationally loved and renowned movies were shot pretty much entirely in the city, and of course, parts of the books are set across the capital too. 

So what better place to visit for a Potterhead than the magical city of London? Head to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour for one of the most comprehensive and in-depth behind-the-scenes experiences anywhere on earth. 

You’ll get to walk the flagstones of The Great Hall, explore Dumbledore’s Office, get cosy in the Gryffindor Common Room, and try some delicious Butterbeer. 

It’s also worth booking your group of wizards and witches on a walking tour of the city where you’ll get to see many filming locations, try some great enchanted grub, and see some of the city’s major landmarks.

Eat at Dinerama

After a day full of unforgettable activities and good times with your friends and loved ones, what could be better than enjoying a smorgasbord of incredible food and a plethora of beautiful drinks at one of London’s coolest street food markets?

Dinerama is home to 10 food vendors and 10 bars, all housed in a series of reused shipping containers - as if Shoreditch wasn’t cool enough already! You can eat your way around the world, and drink the night away without even leaving your seat. 

It’s the perfect end to the perfect day.     

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