When visiting London, most people will be content with a few sights, a bite to eat and a bout of retail therapy. For adrenaline junkies who prefer something a bit more unique and engaging, activities such as paintball and even bungee jumping offer just that.
In the UK, we’re lucky enough to have a huge variety of scenic countryside, quaint villages, coastal towns and exciting cities right on our doorstep. When it comes to the latter, London is one of Britain’s and the world’s most popular tourist locations. Many places will claim to have something for everyone, but London is one of the few in the UK that actually does.
The needs of an adrenaline junkie are very different to that of your average tourist — and if you have a love for extreme activities, you’ll love your time in London. In this post, we’ll have a look at a few of British capital’s best activities for adrenaline junkies — some of which, such as paintballing and bouldering, you may have never known existed in London…
Although human beings have been climbing rocks since, well, since the first human needed to climb one, rock climbing as a sport has only been around since the 1970s. It manages to maintain a steady following due to the fitness benefits, the challenging nature of navigating walls and the excitement of climbing to great heights.
Bouldering is an alternative take on traditional rock climbing. Instead of high climbing walls, you’ll be faced with smaller, more complex walls boulder-shaped objects. Although they are both similar when it comes down to the basics, the nature of bouldering makes it more about creative thinking and the puzzle of navigating a wall, rather than conquering a great height.
London has quite a few climbing centres spread across the city, so whether you’re a rock climber or a boulderer, you’ll have somewhere to go that’s nearby.
Bungee jumping is an activity that’s commonly undertaken while on holiday or travelling; not something you’d assume is available in a built-up area like London. But the truth is you can and, of all places, the 02 Arena provides the perfect structure to face your fears and take a trip to London to a whole new level.
The jump itself is a 160ft drop, which you can do alone or tandem, and you’ll have the choice of jumping over an airbag or the water. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-fuelled experience to truly make it a trip to remember, or you’re a local looking for something new and exciting in the city, bungee jumping should be high — very high — on your to-do list.
If you happen to be visiting London with a group of friends, live locally and feel like rallying the troops for a fun day out, or fancy some unique for this year’s Christmas do, you can’t go wrong with a day of paintball in London. Let’s rephrase that: you can’t go wrong with a day of paintball near London. This is because the inner city doesn’t offer much in the way of rural areas to do battle.
Fortunately, though, you’ll only have to travel about 25 minutes on the train and a little longer by car. This short journey will provide you with the perfect location for a day you won’t forget. With large woodland areas to explore and immersive game modes to get into, you’ll soon embrace your competitive side and be eager to come out on top. It’s also the ideal activity for special occasions such as stag/hen dos, as special ‘hunt the stag’ style games can be catered for.
In an era where the majority of ‘new’ things are technology-based, parkour was a refreshing physical phenomenon that has now evolved into a popular hobby and is recognised in the UK as a sport. Although it’s technically been around since the 1980s, it wasn’t until the turn of the millennium that people were made aware of it thanks to it suddenly appearing in films, television and other forms of media.
Parkour or ‘freerunning’ can obviously be dangerous if you attempt to try and replicate the moves you see in viral online videos. This is why parkour centres have begun to open and become a very popular activity for people of all ages. Whether you have a genuine interest in the sport or just fancy a fun day out with your mates, parkour centres are a brilliant way to spend a few hours and get some exercise in the process.
What do you Adrenaline Junkies enjoy doing? Let me know in the comments.