24. August 2017

5 things any urban explorer should do in London

If you’re a sports fan, London has you covered. More of a foodie? There’s much more to London than fish and chips, even though we do consume over 382 million portions of it a year. The capital is home to numerous award-winning and world renowned restaurants that are sure to whet your appetite.

In fact, there’s so much to see that visitors can be forgiven if they find the city a little daunting at first. But the best way to get over this is to start exploring!

We’ve created the perfect itinerary for the urban explorer, providing you with an eclectic mix of unique experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.

Emirates Stadium

Home to one of the biggest football teams in the world, the Emirates Stadium represents a great place to start your journey around London – and a fantastic one if you happen to be an Arsenal fan. Opened in 2006, the Emirates is the largest club stadium in the capital and has hosted important Premier League, Champions League and international matches in its relatively short history.

The Emirates Stadium is also simple to get to, with Arsenal tube station just a three-minute walk away and Finsbury Park and Highbury & Islington both also nearby. Booking yourself onto a stadium tour gives you the chance to get up close and personal with Arsenal’s rich footballing history, allowing you to sit in the changing room, walk down the tunnel and see the bulging trophy cabinet of one of English football’s most successful clubs.

What better way to kick-start your London adventure than by walking out onto the pitch and imagining the roar of 60,000 fans cheering you on?

Emirates Stadium

The British Museum

Hopping onto the Piccadilly line from Arsenal Station will see you arrive at the British Museum, via Holborn station, in around half an hour. Moving on from sport, this stop will appeal to anyone with an interest in history, art or culture.

The British Museum has a number of truly world-famous artefacts, including the Rosetta Stone and a number of sculptures from ancient Greece, that amaze more than six million visitors each year. Perhaps most amazing of all, however, is that you can explore the museum’s core exhibitions for free, although with the overload of history and culture on offer we’re sure you’ll want to make a more than welcome charitable donation.

Be sure to visit the spectacular Great Court and take in its marvellous glass ceiling, before making your way to the centrepiece of the museum, the Reading Room. The room has been hailed as a world-famous hub of learning for more than 150 years and represents a must-see for fans of history, culture or architecture.

British Museum

Gorilla Circus

You’re probably wondering what’s next on your eclectic tour of London after sport and history. Well, if you guessed "a trapeze class," then congratulations! Nestled in a corner of Regent’s Park, the Gorilla Circus Trapeze School lets you practise your circus skills by swinging high above the ground. 

There is, however, a safety net and qualified instructors, so you’ll be in no danger during your lesson, no matter how little experience you have. Also, be sure to take some time to wander around the park too, which includes a lovely boating lake and London Zoo.

Gorilla Circus Indoor

clueQuest

Your journey continues with a trip to the clueQuest Room Escape Game in King’s Cross, where you’ll find yourself enlisted as part of a crime fighting secret agency. To see if you have what it takes to join clueQuest’s ranks, you’ll have to race against the clock to complete your mission and escape in just 60 minutes.

Will you choose to solve the mysterious disappearance of four agents as part of the PLAN52 mission? Or will you opt for the thrilling Operation Blacksheep, where the fate of mankind itself is at risk? Whichever escape game that you choose, you’re sure to have a great time as you work with family and friends to make your escape.

ClueQuest

Granger & Co

After a mad mix of activities around London, the excitement comes to a head at Granger & Co, a restaurant celebrating the food of our Southern Hemisphere cousins – promising the “sunny, easy-going and generous” spirit of Australia.” Fortunately, the restaurant is less than a 15 minute walk away from the clueQuest Escape Room, so it won’t be long before you’re sipping delicious cocktails that make you feel as though you’re sunning yourself on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The food on show is also exceptional, with shrimp burgers and belly pork representing just a couple of your options. Oh, and if you can save some room for pudding, there is an eye-catching dessert list on offer.  The perfect way to close out your urban adventure? How about a lip-smacking salted caramel and popcorn sundae?

Granger & Co. Kings Cross

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5 things any urban explorer should do in London