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London is a city that doesn’t do things by half. For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, the capital has a huge range of activities to suit all-comers. The following itinerary is suitable for all age groups and can be enjoyed even if you have little to no previous experience with any of the activities on offer. It also provides a great opportunity for you to get a big group of friends or family members together and unleash a barrage of pellets at them, although it works just as well for couples looking for an energy-packed day. Without giving too much away, let’s get into the itinerary.
TeamSport Go Karting
Your fun-filled day begins at TeamSport Go Karting, which gives you a number of London-based locations to choose from. The London Docklands site, however, would be the most convenient for the rest of the day’s activities and would also give you the opportunity to explore this recently redeveloped part of east London. Be sure to take some time to admire the area’s modern architecture, including a number of the UK’s tallest buildings.
London’s skyscrapers: See if you can catch a glimpse of One Canada Square across the river. It was Britain’s tallest building between 1991 and 2010, when it was surpassed by the Shard.
Once you’ve finished craning your neck skywards, however, it’s time to move onto the main event: the racing. The London Docklands venue here at TeamSport Go Karting comes with an 800 metre track full of hairpin turns that will test your driving skills to the max.
Racing tip: 44-seconds represents a good lap time - aim for that and you’ll be tough to beat.
Obviously, go-karting makes a fantastic day out for petrolheads, but it also works well for anyone that enjoys high-octane thrills. What’s more, TeamSport Go Karting also works as a great family day out, with special kids karts that are suitable for 8 to 12-year olds.
Go Ballistic Paintball
Once you’ve had time to catch your breath after speeding around the track at 40mph, it’s time for the next stop on your whirlwind tour of the capital. Just a short walk away from the go-karting venue is Go Ballistic Paintball, where you’ll get a chance to practise your military tactics and sharp shooting skills.
If you needed any extra motivation to cover your friends with paint, you’ll also be taking on a “mission to save the world.” With the site built on the premise of a decommissioned Cold War nuclear bunker, the ambiance is set right away and should leave you raring to go. There are three underground playing fields to explore in “Bunker 51” and top of the range paintball equipment to use.
What’s more, although you might think of paintballing as more an adult pursuit, it is actually surprisingly child friendly. The regular version is suitable for ages 12 and up, while low impact paintball caters for children as young as 8. Plus, the facility also comes with changing rooms and showers, so you can tackle your mission with as much gusto as you want, safe in the knowledge that you’ll be refreshed before you continue your day.
Top tip: Make sure you dress appropriately! Sensible shoes and (quite) a few layers of old clothes are a must to cut down on the bruises!
After a full day of adrenaline pumping action, a tasty meal (and maybe a few beers) is just what’s needed to round things off. Tayyabs, a purveyor of authentic Punjabi cuisine since 1972, can be reached from the London Docklands area by taking the 177 bus followed by the London Overground service to Whitechapel station. The journey should take just over an hour, but will afford you a glimpse of the National Maritime Museum as you travel through Greenwich on the bus.
Once you’ve arrived at Tayyabs you’ll have a number of fantastic dishes to choose from, including the restaurant’s signature Dry Meat dish and a range of daily specials. Plus, if there’s someone in your group that hasn’t had enough excitement yet, they can always ask for some extra chillies with their meal.
Guaranteeing a seat: Try to book ahead to avoid disappointment. Tayyabs has been a hotspot on London’s curry scene for more than 40 years, so it does get very busy!