Travelling to the city with friends and looking for fun group activities? We can help! Here’s our pick of the best group things to do in London…
1. Eat your way round Dinerama
Where? Dinerama, 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ
Why go with your group? Because when you’re travelling as a group, picking just one restaurant is out of the question
Deciding where to eat when you’re travelling with a group of friends in London is close to impossible. With so many different people to keep happy, sometimes it can feel like you’ll never find a place to eat. Thank goodness, then for London’s recent explosion of dining ‘villages.’ Street Feast are the people behind some of our favourite spots. Since their launch in 2012, they have made it their mission to transform disused and derelict spaces into unique eating and drinking spaces. One of our favourites is Dinerama in Shoreditch. With a current offering of delicious dumplings, authentic wood-fired pizzas, Bao Buns, Argentinian grill and much more, there’s enough choice to keep even the fussiest of eaters happy.
For other food options, check the best cheap sushi places and best vegan restaurants in London.
2. Go boating in Hyde Park
Where? The Serpentine, Hyde Park
Why go with your group? Because it’s a great way to experience one of London’s most famous parks
Hyde Park is one of central London’s real gems – an expanse of green grass, ancient trees and a huge body of water right in the heart of the city. If you and your group are looking for something to do that’s a bit more relaxing than wandering the streets of Oxford Circus, then why not hire a rowing boat or pedalo and cruise around the Serpentine Lake? It’s a great way to get a bit of exercise, bond with your pals and take in some of London’s beautiful natural scenery.
3. Hop on a Boris Bike!
Where? All around the city
Why go with your group? Two wheels, a bunch of your best mates and the wind in your hair = fun for hours!
London has made some big investments in its cycling routes over recent years and if you and your mates want to test out a bit of cycling in the city, without committing to renting a bike for a whole day then you can pick up a ‘Boris Bike’ from one of the many docking stations around London (the London Cycle Hire Scheme was championed by former Mayor Boris Johns, hence why Londoners refer to the sturdy cycles as ‘Boris Bikes). It’s a great way to explore the city with friends – just make sure to pay attention on the roads and keep safe!
Check out our guide on cycle routes in London.
4. Get your Ping Pong on
Where? Bounce Shoreditch, 241 Old St, Hoxton, EC1V 9EY
Why go with your group? Because everyone likes a bit of friendly competition between friends …
What do you get when you combine friends, ping pong and a buzzing bar? A great night out of course! Bounce ‘The home of Ping Pong’ has various locations throughout London and welcomes bookings for groups of 6 or more. Reserve a table and get ready to see which members of your group have got a super competitive side … Ping Pong, of course, can be hungry work so if you and your gang are prone to getting peckish, you can order pizzas, burgers or bar snacks to keep team energy levels high!
5. Conquer the Escape Room!
Where? Unit 2, 3 Lever Street, EC1V 3QU
Why go with your group? Because what better way to bond with friends than getting yourself stuck in a locked bunker room? …
For an adrenaline-fueled group activity in London, head to Escape Rooms where you and your group will be kept on your collective toes as you’re locked in a laser filled room and challenged to escape … With secret compartments, locked doors that suddenly spring into action and random alarms that only serve to increase your level of panic – this high octane activity is bound to leave you and your group feeling exhilarated! Book in advance to guarantee your spot.
6. Visit a City Farm
Where? Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA
Why go with your group? Because petting donkeys in middle of the city will always be fun!
If you’re looking for something unexpected to do with a group of friends in London, why not visit The Hackney City Farm? For over 20 years, this volunteer run farm has been giving locals and visitors alike the opportunity to experience farm life, right in the heart of the city! Get up close and personal with all sorts of farm animals including pigs, goats, chickens and donkeys. Embrace your inner kid and get involved down at the farm, you and your friends are bound to love it!
For more quirky places to visit, check our list of hidden gems in London!
7. Catch a gig
Where? All over the city
Why go with your group? Because there’s no better feeling than seeing your favourite band with your favourite people!
London’s music scene is famous around the world. Having produced artists like The Clash (did you know they stood trial at Clink78, an old courthouse?), The Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran and Adele, this city has got a whole lot to offer music lovers. If you and your group are keen to catch a gig whilst you’re in London, there’s plenty of venues to choose from – from small and unique grassroots venues to world-class arenas. All you have to do is decide who you want to see …
Check music venues in London.
8. Drink, shop and do!
Where? Drink, shop, do, 9 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DX
Why go with your group? For a chance to unleash your inner creatives!
Just a stone’s throw from Clink78 and Clink261 is Drink Shop Do. An eclectic all day cafe and shop by day and creative space that hosts workshops, quizzes, discos and more – by night. If you’re looking for something a bit different to do in London, then this could be just what you’re looking for. Roll eating, drinking and creating into one happy outing at Drink Shop Do. Currently on the agenda, among many other events, is a ‘Baby one more time’ dance class where you can ‘channel your inner teen pop princess,’ Bottomless Brunch (well, you all know what that is) and a ‘Papier Mache Monster Mash where you can make your own monster out of papier mache! There’s plenty of fun to be had, so get yourself and your group booked in at DSD.
Here’s our pick of the best rooftop bars in London.
9. Silent Sounds Boat Party
Where? The Dutch Master, Tower Millennium Pier, Next to Tower of London EC3N 4AB
Why go with your group? Because a party on a boat is always the best kind of party
What better way to spend a night with your mates than cruising along the Thames, taking in London’s amazing sights and listening to some banging tunes? (hint, there isn’t one!) Grab your headphones and jump aboard the Silent Sounds Boat Party where you and your mates can party the night away to whatever music your heart desires. Flip channels on your headphones to find your ultimate killer soundtrack – to the ultimate party anthems, dance floor slayers, disco classics or hardcore house – the choice is yours!
10. Sing the night away!
Where? 173-174 Upper St, Islington, London N1 1RG, UK
Why go with your group? Because you can belt out all the classics in the privacy of your very own karaoke room!
If you and your group like the idea of singing the night away to your favourite tunes, but don’t dig the sticky carpet and rowdy crowds in Britain’s karaoke-offering pubs, then a night at Lucky Voice could be the perfect activity for you. Hire your own private Karaoke room (with 9000+ songs ready to go, and you’ll be free to work it like Rhi Rhi or wail like Radiohead with just your closest pals around to cheer you on. Feeling parched after belting it out? No fear, hit the ‘THIRSTY’ button for in-room food and drink service. What more could you want from a night out with your friends in London?
For more group activities in London, you might want to check girly things to do in London and lads day out in London.
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