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On rainy, windy snowy days youngsters still need to burn off energy, not to mention festive season goodies.  Fortunately London has a multitude of interesting sporty activities to keep us moving in wintry weather.

Go Karting

TeamSport offers 5 London karting tracks, in different locations.  The minimum age is 8 years old and the tracks cater for adults too.  The venues offer family bookings, parties and corporate functions.

Indoor Laser Tag & Paintball

Another great indoor activity for all age groups.  Star Command offers laser tag in Stratford, East London.  Bunker 51, a sister company, offers laser tag and paint ball in a Cold War bunker, in Greenwich.

Skiing and Snow Boarding

Chel Ski offers Skiing and Snowboarding lessons and fitness classes.  The minimum age is 5 years old.  The venue is located on the border of Fulham and Chelsea ins out west London.  In Chiswick, Skieasy also offers both ski and snow board options on a state of the art, rotating platform,

Climbing Walls

Climbing walls are now dotted all over London so the chance of you finding one near to you is quite good.  The minimum age varies between venues but some are suitable for little ones as young as 5 years old and there are even group sessions for 1-4 year olds. Here are several:  Vauxwall in Vauxhall and Harrow, Clip ‘n Climb in Chealsea /Fulham, Gecko’s in Stoke Newington, The Reach in Woolwich, Mile End Wall in Mile End, The Castle in Stoke Newington, Westway Climbing in Ladbroke Grove, The Arch Climbing Wall in Bermondsey.

Trampolining

Freestyle, parties, classes, soft play areas, fitness classes  – it’s all the rage, for any age.  Jump until you drop all over London.  Zap Space in Stratford, Flip Out in Wandsworth, Barking and Brent Cross, Oxygen Free Jumping in Greenwich, Acton and Croydon, Better Extreme in Islington.

Ice Skating

During the festive season London offers a number of well known ice skating rinks.  However, there are several indoor ice skating rinks open all yer round and perfect to keep kids of all ages busy during rainy days in London.  Here are some of the best known: Alexander Palace Ice Skating in Wood Green, Queens in Bayswater, Streatham Ice Centre in Streatham.

Bowling

Here are some of the well known London bowling alleys to spend a rainy day.  All Star Lanes has four locations – Holborn, Shoreditch, Stratford and West Kensington,  Queens in Bayswater, Rowans in Finnsbury Park, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Holborn, The Croc, Soho.

Circus Arts

Enthusiasm and energy required.  From 4 years old you can join a circus class and be flying on a trapeze!  Well almost. Not an activity you can enjoy on the spur of the moment, but if you are planning to be in London for a few weeks in winter there may be a course near you.  Here are some we found on line –  Air Craft Circus is in Greenwich, Aerial Days in Highgate, Circus Glory, Primrose Hill, National Centre for Circus Arts in Hoxton, Flying Fantastic in Wimbledon and Bankside.

Ping Pong

Table tennis has become very popular with the after work crowd looking for something more than simply standing in a bar.  However, some venues are suitable for a game or two during the day with under 18’s.  Bounce is in Farringdon / Holborn and Old Street, The Book Club is in Shoreditch.  For more serious players there is a site dedicated to finding a table near to you: My local Pitch.

Get Wet

Swimming and aqua play may not be the obvious choice in a London winter, but you probably have an indoor swimming pool at your local leisure centre.  Make a quick search on My Local Pitch for your nearest options.  Top of the range is the pool and facilities created for the London 2012 Olympics in Stratford – London Aquatic Centre.  Also top of the list should be Leyton Leisure Lagoon in Leyton, Finchley Lido Leisure Centre in Finchley, Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolwich.

There are plenty of options to persuade children to leave the sofa and join in on sporty, rainy day activities in London.

 

 

Highgate Cemetery

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Highgate Cemetery opened in 1839 and is now a Grade I listed Park of historic interest and importance. It is famed not only for outstanding funerary architecture and astonishing statuary but also the many well known names now at rest there – Karl. Marx Douglas Adams, Patrick Caulfield and Malcom McLaren to name a few. For the most part it is a romantic space for peaceful  contemplation.  But as our days grow shorter, the gloomy wintery light, rambling vegetation and decaying tombstones enhance the ghostly legends and Victorian Gothic spookiness of it all.

 

The Old Operating Theatre Museum

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The Old Operating Theatre Museum was created in 1822 before the introduction of anaesthetics and antiseptics.  It is the oldest operating theatre to survive in Europe and has been carefully conserved.  It is an intimate space, approached up a narrow winding staircase into the garret of St Thomas’ Church.  The adjoining museum space is where the creepy really steps up with exhibits of ancient surgical instruments, body parts in bottles – the usual anatomical gruesomeness of it all.  The operating theatre is also a venue for hire.   Yes, you heard right – canapés and fizz can be oganised for an event amidst the gore and ghosts of patients long dead on the operating table.

 

The Victor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

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The Victor Wynd Museum of Curiosities showcases lots of creepy dead stuff.  From shrunken heads to Dodo bones the collection is whimsical, bizarre and gruesome.  Some of the extensive collection of taxidermy can be bought or commissioned. Linger longer at the cocktail bar serving Absinthe or hire the venue for your own private revelry.  Surreal art exhibitions and events are also scheduled throughout the year.  The museum is deliberately subversive and celebrates the 19th Century vogue for collecting and displaying anything that took your fancy – the more macabre the better.  It is grotesque and scary, fantastic and funny and seriously worth the shiver.

 

Chislehurst Caves

Creepy caves, dark narrow tunnels and gloomy ponds. It’s the stuff of Gollum and Harry Potter, smugglers and murderers. The Chislehurst Caves are actually 35 km’s of subterranean, man made chalk mines, dating back to at least the 13th century. Guided tours are conducted in the dark, by lamp light and are atmospheric and entertaining. The question is – would you stay overnight, on your own?

 

 

Plague Pits

Did you know there are Plague Pits, which are essentially mass graves for plague victims, dotted all over London.  Many are now elegant and peaceful garden squares or notable public parks, such as Green Park in central London.  None of them give any indication of the thousands of people buried only a few meters below, and who would have died a miserable and gruesome death. Charterhouse Square is the largest where an estimated 50 000 people have been buried since 1348, some of them still alive when they were disposed of.  Little wonder there are innumerable tales of mysterious moans, groans and shrieks on dark London nights.

 

 

There’s a famous London park for every mood, every occasion and every season. Summer picnics by the lake in St James Park or a brisk autumn walk through the golden leaves in Hyde Park are popular with locals and visitors.  Not to be overlooked are London’s secret, secluded gardens and green spaces. Some of these are unknown even to locals, making them even more intriguing and worth seeking out.

A CITY CONSERVATORY

Most of our apartments to rent in London’s visitors will be familiar with Kew Gardens and it’s famous conservatory.  The Barbican’s Conservatory is the second largest in London after Kew and this hidden tropical oasis in the centre of town is a delightful surprise. It is only open to visitors on Sunday’s, offers guided tours and serves afternoon tea.

QUEEN’S WOOD

Highgate in north London has real woods to explore.  Highgate Wood is the larger of the two, Queen’s Wood is more intimate and magical, with cherry trees, groves and woodland creatures.   It’s the kind of place you would expect to find a Disney princess, singing with the animals! Nearby Highgate Cemetery is absolutely worth a visit while you’re here.

PHOENIX GARDEN IN COVENT GARDEN

Some of our most popular London apartment rentals are in Covent Garden.  You will find the enchanting Phoenix Garden in this exciting and well loved central neighbourhood.  This spot is just perfect for sitting down and catching your breath in the quiet and then marvelling at the fact that you’re really sitting in London’s busy heart, close to the bustling Piazza and market.

POSTMAN’S PARK BY ST PAUL’S

Postman’s Park is a short walk from St Paul’s Cathedral and is a very special place.  Here you will find a “Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice” – 50 plaques put up to commemorate people who died trying to save others.  It is a good thing to take a little time out of a busy day in this pretty place and read some of the moving stories of these everyday heroes.

FAMOUS HOUSES & GARDENS

People staying in our apartments in London often forget that some of the capital’s fascinating house museums will have a garden to visit as well as the main indoor attraction.  Keats House in Hampstead has delightful gardens where the famous poet sometimes wrote.  The courtyard garden at the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury is a charming place to sit and have a cup of tea.

Many of our London apartment rentals are popular with families.  These warm, sunny days are perfect for finding fabulous activities and cultural delights that your children will adore. From outdoor fun to award winning theatre, here are some great ways to entertain the whole family during your London visit.

POOLS AND PONDS

This summer promises to be a good one and there’s nothing more delightful than escaping the heat and din of the big city than jumping into a  cool pool of water.  Choose between the popular swimming ponds on Hampstead Heath or the totally refurbished London Fields Lido, a heated outdoor pool with two cafes.

ANIMALS IN THE CITY

Children love to observe and learn about animals, both the friendly and fierce kind, and London offers plenty of chances to do just that.  London Zoo in Regent’s Park is a modern, innovative zoo well worth a visit even if you’ve been before; the exhibits change and evolve constantly. London Aquarium is equally fascinating and the latest addition to this watery world is a rainforest adventure.

MESSING ABOUT ON THE RIVER

The Thames attracts visitors and locals alike – some of our most popular apartments to rent in London are close to the river.  Enjoy a tranquil boat ride, take a riverside stroll on a balmy summer’s eve or perhaps you prefer Thames Rockets! This guided tour by speed boat starts off calmly enough, then changes into first gear, so be warned!  Goggles and life vests provided.

WIGWAMS IN THE PARK

Our central apartments in London will have a park close by to relax in – take a picnic lunch along and you’re all set!  The Princess Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens has a pirate ship, wigwams, sea monsters and more.  Another popular activity is pony riding in the vast expanse of spectacular Richmond Park, with it’s famous deer.

MUSIC & MAGIC IN THE WEST END

Once you’ve had enough of the outdoors, a West End show is always a treat.  Matilda The Musical, adapted from Roald Dahl’s book, is a smash hit, award winning musical guaranteed to delight. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a must see for all magic fans out there – this critically acclaimed play introduces us to Harry Potter, family man.