London is one of the best cities in the world, with one of the widest varieties of entertainment. So if you’re in the British capital and are looking for something to do outside your hotel, try one of these top 10 entertainment venues in London.
The Hippodrome was originally built in 1900 and operated as a circus and variety performance venue. It has since served as a theatre and a nightclub.
Today, the Hippodrome is a casino and entertainment venue that won Best European Casino Operator in 2015 and Casino of the Year in 2013. Anyone who has played some of the different versions of online blackjack or other similar casino games will be familiar with the offering at the Hippodrome. It has all of the casino games you would expect, including poker, roulette, dice, and pai gow.
If you enjoy playing arcade games, then NAMCO Funscape is the best spot for you. Located in the County Hall building, right in the heart of the city, next to Westminster Bridge and the London Eye, NAMCO Funscape is probably one of the best-situated video arcades in the world.
Inside you’ll find 10-pin bowling, ping pong, dodgems, pool, an escape room, and an arcade packed with classic games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.
Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch & Soho
Now adults can enjoy the fun of ball pits. Combining a cocktail bar, dance floor, and one million balls in one place will make for a night out like no other. Ballie Ballerson has two venues, one in Shoreditch and another in Soho, both of which are open until late.
Silent Sounds Boat Party
Combine several nights out together. Tour London at night, admiring the magnificent sights of Tower Bridge when it’s lit up while you sail down the River Thames partying in a silent disco.
The two-storey Dutch Master party boat will transport you through the city in style for a truly unique party experience.
The Covent Garden Comedy Club
London is home to some of the best comedians in the country, and there’s no better way to enjoy stand up comedy than in the intimate setting of a comedy club. The Covent Garden Comedy Club is the most successful independent comedy venue in the city, bringing you big names and up and coming talent, with many TV stars appearing regularly.
Bubbly & Art
London is also the cultural capital of Britain, with more art galleries than anywhere else in the country. If you’re feeling inspired, why not head to Bubbly & Art. You can enjoy the company of your friends as you each paint your own masterpiece while listening to the excellent music and enjoying drinks and pizza from the bar.
James Bond Themed Pub Quiz
There’s nothing more British than a pub quiz, except one that’s all about James Bond. Grab some friends and head to the Owl and Hitchhiker pub on Holloway Road and test your 007 knowledge.
Ghost Bus Tours
London is famous for its bright red Routemaster double-decker buses that served the city for decades. Some still roam the streets today, but most are operated by private companies. One of these is the Ghost Bus Tour, which has repainted their bus in black.
Hop onboard and you’ll be taken to all of the spookiest places in the city that they describe as “landmarks of spiritual menace”.
Steamy Bingo Bottomless Brunch
Bingo is a classic British pastime that has fallen out of fashion a little in recent years. That was until some bingo halls started to change its image and make it appeal to a younger audience.
The epitome of this is Steam Bingo Bottomless Brunch featuring Tina Turner Tea Lady. Running every Saturday between 11 am and 2 pm, Tina Turner Tea Lady, in a very fetching dress and green tabard, takes to the stage to call bingo numbers with a difference.
Another activity that is making a comeback is mini-golf. To make it appeal to the masses in 2020, mini-golf has been brought inside, mixed with live music, great food and drink, and a bit of technology to make the game more interesting.
Puttshack at White City describes itself as the “world’s first social entertainment concept”. It uses proprietary technology to create auto-scoring games and unique challenges like pinball-style mini golf.