We list our top twelve London experiences—including fun activities, things to do for couples, and unique birthday ideas in the capital.
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Activity Gifts’ Top 12 London Experiences
The Ultimate Thames RIB Blast
A Drawing Workshop in the Victoria & Albert Museum
The London Bridge Experience
The Ice Cream Ecstasy Tour
A Theatre and Dinner Package for Two
The View from the Shard and Afternoon Tea for Two
An Escape Room for Two
A Perfume Making Experience
Bungee Jumping at the O2
A Mixology Masterclass
A Ghost Bus Tour
The Medieval Banquet Dining Experience for Two
Experience London Today!
Ah, London. It’s one of the greatest cities on earth, and it’s been our capital for hundreds of years. During that time, its streets have witnessed events that changed the course of history; kings and queens, beheadings, plagues, fires, the Blitz. It’s spawned new inventions, new fashions, new music and new art—and it’s still pushing the boundaries of British culture to this day. From Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge, to the Shard, the Walkie Talkie and the O2 Arena—the skyline remains one of the most impressive and varied of anywhere in the world.
In short, London’s a pretty exciting place to be.
No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
- Samuel Johnson, 1777
At Activity Gifts, we love a day out in the capital, and that’s why we’re delighted to offer such an incredible range of London experiences and experience gifts. In this article, you’ll find the very best we have to offer—including opportunities to visit some of the city’s most popular attractions and iconic landmarks. If you’re planning a trip and in need of some unique gift voucher ideas—don’t go anywhere! Activity Gifts has got it covered.
Whether you’re shopping for a born-and-bred Londoner or a tourist to the Big Smoke—we’ve an activity voucher that’s just right for them. From an exhilarating RIB ride on the Thames to a full day’s drawing workshop in the V&A, from the terrifying London Bridge experience to afternoon tea in the Shard, and from an indulgent ice cream tour to a big night out at a West End show—there’s something for everyone, whatever their interests.
Order an Activity Gifts London voucher, and we’ll email it to you instantly—handy if that special occasion’s caught you by surprise. No more waiting for postage—simply print-off and pop inside a card for the ultimate last-minute present. It’s a gift that says, ‘go on, do something cool on me’, and we think that’s the best kind of gift there is! So, c’mon guys, check out our favourite London gift voucher ideas now!
It’s a good question—and we’re ready for it. Here goes…
Activities are breaks from routine
For Londoners caught up in the rat race, an experience gift is a welcome chance to escape, explore and do something different.
Experience gifts save space
The rent in London ain’t cheap and most Londoners live in a shoebox. Objects clutter up the place—experiences don’t.
There’s so much to do in London
The sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming, but an experience gift makes things easy—it says, ‘go there, do this, ‘cause I say so’.
Activities bring people together
It can feel like hard work catching up with friends living in other parts of the city. Book a group experience day though—and you’ve no excuse.
We should all visit the capital
If you’ve never lived there, a trip to London is a real eye-opener. It’s the centre of the universe, and we should all gravitate to it from time to time.
Hopefully, that’s enough to convince you that London experiences make awesome gifts. If so, you can browse Activity Gifts’ full range, here, or keep on reading as we reveal our personal favourites.
Price: from £43 Adult, £30 Child
Let’s begin with a unique tour of London that’ll leave you windswept and grinning ear to ear! The capital owes its existence to the mighty Thames which snakes its way through it, and many of city’s most iconic landmarks are best viewed from the river. Forget ponderously chugging past them though—this is a sightseeing cruise on steroids! Climb aboard a powerful RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and hold on tight as its twin turbo 740bhp engines blasts you under Tower Bridge, past Canary Wharf, Greenwich, the O2 Arena, and on to the Thames Barrier. Along the way, they’ll be twists, turns, classic tunes and laughs aplenty—so what’s not to love?
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the world’s most prestigious museums of art and design. It houses an enormous collection of over two million objects and regularly hosts the year’s most talked-about blockbuster exhibitions. If you’re shopping for an artistic loved one or just looking for something creative to do in London this weekend, this drawing workshop held amongst the museum’s classical sculpture collection could be just the thing. Led by an knowledgeable and engaging drawing instructor, it’ll introduce the basic principles of line and tone that underpin the artform. It’s a potentially enlightening workshop held in one of the city’s most inspiring settings.
Price: £20 Adult, £16 Child
Here’s a London activity for people who love to scare themselves silly! The London Bridge Experience takes visitors on a journey back through two thousand years of—usually pretty grim—history. You’ll encounter ghosts and ghouls round every corner as you explore gruesome events, like Boudicca’s uprising against the Romans, and walk the fearful streets of Jack the Ripper’s London. As you fumble your way through the darkness, live actors ensure plenty of scares—so why not bring along your ‘toughest’ mate along for a bit of fun? Trust us, this experience day will have them jumping and shrieking with the rest of us!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Frozen desserts might not be the first thing you think of when you think of London, but the capital is nevertheless home to some truly scrumptious gelaterias and ice cream parlours. During this sweet-toothed tour of Soho and Covent Garden, you’ll visit six of the very best—sampling award-winning ice creams, gelato and sorbets, plus chocolates, waffles and other sugary treats. Along the way, you’ll discover hidden gems and unusual flavour combinations, as well as learning a little more about two of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods. When the tour concludes, you’ll leave full of ice cream! The gym can wait ‘til tomorrow.
Price: from £99
London’s West End is legendary for its blockbuster shows, and a night out at the theatre is a treat for Londoners and tourists alike. At Activity Gifts, we offer a variety of show and dinner packages — including all-singing, all-dancing gift ideas for two. Choose from some of the West End’s most critically-acclaimed performances—from Kinky Boots to Wicked, Chicago to Les Mis—and complete a grand evening out with a delicious meal in a local restaurant. We think it makes a fabulous couples activity or birthday experience—one that’s sure to earn you a standing ovation. Bravo, darling!
Completed in 2012, the Shard is the UK’s tallest building and already an iconic feature of the London skyline. Naturally, it’s observation levels offer some of the best views of the city—but there’s more to it than that. The View from the Shard is a high-tech interactive exhibit that helps you make sense of the sprawling metropolis below—exploring the urban landscape’s past, present and future. Once you’ve admired the view from every angle, you can descend in the high-speed lift and head to Browns Butler Wharf for afternoon tea. Reflect on your visit over delicate finger sandwiches, sweet treats and—of course—fresh scones, jam and clotted cream.
Price: from £70
If you haven’t tried an escape room yet, London is a great place to do so. What’s an escape room? Well, generally speaking, it’s an immersive puzzle or game in which your objective is to escape a locked room by completing tasks and solving clues. Good teamwork is crucial as you’ll be working against the clock—run out of time, and you risk being locked in forever! Each scenario is different—from prohibition-era police chases to daring bank heists and demonic dentists surgeries—but they’ll all push your logic and problem-solving skills to their limit. THE London activity for fans of the Crystal Maze!
Price: from £39
Whether you’re planning a hen party or just looking for something a bit different to do this weekend, a perfume making experience promises a fun—and oh so fragrant—morning or afternoon in London. Firstly, you’ll enjoy a glass of bubbly and learn to follow your nose as an expert perfume consultant talks you through twenty-one arresting scents. They’ll explain how fragrances are made and offer suggestions according to your personal taste—be they classical or contemporary. Next, you’ll create your own unique blend which is finally recorded in the studio’s fragrance library. Take home a bottle on the day and order another whenever you like!
Looking for a truly memorable gift experience or birthday idea in London? Well, how about a 160ft bungee jump next to one of the city’s most famous landmarks? Admire views over the Thames and the O2 Arena—formerly the Millennium Dome—before taking the ultimate leap of faith! We think a bungee jump should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list—seriously, you’ve never felt an adrenaline rush quite like it! Of course, we understand if your initial reaction goes something like, ‘errr… hell no’—but isn’t life supposed to be about pushing yourself? Go on, pluck up your courage and do something you never thought you would, today!
London is a city with a proud drinking heritage, and today, it’s one of the world’s greatest cocktail cities. There’s no better place to sip cocktails in the UK—and now you can learn to make them here too! During this two-hour mixology masterclass, your tutor will reveal the tricks of the trade as you prepare four classic drinks. You’ll work behind your own bar/cocktail station, with all the ingredients and equipment you need to shake up a martini like a pro. Finally, you’ll put everything you’ve learnt into practice—inventing your own signature drink using the spirits, mixers and garnishes provided. A boozy London experience for budding mixologists. Bottoms up!
Price: £23 Adult, £15 Child
Given it boasts a history littered with grisly murders, plagues and general unpleasantness, it should come as no surprise that London is one of the most haunted cities in the UK. Seriously—Londoners can barely move for restless spirits and gruesome ghouls! And there’s no better way to explore the capital’s dark side than by hopping aboard this revamped 1960s Routemaster bus for a spooky sightseeing tour like no other. Join your ghastly guide for a unique piece of mobile comedy horror theatre—and view famous landmarks, like the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, in whole new ghostly light.
Finally, we’ve a London experience for two that promises to transport guests to the era of Henry VIII and his (mostly) unfortunate wives. Join the chop-happy monarch for a lavish medieval banquet served under torchlight in the vaulted cellars of Ivory House, near the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. While you feast and make merry with unlimited ale and wine, entertainments include duelling knights, magic tricks and good old-fashioned feats of strength. Afterwards, music and dancing continue ‘til late—so you’ve plenty of time to work off the inevitable King Henry-esque food baby.
Blimey, we’re there already! That concludes our quick guide to Activity Gifts’ top London experiences and gift voucher ideas. We hope you’ve been inspired to get out and explore some of the cool, fun and unique London activities we’ve highlighted. In a city like ours, new experiences lie around every corner, so there’s no excuse to be boring—whether you’re planning an epic birthday surprise, an unusual date night, or just a fun weekend in the capital.
To browse our full range of London experiences, you can head to our London Activities and Gifts category, where you’ll find everything on this list—plus a whole host of other things to do in the city.
Of course, if you’ve any questions or queries concerning London, gift vouchers, ghosts or anything else for that matter—please get in touch via the comments section below.