20 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN LONDON

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London is a sprawling capital city centred around the meandering River Thames. For millennia, ancient tribes have been crossing the land to fish, building a society around the banks of the river over time. Throughout the city’s history, London has been conquered by numerous foreign invaders including the Vikings, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and more.

This violent history has produced a city of profound architectural and historical significance. Typical points of interest include The Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Charles Dickens Museum, and much more. Despite this volatile history, London has remained a global economic power and a major contributor to innovation, art, technological and scientific progress in modern times.

London is the perfect location to host your team-building event, with an endless offering of exciting activities throughout the year. Across the city, you’ll find great things to do such as stand-up paddleboarding along the canals, swinging through the trees at Battersea Park or eating your way through the city on a guided food tour.

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Explore the River Thames on a kayak tour

  • See the famous London skyline from a unique perspective.
  • Learn fundamental kayaking techniques with guidance from certified instructors.
  • The stable double kayaks are fitted with rudders, making steering simple.
  • Participants are advised to dress up in warm, comfortable clothing.
  • The trip is suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners.
  • The staff are both hilarious and highly professional.

Gather around the dining table with a London food tour

  • Experience an immersive journey through culture and food with experienced local guides.
  • Discover London’s unique culinary history including the famous figures of Soho and the Jewish influence in the East End.
  • An engaging walking tour through London that lasts approximately 3.5 hours.
  • An excellent opportunity to bond, network, connect, explore and have fun.
  • The experience doesn’t just end with food, along the tour you’ll learn how to make the perfect Gin and Tonic.
  • Fully customisable events to suit all budgets and group sizes.

Work together to complete missions at the escape room

  • Teamwork and leadership skills will be put to the test as your team takes on a series of puzzles and challenges.
  • Available to groups of up to 58 players at any one time.
  • Combine work and play by following up your escape room experience with a session in one of the conference spaces.
  • Choose from a range of themed game modes including Plan52, Operation Blacksheep, Revenge of the Sheep and CQ Origenes.
  • A great way for corporate teams to bond over a series of fun challenges.

Enjoy London from the water with stand-up paddleboarding

  • Explore London’s extensive waterway network while learning how to stand-up paddleboard.
  • A great way to facilitate the growth of interpersonal relationships in your team.
  • Escape the hubbub of the city streets and enjoy the sights from the tranquillity of the water.
  • Available to groups of up to 12 people with the choice of three routes including Regents Canal, Camden and St. Katharine Docks.
  • Receive great tuition from licensed instructors who explain everything about stand-up paddleboarding.
  • Kind and patient instructors ensure a pleasurable experience for the whole group.

Explore London on a guided bike tour

  • A bike tour is a perfect way to get your team out and about on the streets of London.
  • Tours are currently available in Dutch German, French and English.
  • Experiences can be tailored to groups of up to 100 people.
  • Large group sizes are subdivided and placed with a separate guide.
  • Experiences typically last between three and four hours, including a break.
  • All tours avoid busy roads, and instead, take advantage of the guide’s expert knowledge of quieter back streets, riverside pathways and park routes.

Unleash your inner primate at one of London’s treetop adventures

  • Explore the forest canopy by way of a treetop rope course in the heart of the city.
  • Courses are located across the nation’s capital at Alexandra Palace, Battersea Park and Cockfosters
  • The treetop adventure is available to groups of 10-300 people.
  • Access a range of courses with varying difficulty levels. 
  • Participants are encouraged to push their limits and encourage others as they climb ladders, swing on high ropes and soar through the canopy on zip wires. 
  • The experienced staff ensure safety is of the utmost priority.

Cook up a storm at the cookery school

  • Relaxed, informal, and structured corporate cookery courses that ensure a pleasurable experience.
  • Before starting cooking, groups are divided into smaller groups to encourage teamwork and bonding.
  • Receive expert tuition from experienced chefs.
  • Cook a delicious three-course meal before sitting down together to enjoy your creation.
  • Access to a premium professional kitchen that’s cleanly and well-maintained.
  • The ultimate way to bond as a group while learning useful skills for daily life.

Tour the River Thames in a speedboat

  • The speedboat tours guarantee the best views of London’s most iconic sights along the river Thames.
  • Learn about the history of the city from your onboard tour guide.
  • Marvel at up to 30 iconic London landmarks including London Bridge and The London Eye.
  • The tour lasts approximately 50 minutes.
  • All passengers must wear a lifejacket at all times while onboard.
  • Enjoy pumping music, as well as lots of jokes and trivia.

Relax and de-stress with social pottery sessions

  • Social pottery painting sessions encourage creativity and provide endless therapeutic benefits.
  • The ultimate activity for highly-stressed teams looking to unwind and bond.
  • Learn actionable techniques and painting methods.
  • Suitable for people from all backgrounds—creative or otherwise!
  • Excellent service provided by the friendly and welcoming staff.
  • Get access to all the necessary equipment including clay, brushes, sponges, sandpaper, and more.

Sample premium wines at the specialist wine cellar

  • Enjoy a selection of hand-selected bespoke wines in the heart of Brixton.
  • You will be guided through each wine by the in-house sommelier.
  • Up to 30 guests can be accommodated at one time.
  • The knowledgeable staff share their vast understanding of wine flavours and aromas.
  • Each member takes home an individual SWAG bag at the end of the tasting.

Shoot your shot at the archery range

  • Learn the basics of archery with tuition from experienced instructors.
  • Available to groups from 4 to 40 people.
  • An action-packed activity that encourages team bonding while learning a new skill.
  • The indoor venue makes this the perfect all-weather activity.
  • Participants are provided with all the necessary equipment and a full safety briefing before heading to the archery range.
  • Archery is an inclusive activity for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Go for gold at the go-karting track

  • You'll be pushing our top-spec karts to the max on those straights, and testing your cornering skills on a huge variety of bends, from gentle sweeps to punishing hairpins.
  • Push your motoring skills to the max onboard high-spec karts.
  • Navigate the 800m multi-level track with high-speed straights and technical hairpin bends. 
  • The spacious venue is capable of accommodating groups of up to 100 people.
  • The staff and the karting centre will provide you with a uniform, helmet, and high-spec kart.
  • Races can consist of up to 15 karts for optimal racing drama.

Build teamwork and communication with outdoor paintball sessions

  • 50 Acres of the most exciting and immersive modern warfare battlefields.
  • An immersive selection of five epic maps with differing scenarios.
  • Teams score points throughout the day by completing missions.
  • Located just 25 minutes train ride from Central London and just 5 minutes from the M25.
  • Parking is available at the venue free of charge.
  • Get access to state-of-the-art paintballing equipment with the option to upgrade to improved weaponry.

Serenade your colleagues at the karaoke bar

  • These one-of-a-kind karaoke spaces have been designed specifically with corporate events in mind.
  • The venue can cater to groups of up to 200 people.
  • Let your hair down and harness the endless benefits of karaoke.
  • Drinks and food packages can be tailored to your needs.
  • Choose from a huge variety of songs of various artists and languages.
  • The atmosphere is electric and the staff provide attentive service.

Go for birdie at the miniature golf course

  • Experience delight and frustration on the four, nine-hole crazy golf courses.
  • The course arena has been meticulously designed to resemble the quintessential 1920s British seaside.
  • The venue can host up to 600 people at any one time. 
  • The friendly and helpful staff ensure your group enjoy a memorable miniature gold experience.
  • The option to book one of the venues seven private hire spaces.
  • Two bars and a variety of food stalls offer a delicious range of food and drink.

Learn the coveted skill of axe throwing

  • Book a regular session or take over the full venue for a private event.
  • Learn fundamental axe-throwing techniques with experienced instructors.
  • Light drinks and snacks can be purchased on-site.
  • Sessions are 70-minutes long and designed for first-timers.
  • Each lane consists of 2 targets, an instructor and up to 10 players. 
  • The lighting is good, the toilets are clean and the decor is cool.

Go for a strike at the bowling alley

  • Enjoy an action-packed team-bonding event at this premium bowling venue.
  • Sessions include AV equipment, refreshments and unlimited bowling!
  • The A-list experience includes a private room with private retro lanes, bottomless bowling, a fully-stocked cocktail bar with a dedicated mixologist, and party food.
  • Available for up to 100 people with three private lanes.
  • Maximum of seven people per lane.
  • The lanes are very well kept and the staff is helpful and friendly.

Challenge yourself at the climbing gym

  • Attempt a range of climbing activities from bouldering to top-roping.
  • Team-building climbing events are designed to ignite key skills such as communication, leadership, confidence and more.
  • Explore a range of climbing routes designed to challenge all levels.
  • The facility is complete with changing rooms, showers and an inviting cafe.
  • The climbing sessions last approximately two hours.
  • The tallest walls reach heights of up to 13 metres.

Strengthen your team with fun improvisational exercises

  • Boost essential soft skills such as creativity, communication and collaboration with a range of improvisational team-building games.
  • The training providers have a track record of great results with a huge range of big corporate training clients.
  • Learn new skills with experienced coaches, fully trained in a unique methodology.
  • Your employees learn key improvisational skills to become better storytellers, listeners and creative thinkers.
  • Workshops are available on-site and off-site.
  • These courses put a unique, engaging spin on traditional team-building techniques.

Relax and rejuvenate with a guided yoga class

  • Group yoga sessions offer the perfect opportunity for employees to bond and de-stress.
  • Employees alleviate themselves from office pressures and leave the session feeling calm and refreshed.
  • Separate men’s and women’s changing rooms are available on-site.
  • Choose from a variety of specialist yoga classes such as Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa and more.
  • The studio is very serene and inviting with plenty of natural light.
  • The instructors walk you through the poses and help you refine your technique.

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