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Fun and Leisure Activities in London: things to know before you go

Looking for a way to work away those worries on a weekend or trying to discover your new passion in life? We take a look at the latest questions being asked about leisure in London and provide all the answers you need.

Which are the best museums in London?

With over 170 museums across London to explore, there’s too many to mention here! Learn about kings of industry and queens of culture, or delve deep into the world of the royal family when you visit some of the capital’s top museums, including:

  • British Museum. One of the largest permanent collections in existence, and the world’s very first public national museum, this London favourite explores the story of human culture, presenting some incredible artefacts from throughout the centuries.
  • V&A. One of the greatest collections of design, decorative arts, fashion and textiles found anywhere in the world, consisting of 2.27 million objects spanning over 5,000 years, the 145 galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum offer a feast for the eyes.
  • Science Museum. With a collection of over 300,000 items, this educational establishment features seven floors of amazing exhibits to explore. The spectacular interactive gallery is perfect for inquisitive young minds.

What is there to do in London on the weekend?

The busy bustling city of London is a brilliant place to spend a weekend. We look at some of the many different fun activities for adults and couples to explore across London.

  • Try escape games. If you fancy a real-life adventure game to get your pulse racing, then this is for you. Adventox in Shepherd's Bush offers fun group activities in the city with challenging games for up to six people. Can you escape in the hour or will you find yourselves trapped inside the game?
  • Check out a show. Try the Saturday night intimate fantasy dining experience of the Proud Cabaret City Burlesque Show, or go for the more down-to-earth pizza with cocktails and live entertainment at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell.
  • Take a helicopter ride. The capital is truly a sight to behold from the air - and a helicopter ride is the perfect opportunity to experience sightseeing like never before. Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the capital and admire some amazing London sights.

How can I spend a rainy day in London?

It can be a bit miserable sightseeing when it's wet, but the following suggestions can help you gain some appreciation for London leisure, even when the weather’s not ideal.

  • Visit a museum. With many museums to choose from, you can enjoy an afternoon soaking up some culture and avoiding the wet weather.
  • Take an art class. Keep out of the rain and try a new art class. With everything from glass to graffiti to try your hand at, you’re sure to find a great way to keep yourself, and your mind, busy.
  • Try wine tasting. Leave the rain behind, wake up your palate, and experience a wine-tasting class, with experts on hand to guide you through every vintage and flavour.

Which are the best theatres in London?

From majestic masterpieces to modern art centres, London has a vast selection of theatrical venues in which to enjoy a fantastic performance. There are more than 230 theatres across the city – and something new and exciting just waiting to be discovered on what is a classic fun activity for couples in London.

  • Royal Opera House. The city’s third largest theatre, Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House is home to national institutions The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.
  • National Theatre. The National Theatre introduced NT Live in 2009, and has broadcasted live productions to over 2,500 venues in 60 countries across the world. But nothing beats being there in person at this famous venue.
  • Barbican. The largest of its kind in Europe, it's home to the London and BBC Symphony Orchestras, and is the London venue for the Royal Shakespeare Company.