Planning a night out with colleagues but tired of binge drinking and not brave enough to suggest something fitness related? Not everyone finds the idea of pounding treadmills in the dark to rave music quite so exhilarating, besides perhaps not an experience to be shared with your boss? Rolling around in a ball pit however… Here’s a round up of our top alternative nights out for the active reveller to get you and your work mates moving sans sweat.
Activity? Raving in a ball pit – really
What? Play, rave and mess around in a chest high underground ball pit, full of rubber rings and foam toys, while being serenaded by DJs spinning funk, bass and techno. Enjoy a two-hour slot with access to an upstairs bar with craft beer, cocktails, wine and prosecco. Check the website for info on DJ’s and pick a genre suited to you.
Address: 79 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8AD
Tube: Dalston Kingsland (Overground) Hackney Downs (Overground)
Price: From £10
What? A bouncy playground for all ages with a host of health benefits, from improving balance and coordination to helping the brain construct neural synapses and pathways! Repetitive bouncing creates just enough stress to build higher bone density, creating stronger bones and improves the lymphatic system increasing flow as much as 15 times – no wonder you feel such a rush! Just add friends and some music and you’re flying! In terms of cardio fitness… according to the geniuses at NASA, 10 minutes on a trampoline, equates to over 30 minutes running!
Address: Bendon Valley, Wandsworth SW18 4LZ
Tube: Southfields (District), Earlsfield (South West Trains)
PLAY GOLF LONDON
Activity? Baseball & Softball
What? The UK’s first automatic American-style baseball and softball batting cages with authentic USA style pitching machines set up for all levels. All equipment (helmet and baseball bat) are provided free of charge!
Address: Watford Road, Harrow Middlesex HA1 3TZ
Tube: South Kenton (Overground, Bakerloo), Northwick Park (Metropolitan)
Price: 1 hour £22.50
Activity? Hula Hooping
What? A cardio workout, designed by world record holding hula hoop master Marawa the Amazing. Try a class with her troupe of Majorettes and tone core muscles while listening to carnival tunes. Forget sit-ups – this is the best way to work that mid-section, while having fun in the process. Hoops are provided and the class is open to all levels.
Address: Multiple locations – Dalston, Shoreditch, Soho or Brixton
Price: 1 class £10
Activity? Social Team Sport
What? Team based high-intensity fitness classes disguised as games like Capture the Flag, British Bulldog and Dodgeball to transport you back to the playground. Read our interview with the founder of Rabble here.
Address: Multiple locations: Hyde Park, Finsbury, King’s Cross, Clapham Common, Canada Water and Shoreditch (Indoor)
Price: £14 – 1 game any venue
Activity? Crazy Golf
What? Socially competitive golf in a two storey clubhouse with a 1920’s bucolic English countryside vibe. Explore a playground of nine-hole crazy golf courses, cocktail bars, a gin terrace and street-food vendors. There’s also a Swingers scorecard app and nightly DJs. Keep your eye on the ball with a non-alcoholic Double Dutch Cucumber & Watermelon soda (or try the Freixenet Ice cocktail with elderflower liqueur)
Address: 8 Brown’s Buildings, London EC3A 8AL
Tube: Aldgate (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan), Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan)
Price: £13 per person, per round
THE SHUFFLE CLUB
Activity? Shuffle boarding
What? A mash up between bowling and curling in a vast warehouse with vegan pizza (try the ‘Earth Child’), DJ booth blasting out disco beats and Prosecco served on a motorbike. But hurry! The pop up lasts until December so book a slot before Christmas.
Address: Old Truman Brewery, Elys Yard, London E1 6QR.
Tube: Aldgate (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan), Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan), Shoreditch High Street (Overground)
Price: Tickets from £40 (2-8 people advised for best experience)
THE CRYSTAL MAZE:
Activity? Team challenge
What? Inspired by that 90’s game show, face challenges designed to test your skill, mental and physical ability across four adventure time zones: Aztec, Industrial, Futuristic and Medieval. You know the drill – for each challenge completed your team earns a crystal, the more you earn, the more time you’ll get in The Crystal Dome! 4 teams participate per session, 8 per team, each session lasts 90 minutes.
Address: 10-14 White Lion St, London N1 9PD.
Tube: Angel (Northern)
Price: Single ticket £52.50