Round up your friends and turn the big smoke into your playground with our ultimate guide to #celebratingfriendship
From belting out “Hopelessly devoted to you” with your very own Pink Ladies to taking a hot tub together down Regent’s Canal, we’ve hand picked the Top 10 things to do that will create memories to last a lifetime.
1. Sing along cinema, Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square
Audience participation! A vocal warm up! Interactive prop bags! The one cinema where you’re expected NOT to be quiet, the Sing-A-Long-A screenings of Grease, Moulin Rouge, Dirty Dancing and more have become the stuff of legend. So don your Pink Ladies jackets and sing your hearts out: “I’ve got chiiiiiiiills, they’re multiplying…!”
2. Afternoon Tea with a tipsy twist, W Hotel, Leicester Square
What happens when expert mixologists give tea time classics a ‘cocktail experience’ make over? Taste bud heaven. Take the Dew Drop: edible summer tomato, rose water and a Tonka droplet, sitting on a bed of Oreo and coffee soil, to be kicked back with the gin and Violette liqueur-based Purple Rain. And that’s just 1 of the 8 treats that’ll take you to paradise. Best get an Uber back.
3. The Blow Dry Club, various central London locations
What better way to set the mood for a brilliant day or night out then by getting the VIP treatment together at one of London’s most stylish salons? We’re talking the type of award-winning hair palaces frequented by the likes of Sienna Miller, Rose McGowan, and Lady Gaga. Sip Prosecco, enjoy quality ‘me and my girls’ time, and leave looking a million dollars. Only available to The Blow Dry Club members, so download the app today.
4. Take a hot tub down Regent’s Canal
Explore London in a whole new way by sailing along the quiet and beautiful Regents Canal in… a floating hot tub! Why hadn’t we thought of that? The best thing to come out of Holland since the Vengaboys (“Boom, boom, boom boom!”), these HotTugs are self-drive, wood-fired and fit up to 7 people. No need to paddle so you can simply sit back and enjoy a 75 minute soak & cruise after a safety demonstration by your Captain. Sure to put a Pirate Smile on your faces. Arrr!
5. Create your own perfume workshop
Trot off together to the heart of East London, discover the world of scent and awaken your inner noses with a hands-on guided workshop. Head Perfumer and founder Emmanuelle will show you step by step how to create, name and make your own signature scent, unique to you and available nowhere else. You’ll be able to take your fragrance home in a 15ml bottle, and they’ll even keep your formula in their Scent Library so you can wear it again and again.
6. Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School, Regent’s Park
Ever dreamt of flying through the air and landing in a trustworthy man’s arms? You can now experience this for real at Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School, although the reality of it – as per usual – is a whole lot more terrifying (think Cirque du Soleil meets Thorpe Park). Expert acrobats will show you the ropes and even beginners will be somersaulting of a diving board after the 2-hour session. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this is one exhilarating experience you and your friends won’t forget.
7. Late nights at The Creative Café
Bored of meeting friends at the same old high street coffee shops? Grab some skinny cappuccinos and paint brushes at The Creative Café and unleash your inner artists. With plenty of materials to choose from (ceramics, wood, glass, T Shirts…), you can get creative with wild abandon. A great way to de-stress and something different from the usual Friday nights. You can even send out for pizza, Chinese or Indian and bring your own wine! Frida Kahlo & Curry it is.
8. Fearless Flirt Tours of London with Jean Smith
Unsure how to ‘read the signs’ or scared showing interest in someone will make them go “Oh cringe!”? On her Fearless Flirt Tours, Jean takes small groups out to London’s little known flirting grounds for 2 hours, dispensing her invaluable flirting tips and dating techniques – and then you get to road test them under her watchful eye. Sounds scary? Then this tour is for you. And who better to do this with then your besties?
9. Ride the slide
Thrillseekers rejoice – the highest and longest tunnel slide in the world just so happens to be right here in London, strapped on to the ArcelorMittal Orbit (we can’t say it either) in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Wizz through its 12 twists and turns and a corkscrew named the ‘Bettfeder’ (named in German for added effect) at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. No wonder this is billed as a hair raising experience – a busy commute will feel positively tame afterwards. You might even spot your old toaster – the Orbit itself is made from 60% recycled steel.
10. A walk or a picnic in one of London’s beautiful parks
Oh London, forgive us for thinking of you sometimes as nothing but a big ole smelly city full of grumpy people – on a fresh autumn day you are an absolute beaut with all your gorgeous parks decked out in their finest autumn colours. Whether it’s Kensington Gardens, Primrose Hill or Hampstead Heath it’s hard to beat a walk in the park with your friends, away from the noise and the hurry, with plenty of time to catch up, put the world to rights or simply relax together (safe dodging the odd Frisbee). And who says Pimms is only for summer?