If your family is filled with thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, then a trip to London could be right up your street.
London isn’t just famous for its museums, art galleries and West End shows, there are also plenty of adventurous activities on offer that will get your heart racing during your stay at the Park Grand Paddington London. If this sounds like you and your tribe, read on to discover five of our favourite activities for you to try with your family the next time you’re in town.
1. A high-speed boat ride
One of the best ways of seeing some of London’s most iconic sights is from the river, but what makes this activity so exciting is the fact that you’ll be doing it all from a high-speed jet boat that will skim over the waves and give you the ride of your life!
Known as the Thames Rockets, several companies that can take you on this high-speed water adventure, so speak to the reception team at the Park Grand Paddington London who will be able to advise you on the best people to talk to.
Remember, you’ll also need to take into account tide times if you want to take a ride on a Thames Rocket, so make sure that you make any reservations in advance to avoid disappointment.
2. Horse riding in Hyde Park
If you aren’t a fan of the water or have smaller children with you, a horse ride in Hyde Park is still a great outdoor activity that all of your family members will enjoy.
Luckily for those staying at Park Grand Paddington London, Hyde Park is located just a short stroll away, so you won’t need to rush breakfast or get out of bed too early to enjoy a trek through the beautifully maintained parklands.
With rides available for experienced or novice riders, this activity typically takes place early in the morning to avoid the crowds, so you might need to have an early breakfast before heading off to meet your steed.
Hyde Park is also home to the Princess Diana Memorial Garden which has its own adventure playground complete with a pirate ship for small children, so it’s a great spot for a picnic afterwards or for the little ones to burn off some energy before returning to your hotel.
3. Bungee jump at the O2 Arena
If you’re a hardcore thrill-seeker, then why not brave a bungee jump at the O2 Arena? Certainly not an activity for the very young or fainthearted, this is something that those that know no fear will enjoy and that everyone else can just stand back and watch!
Booking one of our London Hotels special offers can help give you that little bit extra to pay for some of these heart rate rising activities, so be sure to take a look at any available offers before you plan your trip to the city.
Getting to the O2 Area in Greenwich from the Park Grand Paddington London is pretty straight forward using London’s reliable Tube network. Simply hop on the Tube to The O2 using the Jubilee and Bakerloo lines, and you’ll reach your destination in just over half an hour.
4. Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports Vertical Chill
Covent Garden isn’t just a bustling market and retail area; there’s also something for the outdoor adventurer too!
If you want to keep your cool when getting your adrenaline pumping during your London hotels special offers stay, then why not head to Vertical Chill? This gives you the opportunity to scale an eight-metre high wall.
No problem, you say? Then try and do it in icy temperatures that range from a frosty -5°C to -12°C! Don’t worry about packing your thermal gear before you arrive at the Park Grand Paddington London though, Vertical Chill provide all of the thermal gear, a helmet and safety equipment you’ll need to try and take on what is essentially a very tall manmade iceberg!
This is a great activity for all ages, but you will need a good level of physical fitness if you want to make your way to the top. If the rest of the family doesn’t want to join in the fun or have a frosty nose while waiting for you to finish. It has plenty of shops, an amazing indoor market and lots of outdoor entertainers to keep the rest of your group amused.
5. Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds
Not perhaps the best outdoor family activity in the cooler months, but during summer and early autumn, Hampstead Heath opens up its swimming ponds and gives Londoners and visitors to the city the chance to get away from the crowds and cool off in this beautiful spot.
A popular choice for ‘wild swimmers’ that love the chilly water lapping against their skin, the ponds first started life as reservoirs in the 1770s and have since found a new function as a popular spot for a dip on warm days.
With both single-sex and group swimming ponds, you can bring the whole family along for a bracing swim safe in the knowledge that a team of qualified lifeguards are on hand should you need them.
The ponds also get pretty busy during school holidays, so why not opt for an early morning swim or travel to Hampstead Heath later in the afternoon when it’s a little quieter for a splash around?
To reach Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds from Park Grand Paddington London, simply hop on the Tube from Paddington Station and take the Circle line to Highgate station.
Just don’t forget your towel and a dry change of clothing after you’ve finished your swim as nobody wants to sit next to someone who’s dripping wet on the Tube!