Adventure Activities in London - Try if You Dare
In Westminster, you'll find Chessington World of Adventures, a theme park complete with giant roller coasters and a safari. Begin your London travel adventures on The Dragon's Fury, a rollercoaster that spins as it goes along the track. How much you spin depends on who is riding and where they're sitting, so you'll never have the same experience twice. Be forewarned that this monster should be reserved for experienced riders only, as its sideways spins may be too much for some to handle. There are many other rides and coasters throughout the park that are appropriate for kids.
Chessington World of Adventures
London KT9 2NE
See their website calendar for times
General Admission - £36
Kids under 12 - £26
Kids under 1 meter - FREE
UK Skydiving Adventures Ltd. offers what is perhaps the most exciting – or terrifying -- adventure activity in London. Owned and operated by Clair Scott, a five-time world champion skydiver, this parachute company boasts of 20 sky-diving sites across the UK. They offer training for those hoping to adopt a skydiving hobby and provide skydiving excursions for tourists and locals alike. Tandem jumping is available for first-timers and those who prefer a bit of moral support.
UK Skydiving Adventures Ltd.
167 Springbank Road
London SE13 6ST
Tandem - £220 - £290
Whether you're practicing for a real-life feud or just for sport, Swash & Buckle Fencing Club Ltd. can help you perfect your craft. Come home from your trip to London with a daring new hobby and encourage your friends to pursue "camaraderie through combat." Be sure to call ahead for lessons, and don't be afraid to let your inner pirate out!
Swash & Buckle Fencing Club Ltd
12 Vallance Road
London N22 7UB
A walk through London might not seem so thrilling at first, but when you're traipsing about the same streets that dubious villains like Jack the Ripper once roamed, you're sure to feel a chill. London is considered by some to be the most haunted city on earth, and there's no better way to learn about its ghosts than by walking the city's spookiest streets.
London Walks offers a number of exciting guided tours, including The Jack the Ripper Walk -- an absolute must during your London travel adventures. This spine-tingling tour begins in the Tube and is guided by Donald "Don" Rumbelow, the country's most distinguished crime historian. You'll visit the original crime sites, look over the evidence and discuss the suspects.
Visitors can also embark upon a tour of the "The Secret West End," where they'll discover the eerie grave and gravestone of a Nazi general's dog and explore creepy alleyways that even the locals don't know about.
The "Ghosts of the Old City" is another popular choice among London travelers. Daring participants keep an eye out for ghosts as "the Man in Black" leads them past a medieval citadel, the She Wolf of France and the dark figure of Newgate rattling his chains.
London NW6 4LW
Times vary according to destination but all walks start at the Tube
Adults - £8
Seniors (65+) and full-time students - £6
Warning: Ultimate thrill seeking will include walking downtown with an expensive watch, putting your purse over the back of your chair while eating outside, or wandering off the beaten path. Like any major city, London has its crime, so take proper precautions, opt for tours when you can and take local advice to heart. Ask the concierge at your hotel for areas to avoid and safe transportation alternatives.
Adventure activities in London are unlike those anywhere else in the world. The history here is in every brick and cobblestone, and each building has seen hundreds of years and dozens of generations before you. With so many different ways to get your kicks, you're sure to have a great time. Just be sure to keep an eye over your shoulder for Jack the Ripper -- he was never caught, you know.
- Overview:London Travel Guide