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7 fun booze-free activities in London

By QMHalls 27 Aug 2021

You might think that university is all about going out on the lash but there are plenty of booze-free things to do in the capital. Check out our list of some of the best entertaining and sober activities in London below. 

Get your gaming fix at Electric Gamebox

Even if you're not a gaming nerd, you'll have tons of fun at Electric Gamebox. You'll be placed into a private interactive room with touch controls, surround sound and motion tracking for an exciting, immersive experience. You can choose to do a social challenge for 60 minutes where you work together or try a 30 minute head-to-head arcade battle. There are a choice of 6 games to try your hand at! Book your slot online.

Where: Southbank

Go to a roller disco



Roller Nation has club nights throughout the week to polish up your skills whilst listening to some of your favourite tunes. Tickets cost from £8 for a session and skates are provided. Get your groove on at the funk nights on Thursday or take a trip down memory lane on Saturdays at the roller disco. Just try not to fall over too much!

Where: Tottenham

Slow down with some Yoga

London's a fast-paced city, and you could find yourself needing to take a minute for yourself - especially if you've not been here long. Sky Garden hosts yoga classes at the weekends at 8:30am, with tickets costing £20, but the location is so worth it. You'll be doing the downward dog 36 stories high and surrounded by plants in this laid-back space.

Where: City centre

Attend a pottery class

Why not learn a new skill whilst you're here in London? HAUSOF Furniture & Ceramics in Camden regularly put on classes such as pottery and woodworking to help you make a nice little addition to your abode. What's more, profits from all of their classes go to a whole host of charities who support people with disabilities, mental health issues and homelessness, so you'll know your money is helping someone else, too!

Where: Camden

Go for a round of adventure golf



Head down to Greenwich Peninsula for a spot of golf by the riverside. You can choose between an 18-hole adventure golf session or strike some balls into the distance at the driving range. Student tickets for the adventure golf are just £7! Greenwich Peninsula is a quirky and lively new destination which also offers ping pong, live music and pop-up galleries throughout the year. Take a look here for more info.

Where: Greenwich

Ghost bus tours

If you want to do something truly unique in London then why not learn about the haunted history of London's most popular tourist attractions? The cleverly named Ghost Bus Tours offers you just that in a 1 hour and 15 minute period of driving around London. It's the UK's only comedy-horror experience on wheels, so it's well worth a try. The journey costs £18 for students and they operate on a first-come first-served basis. 

Where: Waterloo

Grab a soft drink at a bar/pub

Just because you don't drink it doesn't mean that you have to miss out on the fun altogether. There are lots of cool bars that offer soft drinks so you can still get in on the social action. Ballie Ballerson is a trendy bar in Shoreditch filled with over a million balls in two pits, and who doesn't love a ball pit? There are plenty of mocktails and soft drinks on the menu so you won't be short for choice. Tickets are £5 Sunday-Thursday, £10 on Fridays and £15 on Saturdays. 

Where: Shoreditch

You don't have to drink to have a smashing time in London!