With London being one of the main business hubs of the world, you may be seeking inspiration for activities to do with your team to keep the work momentum going. Nothing works better than a well-aligned team and these London team building activities are bound to give your colleagues the break they deserve and provide a whole lot of entertainment.
Forming good relationships with your colleagues outside of the workplace will benefit the overall company atmosphere internally too, building trust and bonds that will translate back into the workplace.
London is certainly not short on one thing - escape rooms. The escape room trend has taken off as a team building exercise, especially after the pandemic. It’s a great way to put your team member’s skills to the test and work with other colleagues in the company you’d typically not work with on a day to day basis.
With so many escape rooms to choose from in London, the second hardest thing will be to choose one for your team to enjoy.
Some of the most popular escape rooms in London are The Killer in North London, The Psychopath’s Den in East London, The Haunted Toy Store in Aldgate, and Spy Heroes in East London.
Most of the escape rooms can accommodate between 6 and 10+ people and will cost anywhere between £25.00 - £40.00 each. Companies should consider booking a few months in advance, especially for larger groups.
Mini Golf is one of the best team building activities in London to do, for competitiveness but also to allow those who don’t take their golf skills too seriously. The mini golf and putt-putt courses around London are all themed differently with fun, interesting decor and courses.
Some of the top mini golf courses in London are Pop Golf in Wembley, Swingers in London’s West End, and the Junkyard Golf Yard in the Broadgate Quarter. These venues are packed with challenging courses, neon lights, and quirky, themed decor and are the perfect places to bond while de-stressing from work.
Mini Golf will cost around £10 per player, depending on where you go. Many of them will also have bars on site where you can open a tab for your team to really enjoy themselves.
Ten Pin Bowling
What better way to build up your team’s morale than having them compete amongst each other in the popular game which is ten-pin bowling? Corporate teams can rent out a few lanes to enjoy an afternoon or even an evening of bowling. Between the occasional lucky strikes, inevitable open frames, and those frustrating splits, you’re bound to enjoy a team bowling day at one of London’s many bowling alleys.
We recommend All-Star Lanes in Shoreditch, QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl in Notting Hill, and Hollywood Bowl at the O2 Arena. Typical bookings are between £10.00 and £25.00 per person. Companies can also pay for lanes at an hourly rate which will cost around £45.00 per hour for 6 players.
Does your team need to blow off some serious steam? Then axe-throwing may be the perfect team building activity for your colleagues. This relatively new activity trend lets teams throw axes against targets, where they score depending on where the axe hits. With plenty of room for laughs and a bit of an adrenaline kick, axe-throwing is a great way to have some fun with your workmates.
Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing in Vauxhall, Bad Axe Throwing in Wembley and Croydon, and Skeeters Axe Club in Hackney are some of the top spots in London for axe throwing. The activity should cost you between £22 - £32.50 per person but venues will offer special rates for the venue hire for corporate events.
Playing Darts at Flight Club
Flight Club is one of the most popular venues in London. You’ve probably seen pictures of the venue on Instagram and other social media platforms as its popularity has increased since opening after the pandemic. Flight Club has several branches across the city all of which welcome guests to enjoy delicious cocktails, pose for some unique photos, and of course, dabble in a few games of darts!
Flight Club offers package deals for corporate and team building events, the price of which will depend on the number of people the booking is for and the amount of space you will need.
A great way to test your team’s general knowledge and put your expertise together is to test your brains at one of London’s many quiz nights. Most of the London pubs and bars will have an array of quiz nights on given days of the week. A quiz night is a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy a night out and a fun activity to bring out the competitiveness with your work team.
Croquet at Skylight Rooftop Bar
At Skylight bar, Tobacco Dock, you can play a spot of croquet and it is certainly one of the best activities to enjoy as a team. The rooftop bar gives patrons a fantastic view of the London skyline from the East end of the city. You and your team can enjoy drinks while having a giggle at some of your colleague's feeble croquet skills.
Croquet will cost £25 per person and each course can take up to 6 people per game of croquet. The courses are situated close to each other so fun and games can be had by the whole work squad.
Shuffle at the London Shuffle Club
The London Shuffle Club in Shoreditch is fully geared towards catering for large groups while you enjoy pizza and a game of shuffle. Similar to curling (without the ice), the aim of Shuffleboard is to get your token as close to the points on the scoring area as possible, by pushing them from the other end of the room-length board.
The London Shuffle Club charges patrons per lane with food and drinks not included. At off-peak times, you will pay £25.00 for a shuffle lane for 55 minutes and during busy times (usually weekends) you’ll pay £42.00. However, for larger groups the club encourages you to contact them for special rates when booking a team building event.
Go-Karting remains to be one of the most popular team building activities to do in London. From traditional courses at one of the many Teamsport branches around the city to E-karting in Wandsworth, your team will have a whale of a time trying to one-up each other around the track.
Go Karting typically costs between £13.95 - £33 per person, although larger corporate groups will typically get better rates.
There are plenty of ice skating options for you and your team to experience during the winter months. Skate at some of the most iconic London sites including Hampton Court Palace, Hyde Park, and even the Tower of London. But if you’re looking for a venue to take your team in the summertime, then the Sobell Leisure Centre in Islington and the Streatham Ice Centre are the best options for your team building day out in London.
You can go ice skating for as little as £8.50 per person, but it is advisable to book for team building sessions in advance.
City Treasure Hunts
Some of the best scavenger hunts are located in London, all with super exciting themes and cryptic clues to get your and your team’s brains working . Some of the best companies to book treasure hunts through in London are In the Hidden City and The Treasure Hunt People.
Tickets for treasure hunts are charged at around £20 per person and up, but there are packages for corporate groups available too.
Play Ping Pong at Bounce
Bounce is a bar and nightclub chain in London with branches in Old Street and Farringdon. Their unique twist is that they are all about the game of ping pong. With a vibrant atmosphere packed with ping pong tables, your team will have the time of their lives as they challenge each other to some competitive games of table tennis. The venues also offer guests beer pong, wonder ball, and shuffle rebound.
Teams can book ping pong at Bounce from as little as £6.00 per person.
The Dare Skywalk
One for the adrenaline junkies out there - the Dare Skywalk takes groups up the side of the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and up around the Golden Cockerel while your fear of heights is put to the ultimate test. With the option to abseil back down the side of the stadium, this experience is a great team building exercise for those wanting to push themselves out of their comfort zones.
Prices start from £39.00 per adult, with the option of enjoying a beverage of your choice at the top for an additional price.
When you play Bingo in London, it’s not like going to any old bingo parlour. Hijingo is one of the best places to enjoy a game of bingo, cocktails, and delicious Asian-inspired tapas. The super fun future-themed bar is great for work colleagues to have a lot of fun while team building in London.
Located in Shoreditch, Hijigo will allow you to book group packages from £38.00 per person, which will include some drinks and snacks for the team to enjoy.
There are ample roller skating halls in London which are great places for you and your team to learn how to do something fun but also let your hair down after a long working week. You’ll get to enjoy all the pizazz of 80s disco music as most of them have classic disco lights to set the mood.
Skating Heaven, Flipper’s and the Roller Nation roller skating halls are some of the best to go to in London with prices ranging between £10.00 and £15.00 excluding skate hire and drinks.
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