alf-term can start this weekend, but playtime doesn’t just have to be for kids. This month, the capital has turned into a huge adventure playground, from adult seesaws in King’s Cross to juicy ball pits in Shoreditch.
Start your game date on Drafts. Tonight, the Hackney Board Game Café hosts the Chess Club, a three-hour game extravaganza with a free drink included in your ticket, while a Lego robot building night with alcohol takes place in the Drink Shop Thursday on Tuesday. Entry is free when you purchase a drink and you will be judged based on your design, name, and special skills.
London’s Lego scene is building up. This week, Snapchat used AR to turn an empty store into a pop-up Lego Wear store in Fitzrovia. Starting tomorrow, the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is hosting a Lego exhibition with half a million colored bricks. The old London Bridge, the Egyptian pyramids and the Great Barrier Reef are among the sights.
Elsewhere, the season has become high tech. In Coal Drops Yard at King’s Cross there is currently a series of illuminated musical seesaws that break out into noises as you drive. Gather your friends after dark and create a symphony of sound.
East Village in Stratford has a new laser tag outpost with 30 VR games, while Bounce in Farringdon and Old Street offers digital table tennis: an immersive table tennis experience where each table is transformed into a giant computer game using projection mapping.
Sister venue Puttshack gives mini golf a high-tech twist. The state-of-the-art games hub in Westfield offers automatic scoring, intelligent ball tracking and digital leaderboards – full marks if you master the beer pong hole.
Continue your playful liquor cruise to the giant adult ball pit in Ballie Ballerson. Shoreditch Ball Bar’s new bottomless brunch kicks off tomorrow with two hours of unlimited pizza, prosecco, and pornstar martinis, while Queens in Bayswater has the UK’s first ice rink bar to ice-kart the frozen margaritas.
End your performance with a movie evening in the Natural History Museum – tomorrow’s screenings include A Star Is Born and Love Actually – or Biscuiteers holds biscuit decorating workshops after work, starting with a glass of Prosecco.
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