#RenegadesWanted: Eight pulse-popping things to do in London

Curious London is all about the best things to do in London, so to celebrate its new #RenegadesWanted campaign Jeep recently approached me to ask if I fancied reviewing some bad-ass activities on the blog. As a famous bad-ass (*cough*), it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. 

Over the next few weeks I’ll be reporting from the front line of a flying trapeze and London’s only shark-infested waters. You can also get involved with Jeep’s #RenegadesWanted competition, which gives you the chance to win one of ten heart-stopping experiences including off-roading, Parkour and riding the UK’s longest zip line. Take your pick and enter here.

In the meantime, here are eight awesome experiences right here in London to unleash your inner renegade:

1. Ice climbing

Make like a wildling and scale The Wall, or at least a wall at Vertical Chill Covent Garden. £50 gets you an hour on the ice, equipment and tuition.

2. Wakeboarding

Wake up and smell the, er, river water at London’s only wakeboarding school, which you’ll find in the sheltered waters of the Royal Victoria Dock near Greenwich. Essentially they strap you to a snowboard, throw you in the river and drag you along with an electric cable, which sounds like top fun. Lessons start from £25pp.

3. Russian banya

Okay, I know a spa experience doesn’t quite scream ADRENALINE, but Banya No. 1’s authentic banya experience is pretty bitchin’ for a spa. It essentially comprises being beaten with huge aromatic bundles of twigs by burly Russian dudes. I wrote all about it here, but it beats the crap out of your standard hot stone massage. It costs £25 for ten minutes, but it goes a long way!


4. Kayaking 

For a slightly more placid experience, try London Kayak Tours, Moo Canoe or Kayaking London. They offer tours around Windsor Castle, the Palace of Westminster and Regent’s Canal. If you can get a seat, stop afterwards for a coffee at Towpath Cafe around De Beauvoir Road.

5. Trapeze artistry

I’ve wanted to have a go with Gorilla Circus for ages, so I’m very excited to be trying it later in the month thanks to Jeep. In the excitement of booking I totally forgot about my fear of heights and frankly pathetic upper body strength, so this should be interesting… Two hour lessons start from £24 a person, and they promise to have you performing tricks by the end of your first class. (Ha! We shall see.)

Gorilla Circus

6. Snorkeling with sharks

The SEALIFE London Aquarium is the South Bank’s big fishy jewel and hosts over a million visitors a year, but only a handful will get to experience what is, in my opinion, London’s most bad-ass experience. For £125 a person you get a behind-the-scenes tour and the chance to snorkel with real-life sharks.

7. Hot air ballooning

Hot air ballooning is a secret fear of mine, mostly because I failed physics at GCSE and never really got my head around how they stay up. (If someone can explain to me in 140 characters or less, tweet me.) Adventure Balloons is the only company to operate flights directly over London and offer champagne packages from £199pp.


8. Abseiling at the Orbit

Slightly closer to the ground, though still terrifying for those without a head for heights, is the UK’s highest freefall abseil. You’ll find it at London’s ugliest sculpture, the London Orbit in Olympic Park. Prices start from £85pp.

Author: Emily Gibson

Emily is an urban adventurer, blogger and glutton foodie on an epic quest to uncover the best things to eat, drink and do in London. She lives in East London and loves ceviche, cycling and magic shows. Lifelong nemeses include beetroot, beards and wine served in tumblers.