21 Alternative Work Social Ideas in London - No Work and All Play

Most of us spend around 40 hours a week with our colleagues. Love them or hate them, we’re stuck with them, so we might as well try to get along – at least until we get fired or win the lottery. Traditionally we’d recommend a good party game to bring people together, but there are plenty of other corporate party ideas to try out. Here’s a couple to get you started.

1. Axe Throwing

Person throwing axe on work social night out

Looking for a work social idea in London with an edge? Head over to Whistle Punks, gather all that pent-up office anger and let it out by throwing axes at things. Not only is it easier than it sounds, but you’ll also have a lumberjack-looking professional at your side the whole time to teach you secret techniques, organise tournaments and stop any duels from breaking out.

From £22 per person

https://whistlepunks.com

Arch 25, Handel Business Centre, 73 Bondway, London SW8 1SQ

2. Shuffleboard

Shuffleboard evening with pucks on wooden alleyway

Board games had a revival, vinyl made a comeback – it was only a matter of time until shuffleboard had its moment in the sun. If you’re looking for a work social idea with less axes, look no further. Right in the heart of Shoreditch is the UK’s first floor-based shuffleboard club, with pizza, beers and cocktails available on site.

From £20 per person

https://www.londonshuffle.com/floor

4 Ebor St, Shoreditch, London E1 6AW

3. Big Potato’s Big Night In

Colleagues playing board games together

Turn your work social night out into a work night in with Big Potato Games. Armed with a massive collection of party games, highly-trained game gurus and more free prizes than you could shake a stick at, the Big Potato team can bring the party right to your doorstep and are equipped to take on any challenge – from work socials to Christmas do’s, group bonding activities to birthdays.

From £15 per person

https://bigpotato.com/gb/Big-Night-In

Address: anywhere you like!

4. Sweet Making Workshop

A man with a lollipop that looks like his face

Nothing says team building like making an edible version of your co-workers face. For a slightly sweeter work night out idea, head over to Spitalfields and master the art of lollipop making, chocolate flower arranging and candy face eating.

£60 per person

https://www.spun-candy.com/masterclasses/

London Spitalfields, 58 Wentworth Street, London, E1 7AL

5. Bounce

Work colleagues playing ping pong competitively under UV light

A work social idea to conquer your fears of the office ping pong table and become an absolute pro overnight. Recent winners of the COOL VENUE award and famous for their team building activities, Bounce offers everything you’d ever want in a ping pong bar – comedian referees, fancy cocktails, and bright neon lights to distract everyone from how bad your serve is.

https://www.bouncepingpong.com/team-building/

121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD

241 Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY

6. German Beer Hall

A woman in a traditional german outfit serving beer

This one really doesn’t need much explaining does it. If you’re not sure what to say to your colleagues outside of the workplace, head to a traditional Bierhall and drink until the words come to you. Expect beer, sausages, pretzels, more beer and a traditional German oompah band pumping out all the classics.

http://katzenjammers.co.uk

The Hop Exchange, 24 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TY

7. Swingers

A lush green crazy golf course

According to the Telegraph, golf was recently named the most boring sport by the British public. However, the British public clearly never came to Swingers because it’s absolutely mental. Pick out a club and smash through courses with ferris wheels, lighthouses and loop-de-loops before moving onto some first class food (Patty & Bun, Breddos Tacos, Pizza Pilgrims… you get the idea).

From £50 per person

http://www.swingersldn.com

8 Brown's Buldings, London, EC3A 8AL

15 John Prince's Street, London, WIG OAB

8. Make Your Own Gin

Corporate night out where people are making gin together on a wooden table

Kickstart your work social night out by learning all about the wonders of gin – and getting pretty tipsy while you’re at it. Upon entry, you’ll be handed a bunch of free drinks from a certified gin instructor, before moving onto a masterclass on botanicals and brewing. Your team will then work together to create their own brand of gin, with each party member taking a bottle home as a souvenir.

£60 per person

https://www.theginstitute.com

The Distillery, 186 Portobello Road, London W11 1LA

9. Flight Club

A dart board in a place that looks like a gentleman's club

You thought that darts was reserved for overweight blokes at the corner of the pub? Welcome to the future of the sport, complete with digital score boards, incredible food and lots of alcohol (some parts just don’t change). Offering a socially acceptable alternative to axe-throwing, Flight Club has venues all over London from Shoreditch to Bloomsbury to Victoria.

£35 per person

https://flightclubdarts.com/london/

Flight Club Bloomsbury, 55 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BS

Flight Club Shoreditch, 2a Worship Street, London EC2A 2AH

Flight Club Victoria, 6 Sir Simon Milton Square, London SW1E 5DJ

10. VR Team Building

Work night out with people in suits playing a virtual reality game

Can’t imagine a situation where you’d enjoy group bonding activities with your colleagues? Well, maybe these guys can fix that by changing reality altogether. In the virtual world, you can work together to diffuse bombs, escape traps and become wizards. Everything you need is bought straight to your office, along with a trained technician, so all the hard work is done for you. (Apart from all the bomb diffusing.)

https://www.virtualrealityexp.co.uk/vr-team-building

Address: anywhere you like!

11. Have a Ceilidh

A busy dance floor with lots of people dancing together

Loosen up your work team with a little Scottish spirit at a traditional Ceilidh dance lesson, complete with a full band and team of dancers to get the party started. These guys have put on corporate events for all sorts of big-shots, such as Apple, National Geographic and Vodafone, so you know you’re dancing with a pair of safe hands.

https://www.licencetoceilidh.co.uk/your-corporate-ceilidh

Location varies - contact using the link above.

12. The Four Quarters Pub

People on a night out together in a pub with arcade games

If futuristic video games with confusing names aren’t your cup of tea, you can always bring it back to basics with the similar-sounding Four Quarters in Peckham (& Hackney Wick), crammed with old-school arcade games dating back to the ‘80s. If you’ve got any inter-departmental squabbles to sort in the office, you can’t do much better than a Street Fighter showdown.

http://geocities.fourquartersbar.co.uk/

187 Rye Ln, London SE15 4TP

8, Canalside, Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park, E Bay Ln, London E20 3BS

13. Candle Making Classes

People sat on a long bench making candles together

Its official: fancy-smelling candles are in. Grab your colleagues and learn all about each other’s signature scent as you study the science of smells, melt a bunch of wax and create a candle that best represents you. It’s a nice, chilled work social idea, different to a lot of the more boozy activities on the list, and it’s sure to get the office smelling a lot nicer for a few weeks.

£50 per person

https://londonrefinery.co.uk/pages/private-candle-making-events

Address: anywhere you like!

14. Ball Pits for Grown-Ups

A giant ultra violet ball pit with colleagues being silly in it

Scientists have recently discovered that it’s impossible to not have fun in a ball pit, no matter what age you are. Throw some swings, disco lights and Willy Wonka-themed alcohol into the equation and you’ve got all the ingredients you need for a great work social idea.

https://www.ballieballerson.com/private-hire/

Address: anywhere you like!

15. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

Two cats sat  in a shop window sleeping

You know what’s great for a work team outing? Afternoon tea. You know what’s even better? Afternoon tea surrounded by fluffy cats. Based in Shoreditch, Lady Dinah’s has become a bit of a cult café (in a good way), with people booking weeks ahead to lock in some kitten therapy. Check it out for yourself and find out why.

http://www.ladydinahs.com

152-154 Bethnal Green Road London E2 6DG

16. Zombie Laser Tag

A zombie woman with skin missing looking mad

The end of the world seems pretty inevitable these days, so better get some practice in. Team up with your colleagues and take on an army of real life-ish zombies as they chase you through an underground bunker. There’s laser quest, paintballing or even airsofting to choose from – depending on how aggressive you’re feeling.

£50 per person

https://www.ultimaterecreation.co.uk/bunker51/zombie-laser-tag.asp

Bunker 51, 3 Herringham Road, North Greenwich, London SE7 8NJ

17. The Four Thieves Pub

People playing arcade games together

How do you make a staff night out to the pub even better? You absolutely jam-pack it with arcade games. Also this isn’t just any arcade – there are some games here that we’ve never heard of (and we’re a games company). From ‘Moonshine Racing’ to ‘Immersive Escape Rooms’, the pub also hosts a weekly comedy night, so you can get some laughs in between rounds of ‘Plonk’ – whatever that is.

https://www.fourthieves.pub/corporatepackages/

51 Lavendar Gardens, Battersea, London SW11 1DJ

18. Trampoline Park

A big warehouse with many trampolines in it

Leave your troubles on the ground as you bounce around a three-floor trampoline madhouse. Complete with massive slides, laser mazes and slushies, this is probably one of the only corporate party ideas where you can challenge your boss to a gladiator face-off and get away with it.

£40 per person

https://www.flipout.co.uk/locations/london-e6/

Flip Out London E6, 281 Barking Road, London E6 1LB

19. Make Fancy Biscuits

People decorating biscuits together with icing

Take your staff on a team building activity that adds another line to their CV as you become biscuit-making masters in just two hours. Based in Northcote and Notting Hill, you’ll be taught the best ways to bake, ice and eat your biscuits – and if that wasn’t tempting enough, you’ll get a free apron to take home with you at the end.

£95 per person

https://www.biscuiteers.com/boutique-icing-cafe/private-icing-parties

94 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2ES

3 Northcote Road, London, SW11 1NG

20. Hip Hop Karaoke

A work social night out with people doing hip hop kareoke

Karaoke is the top dog when it comes to corporate nights out in London, but there’s no shame in shaking it up a little. Take a break from belting out Oasis and become a hip hop star instead. With over 200+ tracks to choose from, you’ll have everything you need to be the biggest and baddest singer around (in a good way).

http://www.hiphopkaraoke.co.uk/contact-bookings/

Queen Of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX

21. Kidzania

Adults in a kid's theme park role playing

What’s that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its Keith from accounting pretending to be an astronaut. Kidzania is an indoor wonderland where your work team can get a career makeover for the day. Whether it means serving lattes in a café or taking off in a rocket ship, this is the perfect work social idea for letting loose and running wild. Just be careful it doesn’t encourage any of your staff to quit their job and become a wrestler – it has been known to happen.

https://kidzania.co.uk/visit-us/private-hire

KidZania London, Westfield London, Ariel Way, W12 7GA