So, Summer is just around the corner and there are a lot of things that you can do to in your spare time. Many of which not a lot of people know they actually exist. Yet, we originally didn’t know they existed either, but that’s why we’re here to bring cool things to do, to you, our audience, so you don’t have to go and research them yourselves. We pride ourselves on finding cool things to do and we have the definitive list of activities that you can do this summer in London! Therefore, without further adieu, here are 5 things to do in London that we think are absolutely amazing!
Why not go at high speed this summer in London?
Based at the Royal Victoria Dock in Central London, users are put into a super speed, high powered half-submersible speedboat that sends you through the water at an incredible rate. Ducking in and out of the water, just like a killer whale. Did we mention that the high speed powered vehicle that you’re strapped in, is shaped and designed to look just like a Killer Whale? No? Well it looks awesome! So, we’re implore you to try it out!
Jack The Ripper Tour
Intrigued by Jack The Ripper? Why not go and scare yourself silly this summer in London?
For those who love a horror story, Jack the Ripper Tour is for you!
The tours starts in the heart of Jack the Ripper, at Aldgate East Station, 7 days a week. The tour is led by Jack the Ripper enthusiasts.
“London’s latest and most unique tourist attraction”
Jack the Ripper Tour prides itself on realism. Consequently, you get to visit the ACTUAL places where the victims were murdered. While handheld projectors are used to help re-enact the story on the tour.
Since we do live in Britain, therefore Summer doesn’t always mean ‘Summer’. As a result, if the weather is typically British this summer in London, why not head down to an escape room? An Hour To Kill An Hour favourite!
This is Time Run, an escape room that takes you through a range of time periods, imploring you to complete tasks and get back to modern day! Time Run captures your imagination right off the bat by having the entire experience take place with everyone in character.
Everything and anything is told to you by a cast of whacky characters who make up the Time Runner team, the best of which is your robot companion Babbage.You and your team get to venture between a multitude of time periods, solving a wide range of puzzles that range from ones that’ll give you a nice mental workout, to ones that will have your team crying out in confusion over how impossible it seems.
…..or take a break from all that running and chill out in a hot tub this summer in London?
Hot Tug is a very unique experience in Regents Canal, Islington, London, to ride a Hot Tub! The experience lasts 90mins with 75mins worth of relaxing along the canal, in the beautiful picturesque centre of London.
The water within the Hot Tug is heated to 38 degrees and is controlled by a wood burning stove at the front of the vehicle, you can choose from a range of accessories such as a Captains hat! Steering the Hot Tug is very easy and is used via a rudder at the back of the vehicle. Once your time is up the water is then cleaned and prepared for the next lot of ship mates!
Big Smoke Scavenger Hunt
…….or have fun taking pictures this summer in London?
The Big Smoke Scavenger Hunt is an exciting, fun filled day out in London.
The challenging and unique experience consists of completing tasks set by Big Smoke. These tasks require participants to take photos of them undertaking said tasks. For example with 10 different places or things, standing upside down or with a dog. You may be required to take videos too depending on the challenge! As the name suggests you may end up running around London scavenging for various different items scattered around town!
While, you have 2 hours to complete all of these challenges, the team with the most completed tasks, wins a trophy!
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So, there it is the definitive How To Kill An Hour list of the 5 things that we think you should check out this summer! What else is happening this summer? The World Cup! We’re super excited! However, if you don’t like football, we have just the list for you, the top 5 things to do if you don’t like football. Therefore, another 5 things to do, we hope you check out some of them that you like the look of! Also, don’t forget to let us know what you think by contacting us via our social pages (@howtokillanhour) or via the contact page!
It’s about to be Summer 2018 and what does that mean? The World Cup 2018 in Russia! Most people cannot wait to cheer on the lads to hopefully bring back the trophy. What if you are not one of these people and want alternatives to the world cup? Well, we’re specialists in finding some super cool things to do! So we have another great list for you guys to check out. This time it’s all about great things to do if you’re not a football fan.
Here’s our Top 5* alternatives to the World Cup:
Pubs that are more than pubs
ABQ is described as the world’s first ‘immersive molecular cocktail bar’ – Attendee’s are there to make and infuse your own drinks inside a Motorhome. All the while listening to some hip hop and gangster rap. They started up in 2015 and you’ll be working various different molecular techniques to cook and make your own cocktails. Then of course you can drink up! Plus there’s alcoholic options available for those that wish to.
Four Thieves is like no pub you have seen before! It’s unlike anything we have seen before, we’ll say that much! If you want fun on a Friday night head down to the Four Thieves pub as we can guarantee if you’ll have fun! There is so much to do there besides drink copious amounts of alcohol. So much more, if you’re a big kid, you’ll love it. Ok I’ll stop hyping it up now and actually tell you why we think that it’s so good. It’s impressed us. Can you tell?
This pub has a lot of games inside it, there’s a whole room dedicated to it! There’s Moonshine Racing which is remote controlled car racing, Virtual Reality Booths, Mini-Golf and Retro Arcade games! The beers that the guys sell here are all brewed from their own on-site brewery. Great food available, lots of different events on weekly, it’s no surprise that the pub picked up a best pub nomination from Time Out just two weeks after opening!
This bar is a lot of fun, it’s definitely something different than what we have experienced before. It’s an immersive theatrical experience that gets you from the second that you arrive at the destination.
Alcotraz bar is inspired by Hollywood movies that have brought to life one of America’s most infamous prisons. Right in the heart of London. The bar is London’s very first immersive theatrical cocktail bar. It’s not an experience that stops once you get to the end, it’s a fully functional bar once it’s over. If you manage to escape the guards that is.
Four nine hole crazy golf courses of weird junk, mad holes and bad puns.
Encounter UFC bear cages, scrapyard slides, creepy clowns and treehouse bars in search of the perfect round. Not to mention the mind-altering UV garage section.
Choose to play one of FOUR courses PABLO (Polluted Paradise), BOZO (Circus Freaks), GARY (Scrapyard Challenge) or BRUCE (Old School Movie Mash-Up).
FOUR bars, serving banging cocktails, like the Golf Lundgren or Who’s Your Caddy and tasty snacks including hot dogs, nachos and popcorn.
There’s quite a few golf pop ups in London and Swingers is one to take note of, as it incorporates drinking into the mix too! Swingers is a crazy golf venue that is located both in the city and also located in London’s west end. To show how crazy this venue is there is only a limited amount of walk up tickets available to punters. For the most part, it is a booking only venue, so make sure you book your tickets to avoid disappointment! One thing to note is that Swingers is an 18+ venue as there is alcohol served on the establishment.
Swingers is a crazy golf club that turns the traditional crazy golf ideology and turns it on it’s head. It has regular crazy golf of course, but it also has street food available to it’s punters and amazing drinks to create one incredible social experience.
Unlike a lot of VR games or events this is an experience in which you’re allowed to play! Hence why they’re describing it as a playground! What we mean by play is that you’re free to move around. As you’re not confined to a small play area. So you get to run around a HUGE room and experience, quite literally, a whole new world!
In the worlds that Anvio VR have created you can run, jump and even wave to your partners whilst in the game, all that and much much more! Their play area is also fully wirless so there’s no worry about running into a wall or falling over wires. Thus creating a much more realistic and immersive experience. Plus there’s guides in the room, who are there to help prevent you from crashing into any walls, if you do manage to find your way to a wall that is!
Star Wars VR
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is a full sensory immersive VR/AR experience that takes you inside the action. Literally! It’s location based, so the sets are interactive too, there’s also real time effects that help to heighten your experience. They really go ALL IN, in trying to make your experience as real as possible.
You really have to experience yourself to truly understand what we’re talking about. (It’s THAT GOOD trust us!) Plus we’re really not allowed to delve into too much as the experience is all about discovery! We wouldn’t want to ruin the secret for you either!
Quirky Things in London
An adult ball pit is open for a limited amount of time, so get there quick! It’s based in London and called BallieBallerson, it’s filled with 20,000 balls and the venue has two floors, one which offers alcoholic drinks and food, while downstairs is where the nostalgia happens!
There’s even an option for bottomless spaghetti and meatballs! You can even go one step further, for £35 you get bottomless spaghetti and an hour in the pool and if that wasn’t enticing enough you are also allowed unlimited prosecco! (Just don’t go throwing up in the pool, ok!)
Go to the Arcade hotel
First and foremost it’s a hotel and comes with a wide range of rooms to suit your needs. Perfect alternatives to the world cup eh?.The Arcade Hotel caters for singles, couples and groups and they all have their own unique gaming related nickname. There’s of course, lots of games available to play and there are a few rooms all set up differently for you to enjoy them! There’s a retro room, a multiplayer room and a HUGE gaming room that you’ll never want to leave! We had lots of fun here and we would like to maybe go back some day! Check out the video to see more or read more for a detailled analysis of our visit below.
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So, there it is the definitive How To Kill An Hour list of alternatives to the world cup that we think you should check out if you don’t like football this summer! Enjoyed all of those? Well, we have just the list for you, the top 5 ways to kill time in the summer in london. Therefore, another 5 things to do, we hope you check out some of them that you like the look of! Also, don’t forget to let us know what you think by contacting us via our social pages (@howtokillanhour)
Ever almost been ran over when not checking the road whilst on your smartphone? Well for the clumsy and daredevils out there a pilot project in Bodegraven,Holland is trialing a system called +Lightlines which fit snuggly in between the cracks in the paving bricks of a pavement/road.
It’s basically a bright laser strip which is coloured either red (stop) or (green) so your candy crush marathon can continue whilst you do less important things like looking out for your life.
At the moment they are only covering one intersection near some schools, but they’ll become widely available if it catches on. It all seems kinda cool to us but the Dutch Road Safety organisation WN stating that these devices “reward bad behaviour”
If you need glasses you may not need to in the near future! (Kind Of) If you wear glasses you know about the time and hassle it usually takes to get your eyes tested every few years to see if you got to pay loads of money to get your glasses replaced if your eyesight has got worse.
Well, scientists from the University of Utah have created some prototype glasses which could make progressive lenses obsolete for the older folk. These glasses have electronically activated lenses which use infared to judge distance – then the glasses focus automatically and within 14 milliseconds, on whatever it is you’re looking at, regardless of distance. Once the glasses are ready for commercial use they could eliminate the use of multiple pairs for different uses for example instead of 1 for reading and 1 for driving, you’d only require one pair of smart glasses.
To get the right setting for everyday use, the users upload their prescriptions to the glasses by pairing them with a smartphone over bluetooth. You still require to charge the glasses but, at least it saves you a lot money in the long run!
What happens if you run our of battery mid use or while driving?
What can’t be ‘smart-ified’
Would you use these?
What do you think is the danger for these?
Are these a better version of getting bionic eyes?
Raging Justice is back and it’s coming to the modern consoles and getting a HUGE update!
From MakinGames, an independent studio comprised of old school Rare Studio veterans. The new version of Raging Justice plays a lot of homage to the original. It’s nostalgic and has a lot of 8-bit sounds to take a user back into the arcades where you put money into a machine to play for a until the sun went down.
For those unaware of what Raging Justice is, you take on hordes and hordes of thugs. (Much like Horde modes on Call of Duty or Gears of War) Once you get to the end of the level, you as a user will be tasked of whether or not to arrest the thugs or to destroy them. Are you a bad cop or a good cop?
Depending on what you choose throughout the game will determine what ending you get once you complete it.
Raging Justice: Features
There are a range of different things at your disposal to complete levels, such as a range of weapons. These aren’t just guns, pick stool and throw it at your foes. Choose a baseball bat to knock some blocks off or even use the deadly pigeon! Furthermore, there is even a range of vehicles you can jump on to run down your enemies. Not just a regular vehicle either. Jump on a tractor or a lawnmower to run them down. Furthermore, you’ll be untouchable but if the vehicle runs extremely low on health you better jump out buddy as no one is saving you!
We don’t know about you but we’re very excited for this game!
Raging Justice will be released in 2018 and feature on Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and XBox One
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Details are scarce but Detective Pikachu will be on your screens and solving crimes in 2019! The movie will star Ryan Reynolds doing the detective part whilst Pikachu will be his trusty sidekick. Whilst surprisingly he will also voice everyone’s favourite pokemon! (Deadpool esque Detective Pikachu won’t appear, sadly!) The movie is based on a popular Nintendo 3DS game of the same name in Japan and we cannot wait for it!
Detective Pikachu: When can I see it?
Universal Pictures are hoping to start showing the live-action Pokemon film outside of Japan on 2019’s Mothers Day, May 10th 2019. Disney’s Avengers will be released a week prior. Which is smart from Universal because the sales will be disastrous for a Pokemon movie the same week as Avengers. Sorry Pikachu!
Star Trek Bridge Crew
Star Trek Bridge Crew: become a Trekkie for hours on end! Just don’t fall off your chair. (Yes, it is that immersive!)
Firstly, it is to be said that Star Trek Bridge Crew is a game designed predominantly for the PSVR and takes you aboard the USS Aegis. As well as being built from the ground up for VR, it is also designed to play with friends. The game (whilst can be played with AI) is best played with a group of friends. Form a crew of four to serve in the roles of Captain, Helm, Tactical and Engineer and complete a range of tasks in the universe. From saving other space travelling humans, hacking enemy shields to targeting vulnerable ship systems, there’s always something to do when aboard USS Aegis.
Most of all, the game is stunningly beautiful as well! Simply at the press of a button, you’ll be able to look at the incredible galaxy in glorious HD 360 degree virtual reality. It’s so immersive you may even forget you got a mission to complete! The game isn’t for those looking for hard hitting, fast paced action though. It’s designed to be played sat down at a slow pace, it’s a thinkers game. Teamwork and great communication is required to make the best out of Star Trek Bridge Crew. Each player and their decisions in game are vital to the success as a team within each mission.
Non VR Mode
However, recently, the game has been updated to allow users to play this incredible game without the use of the PSVR. However, we do advise those that do have a PSVR headset to use it! As, it is one of the best games we have played with the Playstation VR. It really is immersive, you feel like you’re aboard the USS Aegis. So, for all the Trekkie’s out there, this game is definitely one you want to check out. For all the non-Trekkies, you still need to check this game out!
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HQ Trivia is a brand new LIVE game for iPhone!
Firstly, it’s an app that is very unique, in the fact that it plays on the use of live streaming very intelligently! HQ Trivia is a LIVE game show which anyone can take part in around the world. Here in the UK the shows differ, as there are US game shows (that UK players can take part in) and UK specific game shows. UK game shows take place every Monday and Wednesday at 3pm and 9pm and are hosted by Sharon Carpenter. Whilst the US shows are shown at various different times during the week with the main show taking place at 2am GMT (there are other more convenient times, for UK players, throughout the week. Just keep an eye on your notifications) The US Show is mainly hosted by Scott Rogowsky alongside other US hosts.
HQ Trivia hasn’t, by the looks of things online, used any marketing tactics. It’s gone viral and the numbers have creeped up from 300, 5K, to close to a 1M game players at once. However, these figures do change depending on what game users take on we’ve found. Created by the co-creators of Vine, game players use their general knowledge ability for the chance to win real cash prizes. Prizes of which have ranged from $500 – $2500 on a regular game. To the HUGE game that have been played recently of $15K!! The winnings are either split or taken by 1 user.
Not like Goldenballs
Now don’t worry, this isn’t a case of the game several years back on UK’s ITV ‘Goldenballs’. (This game was BRUTAL, players had to use their game playing skills to take out other players. Until, the end where players had to either split or steal. If both players split, the money is split. One players Steals and the other splits, the stealer takes all the money. Both steal, neither take home the money. Absolutely brutal, as you had to often think of if the other person is manipulating you to just take home all the money)
Splitting in HQ Trivia, you’ll be glad to know is not like that. The winnings are literally split X amount of ways. For example we recently saw a $500 game be split 30 ways, each player got $16. It’s not a lot. But it’s great when you only have had to answer 12 questions for 15 minutes.
Consequently, that’s the draw. The ‘Easy’ money. It’s only 15 minutes and you ‘only’ have to answer 12 questions. The questions understandably will get harder as they go on. But it’s 12 questions between you and a potential $500. You only get 10 seconds to answer so there’s no Googling! It’s a one and done play too, so get a question wrong and you’re out!
While there have been some glitches where players aren’t able to answer any question and your ‘eliminated’ but the app is new and kinks will have to be ironed out. Just recently Rogowsky had to stall for a long time. People in the chat noticed and the guys over at HQ Trivia HQ restarted the game.
Most of all, HQ Trivia is a lot of fun, so we can’t recommend it enough! It’s totally addictive and keeps you on your toes!
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Rick and Morty VR
Firstly, Rick and Morty VR, is a game for all of you diehard Rick and Morty fans out there. Literally be transported in to the world of Rick and Morty and walk around the home of Morty, Summer, Beth and Jerry! Better yet explore teh alien worlds that Rick takes Morty on during the hit show!
Everything that is shown on the cartoon, players will be able to create in this cutting edge VR adventure from Adult Sim Games and Welchemy Labs. You can play as a Morty cline and explore all around Ricks garage and all the trauma that comes with it. (Consequently the adventures that come with it) Step into bizarre alien worlds simply by stepping through a portal. Yes you literally have to step through the portal, the game is THAT immersive.
So, you may think that this game is simply sitting and walking around the Rick and Morty universe. Nope. Rick and Morty VR literally is a VR world that is fully immersive. Pick up things from inside the world, move objects to the side. For example you can throw iconic items like the Plumbus around Rick’s garage.
Follow Rick’s directions throughout the game and complete the missions that he sets you in a game that’s got the voice actors in it. (Or maybe don’t follow Rick’s directions, you may end up somewhere you really don’t want to be!)
The game is in full 3D and we cannot get enough of it! Consequently, if you are not a fan of Rick and Morty you will really enjoy the tasks that Rick sets you. Even, simply walking around the different universes really shows off how good VR can be!
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