alternatives to the world cup

5 alternatives to the World Cup

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 London 

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.

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Four Thieves

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!

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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.

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Crazy Golf

Junkyard golf

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.

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Swingers Golf 

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.

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Anvio VR

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!

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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!

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Quirky Things in London

Ballie Ballerson

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!) 

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Tech Travel

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)