As a Londoner, there’s nothing I value more than space! The sad truth is that when you live in Central London you’re highly unlikely to have the luxury of amble square-footage or plenty of storage space. One more bath product I won’t be able to fit into my bathroom anymore, and one more item of clothing and my wardrobe might explode. This is why when Christmas comes around, my list to Santa is full of experiences rather than items. For me, experiences and memories are worth far more than material goods anyway. So if you’re like me, or know someone who is, I hope you enjoy my alternative London gift guide…
Predator Adventures Gift Card
On February 1st 2018, Predator Adventures is launching what must the most exciting and adrenaline-fueled way of travelling around London; inside an 18-foot long killer whale! Based out of the Royal Victoria Docks, visitors will be able to jet along the Thames in a Seabreacher Watercraft, a half-submersible speedboat which can reach speeds of 60mph on water and 40mph underwater. Predator Adventures are the first and only operator of these unique watercraft in the UK, making a gift card for this experience probably the most unique gift idea out there this Christmas!
UPDATE: Predator Adventures have ceased operating in the Docks.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
If it hasn’t already been done, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is an absolute MUST for Harry Potter fans! Sit on the Hogwarts Express, explore sets from the film such as the Grand Hall, Forbidden Forest and Diagon Alley, sip on butterbeer and admire authentic props and even the original costumes.
A Helicopter Flight over London
A little on the pricey side, but for that special someone, a trip over the city in a helicopter has to be the ultimate London sightseeing experience. Starting from either the Battersea Helipad or further afield in Surrey or Essex, flights last from 15-30 minutes and give the best views of the city out there.
Tickets to a West End Show and Dinner
Price: ££-£££ (depending on the show)
Dinner and a show – the ultimate London night out! LOVEtheatre have some amazing package deals which include many top West End shows as well as a free 2-course dinner at a number of great near-by restaurants.
An Old Fashioned Photoshoot
The perfect gift for that person who jumps at any chance for a bit of fancy dress. Groupon is currently offering a great deal on Tudor, Victorian, Gangster or Wild West photoshoots for 2-6 people at a studio in Knightsbridge. With costume hire, refreshments and your first photo included, the experience is not only great fun but also great value for money.
Afternoon Tea on a Double-decker Bus
Who doesn’t love afternoon tea right? Well, what about combining this with a double-decker bus tour around the capital. A unique London afternoon tea experience which will certainly make your gift stand out from the crowd.
Tickets to the Lights Festival
Good things come to those who wait. And if your gift recipient is willing to wait 8 months to see their gift materialise then this is a great option. The Lights Festival, which resembles the lantern festivals you’d find in countries such as Thailand, is coming to Henley-on-Thames in August 2018. So why I am bringing this up now? Well, the first round of tickets are released on Monday 4th December at 8pm, and being such an anticipated event it is likely that they will sell out pretty quickly!