Do you ever have those weird little breakdowns where you realise time is moving realllllly quickly and you’re actually really old? Ever wish you could go back to the days of Hubba Bubba, playground games and zero responsibilities… even just for a day? Well, who says you can’t..?
1. Play some old school games
Draughts is London’s first board game café — and by this we don’t mean a couple of shitty old Monopoly boards and a few incomplete packs of cards. This café has 600 games, and they’re still counting! Safe to say they mean business. They also do excellent food (think pastrami sandwiches and charcuterie) and a wide range of craft beers, ales, ciders, etc.
You can browse the humongous library of games on their website, and you’ll find them in a railway arch in the heart of Hackney (337 Acton Mews, E8 4EA, to be exact).
2. Explore Moominland
This certainly won’t be your standard museum exhibit. Hosted at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Adventures in Moominland will explore the life and times of the beloved stories’ author, Tove Jansson. You’ll be taken on an experiential journey; travelling through 7 immersive and interactive worlds guided by an audio narrative. In these worlds, you’ll discover Tove’s influences through a selection of illustrations, 3D models and personal items — none of which have ever been displayed in the UK before. The exhibition will open 16 December, and runs until 23 April 2017. For more info, see the Moomin website.
Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, SE1 8XX.
3. Play with LEGO
So we’ve already told you about the giant new LEGO store with the giant LEGO tube map, but we’re revisiting it. If there was ever a reason to visit Leicester Square (and honestly, there’s no other reason) it’s for this. This store is now the largest store in the world, and it has used 1.7 million LEGO bricks to create lots of Londony things. It’s the perfect trip back to your childhood, with an added bit of culture… sort of…
3 Swiss Court, W1D 6AP
4. Revisit the 90s
Old Skool Sundays at Far Rockaway is the perfect hangout for 90s kids who fancy a throwback. Think of everything you loved when you were growing up and this retro haunt in Shoreditch has it covered. Saved By The Bell? Check. Twister? Check. Destiny’s Child? Check. The event happens every Sunday and you can buy tickets here.
Far Rockaway, 97-113 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS
5. Visit a traditional sweet shop
We can’t promise you’ll be paying the same prices as you did when you were younger (we all know that nothing sums up inflation quite like the price of a Freddo) but you’ll definitely feel like a kid again when you walk into Hardy’s sweetshop. Parma Violets, Dip Dabs, Rhubarb and Custards… you name it.
6. Go back to school
Head to The Schoolhouse in Wandsworth for the ultimate throwback to your school days. They’ve got everything from the blackboards to the coat hooks. They haven’t quite managed to replicate the sloppy school dinners though, but somehow we don’t think that was their intention. The food at The Schoolhouse is actually really rather good! It will be served in a plastic tray though, just to evoke that extra bit of nostalgia.
137-139 St. John’s Hill, Battersea, SW11 1TD
7. Watch Disney on Ice
Celebrate ‘100 Years of Magic’ as you watch all your favourite Disney characters skate along the ice. Sing along to all the classics; You’ve Got a Friend in Me, Hakuna Matata and, of course, Let it Goooooooooooo. Who says you need to be a pre-teen in order to love Disney? Literally no one. Get your tickets from the guys at Fever!
Wembley Arena, Arena Square, Engineers Way, HA9 OAA.
[Feature Image: LEGO]