Now is the ideal time for being adventurous. When your sunglasses are on and the sun is shining, you are ready to explore and try something new. Here are our top five unusual experiences to try this summer.
Sail the Thames in a hot tub
All aboard. London is offering some innovative ways you can get your sea legs, or should we say, river legs?
Sail around the Thames in a private Hot Tub with Hot Tug UK. This unique experience allows you to view London from a different perspective. It is a wonderful way to enhance your day trip to London or simply enjoy a glass of Pimm’s in the sunshine with friends. Enjoy up to an hour and a half of hot tub time from £225. Each hot tub boat can fit up to seven people. Cosy.
As an alternative, let a few hours float away leisurely sailing Little Venice and Regents Canal on a warm summer’s day. On these electric self-drive boats have a picnic with the family or indulge in a glass of wine catching up with friends. These fantastic little boats from GoBoat fit up to eight people and can be hired from 1-3 hours from £59.
Travel to the Scottish Highlands by sleeper train
Transport yourself to the spectacular scenery and tranquillity of the highlands of Scotland with your eyes shut.
The revamped Caledonian Sleeper train was relaunched in Spring 2019. Their mission is to turn the long journey to Scotland into a refreshing experience. The sleeper train has four package experiences from comfortable and affordable to luxury. Passengers board the train at around 9 pm.
You can enjoy a nightcap and mingle with the other guests in the lounges before heading to your cabin. After a good night’s sleep wake up to the stunning Scottish scenery as the sun rises. Any reader who knows Scotland will understand that the word ‘sun’ is discretionary and not guaranteed.
You can enjoy breakfast in the guest lounge or order room service. It’s not your usual basic cheese sandwich and a KitKat train food. The Caledonian offers a delicious menu from fresh fruit platters to seared Chicken Supreme and Scottish cheeseboards.
Prices vary on destinations, the package of room, and off-peak or on peak-days.
Glamping in a Wessex helicopter - Blackberry Wood, East Sussex
Camping isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but glamping can win over the most luxurious of travellers. While there are many quirky options for glampers, Blackberry Wood scores one of the highest. Where else can you glamp in a double-decker London bus, a converted Wessex helicopter, a gypsy caravan, an 'Eco Perch' log cabin, or an incredible treehouse?
This glamping site is in the picturesque South Downs National Park. Nearby, the charming village of Ditchling has much to offer. This includes several great country pubs, excellent cycle and walking routes, and an amazing arts and crafts museum. The village is also a short 10-mile drive from Brighton for a great day out.
This glamping site is perfect for a romantic getaway or a mini-break with friends or family.
Prices vary depending on season.
Canal cruising seafood experience
If an exquisite five-course meal whilst pootling from Paddington to Camden floats your boat, then jump aboard London Shell Company. Yes, the tourist traps floating around the Thames are a nice gimmick, but London Shell Co is serious about serving the finest seafood dishes.
The charming blue boat is named The Prince Regent and can seat up to 40 people, serving lunch and dinner. London Shell Co has a strong focus on cooking with quality British ingredients and changing their menu daily.
The five-course meal costs £50pp and supplementary wine pairing costs £55. Reservations can be made online here.
Enjoy a safari in Kent
Experience an African safari, dinosaur forest, and wildlife reserve (home to 760 animals) in Kent. Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, run by The Aspinall Foundation, is an experience like no other. It transports you to an African ‘jungle’ and offers the unique experience to stay in the reserve grounds.
There are many accommodation options from which to choose. These include cosy lodges overlooking either the lion, tiger, wolf, bear, rhino or giraffe reserves. For a romantic break, sleep under the stars in 'The Bubble'. This is a fully equipped glass bubble with 180-degree panoramic views.
Alternatively, stay in the luxurious Treehouse or Port Lympne Hotel. Guest staying overnight can enjoy exclusive before and after-hours access to the reserve, as well as their personal golf buggy.
The reserve has many cafes and restaurants, with many ingredients home grown on the site. Restaurants include Baby Dolls Woodfire Pizza, Moroccan Courtyard, Bear Lodge, Port Lympne Hotel Restaurant & Bar, and Pinewood Café.
Day tickets start from just £17.60 for a child and £20.80 for an adult or £76 for a family. Overnight stays vary on the date of booking and which accommodation you choose.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
At Capital, we believe in breaking the routine and taking adventure by the horns.