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What to do in Canary Wharf during the Christmas Holidays

20 December 2023

Adrenaline-fuelled family fun at Flip Out

Girl with laser gun

Opening from 27 December, Flip Out is a spectacular indoor adventure park that offers an energy filled afternoon the whole family can enjoy. The global brand’s 34th park will be located in Cabot Square, and will be debuting some brand-new activities guaranteed to burn off a few mince pies.

Flip Out is an adventure park like no other – designed for thrill seekers of all ages and with attractions including their first-ever Super Drift Car Track where you can race like a pro and a Ninja Tag Playground – the ultimate challenge, featuring a sprawling arena brimming with obstacles and tasks designed to test skills and agility.

Meanwhile, old-school favourites include Bumper Cars and Roller Rinks, a Gaming Zone, Climbing Walls, Soft Play and Ball Pits. Kids and adults alike can join in the fun across labyrinths, catwalks and mazes, a next level PS5 Zone and a Sega Arcade. After all that there’s a Costa Coffee Express to ensure you stay energised and ready for action.

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The ultimate gaming experience at Platform

People gaming at Platofrm and eating pizza

For those with a competitive spirit, Platform is a gaming experience that sets itself apart. Perfect for groups of friends, it’s a place to socialise, test your skills and get your dream team together for the ultimate game, set and match. Good vibes, drinks and pizza are in healthy supply whether you are on a date with a difference, want to put your best mates through their paces or want to let the kids blow off steam (before 5pm!).

Book an experience online, pre order your food and drink, then turn up and head to your booth, where you can flick between Switch & PS5 at the touch of a button, with an amazing games library available to pick from on both consoles. Over the holiday season they’re taking all those good vibes and ramping it up a notch with Christmas cocktails, pizzas, and complimentary bubbles with their Christmas Video Games Booth.

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Race into the new year at Capital Karts

Capital Karts

Visit the UK’s fastest indoor go-karting track for an unrivalled adrenaline fix at Capital Karts. Professionally designed for a proper challenge, this is go-karting on another level. Bringing high octane fun, the track at Cabot Square invites adults, kids (age seven and over), and families to experience the need for speed in 20-minute sessions that are sure to give you a thrill as you race against the clock and compete for the fastest lap time.

Not only that, but Capital Karts’ Race Lounge adds another dimension to your visit, with full motion racing simulators and a giant scalextric track suitable for anyone aged 10 years and over. Join in qualifying sessions to compete in junior and family-friendly competitions, whether you take part as a single racer or as a group. Groupies can watch and you can rest and refuel at the on-site cafe and bar where they serve food and drink including their popular stone-baked pizzas.

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Movie magic at Everyman Cinema

People watching a il in the cinema

Taking the cinema experience to the next level, Everyman Canary Wharf at the sleek Crossrail Place development has three screens and a stylish statement bar. Settle into comfy armchairs or sofa seating (perfect for two) with footrests, and enjoy the romance of the silver screen in style.

Over the festive season, they’re showing classic favourites and modern masterpieces from It’s a Wonderful Life and the Royal Opera House’s The Nutcracker ballet to Elf, Home Alone, The Polar Express, Die Hard and The Holiday – to name a few.

To complete the experience, there’s the on-site Spielburger kitchen for delicious dishes ranging from sharing plates to hot dogs, sundaes, sweets, cocktails or a glass of wine. You can also order food and snacks in the foyer bar.

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New year, new skill at Padium

People playing padel tennis

Get a head start on new skills for the New Year at Padium, the premium padel club in the heart of Canary Wharf. The impressive glass courts are located at Bank Street Park, where everyone is welcome, whether you’re a first-time player or practically a pro.

The facility offers a world-class experience for the sport that combines the tennis scoring system with the tactical ricochet shots of squash. It’s mostly played in doubles and is all about finesse and strategy. There are seven indoor courts and one outdoor court at this state-of-the-art experience, where you can rent rackets or buy your own in the pro shop.

Beginners can join their ‘Intro to Padel’ sessions, led by professional coaches via Playtomic, so you can learn essential techniques, rules, and tactics to kickstart your padel journey, or you can pay as you play. Come on your own or with a group of friends, book one-to-one coaching sessions or bring up to three friends and learn together. They also offer junior coaching courses for younger players.

For those who know the score, the Centre Court allows for run-outs during games and is also equipped with an AI-camera that analyses your game and gives you detailed statistics. Afterwards, head to the Ace Bar for a drink, a quick bite and to recount the details of the match.

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