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Go mad in Harrods - west London

The legendary Harrods in Knightsbridge is London’s king department store. It occupies five acres in west London and inside you can get anything from its 330 departments, from clothes to toys to cars to holidays, and eat pretty much anything too at its 32 restaurants. Thing is, such opulence comes at a price, and a pretty steep one, too. So give yourself a budget, as much as you can afford, and go wild. Retail heaven!

Various prices, Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm.
Sun, 11.30am-6pm 
87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL  
Tube | Knightsbridge  
harrods.com

 

Go wild swimming - across London

Swimming pools are overcrowded and have too many damn kids and too much chlorine. For a back-to-nature experience you need to do what real swimmers do and go wild swimming. Taking a dip outdoors in a natural pond or river that is pretty much hidden means you can be all on your own, and is an experience everyone needs to have tried at least once.

Although by name it doesn’t sound too idyllic, Hythe End gravel pit is a 2km-long lake with crystal clear water, and there are other top rated spots in London too, such as the streams in Eynsford and the Hampstead ponds located in the midst of the wild, hilly heathlands of north London. You could even take it up a notch and go wild skinny dipping.

Free, dates and times vary 
Across London  
wildswimming.co.uk

 

Be an extra in a movie - across London

You might not be able to snag the lead role as the next Bond villain or star opposite Al Pacino, but you can still find a way to stand next to them – be a movie extra. Go get your face up there on the silver screen and have a great story to tell for years to come. “Did I tell you the time I worked with Cate Blanchett? No? Well...”

Free, various places
londonextraagency.com

 

Volunteer - west end

Give up your time to help others out, such as at the American Church Soup Kitchen, which aids the homeless.

Free, daily, 10am-12pm W1T 4TD  
Tube | Tottenham Crt Road  
amchurch.co.uk

 

Earn a Guinness book of world records title - wherever

Some fella in Turkey called Ilker Yilmaz has already nailed the record for the farthest milk squirting distance – from his eye. But if you have a particularly crazy skill, or an idea for something that will have you recognised around the world, then go for it! Now is the time to become the world’s best continuous boomerang thrower or king consumer of scotch eggs. 

Various places
guinnessworldrecords.com

Have a massive pillow fight - central London

Why should having a pillow fight only be the kind of caper you get up to when you’re young? That’s exactly what the people who run National Pillow Fight Day want to know. In hundreds of cities around the world, a mass pillow fight is staged, allowing you to mash the heck out of other slumber-pouch-armed combatants.

Feathers will be sent flying into the air as they were in April of this year in Trafalgar Square (above). There’s only one rule: don’t hit anyone who doesn’t have a pillow. That would be mean.

2014 date TBC 
pillowfightday.com

 

Photos: Getty


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