On the 2nd of July, my younger brother turned 18. I am sure many of you can relate to the terror that is instigated when a younger sibling or cousin turns 18 and you have a moment where you realize just how old you are and that you are no longer a child. I can still remember him as a toddler, throwing a tantrum every time he did not get his way, and yet here he is, legally allowed to vote and consume alcohol.
My brother and I are similar in that we both prefer active days-out so the day was spent in a similar way to mine with a variety of activities during the day. After a morning spent opening presents at home, most of which consisted of a form of alcohol, we got the train to Greenwich where The O2 Arena is. Known best as an entertainment venue, you can also climb over the Arena as part of a 90 minute experience, with an allocated rest time at the highest point to admire the scenery and document the experience with photographs. This is an activity that I have wanted to do for a few years now so I was excited to finally be able to cross it off my list. It was originally planned that my Mum would not be completing the climb with us as she is wary of heights but she actually ended up paying to complete it on the day and loved the experience, which shows that it is suitable for anyone, regardless of fear of heights and fitness level. You wear a harness at all times except at the viewing platform and the path is steady at all points, so it feels like you never left the ground.
Since we were already in Greenwich, we decided to take a trip in the Emirates Air Line Cable Cars across the River Thames. The journey takes appropriate 5-10 minutes each way and is accessible using your Oyster card or you can purchase a ticket at the counter, which is accompanied by a ticket to the Emirates Aviation Experience. We chose the latter and spent 5-10 minutes in the Aviation Experience, learning about the architecture of planes and the behind-the-scenes of travelling via aircraft on vacation.
We then headed to Oxford Street to the West End branch of Swingers, a venue consisting of crazy golf, a bar and street food vendors. I had previously been to The City branch but the West End branch was even prettier with flower displays everywhere and a wider choice of food. It is the perfect place to celebrate an 18th birthday party as you must be 18 in order to enter the venue. It is fairly pricey for what is only 9 holes with a 5-10 minute wait between holes depending on how busy the venue is but is something that anyone can enjoy.
How did you spend your 18th birthday?