The Clink charity offers an innovative way of rehabilitating prisoners, by giving them the skills and training to gain a City & Guilds qualification in catering – and once released they’re 49.6% less likely to reoffend!
The original restaurant in Sutton’s HMP High Down opened 10 years ago, and is still serving up gourmet meals today. Sound intriguing? We thought so. After the necessary checks, you’ll sit down to a top-notch meal where you’ll have a choice between a scrummy afternoon tea (yes, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches are on the menu) or an à la carte lunch. Cooked and served by resident prisoners, you can tuck in to more upmarket dishes like rabbit and pistachio terrine or blue cheese dauphinoise. All meals are made with sustainability in mind too – the food waste is minimal and they're steering away from plastic packaging. And the best bit? It won’t break the bank.
Join a private walking tour that begins in the town of Leatherhead. Following a route along the River Mole, you’ll stop by Denbies Vineyard for a quick tour and tasting, before tackling the ascent up Box Hill to enjoy views over the glorious Surrey countryside. It’s definitely worth the climb.
Tucked away in a scenic woodland area is the UK’s largest zorbing park. Harnessed into a huge inflatable ball, you’ll roll down a carefully crafted run (screaming all the way, we don’t doubt), gaining momentum with every spin. If you want to take it up a notch, try the aqua or black hole zorbing.
Spend an evening getting competitive at the Ludoquist, a board games café in Croydon. Open until 11pm Monday to Saturday, you can play over 1,400 games for less than a fiver (you probably won’t get through that many, but you can try!).