If you’re looking for a corporate teambuilding retreat that will promote cooperation, boost morale, and get your staff socialising outside the workplace, then one of our London scavenger trails is the ideal activity. In this blog post, we’ll tell you more about what happens during the trail, and why it makes such an effective — and fun — corporate day out.

What happens during Foxtrail’s corporate teambuilding trail?

During our London corporate teambuilding trail, your employees will be split into groups of up to 7 people and tasked with following an urban treasure trail across the city. To complete the trail, they’ll need to crack codes, solve tricky clues, and decipher the hidden messages left behind by our cunning Fox. Plus, your team will get to see all sorts of famous London landmarks along the way, as well as a few hidden gems, too.

Once they’ve beaten the trail, you can even take your team for some celebratory refreshments in a private room at one of our partner hotels — just ask our team for more info when making your booking. Our classic trail takes around 2.5–4 hours to finish, depending on how well your staff can work as a team! You can learn more about what happens on our trails on our info page.

It helps staff to bond outside the office

Firstly, our Foxtrail London route is a fantastic way for employees to get to know one each other outside the workplace. While traditional work mixers like socialising over a meal or a few drinks can get staff chatting, bonding is often much more effective when everyone is collaborating on a joint task. Foxtrail London’s teambuilding trail is completely engaging, meaning your staff will really feel closer to one another once they’ve beaten the trail by working together.

It promotes problem solving

Your employees will need to put their heads together and think on their feet to solve the clues and break the codes. They’ll be using all their observational, analytical, and detective skills in a way that is fun, fast-paced and exciting. Many of the clues can be quite challenging, so they’ll really need to be fully engaged if they want to solve the trail.

There’s no need to worry about getting stuck, though: if a fiendishly difficult problem starts to get in the way of the fun, your team can always contact the Foxtrail helpline for a push in the right direction!

It’ll get staff actively exploring the city

London over the Thames

Foxtrail London will get your employees out of the office and exploring the city together on foot, which can be a great way to shake up their everyday routine. Taking your employees out of a corporate environment encourages them to get to know each other outside of a work context, and it’s certainly much better than spending all day cooped up indoors. Our trails involve a mix of walking and public transport, so you get to be active without being too strenuous, meaning it’s ideal for all ages and fitness levels.

It encourages teamwork

Foxtrail London can be challenging, so teamwork is a must. Our trails are designed to test their wits, meaning your staff will need to communicate with one another to solve the clues and navigate their way through the trail. So, if you’re looking for way to get your staff working together, or maybe shake up the dynamic and encourage a culture change in your workplace, Foxtrail London is a great way to do this.

…and most importantly, it’s great fun

Most importantly, Foxtrail London is a complete blast! All too often, traditional corporate retreats are indoor events involving lots of tedious, forgettable teambuilding exercises that do little to really help your employees connect with one another. Our treasure trail is a fast-paced, active outdoor adventure that will take your staff right into the heart of London, one of the most exciting cities in the world. It’s four miles of fun that we’re confident your employees will still be talking about for weeks to come — what could be better?

Our exciting Foxtrail London scavenger hunts will get your team solving all sorts of clues and riddles as they follow the trail across the city, which will promote teamwork, improve communication, and help employees to bond. If you’d like to learn more about booking a teambuilding scavenger hunt with us, or want to learn more about how we can make your trip a bespoke experience, get in touch with the Foxtrail team today.

London is filled to the brim with some of the most famous sights, landmarks and tourist attractions in the world, but sometimes, you just want to get away from the crowds. Luckily, we’ve shared four hidden gems in London that are still very much off the beaten track, so they’ll be much less crowded. Whether you’re a seasoned Londoner looking for something a little different to do this weekend, or you’re just passing through and want to avoid the usual tourist hotspots, any of these secret spots is well worth your time. Plus, they’re all completely free!

Little Venice

Little Venice, London

You may not be able to jet off to Venice this weekend, but you can pay a visit to London’s very own version of the famous Italian city. Located just north of Paddington along the Regent’s Canal, this tranquil neighbourhood is the perfect location for a lazy afternoon stroll. Complete with flower-filled canal boats, quaint bridges, and inviting waterside cafes and bars, Little Venice is so much like its Italian counterpart that it’s easy to forget you’re still in the middle of London. We recommend starting at the Rembrandt Gardens and following the canal upstream towards Camden to really see the best the area has to offer.

A buried Victorian street

Charing Cross Road in one the busiest roads in London, with commuters and tourists jostling for space as they rush across the city. But while most people pass over the ordinary-looking traffic island on the junction between Charing Cross and Old Compton Street, it harbours a secret: it’s built right on top of an old Victorian street, the remains of which can still be glimpsed through a metal grate. In fact, if you take a moment to stop and look down, you can still see two well preserved street signs beneath your feet — a reminder of London’s past.

St. Dunstan in the East

St Dunstan’s church

Featuring arching gothic windows and a tower by famed architect Christopher Wren, this bombed-out church is one of the few remaining places you can still see the damage left by the Blitz. But, while it may be a ruin, St. Dunstan in the East still has plenty to offer: in recent years the shell of the church has been landscaped and turned into a beautiful urban garden, giving it a poignant serenity and haunting beauty quite unlike any other park in the city. If you want to visit when it’s quiet, we recommend visiting St. Dunstan’s on a weekend, when the City workers have headed home.

Find the London Noses dotted around Soho

Carnaby Street, Soho

If you’ve got keen eyes and a few hours to spare, why not go on a hunt for the London Noses? These small plaster casts can be found dotted all over Soho, each poking out of a different wall or building in the area. The noses were originally — and illegally — installed by artist Rick Buckley in the late nineties as an act of protest against CCTV cameras, and curious Londoners have been trying to sniff them out ever since.

The noses have been the subject of several famous urban legends over the years, including one rumour that anyone who can find all seven will be rewarded with great fortune — but we’d take that one with a pinch of salt! At any rate, hunting for the noses is certainly a quirky way to explore the lively streets of Soho.

If you’re looking for a new way to explore some of our capital’s best kept secrets, a Foxtrail London treasure trail will be right up your street. You’ll need to think on your feet to solve the tricky clues our cunning Fox has left all over the city, discovering all sorts of secrets along the way, many of which are hiding in plain sight. Best of all, you can bring your friends and family or workmates along for the ride!

Looking for more hidden gems in London? Don’t forget to check out the Foxtrail blog, where you’ll find all sorts of fun things to do for both tourists and city-dwellers alike.

If you’re planning a visit to London, you’ll definitely want to include a visit to Trafalgar Square in your sightseeing itinerary. Filled with ornate fountains and historic statues, and with Nelson’s Column towering overhead, Trafalgar Square is up there with Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge as one of the most iconic London landmarks. In this blog post, we’ll share four fascinating Trafalgar Square facts, including a few lesser-known details that tourists often overlook!

It’s the official centre of the city

Trafalgar Square is right i n the middle of London — literally. The exact centre of the city is just behind the statue of Charles I to the south of Trafalgar Square. In fact, this is the official point from which all distances to and from London are measured.

This spot was chosen because it was once the site of one of twelve ornate statues known as Queen Eleanor crosses. The original cross is no longer there, but a small, burnished plaque just behind the statue of Charles I marks the central spot. It’s quite easy to miss, meaning that many visitors pass over it without ever realising they’re standing right in the centre of London!

You’ll see the world’s smallest (former) police station

Even seasoned Londoners might not have spotted this hidden curiosity. Tucked away in the southeast corner of the square is a small, circular stone structure with black-painted doors and an ornate glass lamp on the roof. It may not look like much, but this tiny, easily overlooked box was once the smallest police station in London (and probably the whole world). Little more than a hollowed-out lamppost with a telephone inside, the old police box would have housed a lone officer who kept an eye on what was happening out in the Square. Just don’t expect to see a bobby in it these days: it’s now used as a broom cupboard by the Council cleaners.

… and some very famous faces

To the North of Trafalgar Square is the imposing façade of the National Gallery, which houses more than 2300 famous artworks. You’ll find masterpieces from the likes of Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, and Turner, to name just a few of the visionary artists whose work now resides in the centre of London. Admission to the The National Gallery is free, and you can also buy a guided audio tour for £5 if you want to learn more about the famous faces who line the walls.

And let’s not forget Trafalgar’s most famous resident: Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, who watches over the square from the top of his eponymous 169-foot-high column. Be sure to get a closer look at the four bas reliefs at the base of the tower, which tell the story of Nelson’s most famous naval battles and were supposedly cast from the melted-down bronze canons taken from defeated French ships.

It’s a great spot to see contemporary art

At the four corners of Trafalgar Square, you’ll find four tall stone plinths, three of which are now home to statues of British Army generals and kings. But there’s one plinth you’ll certainly want to stop and take a closer look at: the Fourth plinth, on the northwest side of the square. Since 2005, the plinth has showcased a variety of modern artworks, ranging from the thought-provoking and sombre to the avant-garde and absurd. At the moment, the plinth is playing host to a recreation of a lost Iraqi sculpture called the Lamassu, and symbolises the artwork and industries destroyed by war.

No sight-seeing visit to London would be complete without a trip to Trafalgar Square. If you’re looking for an unusual way to explore the sights that London has to offer, you’ll love our Foxtrail London treasure trail. The devilishly cunning fox has left tricky clues all over London, and you’ll need to put your heads together to crack the codes, decipher the clues, and follow the trail across the city. You’ll stop by at a range of must-see landmarks, including this famous square, so it’s perfect if you’re new to the city and want to see as much as you can!

Looking for more things to do in London? Check out the Foxtrail blog to find even more things to discover, for tourists and Londoners alike!

The 2019 Easter break is finally here and, for many of us, that means it’s only a matter of time until we’re fed up of hearing cries of “I’m bored!” from our kids. Fortunately, we’ve put together this round up of six exciting things to do in the Easter holidays in London, including ideas for fun in the sun, free days out, and a few educational activities for good measure.

Play in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace

Looking for a way to tire out hyperactive kids this April? Why not let the kids run riot in a magical fantasy-themed garden, complete with a castle, battlements, jousting tents, and fountains to explore? The Magic Garden at Hampton Court is a dream come to true for imaginative kids with energy to burn. Just don’t wake up the huge Chinese dragon who’s snoozing in the sandpit! Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for children, which also includes entry to Hampton Court’s famous maze.

Follow a treasure hunt of clues

If you’re looking for a new way to explore London’s hidden nooks and crannies, why not take the kids on our Foxtrail London trail? Your family will need to work together to follow the clues left behind by the fiendish fox across the city, visiting some of the capital’s most famous landmarks and parks along the way. Plus, as you’ll be out and about on your feet for a few hours, it’s a great way to get the kids out of the house and soaking up the sunshine (hopefully!).

Explore the city in bloom

Easter is towards the end of April this year, which means many of the city’s parks and green spaces are (finally) coming into full bloom. So, why not make the most of it by heading out to explore London’s parks? If you don’t fancy making your own sandwiches, you could even order a ready-made posh picnic hamper from The de Beauvoir Deli on Southgate Street before heading over to Victoria Park — kids will love the playground, complete with extra-long slides and a splash pool.

Changing of the Guard

During fine weather, the Changing of the Guard happens twice a day out in front of Buckingham Palace. Performed by the Royal Foot Guards in their iconic red uniforms and bearskin hats, this ceremony has going on for centuries, and is as much a part of the city as the palace itself. April is a great time to see the ceremony, as there’s likely to be fewer tourists about at this time of year than later in the summer.

The Changing of the Guard takes place every other day at 10.45am from April to September, and is completely free to watch, but you might want to arrive early to get a good spot. It. Any changes or updates are announced on the official Twitter account, so be sure it to check this out before planning your visit.

Dig for dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

Why not get the kids hunting for fossils instead of chocolate eggs this Easter? The Natural History Museum is running free fossil-digging workshops for kids aged 5–11 that will let young palaeontologists have a go at uncovering fossil specimens, teaching them all about how dinosaurs looked and lived in the process. The workshops last around 20 minutes and will take place from the 16–18th April — visit their website for more info.

We’re lucky to have some of the world’s best museums right here in London, any of which would make a fun (and educational!) day out. It’s the ideal activity for a rainy day, and best of all, many are free to visit. Take a look at our museum round-up to find one which is up your alley.

Walk through the sky at Kew Gardens

Those with a head for heights can get a real bird’s eye view this half term with Kew Garden’s Treetop Walkway. Towering 18 metres over the famous botanical gardens, this walkway will give budding natural scientists a chance to get up close and personal with ecosystem in the canopy of the surrounding trees. Entry is included with the price of a day ticket to the park. There are 118 steps to the top of the walkway, so leave it’s best to leave the buggy at home for this adventure!

Stuck for ways to keep the kids busy over the long break? There’s no need to panic — any of these fun things to do in the Easter holidays should keep even the most adventurous little ones busy for at least a few hours! We’re always sharing ideas for new things to do in London, so remember to check out the Foxtrail blog to find more days out that are fun for all the family.

With so much to see and do in London, there never seems to be enough time to cram in everything. Monuments, palaces, cathedrals, galleries, and attractions galore make choosing your itinerary tricky.

A new trend is to get some fresh air and exercise on a London attraction like Foxtrail, where you follow a secret walking route around the capital, progressing by solving clues and puzzles as you go. You’ll get to see plenty of what the city has to offer while enjoying some light-hearted competitiveness with family or friends.

Once you’ve finished, an ideal next stop would be to explore one of London’s excellent museums. There’s an incredible choice to suit the whole family, but here are some of the best that you won’t want to miss.

 

The British Museum

The first national museum to open to the public in 1759, the British Museum proudly displays the most important discoveries made by famous British explorers.

The incredible exhibits include the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures, all set out in sections like Ancient Egypt, Asia, Africa etc. It can get busy, but like so many of London’s museums, it’s free! The nearest Tube is Holborn on the Central Line.

 

The National Gallery

If art is your thing, you can’t miss this extraordinary collection of 2,300 paintings from as early as the 13th century.

Located centrally in Trafalgar Square, you’ll see masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or Constable’s The Hay Wain. To learn more as you go along, download one of the many audio tours. There’s plenty of seating, so you can sit down, listen and take as long as you like.

 

Science Museum

The kids will love this one. Countless exhibits, many interactive, show off the weird and wonderful creations of man. While some older discoveries are available, there’s also plenty of modern wonders, including a fantastic virtual reality space descent with astronaut Tim Peake.

It’s a truly educational experience, and everyone enjoys the Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, a truly experiential romp of exhibits, interactions and real scientific phenomena.

The nearest Tube is South Kensington (five minutes’ walk) on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines.

 

Natural History Museum

If you’re interested in living (and extinct) things, then how does a choice of 80 million natural specimens sound? That’s how many are in the collection of the Natural History Museum. It’s also close to South Kensington Tube so that you can couple this with a trip to the Science Museum.

With so much to see, the museum has split itself into five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology.

 

The Tower of London

Dating back to 1066 when it was built by William the Conqueror, the Tower is steeped in history. It’s here where Henry VIII had the habit of chopping the heads off his wives, and it was a popular spot for all sorts of public executions.

But perhaps the most common reason to visit now is to marvel at the Crown Jewels. One of the famous Beefeaters will offer a tour every 30 minutes.

 

Popular museums in London

We could offer details of so many more attractions. But others to consider during your trip to the capital include:

  • Tate Modern
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Charles Dickens Museum
  • Design Museum
  • London Transport Museum
  • London Dungeons
  • Old Operating Theatre
  • The Vault at Hard Rock Café
  • Pollock’s Toy Museum
  • The Crime Museum
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum
  • HMS Belfast

The Battersea dog and cat home

Everyone loves getting about London on two legs: it’s what makes Foxtrail, the urban treasure-map experience so much fun. Our route does not take us near Battersea, where those with four legs haven’t been so lucky in life.

The Battersea dog and cat home is famous for taking in abandoned animals who, through no fault of their own, are unable to enjoy life in London as they deserved.

Every year, the charity, made even more popular by the television series Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, helps 7,000 animals get the care and treatment they need.

Some of them arrive in a terrible condition after either being mistreated or simply abandoned and left to fend for themselves.

Others are gifted to the charity because their loving owners are unable to care for them anymore, for a number of reasons, including illness.

There is also a centre in Old Windsor, Berkshire, and Brands Hatch in Kent

 

Visiting Battersea London

The iconic animal home has been at Battersea since 1871. It’s open every day to visitors who are considering adopting a dog or a cat, to come and meet them. There are guidelines to follow before this process can happen, so visit the website for more information.

As there is no Government funding for its work, Battersea reluctantly charges an entry fee for visitors, although this is £2 for adults and £1 for children up to 15 and for concessions. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The home is open to visitors from 10.30 to 4 pm every day, although you should check the website for details of Christmas closures.

 

Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs

The ITV show has been a runaway success, thrilling the audience and often moving them to tears in the process.

Dog-lover Paul, an official Battersea Ambassador, visits the homes in Battersea, Old Windsor and Brands Hatch to follow the fortunes of various dogs looking for loving new homes.

The BAFTA-nominated programme also sees Paul exploring the work of Battersea’s vet Shaun and canine behaviour trainer Ali.

One of the stories in the latest series follows the fortune of a Dachshund mum and her puppies. It’s believed she escaped from a puppy farm. Paul also makes friends with a Saluki called Chester,  found seriously injured after being abandoned by the side of a road,

Meanwhile, viewers would be touched by the story of Pug-terrier cross Florence, who was subjected to a hit and run and faced amputation. Paul’s friend and fellow Battersea supporter Jennifer Saunders fell in love immediately.

 

Support the Battersea dog and cats home

The charity relies on your support, and there are a number of ways you can help.

You can make monthly donations or a one-off payment, or you can sponsor one of the kennels or Kitty Kabins. £5 a month will provide each new dog arriving in your kennel with the blankets, toys and treats they need to keep warm and happy during their stay!

We’re proud of the attraction we have launched in London, giving people exercise and fresh air while enjoying Foxtrail, our “walking” escape room. So, when we’re mentioned in the media, we get a warm glow.

Just recently, our research about teamwork was picked up by many of the national newspapers. The subject of teamwork resonates with us because so many businesses choose to send their staff on Foxtrail for a team-building activity.

You see, teams must work together to find and solve our puzzles and clues in order to progress along our secret walking route in the capital. Families and friends love Foxtrail, too, and while they’re out to have fun together, they show off fantastic teamwork skills in the process.

We commissioned research to see just how prevalent – or otherwise – team culture was in British offices and workplaces. To our surprise, one in five people said they preferred working alone. It seems there truly is no ‘I’ in team! Those people like to think of themselves as a lone wolf who gets frustrated having to work with others.

That figure will raise a few eyebrows for bosses who want all their staff to work together for the common benefit of the business. However, at least our research showed four out of five employees did enjoy working as part of a team.

The Foxtrail research clearly caught the attention of the media, with the story appearing in The Sun, The Mirror and the Independent.

A Foxtrail spokesman told the publications: “Working as a team can be so rewarding, whether in work or in play.

“Sometimes sharing ideas and working as a collective, whether that’s in the home, on a night out, during a team task or in sports, is far more likely to get better results.

“And the camaraderie of being in a team can bring joy, excitement and fun even to the most arduous tasks.”

Foxtrail launched in London early in 2019 offering a unique attraction for visitors and locals, together with corporate or group parties.

The first route begins close to St Paul’s Cathedral from where teams must find and solve clues, puzzles or codes in order to progress to the next destination. By working together, teams can combine observational and detective skills to their advantage.

A good team will get around the first Foxtrail route, called Lancelot, in a little over 2.5 hours. For others, it can take anything up to four hours. And don’t worry about anyone getting stuck: participants can call the special Foxtrail hotline at any time to get help.

If you’d like to put your team through its paces with Foxtrail, or if you want to book tickets for your family, friends or school party, then visit the Foxtrail website for more information.

Our research also found that almost two-thirds of Brits felt it was important to be a team player to have friends, while 67 per cent said it was needed to be successful at work.

The Foxtrail spokesman concluded: “Our new London interactive trail is designed to bring people together, allowing them to explore parts of London they never knew existed while solving clues to get around the trail. It’s certainly one of those tasks that can’t be completed alone.”

 

London.  Arguably the world’s best-loved city – a melting-pot of fun, culture, inspiration and energy.  The perfect location for the launch of Foxtrail England.  And of course, the ideal location for your London team event!  Team building, a reward for customer loyalty, or for a target achieved – Foxtrail is for everyone.

Join us for our launch in October 2018.  40 years of shared experience in the world of conferences, events and incentives means we’re perfectly placed to offer you a premier event with world-class service.

So why choose Foxtrail for your Event?

  • We understand how corporate events succeed. We’ll make your event truly unforgettable.
  • Foxtrail cultivates true team building – everyone can take part and everyone will want to.
  • Do you need to harness a culture change in your organisation? Foxtrail Corporate is for you.
  • Tell us how we can enhance your Foxtrail experience to make it truly bespoke.

 

Enjoy endless fun with Foxtrail London – Call today on 020 3434 5035 or complete our contact form

Looking for a New and Unique Experience in London – Look No Further

So, after a year of planning we are proud to launch Foxtrail in London. Our Trail Architects have been busy planning your experience whilst the office team have been diligently contacting the various sights of London to seek collaboration and partnership. We are so happy that all our partners have been so proactive, and we are all ready to bring fun and inspiration to London.

So, what is Foxtrail? It’s a treasure hunt with a difference. It’s about being involved and having an interactive experience. It involves participants getting actively involved whilst having the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of London. You could say that its like doing a treasure hunt as a kid. So, put down your phones (unless of course you need to text us for help with clues) and immerse yourself in the experience that is Foxtrail.

London is the World’s most visited city according to Wikipedia and for me I know exactly why. London has so much to offer and it doesn’t matter if you live in the City, work in the City or are just visiting, London delivers a different experience each and every day. It has been said that “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” Samuel Johnson.
So, if you are looking for what to do in London a family, a couple, a group of friends or work colleagues – look no further. Let me introduce you to London’s newest attraction.

All you need are 3- 4 hours, and the desire to experience a different London. London offers culture, sights, hidden gems and Foxtrail offers you the opportunity to explore this amazing City.
We look forward to welcoming you.

All good stories start at the very beginning and so that’s where I will start.

I am a businessman and not from a tourist or travel background although both have fascinated me from an early age. My belief is that if you have a great product and deliver an exceptional service then the company will succeed and grow. At the heart of Foxtail are the values of integrity and exceptional customer service – everything we do is around delivering an inspirational experience whilst ensuring customers are having fun and making memories.

So why did I get involved in Foxtrail and set it all up in the UK? I Initially went to Switzerland with my son Jimmy – who has since joined me in this company as MD and participated in a number of the Swiss Foxtrails. This is where I have a little chuckle. It reminds me a little of Victor Kiam when he said in 1978 “When my wife bought me a Remington shaver, I was so impressed I bought the company”. I too was impressed with the Foxtrail company in Switzerland and the experience they were delivering to families, couples, groups and corporate participants. I knew I had to be involved.

Fundamentally, Foxtrail were initially involved in organising unique and innovative trails across Switzerland. This has since expanded into Helsinki, Dubai and beyond. I am convinced that the trails are just different and deliver something quite unique. The Swiss have been running trails for twenty years and are very experienced in how to make this work. (and we all know how good the Swiss are on delivering what they say they will do.) We have been working with the Swiss Trail Architect (now that’s an amazing job title), who is currently planning our first trail in London and boy does that architect have vision and imagination. Coupled with the need for planning permissions and permissions from the sights of London, we are confident that we have something very special.

So that is our story – from little acorns grow trees. We have plans for 3 trails in London and expansion across the whole of the UK. Do follow us on social media to keep in touch with our plans.

We are launching our first trail in London in July after a year of planning. I’ts so important to us to deliver an exceptional experience. We hope that you will join us on our journey.

Best Regards

Shaun Horwood.