Urban Axe Throwing in Central London

Urban Axe Throwing in Central London

I have a new favourite way of relieving stress – axe throwing! Seriously, chucking hatchets is just the best way to vent your anger, frustration, anxiety and tension, plus its great fun to boot!

Wandering towards an old industrial area in Vauxhall, London, I had no idea what to expect from Whistle Punks – an urban axe throwing club that’s currently all the rage. Following a crowd of what we hoped were fellow axe throwers down a slightly dodgy looking side street (I’m such a country bumpkin these days!), we came to the spot Google Maps said we’d find the club, and were confronted with a row of unassuming arches that looked like warehouses. Shrugging our shoulders we joined the queue and headed inside, where a whole different world awaited.

The space itself might be small, but once through the doors you’re confronted by a barrage of sound: loud music, laughter and shouts, and, of course, axes being pelted full force into wooden boards.

Urban Axe Throwing London | Whistle Punks Ladies What Travel

Urban Axe Throwing London | Whistle Punks Ladies What Travel

An eclectic bunch of axe throwers

Once signed in we milled around, bought ourselves some drinks and checked out the strange mix of people that were drawn to the idea of a bit of axe throwing. Large groups of smartly dressed friends in their 50s stood next to hipster 20 somethings, who in turn mingled with young couples on dates and small groups like my friend Ania and I, who’d come for a bit of a chuckle on a London day out. It was an eclectic bunch, I have to say.

Thrown together by our shared interest in sharp weapons (eek!), we spent the next hour and a half together taking part in an axe throwing tournament. Sadly the time goes way too quickly, and in a large group you only really get a few chances to actually practice your axe chucking, which isn’t really long enough to master the technique.

One that’s actually exceptionally hard to get to grips with I’ll have you know, and uses a surprising set of muscles.

A Whistle Punks team member runs you through how to hold and throw the axe, first with one hand and then two-handed style. They then give you a chance to practice, offering some advice on your stance and technique before the tournament proper begins.

Urban Axe Throwing London | Whistle Punks Ladies What Travel

Urban Axe Throwing London | Whistle Punks Ladies What Travel

You don’t have to be any good to have fun!

Things I learnt in that time: my elbow can go much higher than I thought and I’m awful at throwing one handed. I then discovered that two-handed axe throwing uses leg muscles I’d forgotten I had (I was walking like John Wayne the next day), and I’m also rather rubbish at that as well.

But, despite my complete lack of hand-eye co-orientation and throwing ability I had an absolute blast of a time and didn’t want it to end. That’s high praise indeed, as during my entire visit I only ever managed to hit a wooden board once (and even then that wasn’t the target, but the chunk of wood below it!). It seems my strength lies in the trick throw, probably most likely because when throwing two axes rather than one you double your chance of success!

Urban Axe Throwing London | Whistle Punks Ladies What Travel

I’ll be back (a la Arnie!)

I loved my hilariously bad axe throwing experience and I’ll definitely be back. You see, I’m sure hidden inside this uncoordinated couch potato lies an axe throwing master bursting to be set free. My goal – to make it onto the wall of fame, which means achieving a minimum score of 50 points. Then it’ll be onto the big leagues, with a chance of bagging a Whistle Punks pro t-shirt.

Urban Axe Throwing London | Whistle Punks Ladies What Travel

To be fair I think I’ll need a lot of practice, but it’s the most fun I’ve ever had doing sport and I just hope Whistle Punks will open a club nearer to me – Bath or Bristol would be perfect guys, just in case you’re reading!

First timers are also rewarded with 10% discount towards a return visit, so I’ll be back for a rematch as soon as I’m in London next. Who wants to join me?!

Whistle Punks can currently be found in London, Manchester and Birmingham. London prices are £29 per person peak times (Thurs-Sat) and £22 off peak. Find out more at whistlepunks.com

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We were guests of Whistle Punks for this experience, but as ever, all views are my own!

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By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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24 Comments

  1. December 4, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I had no idea axe throwing was a thing (and I was a young farmer), my husband is so intrigued that he’s thinking g of it for the office party. #MondayEscapes

    • Keri
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Ah I think it’d be ace for an xmas work party! 😀

  2. December 5, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    What an interesting experience to have! Definitely unique but I don’t think I would partake. Knowing me and the things I break, I would be bound to hurt someone no matter how safe I tried to be haha! #CityTripping

    • Keri
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      December 8, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Don’t worry, they’re really good on their security and safety. I think you have to be when there’s axes involved lol.

  3. December 5, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Oh I’ve seen this before and some friends have done it – I really want to have a go! Definitely something a bit different in the city! #citytripping

    • Keri
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Go do it Milly, it’s a blast!

  4. December 6, 2017 / 7:15 am

    I have wondered what this was like so really intrigued to read! I can’t say it’s something I’d be particularly good at but it does look like fun! How funny that you used so much of your leg muscles! Out of interest do they serve alcohol or just soft drinks? Must try this out sometime!

    • Keri
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Oh I wouldnt worry about that Elizabeth, I was awful too! I can’t remember properly about the drinks, but have a feeling it’s just soft drinks. I know they don’t let you play if you’re drunk…

  5. December 6, 2017 / 10:55 am

    I love all the quirky things that you can do in London – I hadn’t even heard of this #citytripping

    • Keri
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Ain’t it great! I just want them to open one closer to home for me!

  6. December 6, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Wow! I had no idea this was a thing outside zombie movies – sounds like great fun though. And ‘ouch’ for your leg muscles!! Thanks of linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • Keri
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Ha ha, love it!

  7. December 7, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Well, there’s a novelty! Although, judging by the amount of fun you guys had I wouldn’t be surprised if these places start popping up in a few more cities – hope so! Thanks for sharing, I shall look out for one nearer me! #citytripping

    • Keri
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Yeah me too – there’s three in the UK already, so lets hope they keep expanding…

  8. December 8, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    What a quirky thing to do. I better now show this post to my other half, he will cancel all our other city trip plans in favour of going here. #farawayfiles

    • Keri
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Ha ha, you never know, you might love it too!

  9. December 9, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Who knew! I’ve never heard of ax throwing as being a thing. Were you soar the next day?! I can imagine using muscles you’ve never used before might take its toll. Sounds like so much fun. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

    • Keri
      Author
      December 11, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Yes, I very much was sore Corey lol. It was totally worth it though!

  10. December 10, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I can see this would get rid of a fair amount of aggression! I’ve got such bad coordination that I’d worry I’d accidentally throw it behind me and cause all sorts of injuries to unsuspecting onlookers. This does look like a lot of fun though! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • Keri
      Author
      December 11, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Ha ha, yeah I was a little worried about the same thing. They keep people a decent distance back though 😉

  11. Ania
    December 11, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    As your fellow (and worse!) axe-thrower, I too would recommend this to anyone wanting to do something different in London. It was so much fun!

    • Keri
      Author
      December 11, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Rematch next year?! Oh and there was only one axe between us! 😉

      • Ania
        December 12, 2017 / 8:28 pm

        I’d be up for it – we can only get better, eh??

        • Keri
          Author
          December 18, 2017 / 4:06 pm

          Indeed lol!

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