Lost Jungle London: Europe’s largest adventure golf
9th May 2020
I have fond memories of playing crazy golf on weird and wonderful courses during my own childhood holidays, so with Lost Jungle London – Europe’s largest adventure golf course – practically on our doorstep, it was only a matter of time before I visited with my daughter.
She had her first taste of adventure golf – or mini golf, if you prefer – when she was just three, wielding her golf club in the steamy heat of Anna Maria Island in Florida and we’ve discovered others on our travels, including one with a fiendishly difficult finish in Billund, Denmark last summer.
But Lost Jungle, London’s biggest crazy golf course with 36 holes, is easily her favourite: helpfully as it’s a lot easier to play one or both of the courses there than hop on a plane. Although with the two courses themed around the Amazon and the Congo, you can still virtually whisk yourself away without even leaving the city.
So what is Lost Jungle London like?
From the moment you walk in, you know this isn’t your bog-standard adventure golf course – there are several different size clubs depending on how tall you are, and staff to advise so you needn’t line up and do imaginary swings, although you can if the fancy takes you.
The golf balls are also different colours: handy if you want a definite way to tell whose is whose – and that the competition hasn’t switched theirs sneakily while you’ve been wrestling with an obstacle. All’s fair in love and mini golf, right?
You can choose to play either the Amazon course or the Congo course, or both together: on a quiet day and in a small group we’ve played both together in a couple of hours – with more friends, it obviously takes longer, especially with younger kids, and we’ve spent two hours on a single course.
There’s also footgolf – a nine-hole short course if 36 holes of adventure golf simply isn’t enough.
But that, of course, is only the beginning. The courses are a fun mix of playing the holes themselves between obstacles galore, along with statues and moving figures to entertain, plus some boards with genuine information to keep you interested as you go around.
You’ll find slowly moving giant snakes, wobbly bridges and waterfalls, not to mention a giant gorilla set in the centre of the two and even footprints in the pavement.
There are none of the faintly impossible feats of some crazy golf courses – the emphasis here is on evading the obstacles, with tricky curves, slopes, occasional tunnels and so on, rather than getting through complex mazes or launching it into the air.
I also quickly discovered that you can find yourself repeatedly trying to get your ball up a small hill to a hole to a tunnel, on the assumption that it’ll bring you out in the perfect place to putt… when actually that’s not necessarily the best approach.
Still, you never know until you try.
One thing I do like when you’re playing adventure golf with kids is that there are few places where you can end in complete disaster here unless you’re very unlucky or hit the ball really wildly, so no-one needs to be an expert to have fun.
There’s also a six shot limit in the rules, so no-one will spend all day valiantly battling one hole.
Because when you’re looking for a fun day out with kids, you don’t want it to include tears at impossible challenges or balls being lost in the first pool.
Lost Jungle London: Amazon course
One of the highlights of the 18 holes in the Amazon course is the Aztec tomb – not a real one, but there’s a definite sense of Indiana Jones as you wander inside one section, decorated like a temple.
Peer through and you can even see the mysterious flashing inhabitant (or scamper past with more easily scared little ones to try to the hole back out in the sunshine).
Another hole finishes under the faintly disapproving gaze of a giant stone head.
There are also some water features here, including a waterfall crashing down and the course winds around a lake – home to an orangutan who looks entirely unfazed by being in earshot of the A41.
There are signs with quirky facts about chimpanzees and the Aztecs themselves, plus the chance to angle your ball past a stone skull – you decide whether it’s a prehistoric crocodile or definitely a dinosaur.
Lost Jungle London: Congo course
Venture the opposite direction and you start your adventure by a statue of an anaconda (and the information that these huge snakes can hold their breath for 10 minutes) before getting some handy tips about recognising coral snakes.
As both courses are close together, you can spot elements from both sides but it’s this one which brings you closest to a snake figure whose head sways slowly from side to side as it hisses for some added cartoon menace.
The path takes you across a wobbly bridge with a waterfall on one side and crocodile in the water before playing through a giant ribcage. Or possibly enormous fangs.
I defy anyone not to have fun trying to get their ball into the hole here!
There’s also a sunken ship along the way – helpfully with some netting around the edges so there’s less chance of losing your ball entirely.
Lost Jungle London: Need to know
There are two 18 hole mini golf courses at Lost Jungle London, plus the footgolf course – the ‘foot and short golf course’ is nine holes and there’s a charge for ball hire here as well.
You can choose to play either 18-hole course or both: it’s cheaper to play both courses on one day if you have the time – if you enjoyed the first so much, you can go back and get a discount on the second (proof of purchase required).
Each course has a different suggested par for the hole, although overall they’re almost the same difficulty, so you’ll be given a scorecard for the one you’ve specified with space for up to six players (and a pencil).
At the end of each course, the final hole swallows your ball and returns it to an underground bucket to be collected.
There are toilets and a small cafe with tables looking out over the courses, which serves snacks and drinks, as well as ice creams. You can’t bring your own food or drink.
Lost Jungle adventure golf prices
Adult tickets for one course cost £9.50 for 18 holes and £8 for a ‘schoolie’ – kids aged five to 17. There is also a family ticket for £29 to cover four people (one adult plus three children or two adults and two children).
If you buy tickets for both courses together, there’s a discount. Adults cost £14 for 36 holes, £11.75 for kids and £43 for a family ticket. Club and ball hire is included.
Footgolf costs £8 for adults, £7 for kids and £23 for a family, plus £1 ball hire.
There are no bookings (except for parties or events), so you can just turn up and play. Parking is free.
Lost Jungle adventure golf opening hours
Both courses are open year-round. Opening hours vary throughout the year – in winter, it’s open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays, and 9am to 4pm at weekends, although there may be longer opening times during February half-term.
In midsummer, it’s open from 10am to 7pm on Monday to Wednesday, and from 9am to 9pm on Thursday to Sunday.
Check the complete list of opening hours here
As with most family-friendly outdoor activities, it’s busier on sunny days in summer so it’s best to turn up early. We have played the courses in December and January when far fewer people are out but wrap up warm.
How long do you need at Lost Jungle London?
You have to arrive one hour before closing time to complete one course (18 holes of adventure golf of nine holes of footgolf) and two hours before closing for the full 36 holes of adventure golf.
The length of time needed to play does vary. If you’re a small group and you speed around, you could do one in as little as 45 minutes but I’d allow 60 to 90 minutes for 18 holes if you’re visiting Lost Jungle London with kids.
We’ve rarely found it very busy and in our experience, bigger groups are usually good at letting smaller ones past – with younger kids and a big group you might need more time anyway.
How to get to Lost Jungle adventure golf
Lost Jungle adventure golf is based in Edgware, north London, just off the A41 – the Watford bypass stretch not far from where it merges with the M1 – and there’s free car parking.
Coming from the south, the exit isn’t far after the roundabout so be ready to turn off. When you leave, it’s worth knowing you have to turn left on exit but it’s not far to the next roundabout if you want to double back – or if traffic is quiet (don’t try it otherwise!), there’s a turning place in a driveway on the right-hand side shortly after the exit.
You can also arrive by public transport. The number 107 bus stops nearby, which runs between Edgware and New Barnet, via Elstree and Borehamwood.
The closest tube station is Stanmore, at the end of the Jubilee line which is at least 15 minutes walk away.
For more things to do in London with kids, check out my guide to London’s museums, London for kids who love animals and ways to save money on visiting London
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