Great Things To Do In London With Teens
Whether you’re looking to make the most of your summer holidays or you simply want to get out and explore, London is full of attractions that can please even the pickiest of teens. Here are just a few of the reasons to get away from those screens and out into one of the best cities in the world.
Sure, it might be an obvious choice for a day out, but the zoo’s great fun whether it’s with your family, a bunch of friends, or even for a solo wander around. From big impressive gorillas to the small and quirky lizards, it’s a great opportunity to see up close the kind of creatures most of us only get to see on TV.
If you’re looking for an excuse to nerd out, then where better to do it with one of the best collections of scientific displays and interactive exhibitions this side of the Atlantic? Even if you’re not exactly the science-minded type, there are always some great and immersive 3D cinema experiences to enjoy here, too.
One of the best things about London, especially for teens, is the sheer amount of free stuff to do, and that includes admittance to the Olympic Park. Even better, at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a mind-bending sculpture (the biggest in Europe), you can take a ride from the top of the structure down to the bottom with its in-built slide!
London is known for a lot of things, including some pretty gruesome episodes in its past! Explore the grimier, grittier parts of the city’s history with a thrilling trip to the Clink Prison Museum.
You’re likely to see a lot of the big old river during your time in London and you can experience the length of it even faster with one of the city’s speedboat tours. It offers some great views of the landmarks throughout the city, including the Tower of London, the London Eye, and others.
Got a taste for the sophisticated, the creative, and the downright fancy? Then the Victoria and Albert Museum might be the place for you, as the world’s largest museum of design and decorative art, including all kinds of posh fashion, jewellery, as well as tons of creative works such as photography exhibits from throughout the years.
Okay, so you might not get any signatures or particularly good conversations out of the many stars and historical figures at Madame Tussauds, but you can get some great selfies with a huge range of stars, including Miley Cyrus, Prince Harry, and a bunch of characters from series like Marvel and Star Wars.
There are a ton of great skate parks, both indoors and outdoors, for those who like to shred or simply to hang out in places that feel suited just for them. If you’re really into skating, however, then there are few better places to do it than BaySixty6, which is built from the ground up to offer the best shredding experience possible.
Best not be afraid of the dark, because they don’t provide blankies when you arrive at over 20 miles of man-made caves and tunnels that run all throughout South London. Guided tours keep these caves entirely safe but you better have a stomach of iron as the dark, cold, and eerie echoes in the quiet cave system can rattle some visitors.
Though reopening cautiously, Camden Market is a must-see part of the city when it is in full flow. Not everything that glitters in these multitudes of stores and stalls is gold, but it’s perfect for vintage clothes, weird art, music stores of all kinds, and the high street experience that is vanishing all over the country.
There’s no shortage of excellent street art to see through the city, especially in the Leake Street Tunnel underneath Waterloo Station. If you want to see the best of the best, there are street art tours that you can book in advance, too.
Catch your breath, stop a while, and take your time to explore the 350 acres of Hyde Park, including some of the most amazing gardens in the city, like Kensington Garden. There are plenty of exhibitions and events that happen here throughout the year, too, so there’s always something to catch.
Want to get a little more active with your day out? At the Docklands, you will find Bunker 51, a laser tag and paintball place that has been converted out of a genuine nuclear shelter. Definitely don’t try the paintball if you’re afraid of being left with a couple of bruises, though.
There are just as many adult fans of Harry Potter as teens, but if you’re into the Wizarding World, then the Warner Bros Studio Tours are a must-see. They can get booked up quickly though, so you want to make sure you start planning it well in advance.
If you don’t mind being over 500 feet above the city, then the highest public garden in the city offers fantastic views of the capital, with a complete panoramic vantage point. Access is entirely free to Sky Garden and it’s the perfect place to stop and grab a drink while enjoying the views at the end of the day.
If you want to get out of the house and actually experience some life, then London is the perfect place to break out. There are tons more things to do in London for teens, but hopefully this quick taste gives you a few ideas. Where do you recommend in the capital for keeping your teenagers off their screens for ten minutes? Let us know on Insta or tweet us @justhooit!