101 Things To Do in London For Teenagers

What to do in London if you’re a teenager? How about shopping, cinema, adrenaline rides, games, sports and live music to get you started?

London is a city for everyone, including young adults and teenagers. Visit London to find the best bargain shops to buy new clothes; take to the sky for a thrill seeking ride; or book tickets to the next big event. Always carry your ID because you never know what discount prices and great savings you can enjoy as a teenager. And make sure you download the Top 10 free London apps

Let’s start with a few classics, must-dos, and don’t-leave-London-withouts:

1) Get lost among the many floors at Topshop’s Oxford Street flagship store
2) Take a selfie at one of London best photo spots
3) Discover what the Drop Dead – Drop Ride to Doom really does to the human body at the London Dungeon
4) Explore the Top 10 movie locations of London
5) Head to the West End to see the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus and hang out in Leicester Square

Been there, done that? Then venture a little further afield

6) Get a free makeover at MAC shops and a free haircut at the Toni & Guy Academy
7) Exhibit your work at the Tate Modern (using the digital drawing bar on Level 3)
8) Watch a real life court drama unfold at The Old Bailey
9) Learn how to make your own fashion and jewellery at The V&A Create! Young People’s events
10) Feel the 4D cinema impact of a Saturn V rocket launch at the Science Museum

Get up in the air

11) Travel like a rock star on board a London Helicopter tour (as long as mum and dad are paying!)
12) Admire The View from The Shard at the top of Europe’s second tallest building
13) Go on the roof of London’s famous entertainment centre with an Up at The O2 adventure
14) Ride a cable car the London way on the Emirates Air Line (and get a discount when you show your Zip Oyster card)
15) Fly down an epic zip-wire in the forest tree tops at Go Ape Trent Park

For thrill seekers

16) Take to London’s famous river, James Bond style, in a speedboat
17) Test your nerve at the London Bridge Experience and descend into the London Tombs
18) Go hydrospeeding along an Olympic course at the Lee Valley White Water Rafting
19) Strap yourself in and hold on for dear life, it’s rollercoaster time at London’s theme parks
20) Feel the (simulated) force of an earthquake at the Natural History Museum

Shop the way you want

21) Play with the latest iPhones and iPads at the Apple Store Regent Street
22) Buy a prom dress that won’t break the bank at Lipsy in the Westfield London mall
23) Shop in a pop-up shipping container at East London’s Boxpark
24) Go along to the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend (under 18's must be accompanied by an adult; maximum of 2 minors per adult)
25) Come face to face with a giant wall of chocolate at M&M’s World

Shop in one place

26) See how the other half lives with a mooch around Harrods
27) Find everything under one roof at one of the biggest urban shopping centres in Europe, Westfield Stratford City
28) Explore the modern clothing stores along Carnaby Street in Soho and stop off at its hidden little sister, Kingly Court, whilst you’re there
29) Visit London's first designer outlet shopping destination in Wembley
30) Find all your favourite brands in the grand department store, Selfridges

Shop for bargains

31) Find a hidden treasure at the open markets of Portobello, Camden, or Old Spitalfields
32) Dress for less at TK Maxx, Primark or any of London’s bargain fashion stores
33) Look out for big discounts, especially during the January sales
34) Tap into the retro vibe at one of London’s vintage clothing stores
35) Recycle and restyle whilst donating to a worthy cause in London's charity shops and thrift stores

For the sports nut

36) Tread in the footsteps of football legends at Wembley Stadium, Chelsea or Arsenal
37) If rugby is more your game, then Twickenham is the only place you’ll want to go
38) Be part of the table tennis craze at Bounce (before 6pm), or on one of the free ping pong tables around London (you’ll need your own bats and ball)
39) Take a plunge in the London 2012 Olympic pool at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 
40) Take an interactive tour behind the scenes at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

For game players

41) Find a way out of the famous garden maze at Hampton Court Palace
42) Solve your way out of a locked room at Cluequest or HintHunt
43) Test your sharp shooting and your quick fingers skills at the Namco Funscape
44) Explore hidden London as part of the free outdoor treasure hunt game, Geocaching
45) Roll your way to victory down the lanes of London’s bowling alleys

Get some wheels

46) Push the pedal to the metal at the UK's longest indoor go karting track.
47) Get an adrenalin rush on the Olympic BMX track at Lee Valley VeloPark
48) Show off your slides, grind and kickflips at the Bay Sixty6 skate park
49) Rollerblade safely along London’s major street (with an adult, unless you’re 16 or over) as part of the London Skate
50) Walk along the left-hand pavement of Park Lane from Marble Arch towards Hyde Park Corner, drooling over all the luxury sports cars parked inside the exclusive sales garages along the way (take your camera!)

Big screen, small screen

51) Catch the latest action blockbuster on the biggest screen in Britain at BFI London IMAX Waterloo
52) Go behind the scenes with the BBC Shows & Tours
53) Take the Sherlock Holmes Tour or Doctor Who Tour of London with Brit Movie Tours
54) Step inside the Great Hall at Hogwarts as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – the Making of Harry Potter
55) Enjoy classic movies in the open air with the outdoor summer cinema screenings

Take a tour

56) Learn the techniques involved with urban art on an Alternative London Walking Tour or Street Art Tour & Workshop
57) Trace the gruesome trail of Jack the Ripper
58) Take a Fat Tire Bike Tour and explore the River Thames
59) Go backstage and behind the scenes at The National Theatre on the South Bank
60) Eat your way through the most delicious chocolate in London

Weird and wonderful

61) Have lunch at one of London’s quirkiest restaurants
62) Measure up against the world’s tallest man at Ripleys! Believe It Or Not
63) Enter the Forbidden Planet, home of London’s largest collection of science fiction merchandise
64) Try Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream at Chin Chin Labs
65) From shrunken heads to the London Nose, see even weirder things in London

Where to eat

66) Eat Mexican street food in a pop-up shipping container on the South Bank
67) Tackle the Top 10 Burgers in London
68) Pizza in the West End? It has to be Fire & Stone
69) Use the interactive ordering system to select your food at Inamo St James
70) Order a Knickerbocker Glory in the Bond Room at Planet Hollywood

Spot a famous person

71) One Direction, David Beckham, and Rihanna, all together under one roof
72) Get the low down on which A-list celebrities with be attending the next big Leicester Square film premier
73) Eat at the best restaurants in London for star spotting
74) Get yourself on TV, be part of the audience (for free!)
75) See the top stars grace the West End stage

During summer

76) Go to the fun fair at Alexandra Palace
77) Cool off in one of London’s many outdoor swimming lidos
78) Explore the hidden streets and riding paths with the London Cycle Hire Scheme (only £2 per day)
79) On four wheels, two wheels, or on foot, London’s parks and green spaces are always worth discovering
80) If there’s sun and wind, fly a kite on Parliament Hill (don’t forget your camera; what a view!)

During winter

81) Festive rides and Christmas markets await at the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
82) Skate around the beautiful outdoor ice rink at Somerset House
83) Winter wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Oxford Street to see the Christmas lights turned on
84) The most spectacular fireworks display you’ll ever witness takes place on New Year’s Eve
85) If it snows, grab a shiny piece of plastic and go sledging on Parliament Hill (again, don’t forget that waterproof camera)

Catch a show

86) Many London theatres offer cheap tickets to people aged 26 and under
87) Wander around buzzing Covent Garden and you may just be ambushed by some highly entertaining street theatre
88) The Unicorn Theatre near Tower Bridge performs shows specifically for a teenage audience
89) The Barbican offers free tickets for film, music, art, dance and theatre shows to 16 to 25 year olds through its freeB membership scheme
90) The National Theatre has a free membership scheme, Entry Pass, offering a limited number of £5 tickets to performances for UK residents aged 16 to 25 years

Get grossed out

91) No prizes for guessing what you’ll discover at The Old Operating Theatre
92) Get up extremely close and personal with a mosquito at The Darwin Centre
93) Peer at jars filled with brains at The Grant Museum
94) Enter an attraction that describes itself as “a free destination for the incurably curious”. Death, illness and oddities await
95) Discover London’s sites of murder, torture, and supernatural activity on a Ghost Bus Tour

Make and Listen To Music

96) Sing like a super star at Karaoke Box (before 7pm)
97) Get your skates on and boogie at Roller Disco’s special Roll Out under 18s events
98) Learn how to be a DJ or musician with the Young Creatives at The Roundhouse
99) Be part of a free drum jam in Finsbury Park
100) Is there anything better than live music?

And one MUST DO piece of advice

101) Make sure you get yourself a Zip Oyster card in advance, before you arrive