101 Things to Do in London For Teens

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 the place to be for teenagers: with all the fun things to do in London, it’s hard to know where to start! Discover all the cool things to do in London with our guide to London for teens. 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 best 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's top 10 photo spots
3) Explore the capital’s dark history and Escape the Great Fire of London at London Dungeon
4) See how the other half lives with a mooch around Harrods
5) Head to the West End to see the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus and hang out in Leicester Square

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6) Catch a show at the open-air Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
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 (age 14+ only)
9) Learn how to make your own fashion and jewellery at The V&A Create! Young People’s events
10) Take to the skies with the Red Arrows in the Fly 360° interactive 3D flight simulators at the Science Museum

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11) Venture 150 metres above London and take in great views at the Sky Garden
12) Explore Richmond Park and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including the resident deer (all 650 of them!) 
13) Come face to face with a giant wall of chocolate at M&M’s World
14) Visit one of the Free Museums in London
15) Play with the latest iPhones and iPads at the Apple Store Regent Street

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Get up in the air

16) Travel like a rock star on board a London Helicopter tour (as long as mum and dad are paying!)
17) Admire The View from The Shard at the top of Europe’s second tallest building
18) Go on the roof of London’s famous entertainment centre with an Up at The O2 adventure
19) Ride a cable car the London way on the Emirates Air Line (and get a discount when you show your Zip Oyster card)
20) See the city from above on the Coca-Cola London Eye, and try the multi-sensory, special effect 4D Experience afterwards

For thrill seekers

21) Take to London’s famous river, James Bond style, in a speedboat
22) Test your nerve at the London Bridge Experience and descend into the London Tombs
23) Fly down an epic zip-wire in the forest tree tops at Go Ape Battersea
24) Strap yourself in and hold on for dear life, it’s rollercoaster time at London’s theme parks
25) Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping ride on The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit

Shop the way you want

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

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Shop in one place

31) Find everything under one roof at one of the biggest urban shopping centres in Europe, Westfield Stratford City
32) Explore the modern clothing stores along Carnaby Street in Soho and stop off for something to eat at Kingly Court, whilst you’re there
33) Visit London's first designer outlet shopping destination in Wembley
34) Find all your favourite brands in the grand department store, Selfridges
35) Shop in a pop-up shipping container at East London’s Boxpark

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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) Go hydrospeeding along an Olympic course at the Lee Valley White Water Centre
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) Get a hole-in-one at Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf
42) Solve your way out of a locked room at Escape Rooms
43) Design your own sustainable architecture in the Smart Buildings section at The Crystal
44) Take flight with the Emirates Aviation Experience
45) Roll your way to victory down the lanes of London’s bowling alleys

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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, grinds and kickflips at the Bay Sixty6 skateboard 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) Watch your favourite films with friends at the jungle-themed Backyard Cinema 
52) Catch the latest action blockbuster on the biggest screen in Britain at BFI London IMAX Waterloo
53) Meet your favourite characters from a galaxy far, far away with the Madame Tussauds Star Wars Experience
54) Step inside the Great Hall at Hogwarts as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – the Making of Harry Potter
55) Relive your favourite films and TV shows at the Top 10 movie locations of London

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Take a tour

56) Go quackers and experience the capital's sights with London Duck Tours
57) Munch your way through history on an Eating London Tour
58) Take the Harry Potter Bus and Walking Tour with Brit Movie Tours
59) Meet some unusual characters from the London's past on the Tales of Plague walking tour
60) Take a tour for free with Sandeman's New London Tours (although tipping is recommended)

Spot a famous person

61) Go along to the London Fashion Weekend (under 18's must be accompanied by an adult; maximum of 2 minors per adult)
62) Get the low down on which A-list celebrities with be attending the next big Leicester Square film premier
63) Eat at the best restaurants in London for star spotting
64) Learn more about London’s famous faces with The Celebrity Planet’s walking tour
65) See the top stars grace the West End stage

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Weird and wonderful

66) Measure up against the world’s tallest man at Ripleys! Believe It Or Not
67) Investigate more than 300 animal, plant and geological specimens, including dinosaur fossils and butterflies at the hands-on centre, Investigate, in the Natural History Museum
68) Peer at jars filled with brains at the Grant Museum of Zoology
69) Have lunch at one of London’s quirkiest restaurants
70) Step back to the Victorian era with a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum

During summer

71) Soak up the summer atmosphere and enjoy a series of special events in Trafalgar Square
72) Cool off in one of London’s many outdoor swimming lidos
73) Explore the hidden streets and riding paths with the London Cycle Hire Scheme (only £2 per day)
74) On four wheels, two wheels, or on foot, London’s parks and green spaces are always worth discovering
75) See the traditional Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace

During winter

76) Festive rides and Christmas markets await at the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
77) Skate around the beautiful outdoor ice rink at Somerset House
78) Winter wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Oxford Street to see the Christmas lights turned on
79) The most spectacular fireworks display you’ll ever witness takes place on New Year’s Eve
80) 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

81) Many London theatres offer cheap tickets to people aged 26 and under
82) Wander around buzzing Covent Garden and you may just be ambushed by some highly entertaining street theatre
83) The Unicorn Theatre near Tower Bridge performs shows specifically for a teenage audience
84) The Barbican offers free tickets for film, music, art, dance and theatre shows to 14 to 25 year olds through its Young Barbican membership scheme
85) 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

Where to eat

86) Dine with elephants, gorillas and crocodiles at The Rainforest Cafe
87) Tackle the Top 10 Burgers in London
88) Pizza in the West End? It has to be Fire & Stone
89) Use the interactive ordering system to select your food at Inamo near Covent Garden
90) Order a Knickerbocker Glory in the Bond Room at Planet Hollywood

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Make and Listen To Music

91) Sing like a super star at Karaoke Box (before 7pm)
92) Uncover London's jam-packed musical heritage
93) Learn how to be a DJ or musician with the Young Creatives at The Roundhouse (aged 14+ only)
94) Go to a free gig at House of Vans (and why not have a skate too?)
95) Is there anything better than live music?

Get grossed out

96) Hear historic tales of torture and death at Tower of London
97) Get up extremely close and personal with a mosquito at the Darwin Centre
98) Trace the gruesome trail of Jack the Ripper
99) Go ghost-hunting in The Haunted Gallery at Hampton Court Palace
100) Discover London’s sites of murder, torture, and supernatural activity on a Ghost Bus Tour

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And one MUST DO piece of advice

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

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