101 things to do in London for teens

Discover all the cool things to do in London with teens by following our guide to fun, quirky and Insta-worthy activities.

Create FOMO among your friends as you share once-in-a-lifetime family experiences on Snapchat or Instagram, refresh your wardrobe with bargain fashion or enjoy unique events and activities for teenagers in London. 

Many London attractions and venues have reopened after the coronavirus lockdown with safety measures in place, such as reduced capacity and essential pre-booking. Make sure to check the venue opening times and restrictions in advance.

If you're not yet able to make it to London, find lots of exciting things to do at home with our Virtually London guide.

Seek out London Instagram hotspots

  1. Gather for a family selfie at one of London's top 10 photo spots.
  2. Capture the perfect reflection of St Paul’s Cathedral from One New Change.
  3. Take a #nofilter shot at colourful Neal’s Yard, in Seven Dials.
  4. Seek out Greenwich Instagram hotspots, from iconic Cutty Sark to Greenwich Park’s pretty blossom.
  5. Soak up the quirky street art in former railway arches at Leake Street Arches.
  6. Pose under thousands of LED lights in Covent Garden’s Infinity Chamber.
  7. Snap away at the neon signs in God’s Own Junkyard.

Been there, done that? Visit unusual London attractions

  1. Make sure to tick off all of London’s most visited attractions – you wouldn’t want to miss out, would you! Then, explore some of London’s more unusual museums to get one over on your friends...
  2. Pretend to be James Bond, as you uncover 007 film memorabilia at the London Film Museum.
  3. Peer at jars filled with brains and a tweeting jar of moles, among Grant Museum of Zoology's unusual specimens.
  4. Spot your favourite comic characters at The Cartoon Museum.
  5. Follow in the footsteps of the famous sleuth and pose at the famous doorway of the Sherlock Holmes Museum.
  6. Rattle along on the Postal Museum’s underground mail train which used to transport letters around the city.

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Free things to do in London with teens

  1. Wander around buzzing Covent Garden and you may just be ambushed by some free, highly entertaining street theatre.
  2. Venture 150m (164 yards) above London and take in great views at the Sky Garden.
  3. Explore Richmond Park, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife, including the resident deer (all 650 of them!).
  4. Come face to face with a giant wall of chocolate at M&M’s World.
  5. Visit one of the many free museums in London.

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Catch big kids shows in London

  1. See one of London’s top musicals and keep an eye out for teenage-friendly shows, such as Dear Evan Hansen and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Many London theatres offer cheap tickets to people aged 26 and under.
  2. Become immersed in all things ABBA at immersive show and dinner Mamma Mia! The Party, at The O2.
  3. The Unicorn Theatre near Tower Bridge performs shows specifically for a teenage audience.
  4. The Barbican offers discounted tickets for film, music, art, dance and theatre shows to 14 to 25 year-olds through its Young Barbican membership scheme.
  5. Sign up to the National Theatre's free membership scheme, Entry Pass, which offers a limited number of £7.50 tickets to performances for UK residents aged 16 to 25 years.
  6. Be a "groundling" for a show at the open-air Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
  7. Treat the kids to a free show during August, as Kids Week offers complimentary tickets to children 16 and under.

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Take a tour of London

  1. Marvel at London’s bridges as they’re lit up as part of the Illuminated River installation during a City Cruises evening river cruise.
  2. Munch your way through history on an Eating London Tour.
  3. Take the Harry Potter Bus and Walking Tour with Brit Movie Tours.
  4. Get some inspiration on a free street art tour with Sandeman's New London Tours.
  5. Hurtle around London, taking in top landmarks and quirky sights from a mini on a Small Car Big City tour.

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Hair-raising London activities for teenagers

  1. Take to London’s famous river, James Bond style, in a speedboat. Rib Tours London, Thamesjet, Thames RIB Experience and Thames Rockets all offer thrilling rides.
  2. Snorkel with sharks at SEA LIFE London aquarium.
  3. Fly down an epic zip-wire in the forest treetops at Go Ape Battersea or try Zip Now London, along the South Bank in summer.
  4. Strap yourself in and hold on for dear life, it’s rollercoaster time at London’s theme parks.
  5. Get ready for adrenaline-pumping twists and turns on The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit.

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Hit the shops in London

  1. Get lost among the many floors at Topshop’s Oxford Street flagship store.
  2. Tap into the retro vibe at one of London’s vintage clothing stores or hunt down pre-loved clothes in London's charity shops and thrift stores.
  3. Dress for less at TK Maxx or Primark, then look out for more discounts in London shops during the January sales.
  4. Find a hidden treasure at the markets of Portobello Road, Camden, or Old Spitalfields.
  5. Find all your favourite brands in Selfridges on Oxford Street.
  6. See how the other half lives with a mooch around Harrods or marvel at the high-end boutiques in Bond Street and St James’s.

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Cool London shopping areas

  1. Explore iconic modern clothing stores along Carnaby Street in Soho and stop off for something to eat at Kingly Court, while you’re there.
  2. Get discounts on your favourite high-street brands at ICON Outlet at The O2 in North Greenwich or at London Designer Outlet in Wembley.
  3. Seek out hidden gems in pretty shopping areas Seven Dials, St Christopher’s Place and South Molton Street.
  4. Wander around Covent Garden’s market and pick up luxury fashion and beauty products in its many boutiques.
  5. Find everything under one roof at one of the biggest urban shopping centres in Europe, Westfield Stratford City.
  6. Shop in a pop-up shipping container at east London’s Boxpark.

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Things to do in London for sports fans

  1. Tread in the footsteps of football legends at Wembley Stadium or tour the grounds of Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham.
  2. If rugby is more your game, then Twickenham is the only place you’ll want to go.
  3. Go hydrospeeding along an Olympic course at the Lee Valley White Water Centre.
  4. Take a plunge in the London 2012 Olympic pool at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
  5. Take an interactive tour behind the scenes at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

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Fun activities in London with teenagers

  1. Get a hole-in-one at Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf or test yourself with adventure golf at Greenwich Peninsula Golf Driving Range.
  2. Solve clues to find your way out of a locked room at one of London's escape rooms.
  3. Get a team together as you tackle a host of challenges in the The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience.
  4. Master becoming a pilot with the Emirates Aviation Experience.
  5. Bounce around on trampolines and have a go on the high ropes at Oxygen Freejumping at The O2
  6. Watch a real-life court drama unfold at The Old Bailey (age 14+ only).
  7. Take to the skies with the Red Arrows in the Fly 360° interactive 3D flight simulators at the Science Museum.

Plan ahead with more family activities in London.

Make and listen to music in London

  1. Go to a free gig at House of Vans (and why not have a skate too?).
  2. Sing like a superstar at Karaoke Box (before 9pm).
  3. See a cool new band at one of Rough Trade East's in-store gigs.
  4. Learn how to be a DJ or musician with the Young Creatives at The Roundhouse (aged 15+ only).

Hear more live music in London.

Where to eat in London for teens

  1. Emulate your favourite bloggers by having coffee and almost-too-pretty-to-eat cakes at London’s coolest cafes, including Peggy Porschen and Palm Vaults.
  2. Have breakfast for dinner at the Cereal Killer Cafe.
  3. Use the interactive ordering system to select your food at Inamo near Covent Garden.
  4. Check out London’s quirky restaurants and instagrammable cafes to cause serious FOMO among your friends.
  5. Find cutting-edge plant-based treats at top London vegan restaurants.
  6. Enjoy a cocktail (non-alcoholic, of course) in sub-zero conditions at Icebar London.
  7. Pick up handheld bites from London’s street food hubs, including Borough Market, Greenwich Market and Pop Brixton.

Tuck into more delicious food at London's top family restaurants.

Check out cool film attractions

  1. See films for less at BFI Southbank, which offers 16 to 25-year-olds £3 tickets.
  2. Step inside the Great Hall at Hogwarts as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
  3. Visit more locations from the Harry Potter films and books with our guide to Harry Potter’s London.
  4. Catch the latest action blockbuster on the biggest screen in Britain at BFI London IMAX Waterloo or enjoy the world’s most immersive movie experience at the Science Museum’s IMAX 3D cinema.
  5. Meet your favourite characters from a galaxy far, far away with the Star Wars Experience at Madame Tussauds.
  6. Watch your favourite films with your friends at Backyard Cinema.

Relive your favourite films and TV shows with film locations of London.

Enjoy thrills and spills on wheels

  1. Explore hidden streets and riding paths with the London Cycle Hire Scheme (only £2 per day).
  2. Show off your slides, grinds and kickflips at Southbank Skate Space or the Bay Sixty6 skate park.
  3. Get an adrenaline rush on the Olympic BMX track at Lee Valley VeloPark.

Find things to do in London during the summer

  1. Soak up the summer atmosphere with a line-up of special events in Trafalgar Square, or at a London music festival.
  2. Cool off in one of London’s many outdoor swimming lidos.
  3. On four wheels, two wheels, or on foot, London’s parks and green spaces are always worth discovering.

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Discover things to do in London in winter

  1. Be amazed by mesmerising light displays as part of Christmas at Kew.
  2. Get into the festive spirit with seasonal food, shows and Christmas markets at Christmas in Leicester Square, Winter at Southbank CentreWinter Wonderland in Hyde Park and Christmas by the River.
  3. Skate around London's ice rinks, including beautiful outdoor rinks at Tower of London, Natural History Museum and Somerset House.
  4. Check out the sparkling London Christmas lights: Bond Street, Covent Garden, Jermyn Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street and South Molton Street all have stunning displays.
  5. Watch one of the world's most spectacular fireworks display on New Year’s Eve.

Delve into more winter fun in London.

Get freaked out with spooky London attractions

  1. Hear historic tales of torture and death at the Tower of London.
  2. Learn about more of London's dark history at The London Dungeon.
  3. Get up extremely close and personal with a mosquito at the Natural History Museum's Darwin Centre.
  4. Trace the gruesome trail of Jack the Ripper.
  5. Go ghost-hunting in The Haunted Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.
  6. Explore the history of surgery at the Old Operating Theatre Museum.
  7. Discover London’s sites of murder, torture and supernatural activity on a Ghost Bus Tour.
  8. Eyeball gory and spooky Halloween activities across London on 31 October. 

Hold your nerve with more spooky London ideas.

For more inspiration, take a look at the best of secret London, top family activities in London, or our tips on things to do in London with children of all ages.

If you’re visiting soon, check out what to do in London this weekend with a teenager, uncover family-themed things to do today, or find out what’s on this month. You can also find things for teenagers to do in London now, by downloading the Visit London app to use while you’re on the go.