40 Thrilling Things to Do in London with Teens and Older Kids

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

January 9, 2020

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Are you planning a trip with your teen? London is one of the top tourist destinations for all ages, but it’s good to have some teen-specific ideas in mind when you’re planning your family trip with teens to London. These thrilling things to do in London with teens and older kids are fun, unique, and totally Insta-worthy!

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It’s been our daughter’s wish for a long time to have a trip to London so this year we are planning to spend her birthday weekend in the big city. Obviously we can choose the usual tourist options like bus tours, but it’s nice to have some ideas up our sleeve that will particularly appeal to older kids and teens.

Here’s a list of fun and unique things to do in London with teens – let us know how you get on!

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Fun Things to Do in London with Teens

1. Enjoy the latest modern art at Tate Modern.

2. Recreate the iconic Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover at Abbey Road Studios.

3. Head to Bounce for a unique family game of Ping Pong.

4. Take in the live music from buskers in Covent Garden, South Bank or Trafalgar Square.

5. Experience the thrill of seeing your team’s home ground with a football stadium tour at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea FC), Emirates Stadium (Arsenal FC), The Tottenham Experience (Spurs) or Craven Cottage (Fulham FC).

london tube

6. Ride the Tube! London Underground is a thrill for kids of all ages, and is an adventure you can have several times a day. Get your teen to navigate the London Underground map and plot the shortest routes.

Top tip: Pick up an Oyster card when you arrive and top it up. It’s the easiest way to pay to travel and is good for buses too. You can also return it and get back any unused credit at the end of your stay if you wish.

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7. Rent a deckchair in Hyde Park and people-watch.

8. Indulge your sweet tooth and check out the chocolate masterpieces at Choccywoccydoodah.

9. Take a trip to one of the uber-cool Inamo restaurants, where you order your food on an interactive table and then watch it prepared via Chef-cam!

10. Treat them to a feast for the senses at one of ChinaTown’s huge selection of authentic restaurants.

chin chin ice cream

11. Experience ice cream like you’ve never had before at Chin Chin Icecream in Camden, Soho and Shoreditch. With flavours from Burnt Butter Caramel to Speculoos Cookie Butter, they make ice cream with liquid nitrogen!

12. Scare yourself silly by delving into the capital’s dark and bloody history at the London Dungeon.

13. Head down into the underground headquarters that sheltered Churchill and his wartime government during the Blitz at Churchill War Rooms.

14. Explore the history of surgery at the Old Operating Theatre.

london white water rafting

15. Have a wild water adventure at Lee Valley White Water Centre (for over 14s).

16. Enjoy an exhilarating ride down the river Thames on a speedboat tour.

17. See Napoleon’s toothbrush and Darwin’s walking stick at the Wellcome Collection.

18. Take a trip into the haunted tunnels of London’s famous bridge at the terrifying London Bridge Experience.

19. Browse for treasures at Camden Market, home to more than 1,000 shops, stalls and restaurants.

20. Hear the stories of people whose lives have been impacted by war at the Imperial War Museum London.

london eye

21. Get a taste for the high life on the Coca-Cola London Eye.

22. Check out the street art at world-famous Brick Lane, which features artist like Banksy, D*Face and Ben Eine.

23. Grab a selfie at the Nelson’s ship in a bottle outside the National Maritime Museum, one of London’s most photographed pieces of art.

24. Hone your wheelie and ollie skills at the skate park BaySixty6.

25. Get some 1960s-style strikes in at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes.

london red telephone box

26. Get snap-happy with selfies at a world-famous red telephone box.

27. Stay up to date with the latest tech at the Apple Store Regent Street.

28. Over-10s can enjoy sky-high views and an exhilarating climbing expedition with Up at The O2.

29. Go behind-the-scenes of the Harry Potter film series at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

30. Then visit all the London locations from the Harry Potter films and books.

platform 9 3/4

31. Explore a few of the capital’s top film locations, like Notting Hill.

32. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous at wax figure museum Madame Tussauds. Definitely selfie time!

33. Learn some serious spy skills at the escape rooms at ClueQuest.

34. Explore a rainforest, walk along the treetops, meet real life coffee, rubber, and chocolate plants, all at Kew Gardens.

35. Feline fans will love the opportunity to head to Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium for cats and a cuppa (over 12s only).

36. Browse through an extensive collection of comics, graphic novels, animation and caricatures at The Cartoon Museum.

37. Young creatives can set their potential music career alight with a trip to the Young Creatives at The Roundhouse.

38. Visit the LUSH store on Oxford Street, it is one of the their largest stores and you’ll find three levels of lush-iousness to explore.

39. See real life justice in action at The Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court) where visitors over 14 are allowed in the public galleries at courts to watch trials from Monday to Friday between 10:30am and 1pm, and 2-4pm.

40. For a really special treat (could be a good birthday present) enjoy afternoon tea, for example, Tea at The Ritz or Afternoon Tea at Claridges. Check dress code before you go, sportswear generally not permitted for either ladies or gentlemen!

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Have you been on a trip there and enjoyed any of these things to do in London with teens? What else would you add to our list? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

40 Fantastic Things to Do in London With Teens

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Published On: January 9th, 2020 / Categories: Travel / Last Updated: May 9th, 2022 / Tags: , , , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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