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50 Things to do in London for Teens


Here’s our list of the top 50 things to do in London for teenagers. Although London is full of awesome things to do whatever your age, we all know teens are notoriously hard to please and hate doing anything they think is more suited to kids.  It’s bad enough they have to be seen with you, their parents! But if you can take them to places where other teens are hanging out and having fun then you might just earn a little kudos. So, check out the list and let us know how it goes. Oh, and good luck!


The Arcelormittal Slide in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park

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7/10 for Water Fountain Play @ the Olympic Park from William (10)


Calling all thrill-seekers! The Arcelormittal Orbit Slide in Olympic Park is a must-visit. It’s Europe’s tallest sculpture with the world’s longest tunnel slide. Seriously, it’s bonkers fun! Perfect for teens craving an adrenaline rush. And when you need a break, Westfield shopping centre is next door for some retail therapy or a bite to eat.


*Always check the opening and closing times as they can differ throughout the year*.




Visit a Market


London’s markets are a teenage shopper’s paradise! Borough Market near London Bridge is foodie heaven with movie location spotting for Potterheads and Bridget Jones fans. Camden Market in North London is a teenage dream with its vintage clothes, street food, and funky vibes. Don’t miss Portobello Road for antiques, quirky finds, and those famous Notting Hill coloured buildings for your Insta story. Perfect spots to let teens roam while you enjoy a leisurely coffee.

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A great place to go for a spot of shopping and some nosh.


Things to do in Camden for kids and teens

Our handy guide to Camden


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The Electric on Portobello Road

Other things teenagers might like to do in London include Greenwich, Old Spitalfields and Brick Lane near Shoreditch, Hackney’s Broadway Market and Brixton Village and Market Row.





Parks – Hyde Park

Hyde Park boats on The Serpentine


Hyde Park is your green escape in the heart of London. Teens can enjoy boating on the Serpentine, rollerblading, or just chilling for those Instagram shots. Don’t miss Winter Wonderland if you’re visiting in the festive season – it’s a noisy, fun fairground dream for kids and teens alike. For the musically inclined, British Summertime Festival features big names like Taylor Swift and The Stones.


Kensington Gardens and cafe

Seating area of the cafe just outside the Prince Diana Memorial Playground



The Clink Prison Museum


Step back in time at The Clink Prison Museum, the oldest prison in England! Located in Southwark, it’s a compact yet fascinating trip into medieval crime and punishment. With creepy mannequins and interactive torture instruments, it’s spooky enough for teens to love. Perfect for a quick visit before grabbing some grub at Borough Market.

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For the full scare experience try The London Dungeons and London Bridge Experience or Madame Tussauds’ Chamber of Horrors.



 The Twist Museum


Prepare for a mind-bending adventure at The Twist Museum. It’s all about illusions that mess with your mind! Explore immersive rooms and interactive exhibits that challenge your perception of reality. Teens and adults will be fascinated by how their brains interpret the world. A seriously fun thing to do in London with your teenagers. It will have everyone questioning what they see. It’s on Oxford Street, so why not head to the shops afterwards?




 London Bridge Experience


For horror-loving teens, the London Bridge Experience is a spine-chilling hit. With top-notch actors and thrilling scenes, it’s part history lesson, part haunted house. The Tombs are terrifying, but teens can handle it (even if they scream the whole way through!). Pair it with a visit to the Southbank’s eateries for a full day out.


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Jameil and Jay at the London Bridge Experience, an offical K-Rated attraction


London Dungeons

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Wicked Women at the London Dungeons


Get ready for scares and giggles at the London Dungeons. It’s packed with gruesome tales from London’s past, brought to life by fantastic actors. Teens will love the interactive elements and spooky rides. Plus, it’s next to the London Eye and Sea Life Aquarium, making it easy to plan a whole day of fun on the Southbank.




 National Gallery

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The National Gallery, an official K-Rated attraction


Looking for something for your arty teenagers to do in London? The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is a cultural goldmine. Wander through spacious rooms filled with masterpieces and let them get lost in their own world. It’s free, so you can dip in and out as you like. And hey, Covent Garden is just around the corner if they fancy a break.




National Portrait Gallery

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The National Portrait Gallery is a gem for both history buffs and pop culture fans. From historical figures to modern celebrities, the portraits here tell amazing stories. It’s less crowded than its neighbour, the National Gallery, making it a perfect place for teens to explore at their own pace. Check out their evening events for some extra fun!




The Barbican

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Perfect for artsy types. The Barbican is Europe’s biggest multi-arts centre, so whether your teens are into fashion, music, theatre, film, or dance, there’s always something quirky to discover. It’s a treasure trove of culture.


Not everything will be up their alley, so check the lineup before you go. And don’t miss out on the fab restaurants and cafes. Oh, and there’s a giant conservatory open on Sundays that’s just perfect for snapping some Insta-worthy pics!


Pro tip: Get there early, the signage can be a bit tricky. And teens aged 14-25 can score discounted tickets through the Young Barbican scheme.



The Exhibition Road Museums; Natural History, Science & Victoria & Albert

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Full marks for The Science Museum


Three words: Free. Fun. Fabulous! The Science Museum, Natural History Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum are all nestled together on Exhibition Road. These spots are perfect for letting teens roam free (ish) while you chill in a cafe.


The Natural History Museum turns festive with an ice rink and funfair during Christmas, the Science Museum boasts an epic IMAX, and the V&A’s outdoor John Madejski Garden is simply stunning.


Handy hint: Pack a lunch to save some cash; there are plenty of picnic spots around these museums.



The Globe Theatre

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre at Southwark


Alright, not every teen loves Shakespeare, but the Globe Theatre in Southwark might just change that. The guided tours are fun and educational, making the bard’s world come alive. For the brave, snag £5 standing tickets in ‘The Yard’ to watch a play like a true 17th-century groundling.


Nearby attractions like Borough Market and Tate Modern make it a day in London for even the hardest to please teens.




The Monument to The Great Fire of London


Shhh, here’s a secret: The Monument offers some of the best panoramic views of London, and it’s under a tenner! Your teens will love the bragging rights of climbing 311 steps for that perfect shot.


It’s a steep and narrow spiral staircase, but hey, everyone gets a certificate after they’ve reached the top! And everyone remembers learning about Pudding Lane and the Great Fire of London.


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Monument, an official K-Rated attraction

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So many stairs!



 Prince Charles Cinema

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The famous and much loved Prince Charles Cinema near Leicester Sq


Movie buffs, this one’s for you! The Prince Charles Cinema near Leicester Square screens cult classics, arthouse gems, and even sing-a-long versions of hits like The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Get your teen an annual membership for perks and discounts. It’s a cultural must-do and perfect for birthdays or rainy afternoons.


Ten Pin Bowling

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Bowling’s back and cooler than ever! All Star Lanes and QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl are top picks. With stylish decor, tasty food (hello, cajun halloumi fries!), and a side of arcade games or ice skating, it’s a hit.


Perfect for rainy days or just some good old family fun.


Skate Parks & BMX

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KidRated loves Southbank’s Skate Park


Skateboarding has never really lost popularity amongst certain quarters. If your teen’s skateboard mad then Southbank’s iconic skate park is a must-visit. Bay Sixty6 in West London is another great spot, with sessions for all skill levels. Perfect for those just starting out.


Hammersmith BMX Club, Brockwell Park and Lee Valley VeloPark offer top-notch pump tracks for adventurous BMX lovers.



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Hammersmith BMX track



Go Ape


Time to unleash the wild side! Go Ape offers thrilling tree-top rope courses at venues like Battersea Park, Ally Pally and Chessington World of Adventures. Tethered and safe, teens navigate through obstacles and zip lines.


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Up in the trees at Go Ape in Trent Park


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Go Ape in Battersea Park


Junior courses are available, but this adventure is perfect for active teens looking for a challenge.






Catch A West End Show


Think West End shows are out of your budget? Think again! With KidRated’s exclusive deals, discounted tickets at the TKTs booth, or theatre lotteries, you can snag great seats for less.


August’s Kids Week lets kids under 16 go free with a paying adult. Score!


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Book of Mormon


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Get Made Up For Free


Got a budding beauty guru? London’s top spots like Selfridges, Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi Brown, and The Body Shop offer free makeovers and samples. Perfect for teens experimenting with makeup without breaking the bank.


Book an appointment and let them play with the latest products. Fun and budget-friendly!


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Selfridges of London


Movie Locations


Got a teen who’s a movie buff? London’s your playground! Spend a day hunting down iconic film spots from Marvel, Harry Potter, or even Paddington. Perfect for a cheap day out and guaranteed to get those Instagram likes.


Start with Mr. Gruber’s shop from Paddington or the Royal Naval College seen in Thor, Les Misérables, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Don’t forget “that door” on Portobello Road – Harry Potter fans, you know the one!


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Mr Gruber’s Shop from Paddington


Pro tip: Plan to hit at least ten locations. You’ll be amazed at how the day flies by while you’re re-enacting famous scenes. Need a head start? Here’s a guide to Harry Potter film spots. Happy hunting!






The Sherlock Holmes Museum


Teens and Sherlock Holmes? It’s a thing! Ever since Cumberbatch and Downey Jr. donned the deerstalker, teens can’t get enough. Start your Holmes adventure at Baker Street tube station, decorated with scenes from Conan Doyle’s tales.


Head to 221b Baker Street (between 237 and 241, go figure!) for The Sherlock Holmes Museum. Snap a pic with the Victorian cop outside, then dive into the quirky, cramped museum filled with memorabilia and period-perfect rooms.


It’s small but mighty – perfect for Holmes fans. And if you’re not into it? Plenty of cafes nearby, or pop next door to The Beatles Store. Win-win!


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The small but perfectly formed Sherlock Holmes Museum



Crazy Golf & Pitch and Putt

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Rafferty awards a 10/10 for Moby Dick Crazy Golf & Golf Kingdom Chadwell Heath


Crazy golf in London? Yes, please! With about 17 courses, your teens will have a blast. Check out Putt in the Park locations in Acton, Battersea, and Wandsworth for a guaranteed good time.


For something a bit more challenging, try pitch and putt. Queens Park is a family fave with a great course, a petting zoo, a cafe, and even a nature trail.


Feeling fancy? Head to a driving range. They’re scattered all over London and perfect for teens looking to step up their game. Ready, set, swing!



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K-Rater Elliot tries Queens Park’s Pitch & Putt



Abbey Road & The Beatles Shop


Got a Beatles fan at home? Abbey Road is a must! Pose on the famous zebra crossing and text your friends to watch live on the webcam. It’s free, fun, and a fab way to spend an afternoon.


Don’t forget to bring a pen so your teens can add their mark to the Abbey Road studio wall. Then, stroll down to Baker Street for The Beatles Store, crammed with gifts, records, and souvenirs.


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Four Young Beatles fans recreate Abbey Road



Handy hint: Abbey Road can be busy, so be quick with your photos and watch for traffic. Ready, set, snap!





Sports Venue Tours


Sporty teens? London’s got you covered! From football to rugby to cricket, there’s a tour for every fan. Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, and Crystal Palace offer tours – some even with club legends!


Not loyal to a London team? Wembley Stadium lets you play pretend with press conferences and Royal Box steps. Rugby fans can hit Twickenham, cricket lovers Lord’s, and tennis enthusiasts Wimbledon.


Score big points by taking them on a tour. It’s like being in the game, minus the sweat!


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Post Match Euphoria


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Centre Court at Wimbledon



Lock Your Teenagers Up in an Escape Room

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Amy & Lin gave Escape Entertainment 8/10


For teens who love puzzles more than push-ups, Escape Entertainment London is the place to be. They’ll get locked in a room and must work as a team to escape within an hour. It’s brainy, brawny fun!


These rooms are designed by experts, so expect top-notch puzzles and immersive experiences. Over 16s can go solo, but younger kids will need an adult sidekick.


There are loads of escape rooms for teenagers in London, including a Sherlock-themed one. Our top pick? This one, hands down!



Go Up or Abseil Down


London’s skyline is calling! Teens love the heights, so book in advance for The Shard, Sky Garden, or Up At The O2. For the ultimate adventure, take a Uber Boat to The O2, lunch there, and then scale the roof!


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The View from the Shard, an official K-Rated attraction


Abseiling more their style? Head to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and let them dangle 80 meters off the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Forget the slide; this is the real deal.


For climbing enthusiasts, enrol them in a climbing course. Westway Climbing in Ladbroke Grove is a top pick, but Google will help you find more.

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Up at the O2


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Abseiling from the Arcelormittal Orbit




Experience Other Cultures

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Chinese New Year in Soho


London’s a melting pot of cultures, and there’s always a festival happening. Kick off the year with Chinese New Year in Soho, then follow the fun to Trafalgar Square for St. Patrick’s Day, St. George’s Day, and more.


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A young reveller having fun at Notting Hill Carnival

August Bank Holiday? Notting Hill Carnival is a must. It’s Europe’s biggest street party with sound systems, floats, and delicious street food. Teens will love the vibrant atmosphere and free fun.


These events are fantastic for teens to immerse themselves in different cultures. Ready to celebrate?


Thorpe Park

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Thrill-seeking teens? Thorpe Park is their paradise! Just 20 miles out of London, it boasts over 30 rides, including the UK’s fastest rollercoaster. Plus, there are live music events and an epic Halloween experience.


If you’re not into rollercoasters, drop them off and pick them up later. It’s a win-win – they get their thrills, and you get some peace.


Check out our guides for tips on saving money and making the most of your visit. Ready, set, scream!




Got a speed demon? TeamSport’s got you covered with venues in Acton, Mitcham, Watford, Edmonton, and Docklands. Teens 13+ can race in Open Timed Sessions, 50 Lap Races, or Unlimited Karting.


Remember, this is how Lewis Hamilton started. Encourage their interest – they might be paying for your days out in a few years!


Ready to race? Let’s go!


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And they’re off courtesy TeamSport




One New Change Roof Terrace

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Enjoy Wimbledon on the Roof Terrace

Got teens? Head to One New Change, a snazzy shopping haven next to St. Paul’s Cathedral. With shops like Zara, Oliver Bonas, and H&M, and eateries like Nando’s and Bread Street Kitchen, your teens will be spoilt for choice.


Don’t miss the pop-up shops and seasonal events, especially the festive Christmas market. But the real gem? The free, breathtaking views from the roof terrace (currently closed, but keep checking the website as it’s only temporary). Ride the glass elevators to the top and let the skyline sweep you off your feet.



Visit Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally) & Book a Segway Adventure

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The majestic Alexander Palace


Looking for a spot that screams fun? Alexandra Palace is it! There’s so much to do at this northern London icon. Go Ape, skatepark, boating lake, ice rink. Plus, it hosts gigs, street food fests, yoga, exhibitions and outdoor movies. And come November, their fireworks display is a must-see.


Stroll through the gardens, take a paddle on the boating lake, or just soak in those panoramic city views.

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Alexander Palace’s ice rink

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter


If your teens are Potterheads, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford is an absolute must. It’s pricey, so maybe save it for a special occasion – like passing exams or surviving a week without slamming doors!

Book in advance and dive into the wizarding world with exclusive behind-the-scenes peeks, green screen broomstick rides, and more. Check out our blog for top tips to make the most of your magical day.

Anyway it’s an amazing experience and to help you make the most of it we’ve created a special blog post that tells you the tips and tricks.


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Dropping in on The Dursleys


Columbia Road Flower Market


For a blooming brilliant Sunday, head to Columbia Road Flower Market. This iconic market is a riot of colours and scents, perfect for Instagram-happy teenagers in London. Arrive around 10am to dodge the biggest crowds and get those perfect snaps.

Cafés line the street, making it easy to grab a late breakfast or brunch. Afterward, explore nearby Shoreditch, Brick Lane, and Spitalfields Market.

Pro Tip: Haggle for last-minute bargains around 3pm.


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Play Laser Tag


Who knew shooting lasers at friends could be so exhilarating? Adrenalin Rush in Chiswick offers outdoor laser tag that’s perfect for getting your teens off the couch and into action.

Organise a team of adults to challenge the teens – it’s a blast for all ages. Just remember, all’s fair in love and laser tag!


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Laser Tag Combat in Chiswick



London Zoo







Covent Garden Pt 1: Seven Dials & Neal’s Yard


Covent Garden isn’t just one spot – it’s a vibrant mix of places to shop, eat, and explore. Start at Seven Dials, where trendy boutiques, vintage stores, and cool cafes await. Don’t miss Neal’s Yard for its colourful courtyard and famous cheese shop.

Back at the main piazza, your teens will love the mix of shops, street performers, and tasty eateries. And remember, those street performers will appreciate a tip!

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Covent Garden’s Piazza, an officially K-Rated attraction © Covent Garden

Covent Garden Pt 2: Shopping & Insta


There are so many shops to choose from in Covent Garden. Long Acre has a selection of high street stores, whilst Neal Street is great if you’re looking for a vintage find. Glossier has it’s only UK store – be prepared to queue to get in at busy times. And if you prefer something a little more unique head to the Apple Market and browse the stalls.


During your visit don’t forget to take a few photos. There are plenty of instagrammable spots that teens will love. The famous Covent Garden Infinity Chamber which runs between Long Acre and Floral Street is a firm favourite. Arrive early, or late, to get the best chance of a clear shot.


Finally, once you’re ready for a break, pop into the Royal Opera House café for a scenic snack break and a perfect meeting spot for the family if you’ve let your teens explore on their own.

Record Shopping in Soho


Despite the popularity of streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer for genuine music lovers, the vinyl format is well and truly back, and Soho is the place to find it.


Berwick Street is a treasure trove of record shops. Snap a pic recreating the iconic Oasis album cover and head into Sister Ray for rare finds.


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Teenage music fan Elliot visits Sister Ray
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Other hot spots include If Music with it’s friendly, chatty staff, Sounds of the Universe and Reckless Records for second-hand gems.

Comic Book Stores


Superhero fanatics will love London’s comic book stores. Forbidden Planet Megastore on Shaftesbury Avenue is a pop culture paradise, packed with merch and a vast comic collection downstairs.


Other must-visits include Gosh! Comics in Soho and Notting Hill Comic Book Exchange. Perfect for teens obsessed with Marvel, DC, and more.


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The Forbidden Planet Megastore & Bookshop



Play Ping-Pong


Did you know London’s got ping-pong tables scattered all over the city? Perfect for a spontaneous game. But for the real deal, Bounce Ping Pong is where it’s at! With locations in Battersea Power Station, Farringdon and Shoreditch, this place is like ping-pong on steroids – think lights, projections, and a killer soundtrack.


Kids and teens are welcome before 6pm if they’re with an adult, so it’s a fantastic family outing. While the kids get their game on, you can enjoy a drink and some nibbles. Pro tip: book in advance for group discounts and maybe even get the adults in on the fun too. Who says grown-ups can’t play?




Acting Classes


Got a drama queen (or king) in the house? London’s bursting with acting classes to help your teen unleash their inner star. Whether they dream of Hollywood or just want to boost their confidence, these classes are a fun way to meet new friends and learn new skills. Who knows, you might be the next parent of an A-lister!



Get Dancing


Head to the iconic Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden. Whether your teen is into ballet, hip-hop, or jazz, there’s a class for every budding dancer. Plus, you might spot a celeb or two – Louis Spence, anyone? So lace up those dancing shoes and let’s get groovy!


Street Theatre

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Street theatre at Covent Garden, an officially K-Rated attraction © Covent Garden


Covent Garden is the epicentre of street theatre in London. Grab a spot in the piazza and watch some of the city’s best performers. It’s a mix of magic, comedy, and jaw-dropping stunts. Just remember to tip the performers – it’s worth every penny. And hey, it’s a great way to keep the teens entertained without breaking the bank.



Spontaneity Rules

Feeling adventurous? Pick a random letter, plug it into Citymapper, and see where it takes you! Maybe F for Finsbury Park or N for Neal’s Yard. It’s a fun way to discover hidden gems and turn a regular day into a spontaneous adventure. Who knows what you’ll find? The city’s your playground!


Santander Cycles

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Santander Cycles at the Royal Festival Hall

Let’s get cycling! London’s Santander Cycles (a.k.a. Boris Bikes) are perfect for exploring the city. For just £3, you can hop on and off all day. Download the app for a quick rental, and students get a 25% discount. Top tip: combine it with an Uber Boat by Thames Clipper ride for a unique day out. Just remember, helmets on and stay safe!


Insta it out


Challenge the teenagers to an Instagram-off! London’s full of perfect photo ops like God’s Own Junkyard, Molly’s Bakes, and the ever-quirky Brick Lane. Snap away and tag #KRatedTeens – we want to see those pics! It’s a fun way to explore the city and capture memories. Who’s up for the challenge?



Royal Observatory Greenwich

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Take a cosmic trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Straddle the Meridian Line, explore the stars, and geek out over the Great Equatorial Telescope. Don’t miss the nearby Planetarium – it’s out of this world! For stunning views of London, stroll through Greenwich Park. Bonus: hop on an Uber Boat by Thames Clipper for a scenic river ride.


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Or better still explore the beautiful borough of Greenwich using our Top Ten list.






Calling all Bowie fans! London is a treasure trove for all things Ziggy Stardust. Start at the iconic mural in Brixton – it’s a must-snap spot for any true fan. Then, head over to Trident Studios where Bowie recorded some of his legendary tracks. Don’t miss Heddon Street, the exact spot where he posed for the famous ‘Ziggy Stardust’ album cover. It’s like a rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage – make sure to bring your camera and best Bowie impressions!


Sir Francis Drake’s Boat

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Ahoy there! Step aboard Sir Francis Drake’s ship, the Golden Hinde, at London Bridge. Experience life as a 16th-century sailor for just a fiver for kids and students. It’s a swashbuckling adventure that brings history to life. Ready to set sail?

Visit a FunFair, the Circus or Cirque Berserk!


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What teenager doesn’t love a good funfair? Check out George Irvin’s Funfair dates in London for classic rides and evening lights. Zippo’s Circus is a family favourite with heart-stopping acts and great value. And for something truly spectacular, Cirque Berserk’s acrobats and stunts will leave you breathless. They’ve been at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park for the last 11 years. Check their site for dates and locations. Fun guaranteed!

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Street Art Hunting


London’s streets are a canvas, and East London is the gallery! From Shoreditch to Brick Lane, you’ll find incredible murals and graffiti that are Insta-gold. Make a game of it: who can find the most Banksy pieces? Snap away and use #KRatedTeens to show off your finds.

For the full experience, book a guided tour – it’s like an art class but way cooler.



Stay In and Watch A Film or TV


Sometimes, you just need a cozy day in. Thanks to our teen reviewers Jack and Ed, we’ve got the ultimate lists of films and TV series that are perfect for older kids and teens. Whether they’re into action, comedy, or drama, there’s something for everyone. So, grab the popcorn, get comfy, and let the binge-watching begin!


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Food Courts Galore


London’s food courts are foodie heaven! Start with the famous Borough Market for gourmet delights. Then, check out Boxpark Shoreditch for trendy street food. Don’t forget Seven Dials Market in Covent Garden – it’s got everything from dumplings to doughnuts. Perfect for picky eaters and adventurous foodies alike!


Sky Garden


Want the best views of London without spending a penny? Head to the Sky Garden! It’s a lush indoor garden with panoramic views of the city. Best part? It’s free, but you need to book in advance. Grab a coffee, enjoy the greenery, and take in the sights. Perfect for a chilled-out family day.


Hidden Gems of Hampstead


Escape the hustle and bustle and explore Hampstead. Wander through the quaint streets and check out the charming cafes. Don’t miss the Pergola and Hill Garden – it’s like stepping into a secret garden. And of course, a walk on Hampstead Heath is a must for stunning city views or even a dip in the Bathing Ponds for brave teenagers – it’s not always warm in London!


Little Venice


Fancy a taste of Venice in London? Little Venice near Paddington is a picturesque canal area with cute cafes and boat rides. Take a leisurely stroll along the water or hop on a canal boat for a unique perspective of the city. It’s a serene spot that feels miles away from the busy streets of London. Teens will love the contrast.


Leadenhall Market


Step back in time at Leadenhall Market. This historic market in the heart of the City of London is full of charm and character. It’s also a Harry Potter filming location, so a must-visit for fans. Grab a bite, browse the boutiques, and soak up the atmosphere.


Battersea Power Station


The iconic Battersea Power Station has been transformed into a vibrant hub of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Explore the new riverside walk, check out the chic eateries, and maybe even catch a film at the cinema. It’s a fantastic spot for a family outing with something for everyone.


The Vaults


For something a bit different, head to The Vaults in Waterloo. This underground art space hosts immersive theatre, exhibitions, and quirky events. It’s edgy, cool, and sure to impress the teens. Keep an eye on their website for the latest shows and happenings.


Southbank Centre


The Southbank Centre is a cultural hotspot and a great spot for teens to find something to do in London. There’s always something going on, from art exhibitions to live music. Take a stroll along the river, grab a bite at one of the food markets, and maybe even catch a show. It’s a vibrant area with loads to do.


Richmond Park


For a breath of fresh air, head to Richmond Park. It’s a sprawling green space where you can spot deer, enjoy a picnic, or just have a peaceful walk. Climb up King Henry’s Mound for a spectacular view of St Paul’s Cathedral. Or rent bikes and cycle around some of the trails. It’s a perfect escape from the city hustle.

7 comments on “50 Things to do in London for Teens” | Add a comment

  1. Indi Gavin

    My 13 year old went to the London Dungeons for a birthday treat and absolutely loved it – top recommendation thanks

  2. Val

    Thank you for putting all this information and ideas together. You know teens so well! This site is bound to come in handy when we visit London with our hard to please teenage son.

  3. MeineNameIst.....

    Actually a few really good ideas for older teens who are notoriously difficult to please.

  4. Sammy

    Brilliant. So much great ideas. My kids won’t be able to say, I’m bored.
    Thank you

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