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101 things to do in London for teenagers

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

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Take in stunning London views

An aerial view taken from one of the London Eye's pods, across to another, with the river Thames, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in the background.
The London Eye. Image courtesy of The London Eye.
  1. Hold your nerve as you cross Tower Bridge’s sky-high glass walkway.
  2. Go on the roof of London’s famous entertainment centre with an Up at The O2 adventure.
  3. Grab some videos for TikTok as you ride the Emirates Air Line cable car (and get a discount if you have a Zip Oyster card).
  4. Travel like a rock star on board a London Helicopter tour.
  5. See the city from above on the London Eye, and try the multi-sensory, special effect 4D Experience afterwards. 
  6. Admire The View from The Shard at the top of one of Europe’s tallest buildings.

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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 Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Back to the Future: The Musical. 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. Step into the world of Doctor Who, as you help to save our planet in immersive show Doctor Who: Time Fracture.
  4. The Unicorn Theatre near Tower Bridge performs shows specifically for a teenage audience.
  5. 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.
  6. Sign up to the National Theatre's free membership scheme, Entry Pass, which offers a limited number of £5 and £10 tickets to performances for UK residents aged 16 to 25 years.
  7. Be a "groundling" for a show at the open-air Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
  8. Treat the kids to a free show during August, as Kids Week offers complimentary tickets to children 16 and under.

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Check out cool film attractions

The Dumbledore office set, including stairs, pictures on the wall and Dumbledore costume, at Warner Bros. Studio Tour - London
Dumbledore's office TM & © 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.
  1. Step inside the Great Hall at Hogwarts as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
  2. Visit more locations from the Harry Potter films and books with our guide to Harry Potter’s London.
  3. Meet your favourite characters from a galaxy far, far away with the Star Wars Experience at Madame Tussauds.
  4. See films for less at BFI Southbank, which offers 16 to 25-year-olds £3 tickets.
  5. 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.
  6. Watch your favourite films with your friends at open-air cinemas in London.

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

Hair-raising London activities for teenagers

  1. Get ready for adrenaline-pumping twists and turns on The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit.
  2. Take to London’s famous river, James Bond style, in a speedboat. Thamesjet, Thames RIB Experience and Thames Rockets all offer thrilling rides.
  3. Snorkel with sharks at SEA LIFE London aquarium.
  4. Scale the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on vertigo-inducing The Dare Skywalk.
  5. Strap yourself in and hold on for dear life, it’s rollercoaster time at London’s theme parks.
  6. Fly down an epic zip-wire in the forest treetops at Go Ape Battersea and other London locations.

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Things to do in London for sports fans

The exterior of Twickenham Stadium, with a statue of rugby players catching a ball at a lineout. Taken on a clear day.
Twickenham Stadium © Buchet.
  1. Tread in the footsteps of football legends at Wembley Stadium or tour the grounds of Arsenal and Tottenham in north London, west London team Chelsea, and West Ham's London Stadium.
  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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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. Peer at jars filled with brains and a tweeting jar of moles, among Grant Museum of Zoology's unusual specimens.
  3. Spot your favourite comic characters at The Cartoon Museum.
  4. Follow in the footsteps of the famous sleuth and pose at the famous doorway of the Sherlock Holmes Museum.
  5. Rattle along on the Postal Museum’s underground mail train which used to transport letters around the city.

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Take a tour of London

Three minis, branded with Small Car Big City logos – one blue, one white and one red – line up on a London street.
Small Car Big City © Small Car Big City/Priyank Morjaria. Image courtesy of Small Car Big City.
  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. Take the Harry Potter bus or walking tour with Brit Movie Tours.
  3. Get some inspiration on a free street art tour with Sandeman's New London Tours.
  4. Hurtle around London, taking in top landmarks and quirky sights from a mini on a Small Car Big City tour.

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Free things to do in London with teens

Looking out from behind foliage at the view from a large arching window at Sky Garden.
Sky Garden © Buchet.
  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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Seek out London Instagram hotspots

St Paul's Cathedral, in the background, is reflected in the glass walls on both sides of a narrow alleyway at One New Change.
One New Change © Buchet.
  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 in Conduit Court.
  7. Snap away at the neon signs in God’s Own Junkyard.

Hit the shops in London

  1. Discover the latest fashions at Zara'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

Two ladies sit on a bench in the courtyard at Neal's Yard, with trees surrounding them and the colourful blue window frames of shops in the background.
Neal's Yard in Seven Dials © Reid.
  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, pretty St Christopher’s Place and stylish 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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Fun activities in London with teenagers

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

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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 bars in London – some allow entry to under-18s at specific times and days.
  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 workshops at The Roundhouse (aged 15+ only).

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Get freaked out with spooky London attractions

The Tower of London, illuminated in a yellow light, at night. A dimly lit tree on the left, lamp post on the right and a purplish dark sky create a spooky feel.
The Tower of London at night © Historic Royal Palaces. Image courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces.
  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.

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. Challenge your family over some tasty food at the Draughts board game cafes in Hackney and Waterloo.
  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. 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.

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 House of VansSouthbank 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

The bright blue lido in the foreground and colourful red, green and yellow doors of the changing rooms in the background.
Relax at pretty Tooting Bec Lido © Tooting Bec Lido
  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 or discover the city's parks on four wheels, two wheels, or on foot.
  3. Take part in fun summer events, including building and racing your own go kart with Formula Fun, riding dodgems in the courtyard of Somerset House with Dodge and seeing cool pop-up art installations with Art of London's Augmented Reality Art Gallery.

Discover more top family experiences and summer activities in London.

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 Winter at Southbank Centre, sprawling Winter 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.

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.

You can also find things for teenagers to do in London by downloading the Visit London app to use while you’re on the go.