Days out for teens
Idea for things to do in London with teenagers and, indeed, things they can do on their own
Teenage boys who delight in The London Dungeon will find a similarly ghoulish style of entertainment at the nearby London Bridge Experience, which includes haunted house-style explorations of the plague pits below ground (www.londonbridgeexperience.com).
An instant hit when it first appeared in 2007, the Underage Festival is clearly exactly what junior music-lovers were lacking. Now an annual event, usually held in August in Victoria Park, the fest attracts the bands of the moment along with young up-an-comers snapping at their heels. This booze-free affair is strictly for 14- to-18 year-olds (www.underagefestivals.com).
There are heaps of free workshops and courses tailor-made for teenagers at galleries and theatres throughout London, from acting at the Old Vic or Half Moon Young People's Theatre, to getting involved in contemporary art at Tate Modern.
Kids Week in the West End (www.kidsweek.co.uk) is an annual promotion which means that one young person (aged between five and 16) can go free to any participating production when accompanied by an adult paying full price – and two more children can get in for half price. All the big shows take part, and many throw backstage workshops into the bargain.
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