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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.

    There's free open-air theatre on offer at the Scoop amphitheatre, beside City Hall (www.morelondon.com). The Steam Industry theatre present a different, family-oriented production each year.

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Katie H
Katie H

My daughter's 13th birthday trip this Saturday - taking 5 girls to have their toenails painted in the Wah nail bar in the basement of the flagship Topshop store in Oxford Circus, followed by £15 to spend in the Topshop sale each, then Haagen daz milkshakes in Leicester Square and to the Odeon to watch a movie, then walk to Covent Garden to watch some street performers and soak up atmosphere with mocktails in the bar overlooking the square and pizza before getting train home. I'd have LOVED that for my 13th...

Sarah
Sarah

Karaoke it is really getting popular in London and especially the private Japanese soundproofed box style. Apparently Karaoke Box Mayfair in Maddox Street is offering free Karaoke for Kids under 18 on Sat and Sundays until the 10th of November. It is definitely worth it and it is a great time to spend with your children!! ....and yes it is freeee

Cate
Cate

I live in Hackney and there are so many to do but I can never come up with suggestions when complaining about being dragged about with my 8yr old brothers but when I do go out with friends clothes shopping is great in oxford street or shopping centers like westfield, in winter would really reccomend outdoor skating @ canary warf and there are some amazing places you can climb, also if you are going anywhere near the O2 try the cable cars they are great for all ages

Eva
Eva

My 12 year old daughter Eva is coming to London for the whole of Jan 2013. She would love to find out about activities for young teenagers that she could join in with and meet some kids of her own age. She will be based in North West London.

Rarine
Rarine

Hey Time Out sooo this isnt great cuz now I dont know what to do and stuff...... I have to go and clean out the toilets now so thanks for nothing.

Ivana
Ivana

Hi !! My sister is 14 and she is coming to visit London for 2weeks in July. Do u know if she is allowed to go to museums, organized sight seeings, etc. by her self or has to be accompanied by an adult? Also, do u guys maybe know some workshops, activities or guided tours specially for teenagers? In the agency, when applying for UK visa they tolled us that children under 16 always have to be accompanied by adults. Also they said she would not be able to attend English language school or any other course if she is not staying in school campus. She will be staying in our family friend house so I was wondering if shes gonna be able to go anywhere by her self. Please let me know if u have any info! Thanks!!

Gwen
Gwen

hi,im 15...im coming to london by next year to school at queens college(cambridge universities) but i want to find out about some fun places.Anyone with an idea on where to shop especially halloween costumes should please tell me

gee
gee

well if you have never been to london before you should see the sights (but only for a bit cause it can be abit boring) you should travle down the river on a boat or if you look at boat stops you can speed boat down the river. i would defo go shopping and for clubbing they have "tiger tiger" but if u want a diffrent one i would just look around there are many in london. camden market is good and you can watch the streett performers. if you type in google actviteis to ddo in london there will be one and they have ice skating ( in winter) the theter (all year long) and during the summer asnd possibley spring ther hold events in london and the south bank. london is great and a place u will defo want to go again . ohh and also the m & m shop is a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with the london eye madam tusatuts where u can get pics taken with ur waxed idols the aquarium i hope this was usefull !! gee

Josh
Josh

I will be arriving in London on my 19th birthday and will only have two friends with me on this trip. We have never left the states and want to try London clubs and exciting places for people our own age. Any particular places anyone might know of? Thanks Josh

Mim
Mim

Hay, I'm 13 and have an 11 year old bro and 5 year old sister. Due to being babysat :/ I end up getting dragged around to farms... But when asked to come up with ideas I have none because I have practically zilch knowledge on stuff to do for peeps my age. I'm like an hour away from oxford and Bath, and can easily travel to London and stuff. If any of you lovely people could help me, it would be very much appreciated :3 thx! xxxx

LIVVY
LIVVY

my brother is soon to be 16!!!! whaere could we take him to be suited to me 12 and him 16

Indigp
Indigp

As a teenager i would suggest taking a trip to covent garden-preferably at night- to see the performers and all the resturants. Also while you are in the area go to Scoop the italian icecream palour for the best icecream in london!! 40 Short's Gardens WC2H 9AB Walk along Oxford Street and Carnaby Street for a huge variety of shops. Also Brick Lane has a lot of shops. If you like shopping them you MUST go to some of the markets like Camden lock or Spitafields for stalls filled with colour! London has a large number of sites where it is decorated with graffiti. South bank is one such place. if you take a walk down Brick Llane and Old Street you can also see some of the unique art. Leake street is the best though. I hope you all enjoy your stay in this fabulous city! :)

abc
abc

Hello, I am 17 years old and have been to London multiple times... for teenaged girls, a trip to Harrod's to window shop gives you a taste of high society. For boys, viewing Abbey Road is always a pleaser... For all, the Imperial War Museum and the Churchill War Rooms really do offer something for all members of the family...

hubj
hubj

I'm 16 years old and I wanna go in a pub in London or Brighton. Do you have any suggestions?

sean
sean

i am 16 years old and have been to london 5 times now without the company of an adult and my 6th time will be in 4 days from now. These are my 2 favourite places to visit when in this amazing and iconic city. Camden Town, preferably by night. It has an amazing atmosphere which no other place in London can compare to. Whilst there, you should visit Cyberdog, a glow in the dark shop and Camden Lock, where you will find many asian food stalls offering many types of foriegn cuisine with some available to try as you walk past. Camden can be reached via the Northern Line Tube, London Overground or from Kentish Town Rail Station. Also when in London, you should visit Westsides Shopping Centre in White City. This is the largest of its kind in the UK and offers many hours of shopping to suit everyone. This includes everything from Primark to Nandos and even a Vue luxury cinema. This can be reached via the Hammersmith And City Line and Circle Line Tube to Wood Lane, via the Central Line to White City or via the London Overground and National Rail Services to Sheperds Bush.

Craig Cameron-Fisher
Craig Cameron-Fisher

My son will be 15 in May, and wants to do something comedy-based, stand-up or similar, but most if not all shows seem to be 18+. Any suggestions?

Sarah
Sarah

Well.. you can do loads, shopping, pubs clubs london eye london dungeon go cenima go to a swimmig place bowling ice skating Fun fairs Adventure parks And more, but thats all i can thiiink off :) ENJOYY BABESS!

Lydia
Lydia

More suggestions: Do a tour of Shakespear's Globe Theatre and / or a tour backstage at The National Theatre. Alternatively book a tour of the Houses of Parliament. Visit the waxworks at Madame Tussaud's. Go to Covent Garden Piazza and see the street acts (also on the South Bank near the London Eye. Visit the London Acquarium. Go to Hampton Court and see the Maze - often staff are dressed in period costume, there are tours and they can tell you some interesting, grizzly facts - the kitchens are great - in those days only men worked in the kitchen, due to heat they were naked and they were not allowed to pee into the fires!! Some of London's cemetaries have amazing tomb stones and famous people buried there - try Kensal Green Cemetary (top of Ladbrook Grove). Try your hand at brass rubbing (I think you can do this in St Martin's in the Fields just off Trafalgar Square). Visit the Whispering Gallery in St Paul's Cathedral. Go bowling. Go to a swimming pool with watershoots. Chessington World of Adventures (just outside London) for a day out at a theme park. Or Thorpe Park which is geared towards teenagers.

Lydia
Lydia

A few suggestions: Camden Lock (market and canel) you could travel there from Little Venice on a canal boat. Also Portobello Road on a Friday and Saturday a great market, funky clothes, food stalls and antiques. Spitalfields Markets again fun clothes, items. To eat - Masala Zone - try an thali a big round platter with various curries also S&M which is Sausage & Mash. Go to Brick Lane for a street full of India Restaurants. Hire a rowing boat in Hyde Park. London Zoo. Have a drink at the top of Tower 42 (i.e. 42 stories high) great view of London. China Town and have a chinese meal. Kew Gardens and the tree walk and hot houses. Duck Tours of London an amphibious vehicle which takes you on the streets and then on the river. Get the Docklands Light railway to Canary Wharf and beyond and then walk through the tunnel under the Thames to Greenwich - another market - the Maritime Museum and get a boat back up the River. HMS Belfast - visit the ship. Walk along he South Bank. The London Eye. Google free London for Teenagers. Hamleys the biggest toy shop in the UK (the world?). Go to Harrods and vist the food halls and various other departments - you could spend a whole day there. All the museums: Natural History, Science, V&A, British Museum, London Transport etc etc

cathy
cathy

I agree there's very little information for teenages. Also, what about things that teenagers and parents would enjoy together. There's definitelyl much more info for parents of young children.

richard shenson
richard shenson

Hi...I'm the dad of two teens (15, 16). We live in Los Angeles and will arrive in London 14 Aug. I'd love to receive some advice & info on where to take them. Thanks much to all who contribute to this response. Rich

Ellie
Ellie

I agree. There needs to be more information for teenages. Loads of information on baby changing facilities, high chairs and animals. What about interesting music, good markets, museums with events for teenages, interesting restaurants and cafes, alternative films and fun, rollerskating etc. There must be loads of other things. Please investigate.

Fiona
Fiona

There definitely should be Teens section on time out website. My little brother and sister can find loads of stuff to do with the kids section but i'm left with nothing!

laura cooper
laura cooper

i think that is is not fair to just sday what children can do in london what about me in yorkshire !! you are placest ...

Alison M
Alison M

Come on Time Out ! There's obviously a huge gap for things for teens to do in London - and given this section appears in your top 10 and people are posting - don't you think you should do something about it?!

Sam
Sam

I am the Mum of a soon to be 16 year old and I agree that you haven't put much on here for them. You need to employ some to do reviews for you!

jessica
jessica

i am looking to go to London for my 15th birthday with me and 3 other friends, i am stuck on what to do and dont necissarialy want to just go for a meal, i have already been to london dungeouns, the london bridge expereience and london toombs, is there any other fun things for teenagers?

Tina
Tina

Can you please make a cateorgory for teens and seperate it from the kids catergory because we have noting to do Thanks :) .

Time Out Editor
Time Out Editor

Hello Jade Thanks for your comment. You're right, we do need to update this feature and we're working on that. The date at the top does state this feature was created in 2008, but apologies if you felt misled. Thanks Sarah

jade
jade

can someone at timeout please keep the site updated. was looking on teen page that mentioned underage festival and a competition. went to the page and comp ended 1 august 2008. come on!!

hannah
hannah

go to planet hollwood (Y)

Fi Weir
Fi Weir

Where's a good restaurant for a girl's 16th birthday party in central London?