London is filled with attractions for people of all ages, and can make an especially exciting destination for families with teenagers. The vibrant city is jam packed with brilliant cultural activities and trendy places to visit.
Take a look at our guide for some of the coolest things to do in London with teenagers.
Take a Tour
Set aside your guidebooks and take an unconventional tour of London, perfect for teenagers.The award winning Alternative London offer tours of famous London street art. Expert guides will lead you through the streets of London’s vibrant East End, where you will see some of the world’s finest street art, including the likes of Banksy, ROA and Invader. Teenagers will love the chance to try their hand at their own street art afterwards with a workshop back at the Alternative London headquarters.
Many teenagers will also enjoy walking around London’s famous landmarks, especially those featured in their favourite films. Think about visiting iconic locations like Westminster Bridge and Big Ben’s clock tower, the vibrant Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye, or busy Trafalgar Square.
For teenagers who like being on the go, a safe cycling tour of the city could be a great idea. A Secret Bike Tour of London will take you along London's hidden passageways, back streets and cycle lanes. The entertaining tour guides lead small groups through sites of London legends, scandal and glamour with quirky and fun facts.
Since 1835, visitors to London have flocked to see the personalities of the day at Madame Tussauds. Teenagers visiting London will enjoy seeing lifelike replicas of famous faces from sport, film, music and culture. Celebrities immortalised include favourites like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, Justin Beiber, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and David Beckham. A special Marvel Super Heroes zone also brings much loved heroes to life with interactive areas, amazing wax figures and a unique Marvel Super Heroes 4D film experience.
A new attraction in London that will entertain teenagers is HintHunt, a live escape game designed for groups of 3 to 5 people. Locked together in a tiny room for 60 minutes, you are challenged to solve a mountain of puzzles and mysteries and work together to make your escape.
Another great place to visit for an interactive taste of London is the London Dungeon, which has been entertaining visitors with a glimpse at London’s murky past for almost 40 years. Guided by professional actors, visitors can see shows featuring London’s most sinister figures, such as Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Shopping in London is a must for teenage visitors to the city. Camden Market is a great destination for fans of vintage and alternative clothes of all ages, but teens especially will enjoy the hustle and bustle. Leave several hours to soak up the atmosphere while rummaging through markets and boutiques filled with fashion, craft, books, music and art.
No trip to Camden Market would be complete without a stop off at one of London’s coolest places to visit with a teenager. Chin Chin Labs in Camden Lock is Europe’s first ever liquid nitrogen ice-cream parlour. The laboratory-like setup of the restaurant gives visitors the chance to watch delicious ice cream being frozen to order, with seasonal flavours like ‘candy & corn’, ‘apple pie marshmallow’ and ‘rhubarb crumble’.
A definite port of call for teenagers in London is Oxford Street, home to the flagship Topshop and Topman stores on Oxford Circus. Several hours can be dedicated to browsing in the multiple floors and departments of these famous shops. Other teen shopping destinations like Urban Outfitters and H&M are also located nearby, and Oxford Street is well served with coffee shops and sushi bars for some much needed refuelling.
The Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport has convenient access to London city centre by train or bus, along with easy links to the airport. Relax in the Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport fitness centre and wellness facility after your busy day in the city, and enjoy a family meal in one of our restaurants.
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