Cool Things to do in London for Teens
While you should always visit the iconic landmarks, why not try out these terrific and unique ideas for teens from paddle boarding to abseiling, there’s something for them to enjoy!
The Crystal Maze
Test your mental and physical ability as you take on the ultimate team challenge. This is one for all the family and you’re hard to impress teen will certainly want to join in with this activity! With challenges set across 4 different zones, individual members of your team will participate in 2-3 minute challenges to earn as many crystals as they can. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, try the Crystal Maze experience.
Instead of exploring London’s waterways by boat, why not hire a paddle board instead? Active 360 operate instructor led paddle boarding sessions from Key Bridge, Putney, Paddington and Brentford Lock. Paddle boarding is much safer and easier to learn than most water sports, which should put your mind at rest.
Wire & Sky
Ok, so this one is not for the fainthearted. If your teenager is a bit of a daredevil, you might consider an aerial adventure. Wire & Sky can offer you the opportunity to experience spectacular views of this city- while abseiling down some of London’s most famous attractions. Led by qualified instructors, your teen could find themselves abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit or scaling The 02!
Now you have successfully removed your teenager from their bedroom, why not get them involved in an activity that encourages exercise? (It’s easier than you think!) Oxygen Freejumping is a trampoline park based in Acton where your teen can let off some steam. Personally, our favourite activity on offer is trampoline dodgeball. However, there are lots of activities on offer; from free running to the Bear Grylls indoor obstacle course!
If you want something that requires a little less energy then head to Camden Market! Explore the unique shops & quirky stalls and enjoy the delicious street food that’s on offer. Immersed in culture, Camden certainly has a wide appeal.
Street Art Walking Tour
Ok, so if you’re heading to London with a teen in tow, why don’t you consider swapping an art gallery for a street art walking tour? Discover an alternative London and head to the vibrant East End where you can take in street art by foot or by bike.
Looking for a teen friendly museum? The Science Museum is your best bet. Armed with interactive and hands-on exhibitions, learning is disguised by fun. There are also some unique experiences to be had. We’d recommend checking out Space Descent VR with Tim Peake, an out-of-this-world guide through space!
All Star Lanes
If you need to fill up some time in the evening, then bowling might be a good option. Before you go rolling your eyes, we’re not suggesting any ordinary bowling alley. We suggest heading over to All Star Lanes, a high-end boutique bowling experience.
House of Vans Skate Park
Underneath Waterloo station, you’ll find the House of Vans. If your teen is an avid BMX rider or skateboarder then you’ll definitely earn some brownie points if you set some time aside to visit this place. Embracing creative expression, this place hosts an ‘off the wall’ skate park, art installations, music and street culture.
Of course, it's a crime to go to London and not see the famous landmarks and attractions. If you don't fancy dragging your moody teenager on the tube, book a sightseeing bus tour with the Original Tour. It's the easiest and quickest way to see the city and leaves you enough time to try an activity that's a little bit more unusual.
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