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50 Things to do in London for Teens

London is full of awesome things to do whatever your age. But here we’re focusing on teens. But as long as you have your Zip Card, the London is your oyster!

1. The Barbican

Barbican Centre London Entertainment Venues

Every year the Young Barbican scheme offers out heavily discounted tickets for art, music, film, theatre and dance at it’s venue for 14-25 year olds. Whether fashion is your thing or learning about the world of science fiction there is something at the Barbican to whet your appetite.

Handy hint:

Don’t forget before you leave to check out the Barbican rooftop conservatory (do it for the ‘gram).

 

2. Markets

Borough market, Notting Hill market, Portobello Road and many more selling anything the mind can imagine (bar unicorns…maybe). The best thing about them all? Free samples! However, if you want a stomach full, why not head down at the end of the day to see if you can barter down the price of produce. Good luck!

 

3. Cirque Berserk!

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This Cirque Berserk show is filled with spectacular stunts performed by the international cast of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, drummers, dancers, clowns and many more. A highlight of the attraction is the legendary Globe of Terror where four motorcyclists defy gravity while speeding at over 60mph inside a steel spherical cage. The knife throwing act is another spectator favourite.

 

 

4. The Clink Museum

Immerse yourself in the oldest prison in England which housed some prisoners you probably know only too well in your very own London town. For anyone who loves a scandalous story and a gruesome attraction- this is for you.

Handy hint:

If you have a student card, bring it for lovely discounts!

 

5. London Bridge Experience

Not for the faint hearted teenager! Relive the trials and tribulations of London through the ages with this audience participating attraction exploring one of the city’s most iconic sites. Enter if you dare and beware of what might lurk in the shadows.

Handy hint:

Ask at reception for an audio guide as they are free for all guests, yay!

6. London Dungeons

Wicked Women at the London Dungeons Easter 2016

Wicked Women at the London Dungeons

Get yourself down to the Southbank dungeons to set alight your senses with this interactive tour
of one of London’s most popular attractions. Put your bravery to the test by walking through 19 interactive 360 sets with live actors, special affects, real scenes and rides.

Handy hint:

Book online to save up to 20% and avoid queuing for hours on the day.

 

7. National Gallery

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The National Gallery, an official K-Rated attraction

Needing some motivation? Then make your way to the National Gallery for the Be Inspired tour to find out what paintings influenced the career heads of today. The gallery is free to enter, however if you want an audio tour let it be known that you are an awesome student teenager.

Handy hint:

Want to practise your sketching skills? The gallery provides free art materials so you can do just that.

8. National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery London kidratedHousing over 2000 paintings this is one of London’s most visited galleries, and best of all it is free to enter! Chronologically ordered, follow art through the ages and soak in the surroundings of the National Portrait Gallery. If doing something a little different is up your street head there on a Thursday or Friday evening for late night extra where you could take part in drop-in drawings, listen to live music or discuss and debate with a variety of free talks.

9. Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

7/10 for Water Fountain Play @ the Olympic Park from William (10)

Relive the olympics by visiting the park that has now been made into a full day out attraction. Head to Arcelormittal Orbit to view London from 114.5m into the clouds in their glass floor to ceiling viewing tower, then take the world’s largest and tallest tunnel back down. Visit the waterways, get some selfie action at the olympic rings, create an image at the pixel wall, take a boat tour, watch a game or just chill out in the parkland area. So much to do, so little time!

10. Science Museum

boy reviews the science museum londonFor a fab wet weather activity, visit the Science Museum for a free day of fun. With a bunch of interactive stuff to get involved with and exhibits to see you’re guaranteed a good time. See Eric the robot, attend an event, find out how much your mobile data is transforming the world, discover Einstein’s legacy or find out what makes you in the Who Am I exhibition.

11. The Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre KidRatedStruggling with Shakespeare at school? Shakespeare is not Snooze-speare here (because we all know it can be) so get a dose of theatre from one of London’s oldest thespian venues. Think immersive, dark, updated and unique spins on well known classics. Or sneak off to the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse next door for a candlelit indoor experience. If theatre isn’t your thing but architecture is then don’t miss out on a guided tour of the theatre itself.

Handy hint:

Student card central alert!

12. Monument

This sneaky adventure is unknown to many, but here at KidRated we like to give you the inside scoop. Get quite possibly the BEST panoramic views of London for as little as £2. Teens of determined mind will climb the 311 stairs to the top and trust us when we say it’ll be worth it!

13. Prince Charles Cinema

Prince charles CinemaTwiddling your thumbs for some teenage fun? Look no further (or maybe look until the end of the article, then stop, just saying) The Prince Charles Cinema shows back to backers of some great and unique watches such as a Studio Ghibli evenings for all you anime fans out there and a whole host of sing-a-longs for anyone wanting to brush up their vocal chords as well as a bunch of blockbuster classics. What are you waiting for?

14. Bowling

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Bowling at All Star Lanes, an official K-Rated attraction © All Star Lanes

Practice your best bowling skills all around London.Try All Star Lanes for unbeatable bowling, but keep your eyes peeled as some of Hollywood’s hottest stars sneak in a game or two. You never know maybe you could out-strike Rihanna! For out of this world pizza (try the chicken and chorizo – trust us) head to Bloomsbury Bowling to eat, play a few games and have a sing song in their karaoke room.

15. Skate Parks

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KidRated loves Southbank’s Skate Park

A real popular past time, not just for teens, is to skateboard. South bank skate park is the trooper of all skate parks staying open against all odds. House of Vans London is not just a skate park; fellow londoners can now BMX, watch screenings, check out music and soak up some sweet visuals. Bay Sixty6 is West London’s finest skating location come rain or shine. For a full list of everywhere to go hit up this cheeky link: London Skateparks.

16. Vintage Shop

London is the best place for finding some vintage steals. Whether you’re a charity shop creeper or a brick lane market goer, you’ll find something awesome. For top bargains head to spots early for all the steals. Special highlights include: Beyond RetroEast End Thrift Store, Rokit and pretty much anywhere in the East of London if you look around. For ultimate betty bargain hunters, explore car boot sales and you will be surprised at what you can find (for like 50p – seriously). If you are a bit strapped for cash, don’t worry, swap shop events allow you to take your unwanted garms and exchange them for new ones!

17. Be a Music Lover

Cambridge Theatre Matilda Musical Roald Dahl Tim Minchin KidRated Westend London reviews by kids familyIf you aren’t already, be a music fan because you’ll be spoilt for choice. From every type of musical you could think of, gigs galore and a free festival with Totally Thames, London really is the hub of music.

Handy hint:

If you are a big musical fan try waiting until last minute (if you have nothing better to do and like taking a risk) as some theatres in hope of having a sell out performance will get rid of the last few tickets on the cheap – you’re welcome.

18. Make Up

If you’re a beauty lover on a budget there is a surprising amount of free make up you can snag in the big city. Certain make up brands can be persuaded to give a free sample of a product you want if you are unsure whether to purchase it or not. Places like Selfridges make for a great trip out to play with all the new make up you can think of – most places offering make overs with the cost being redeemable in products. **cough cough Mac cough cough** Bobbi Brown offer free make up advice and The Body Shop boast free make overs by appointments and better yet it’s all cruelty free!

19. Movie Locations

Leadenhall MarketEver wondered where big block busters were filmed? More often than not London is going to be in that list. Wander the city to find the places where your most beloved actors stood. Harry Potter fan? Go to Leadenhall market which inspired Diagon Alley or Australia House where scenes from within Gringott’s Bank were filmed. This list could quite possibly be the most detailed list of all the lists ever, so it’s worth checking out.

20. Eat Cereal

Love cereal? Can’t get some of your favourites in the local supermarket? Look no further. This mega cool and kitsch Cereal Killer Cafe houses every cereal you can think of, and probably more. So give it a try and create your own cereal mash up with all your favourites.

21. Community Radio

There are hundreds of community radio stations in London that may need your help! Whatever your music genre London will have something out there for you, get in touch with your local station to see what they can do for you! Be in the presence of places that helped start the careers of some of your favourite artists. Why not try Shoreditch Radio, East London and West London to start.

22. Crazy Golf

Rafferty awards a 10/10 for Moby Dick Crazy Golf & Golf Kingdom Chadwell Heath

Rafferty awards a 10/10 for Moby Dick Crazy Golf & Golf Kingdom Chadwell Heath

There are so many crazy golf attractions in London, a teen is spoilt for choice! A great way to while away an afternoon is tucked away in the heart of Brick Lane however. Junkyard golf holds 4 courses both as weird and wonderful as each other. Be sure to book beforehand to ensure a space, and check the times available for different ages.

Handy hint:

For the most bizarre course chose Helga at Junkyard Golf and play your final holes in florescent UV!

23. The Beatles Tour

Yes the Beatles may have been born in Liverpool but they rocked the London streets! With all kinds of tours on offer, find what best suits you and head out to see some of The Beatles most visited sites. Whether it’s strolling across Abbey Road (you know the picture) or Marylebone Station where the beginning of Hard Day’s Night was filmed, this makes for a music lovers unusual day out.

24. Film Festival

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The BFG cast and filmmakers on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival May 14, 2016.

Head to a film festival – London is brimming with them: the BFI, Sundance and East End are just a few. We are a city that loves a movie and what better way to make the most of this than explore the cream of the crop. Top directors and performers often grace these events so be sure to keep an eye out!

Handy hint:

Be sure to book up well in advance as a ticket for some of these is worth its weight in gold!

25. Escape Room

Amy & Lin give Escape Entertainment 8/10

Amy & Lin give Escape Entertainment 8/10

If being put under pressure and acting out your best crystal maze fantasy, get yourself into an escape room. There are tonnes to chose from so peruse the one that best suits you , grab a few pals and put your thinking caps on as you must break out of a locked room and you only have 60 minutes to do so – spoiler alert, it’s not easy!

26. TV Filming

Some of your favourite tv shows are recorded in London, little known to many you can actually go and watch them being filmed! Live audiences are essential for a whole host of shows such as Go For It, The Last Leg, Lip Sync Battles and loads more – that’s where you come in. Apply for these tickets post haste as they’ll get booked up in a flash!

27. Experience other Cultures

Chinese New Year ChinatownLondon is a hub of nationalities so what better way to show you’re a true Londoner than get involved with some new traditions? Check out The Festival of Eid, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Notting Hill Carnival and Chanuka – don’t worry these events are free to join in and never disappoint!

Handy hint:

Most of these events are in Trafalgar Square so you could say two birds one stone!

28. Thorpe Park

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Liam, 12, and Elliot, 14, star of BBC 3 show Uncle, both give Thorpe Park a K-Rating of 10

Thrill seekers this is the attraction for you! Sore up to phenomenal heights, twist and turn round some crazy rides at this Southern theme park favourite. It is also home to the first ride to have 10 inversions, so hold onto your stomachs!

29. Abbey Road

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Getting a Beatles-style photo at the Abbey Road Crossing, an official K-Rated attraction

Abbey Road is only open to the public if you are visiting for the very special initiative called The Abbey Road Institute for budding music artists and producers. Free of charge, you can grill them with questions and potentially score a place on their very prestigious course – amazing!

 

30. One New Change Roof Terrace

img_7269Head to the roof terrace at the top of the One New Change building for breath taking views of London which is totally free and you can enjoy the site for as long as you want! It is right next to St Paul’s Cathedral so you can get a close up view of the very top for absolutely nothing. Once you are up there, why not play site seeing Bingo?

Handy hint:

Yoga classes are available here if you are feeling getting stretchy to a great back drop (perfect insta opportunity alert).

31. Alexandra Palace

Stray a little further afield than central London to see this absolute beauty. Alexandra Palace is host to loads of events, particularly top musicians, all year round. As well as having gorgeous gardens to walk around in, a boating lake and a brilliant viewing platform for panoramic London views. It’s well worth a visit!

32. Segway

What better way to get around than on a Segway? Zip past all the other tourists and leave them green with envy as you can book Segway tours of some of your fave places in London. Say no to tired hurting feet from excess traipsing and say yes to the coolest form of transport. Don’t forget – don’t snapchat and drive!

33. Battersea Dog’s and Cat’s Home

discover dogsIt is actually a proven fact that petting man’s best friend reduces stress and makes you happy – um…k, we didn’t need a reason to pet animals but now we have one! Battersea Dog’s and Cat’s home has over 8000 animals and they are always looking for people to help or even just visit their animals to show them some love (so if you need me that’s where I’ll be from now on).

34. Columbia Flower Market

Columbia Flower Market may not seem like an obvious choice but it will provide the most instagram-able day you have probably ever had. Pop on down any Sunday before 3pm to look, sniff and take selfies amongst London’s prettiest attraction – trust us it’s worth a visit.

35. Get some Exercise

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Regent’s Park Autumn

Lost for something to do and English weather is on your side for the day? Why not take a stroll. A simple day out where you could unveil London’s hidden gems, plus feel awesome about yourself after – win, win. Walk from Camden market down the canal and pop up into Regents Park for some Primrose Hill fun.

Handy hint:

Keep your eyes on the skies as you approach Regents Park to walk past some animal enclosures in London zoo.

36. London Zoo

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London Zoo

If you are an animal lover then there is no better place to go than London’s very own zoo. With a huge variety of species this makes for a great day out – plus the workers down at the zoo are totally into the conservation of animals and even have a hospital so it’s guilt free fun too!

Handy hint:

if you have a student card then it’s discounts, discounts, discounts!

39. Record Shopping in Soho

Home to some of the best record shops, Soho is a fab afternoon out for perusing music and stumbling across a few gems. Head to Berwick Street and the surrounding areas to be free to discover some out of this world music. Speaking of out of this world, why not start with The Sound of the Universe? See what we did there.

40. Comic Book Stores

Doctor Who Comic KidRated newsSoho isn’t just home to all the music you could listen to, if you’re comic book inclined then it’s a great area for an afternoon of hunting. Wander Soho, Covent Gardens and Carnaby if you’re a teen who fancies something a bit different.

41. Play Ping-Pong

No we don’t mean in your friend’s garage surrounded by boxes, we mean in this super cool basement filled with ping pong tables. This place is a sea of tables so be sure to bring some friends, everything is provided for you so you can play away plus there are always top tunes on to accompany your game! Get down before 6pm to be ensured entry.

41. Visit The Roundhouse

RoudhouseThis venue is one of the coolest places in North London which nurtures young talent on their road to success. Their Young Creatives initiative is really worth checking out if you’re musically, theatrically or technologically inclined. Even if you’re not – check it out anyway because awesome bands play there and the building is an old railway engine shed.

42. Acting Classes

If you’re stuck for things to do and wanted to try something a bit different, join an acting class. There are so many chances for teens to channel your inner Chloë Moretz in the capital city so give it a go and you could end up in the next Hollywood hit! Plus it’s always a great location for making new pals and getting a confidence boost.

43. Get Dancing

Take a lesson at the famous Pineapple Dance Studios. If you’re into dancing you’ll have heard of these popular studios, one of the most well known places to learn some moves and it is often frequented by TV favourite Louis Spence. Book a class, don your dancing shoes and rock up to this funky attraction! Plus, you never know what celebs might be taking classes too!

44. Street Theatre

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Street theatre at Covent Garden, an officially K-Rated attraction © Covent Garden

There are tonnes of places in London where people perform street theatre, just frequent any well known area! However, the cream of the crop, the top dog, the OG of street theatre, has to be Covent Garden. This is one of the most popular attractions in London, with some of the best street performances. Covent Garden starter kit: walk to square, sit, watch – simples!

45. Spontaneity Rules

Pick a letter of the alphabet and put it into your city mapper app, then go there! A somewhat unusual way forward, but you never know what attractions you could discover. We’ll give you a helping hint, F for Finsbury Park…. N for Neal’s Yard – you get the picture.

46. Santander Cycles

Boris Bikes Santander CyclesMore commonly and dearly known as the Boris Bike, rent one of these bad boys and cycle around (don’t forget your helmet!). It really can be one of the best ways to see the city we call home. Find your nearest docking station, have your card at the ready and off you go for as little as £2 – quids in!

47. Insta it out

Have an instagram-off with your friends and hit some of the hottest locations for optimum sneaky snaps. We are thinking God’s Own Junkyard, Molly’s Bakes and pretty much anywhere in Brick Lane… and why not hashtag us with #KRatedTeens so we can like what you’re up to!

48. Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich London kidrated reviews family days outThis mind blowing attraction is reason enough to take a trip to Greenwich. Soak up space and gaze at the stars from the comfort of your own chair in the only planetarium in London. Get extra bang for your buck by taking a tour or peruse photography too. There is so much to do, see how much you can pack in in one visit!

49. Sir Francis Drake’s Boat

Golden Hinde, London, KidRated, Attraction, Reviews by kidsGet into your ahoy-hoy side with this 16th century ship in London Bridge, you can even go on board and experience life like a passenger! Plus, it’s only a fiver for children and students – winner winner chicken dinner.

50. Parks, Parks, Parks

Hampstead Heath London Parks KidRated reviews kids family days out walksEvery which way you turn in London there is a park just waiting to be explored. Take a stroll round some of the best ones such as Hyde Park (where speaker’s corner is still a thing- if you don’t know get to know), Crystal Palace Park, Hampstead Heath and Syon Park.

 

 

Bonus Attraction Points:

 

Ok, so if you have done all that and are still wanting more then never fear, KidRated are always here, and we are giving you a few cheeky bonus attractions for those of you out there who cannot get enough of our lists. We understand, we love a good list too.

51. Bowie

Die hard Bowie fan? Seek out spots such as the mural wall in Brixton, Trident Studios and Heddon Street where he posed for his infamous ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ album cover.

52. Street Art Hunting

London is absolutely covered in art, inside and out. So why not scope out the best street art in the city? Hint hint east london – and don’t forget to take a snap of it and hashtag #KRatedTeens.

53. Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes MuseumIf you’ve loved the programme since it’s release and the mysterious Sherlock Holmes is your favourite fictional character then make a trip to this fascinating museum to learn where it all began. The Victorian home has been kept perfectly preserved for your pleasure.

 

 

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