We’ve all read the articles on what to do with kids in London, but what about when they get a bit older, and are a bit harder to please? After all, it’s not hugely difficult to keep a little one entertained – give them a play centre or an interactive museum and they’re usually pretty happy, but it gets a bit more difficult with teenagers.
Therefore we’ve been searching far and wide for some of the best things to do with your kids as they get older, to hopefully help convince them that spending some time with their folks isn’t so terrible after all!
Bowling and dining at the Brooklyn Bowl
Rolling Stone magazine dubbed this as ‘one of the most incredible places on earth’, so it seemed like a good place to start when trying to find somewhere to impress teenagers. The Brooklyn Bowl at the o2 Arena is complete with ‘12 luxurious bowling lanes with full table service. So you can eat, drink, rock and roll all at the same time’.
Take a trip on the London Eye
Give your teens the chance to experience London from a truly unique view by taking a ride on the London Eye. It’s open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 8:30pm, so you won’t have to prize the out of bed too early! It’s recommended that you book online to avoid queues on the day, and for discounted ticket prices.
Go and see a West End show
If your teens are drama lovers, they’ll no doubt be thrilled if you take them to see a top West End show. From family favourites showing this year including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion King and Mamma Mia, they’ll be something for everyone to enjoy. Check out the London box office website for details on all upcoming shows.
Explore some of the quirky markets
Teenagers tend to love things that differentiate from the norm, so why not take them to explore some of London’s most quirky and one-of-a-kind markets? From Borough’s food market to Brick Lane’s clothing market; there are lots of different options out there, depending on what you’re after.
Take a Harry Potter tour
For teens growing up with Harry Potter, taking a tour around London where they’ll be able to see all of the iconic spots from all 8 films is a great idea. You can take walking tours or even a bus tour, and don’t forget to stop off at King’s Cross station, where they have a Harry Potter platform that’s just waiting for you to take a photo!
Take an alternative street art tour
Arty teens will love this option, and it’s something really different. It’s a walking tour that showcases East London’s creative scene, as you are taken around to see some of the best street art spots the city has to offer. The alternative art tour also allows you to pay what you like to the tour guides; a first for London tours, meaning it’s accessible to those with all different budgets.