10 best activities for teenagers in London

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For anyone looking for an English language school in London for teenagers, there are a million and one options. But what if you want to organise a family holiday to London with your teenagers? After all, if you’re looking for bright lights, culture and plenty of action, London’s hard to beat whatever your age.

One solution is to book a couple of hours of intensive private English lessons each day. With Lingua Holidays, your English lessons are held in your luxury apartment in central London. This still leaves you plenty of time for sightseeing, shopping and all the other amazing things there are to do in London.

Need inspiration? Take a look at some of our top recommendations if you’re visiting London with teenagers.

London’s Markets

What teenager doesn’t enjoy browsing through market stalls? Kick off in Camden Market but leave time for the vintage stalls in Spitalfields and at Portobello market.

Visit Camden Lock and its famous market
Camden Lock is a favourite with teenagers

London’s scariest attractions

There are plenty of places to get spooked in London. Top spot is the London Dungeon, particularly if you’re visiting London in October. Other favourites include the Clink Museum, one of London’s oldest prisons, and the London Bridge Experience.

East End graffiti

Even though you can only cover small areas at a time, walking is an excellent way to really explore London. Graffiti loving teenagers will love wandering through the streets of the East End where every corner reveals another great art work.

London's East End is famous for its graffiti
Graffiti in London’s East End

The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit

Adrenaline-seeking teenagers can get their kicks by whizzing down the tallest and, at 178 metres long, the longest tunnel slide in the world. The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit shoots you down the sculpture at speeds of up to 24 kms per hour.

Shakespeare’s Globe

Watch a production, take a guided tour or visit the museum and exhibition space of one of the UK’s most famous theatres. Built in 1599, the original theatre was destroyed by fire and rebuilt close to its original site in 1997.

Take in a show at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Sky Garden

Enjoy some of the best views in London for free from London’s highest public garden. The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street provides 360° views across the City, with views of The Shard, the Gherkin, the ‘Cheesegrater’ and Tower Bridge.

London’s cable car

Cross the Thames in style with a 1km ride on the London Cable Car (The Emirates Air Line) and get superb views of the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. The cable car conveniently set you down in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Shopping in London

Oxford Street or Covent Garden are likely to be top of any teenager’s list.  If you’re looking for a bit more character, head for the seven atmospheric streets in Covent Garden that make up the Seven Dials area.

Football fans

Take a Stadium tour of one of London’s top clubs. Tours are available at Chelsea, Arsenal or Fulham.

Celebrity-spotting at Madame Tussauds

The Royal Family, Hollywood stars and the world’s leaders are all here. Get up close to over 250 wax figures on a fun-filled outing at Madame Tussauds.

Spot the celebrity or royal figures at Madame Tussauds, London
Madame Tussauds