07 January 2014

Visiting London With Teens

When visiting London,
of course you will visit the famous landmarks
- Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge -

But what if you have a teenager (or grown up)
who needs to do more than just sightseeing?

Here's a few suggestions



Zoom down river at a hair-blowing 35 knots
on a RIB speed boat past many of London's landmarks

Or look for ancient treasures along London's river shore
with a local archaeologist


- SKY -

Day or night,
enter a London Eye capsule
for a spectacular vantage point
You even can rent your own capsule for a special occasion
with food and drink included

Or take an elevator to the top of
the tallest building in the European Union
(and one of London's newest skyline additions),
The Shard

For the adventurous,
climb the rooftop of the O2 arena
for an unusual aerial view of London



Hit the sidewalk for a 2-hour walking tour with first rate guides

Jack The Ripper, ghost walks, and filming locations
tend to be popular with a teen crowd

Or pedal through London on a guided cycling tour on a British Pashley bicycle


- FOOD -

Ever wanted to savor crickets, kangaroo, crocodile, or other exotic cuisine?
Here's your chance at Archipelago

Select your Japanese dish from a clever conveyor belt
passing by your counter at YO!Sushi

Play other guests and order your meal
on your computerized tabletop at Inamo

Don't miss a foodie's afternoon tea in this creatively decorated restaurant: Sketch
(check out those egg capsule restrooms!)

Chocoholics will appreciate the chocolate artistry at Choccywoccydoodah
(sit down and enjoy a dessert and warm drink upstairs)

Finish off your day with nitrogen smoking ice cream at Chin Chin Labs,
offering some very unique flavors



For tennis fans, there is nothing like touring the grounds of Wimbledon

Lord's Cricket Ground Tour will appeal to cricketers
while football /soccer enthusiasts won't want to miss Chelsea FC Stadium Tour



For Harry Potter fans,
a trip to Warner Bros Studio Tour is an absolute MUST
Although it is a bit outside London,
it is definitely worth the trip

You'll need the full hour to escape out of a locked room at Hint Hunt
Currently ranked as #1 Attraction in London by TripAdvisor,
this interactive game is 60 minutes of unforgettableness

Sit in a television audience
by applying for tickets in advance
or get a 'behind the scenes' tour at BBC

Watch a current film on the BIG screen
with 832 other movie-goers
at Odeon West End Cinema

For current events, refer to TimeOut London


'There's nowhere else like London.
Nothing at all, anywhere.'
                                                                   - Vivienne Westwood, fashion designer

( all photos my own )
an unsponsored post


Amy at love made my home said...

You put the rest of us to shame with all that you get up to Laura! Some great suggestions there though. I'm not sure going down the Thames on a RIB is for me, but the water taxi is great fun! xx

likeschocolate said...

What a great post!

Liene said...

I'm definitely not a teen anymore, but I want to do almost ALL of this! Looks like I'll need at least a week...

ann said...

You make an excellent tour guide! Great ideas. The eye is beautiful at night.

Pura Vida said...

cute...I get what you're saying!

Maggie said...

This is a great post! I want to do all these things myself!

Barbara said...

We keep saying that we want to go back to London with our kids. Thanks for the list.

MK said...

Another post of yours I'm bookmarking! We are preparing for our UK move, and ALL of this looks great. Thanks!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I used to visit London with pupils when I was younger and I know that teenagers need a mix of things and your suggestions are great!

The Plaid Pig said...

Oh how I miss the wonderful city of London. There is nothing quite like it!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

You captured some great photos!

Sissym Mascarenhas said...

Dear Laura,

Thank you for sharing good tips about this amazing city.

I wish you a Happy New Year, peace and happiness in 2014.


Earthworms and Marmalade said...

I love London! How much fun!! Hope your family had an excellent time.


These look so fun ... I must find a teenager to borrow.


Mandy Southgate said...

What a fabulous list of things to do and I totally agree with you! My best friend's 16 year old daughter came to visit me two years ago and I took her to the Globe theatre, on a river cruise and the London Eye, London Dungeon and the London Bridge Experience, Harry Potter Studio Tour and the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. It was great!

Tina in CT said...

Thanks for the suggestions as my grandchildren moving to England this summer are 11 and 13. It all looks like lots of fun.