10+ Things to Do in London for Teens During Your Vacation

March 26, 2017 4:44 pm

While you’ve been counting down the days until your London adventure, your teenagers are probably groaning about visiting stuffy museums and going to tea. So how do you find a balance between visiting top London sites and keeping young adults engaged? It’s all in the choice of attractions.

Fortunately, there are tons of teen friendly London attractions out there for you to choose from.

If you’re looking for things to do in London for teens, check out our list of the top attractions and activities, including…

  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Madame Tussauds London
  • Wembley Stadium Tour
  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • London Zoo
  • The London Dungeon
  • London Eye River Cruise
  • TV & Movie Walking Tours
  • and more…

Save on Admission to Attractions Teens Will Love

Many of these teen-friendly London attractions are available on the London Explorer Pass®.

Choose as you go from many of the top London attractions and save up to 35% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.

See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.

The Coca-Cola London Eye

This massive observation wheel is a must for everyone, and is nothing to be scoffed at by even the most skeptical teen.

A leisurely 30-minute rotation brings passengers high above the city for some of the most beautiful views of this amazing town. With such varied architecture — old and new — everyone will find something striking.

The Coca-Cola London Eye is the perfect opportunity for that all-important Instagram post, so be sure their phones and cameras are charged and ready!

Getting In: Coca-Cola London Eye tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass.

Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London with London Explorer

While you probably won’t be running into any British royalty on the streets, you can meet tons of famous Brits at Madame Tussauds London, the original location of this wildly successful international business.

Here is where it all began – the astonishing process of crafting lifelike replicas of people out of wax.

Learn about the history of Madame Tussaud and her radical artistic ideas, and see where modern Madame T’s is today.

Plus, how else will you get to hug David Beckham?

Getting In: Madame Tussauds London tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass.

Fat Tire Bike Tours

London Bike Tours with the London Explorer Pass

This is a great thing to do for the active teens. If all they really want to do is get out and go, then a Fat Tire bike tour is a great opportunity to explore the city while burning off some energy.

It’s also a perfect chance to learn about the city’s great monuments, palaces, landmarks, and more with a funny and helpful guide, rather than some stuffy umbrella-carrying person walking backwards.

There’s a relaxing break in the middle, and you even meet up at an authentic English pub (great for you, and depending on the age of your teen, a rare chance for them to enjoy a pint).

Getting In: Fat Tire Bike Tours London tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass.

Wembley Stadium Tour

For any sports-loving teen, a tour of Wembley Stadium is a must.

This hallmark of English football, Wembley Stadium is the country’s crowning jewel of stadiums.

Host to Olympic football, the FA Cup Finals, and other international play, Wembley is the hot ticket in town.

The original Wembley Stadium was built in 1923, and although it’s since been replaced with newer construction, it’s still a very historic site as well.

Get your picture with a replica of the FA Cup trophy, and walk where countless British footballing legends have walked.

Getting In: Wembley Stadium Tour tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass.

Sightseeing Bus Tours

Everyone wants to ride on a double-decker bus in England. It’s practically a rule, after all, that travelers to London must ride aboard these famous red buses.

Combine that with a route that is perfect for sightseeing – packed full of famous London landmarks, and you’ve got the perfect bus ride.

Your teen will love taking the perfect Instagram photo during the Big Bus London Hop On Hop Off Tour. #LondonExplorerPass

The flexibility to hop on and off at will is what will really hold your teen’s attention – if they find something exciting or interesting, it’s easy to pop off and stop by.

The informative yet entertaining narration of your tour guides will keep the time spent on the bus from being boring, too.

Getting In: Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus London tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass.

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Things to do in London in the Summer

If your teen loves animals, then a visit to SEA LIFE London Aquarium is a perfect thing to do.

Housed in a beautiful historic yet thoroughly modern building, this world-class aquarium features all of their favorite aquatic critters, from majestic whales to darling penguins.

In addition to fun interactive opportunities that the younger kids will enjoy (like fish feeding or the touch pool), there are also exhibits and fun things to do for teens about subjects like conservation, animal rescue, and habitat changes.

Another great option for animal fans is the London Zoo. Located in Regent’s Park, this fun little zoo has all your favorite critters, big and small. Their newest and biggest attraction is Land of the Lions, where you’ll feel as if though you’ve been transported to India.

Getting In: SEA LIFE London Aquarium tickets and London Zoo tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass.

The London Dungeon

London dungeon with London Explorer Pass

Teens who love to be scared (even just a little) will get a huge kick out of the delightful London Dungeon.

Filled with the creepy, the gruesome, and the all-around dreadful, the London Dungeon highlights London’s not-so-pretty past with a series of interactive shows that are mostly hilarious but also a bit scary.

Experience what life was like during the waves of Black Plague that swept the city in the early modern period.

Fear the shadow around every corner that might be Jack the Ripper. And meet the notorious London barber, Sweeney Todd.

Getting In: The London Dungeon tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass.

London Eye River Cruise

Another great way to explore London is via a relaxing London Eye River Cruise on the River Thames.

This 40-minute cruise showcases many of the top sites of London, from Big Ben to the House of Parliament to the London Eye itself.

Cruises are not only a great opportunity for more fun pictures, but they’re also a good chance for teens to get a feel for the city without the pressure of following you around.

Getting In: London Eye River Cruise tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral London

While you’re probably thinking…no way my kid is interested in an old church, we promise that St. Paul’s Cathedral is much more than that.

It’s a grand old cathedral with tremendous history and great significance in London’s history.

A visit here is more than just an old building; it’s a chance to see some of the most beautiful artwork in the country and to visit one of the icons of downtown London.

Plus, it was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, so fans of architecture will love to scope out this gorgeous 17th century construction.

Getting In: St. Paul’s Cathedral tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass.

Planet Hollywood

Meal at Planet Hollywood London

Enjoy some good food in a fun atmosphere at Planet Hollywood Restaurant. Each location is slightly different, too, so even if you’ve been to a Planet Hollywood before, the London version has something new and exciting to offer.

Your teens will probably appreciate the uncomplicated menu (especially if they’re picky eaters) after dealing with sorting out bangers from mash and whether chips are fries or what. And sometimes, an exhausting day of exploration just calls for a great burger to top it all off.

Getting In: a Meal at Planet Hollywood Restaurant is available on the London Explorer Pass.

TV & Movie Walking Tours

Sherlock Holmes Tour London

These walking tour options are going to be favorites if your teen is a fan of pop culture.

Especially since the British TV craze has really swept America in the last few years, we’re sure they’ll find a British show they love.

Whether they’re Whovians at heart or follow Sherlock’s escapades with bated breath, there’s a tour for them. There’s also a James Bond walking tour with those with a taste for action and adventure.

See places major scenes from the shows and films were filmed, and get a greater sense of the reality behind these fictional versions of London you’ve all come to love.

Check out our blog on a few of the best London walking tours before your visit.


While they’re probably not super interested in that postcard of Big Ben or the tiny London Eye snow globe you found, they definitely want some souvenirs of their trip. A good way to help them find souvenirs is by letting them loose to shop.

Some good places to look for clothes and accessories are High Street, Oxford Street, and Camden Market.

There are also some great secondhand shops in Notting Hill, and British brands like Doc Martens all over the place.

Stroll the Parks

Another great way to get outdoors is with a jaunt through one of London’s many famous and beautiful parks.

Hyde Park is probably the most well known, with its vast open spaces for picnicking, Frisbee, or lounging in the sun.

There are plenty of other park options as well, many of which include botanical gardens (which are themselves pretty awesome): a few of the most famous include Kensington Gardens (stop by Kensington Palace while you’re there), St. James’ Park, and The Regent’s Park.

Remember to Save on Admission

There you have it. Our list of some of the most fun things to do in London for teens during your upcoming trip.

So whether you’re dealing with massive Doctor Who fans, kids who just can’t wait to “meet” David Beckham, or teens who want nothing more than to come home with that Union Jack t-shirt, there’s an option to keep them entertained.

Remember, many of these great activities are available on the London Explorer Pass, where you can save up to 35% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Consider adding a few of these teen friendly options to your vacation itinerary. Enjoy!

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