Half term London activities for teens
If you’re stuck for ideas when looking for half term London activities for Teens, look no further than our handy guide. We can tell you what’s on and where’s cool to tempt them away from their smartphones – even if it is only for a few minutes
House of Vans is an indoor skate park located beneath Waterloo station. Perfect for cool teens with a love of skating, sessions are organised on its ramps for skates, boards and BMX’s and there are regular live music, film and other events that are held on a regular basis, many of them free.
Adrenaline junkies will enjoy taking a ride down the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This 76-metre-high(250 foot) and 178-metre-long (584 foot) tunnel consists of 12 twists and turns, including a tight corkscrew with riders reaching speeds of 15 miles per hour in a thrilling 50 metre (164 foot) straight run to the ground.
If your teens have a hankering for an aerial view of London and you are looking for an opportunity for them to burn off some excess energy, they can take part in Up at the O2 as long as they are 1.2metres tall or more. (9-18 year olds will need accompanying by adults). This consist of a guided group climb over the top of the O2’s canopy and if the weather is good and skies clear, your teen will be rewarded with fabulous views and plenty of selfie opportunities.
When the weather is looking unpromising, head to one of the capital’s Escape Rooms. These family activities can last up to 1.5 hours and allow you to work together to escape from a locked room by solving a number of devious puzzles. Some of the best Escape Rooms are here and most are suitable for kids 10 years plus.
If your children are looking to be more eco-conscious with their shopping or just tired of Top Shop and wanting something rather more unique, check out one of London’s cool vintage clothing markets to pick up distressed jeans, leather jackets and more. Spitalifields, Petticoat Lane, Camden, and Portobello Road are all filled with rick pickings for discerning teens. Details of locations and opening times can be found here.
If all else fails, embrace the tech and take your teens on an Instagram tour of God’s Own Junkyard in Walthamstow. Let them loose to snap away curating their insta feeds in this colourful yard filled with reclaimed neon signs and artworks from funfairs, film sets circuses and more. No filters required!
Finally, if you prefer others to organise your days out for you, we have negotiated special rates with Golden Tours, who specialise in providing guided tours of London Sightseeing spots and hop on and off buses as well as trips to sites that are further afield. Day trips can be booked to places such as Stonehenge, Bath, Bicester Village and Harry Potter World amongst many others. Book here for your unique Golden Tours discount link.