Teens are notoriously hard to please when it comes to days out, but there’s plenty going on across the capital to get them excited.
Bestselling young adult author Holly Bourne shares her top 12 places to take teenagers in London.
Loved by generations of teens, Camden Market is home to hundreds of stalls, boutiques, cafés, bars and canal boats. A great place to pick up bargains and tuck into a huge selection of restaurants and street food.
56 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF. Open every day from 10am-6pm
Topshop Oxford Street
Topshop Oxford Street now boasts a nail bar, hair salon, multiple coffee shops, cupcakes and even bubble tea. There’s often a DJ on weekends too. It’s almost a full day out in itself.
214 Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, W1W 8LG. Open 9.30am-9pm Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm on Saturday, and 11.30am-6pm on Sunday
Shoreditch Street Art Trail
A totally different way to discover east London, this art trail guides you around Shoreditch using clues you’ll find in graffiti from artists including Banksy, Invader, Scavage and Stik.
Start at Jaguar Shoes, 32-34 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8DA. Tuesday-Sunday midday-3.30pm, £25 per team.
Young Creatives at the Roundhouse
The Roundhouse’s Young Creatives drop-in sessions are designed to give young people aged 11-25 a taste of what it’s like to work in the creative industries. Disciplines offered include radio, DJing, TV, music production and much more.
Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH. Most sessions last around two hours and cost £2 — visit the website for the full schedule
One for the thrill-seekers, Escape Rooms requires players to work together to solve hidden puzzles to break out of a locked themed room, before the one-hour timer runs out.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Prices range from £15-£21, depending on your group; slots are available from 10.30am until 10.15pm
The Young Vic
The Young Vic is a world famous theatre company, recognised for the way it helps young directors, writers and actors to develop and practice their art. Its programme tends to feature work dealing with issues relevant to teens, from sex and gender to race, ethics and FGM.
66 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8LZ, find out what’s on here.
The London Dungeon is likely to be popular with fans of scary movies and horrible histories. Teens can scream their way through the darkened corridors, and learn a bit about London along the way.
Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB. Prices begin at £16.80 for children and £21 for adults
The legendary Rough Trade record label has a full programme of in-store performances, events and signings at both Rough Trade East and Rough Trade West, giving music fans a chance to meet some of the most exciting up-and-coming bands.
Check out the schedule of events here
All Star Bowling
The retro-themed All Star Bowling lanes are so popular, they now have four venues across London: in Brick Lane, Bayswater, Holborn and Westfield Stratford City. Each venue also has a restaurant offering American diner classics like buttermilk fried chicken and chilli cheese dogs.
Under 18s are allowed on the lanes until 6pm and an adult must be present with all bookings under the age of 18. Prices are £8.95 per person per game during peak periods, and £6.95 off peak
Dance class at FRAME
Super cool dance school FRAME has become known for its special themed workshops, teaching you how to move like Beyonce or Bieber. As well as the one-off workshops, there are weekly Rave, Music Video and Ballet Barre drop-in classes.
FRAME has studios in King’s Cross, Queen’s Park and Shoreditch. Book online
There’s no better place than London to try out the latest exercise trends, so for sporty teens, head to Oxygen Freejumping for a lesson in trampolining, an 'ultimate dodgeball game' or a fitness class with a twist.
15 Vision Industrial Park, Kendal Avenue, W3 0AF. Open 9am to 10pm Monday-Saturday and 9am-9pm on Sundays
Billed as the ‘free destination for the incurably curious’, the Wellcome Collection offers visitors the chance to explore its founder’s collection of objects from medical history as well as a number of temporary exhibitions.
183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE. Not open Mondays
Holly Bourne is the best-selling author of Soulmates, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting and Am I Normal Yet? Her novel How Hard Can Love Be? (published by Usborne) is out now.