Exciting things for teens and young adults to do in London this summer

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Travelling with an older teen to London this summer? Here's how to occupy them...

If you're travelling to London with older teens or young adults this summer, you'll know that keeping them gainfully occupied can be a full-time endeavour. Here, we reveal ways to harness all that energy with our pick of 21 fun things to do in the city. 

1. Tomb Raider Live, Camden

Inspired by the famous Tomb Raider video game franchise, this immersive experience invites you to become the hero as you solve puzzles and outsmart enemies to collect precious relics.
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2. The Crystal Maze Live Experience

Test your problem-solving skills and face mental and physical challenges during a 75 minute excape-room experience based on the popular 90s TV show. 
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3. Speedboat down the Thames

Thrill-seeking teens can see the sights of London at high speed on Thames Rockets RIP experience. Tours last 50 or 80 minutes. 
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4. Al Fresco film evening (Peckham or Stratford)

Make the most of summer in the city with an outdoor cinema screening at one of two cool venues. Check website for times and film choices.
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5. Behind the scenes tours of Lord’s Cricket Ground

Glimpse behind the scenes at the 'The Home of Cricket' at Lord's Cricket Ground and see the famous Ashes Urn. 
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6. Go Ape! Alexandra Palace

Adrenaline junkies will love the 2-3 hour Treetop Challenge at Go Ape in Alexandra Palace Park. Panoramic views of the city are just reward. 
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7. See a real-life trial at the Old Bailey 

One for aspiring lawyers or those fascinated by true-crime dramas, watching a trial in the public gallery at the iconic Old Bailey is a unique experience you'll never forget. Entry is free, but be prepared to queue.
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8. London Ghost Bus Tour

This tongue-in-cheek tour is hosted by professional actors on board a gothic-themed 1960s Routemaster bus. Daily tours last 1 hour 15 minutes.
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9. Tunnel walk at the Postal Museum

See what lies beneath the streets of London on a fascinating guided walking tour through 100-year-old Mail Rail tunnels, 70ft down, at the Postal Museum. 
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10. Experience fun installation art at Lightroom

Indulge your creative side at a fun exhibition from veteran artist David Hockney. The immersive installations feature works created by Hockney using an iPad 
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11. Theatre shows for less at National Theatre (12-25yo)

Teens and young adults can see theatre shows at specially reduced prices at the Olivier, Lyttleton, and Dorfman theatres. Discounts on some courses are also included.
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12. Climb the rigging at Cutty Sark

Step back in time on a Cutty Sark Rig Climb experience in historic Greenwich.
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13. Up at the O2, Climb the O2 venue Docklands

See this famous attraction from a different perspective on a climb over the iconic domed roof.  
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14. White water rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Not for the faint of heart, the Olympic-standard white water course at Lee Valley is just the ticket for adventurous teens. Canoeing, kayaking, hydrospeeding and paddle boarding are also available. 
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15. Musical jam session at We Jam Camden

This immersive Rockstar Experience is perfect for older teens who enjoy playing and/or listening to music. Sessions can even be recorded.
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16. Experience Archery, north London

Complete beginners as well as those who want to hone their stills are welcome at Experience Archery. Engage in some casual target practice or take a course. 
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17. Learn to play Polo, Ham nr Richmond

Add an impressive new skill to your bow with Polo lessons at Ham Polo Club. Individual lessons or courses can be arranged and the horse and equipment is provided in the cost.
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18. Watch a polo match at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park

If watching rather than playing is more your thing, a Polo match at the illustrious Guards Polo Club is a great day out. Check website for match schedule.
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19. Indoor crazy golf - West End

Modelled on a quintessential 1920s British seaside town, Swingers West End a great way for a group of friends to while away a few hours.
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20. Virtual clay target shooting experience - Moorgate

Work on your target practice and compete with friends at this interactive clay target experience on huge screens in the heart of the City of London. 
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21. Flippers roller skate disco, Shepherd's Bush

If you hadn't noticed, roller skating is having a moment and the return of the 80s roller disco is a joy to behold! Skate round to the music, or cling for dear life to the sides - either way, enormous fun will be had trying.
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