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London for teenagers

My 17-year-old sister is coming to visit me with a friend. We're ten years apart so I'm not really sure what to do with her--any ideas for what to do with teens in London? She's a very, very free spirit and very artsy so nothing too mainstream. Thanks!

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top answer by
Charlotte from Malta

East London has some really cool places to visit The Breakfast Clubis a must for brunch, there are two tiny galleries close to that which show really nice graphic art KK Outletand Kemistry Gallery.

Old Spitalfields Marketis definitely worth a visit and a stroll around Brick Lanejust to soak up the atmosphere, there's so much to see. Brick Lane has lots of good food stalls at weekends and if you're in East on a Sunday Columbia Road Flower Marketis a must! So busy (go early) but so much to see. Redchurch Street by Brick Lane has some great little galleries too.

Angel is also a really nice area, Camden Passagehas some lovely little shops, visit Smug and the little antique shops and stalls are great. 

Portobello Road Market is on on Saturday's and has a great atmosphere and such varied stalls. The buildings around there are all beautiful, lots of bright & pastel coloured houses. 

Carnaby St is a cool area for shopping, and there are some good restaurants near there Bodean's BBQand Flat Iron.

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  1. The Breakfast Club (restaurant)
  2. KK Outlet (attraction)
  3. Kemistry Gallery (attraction)
  4. Old Spitalfields Market (attraction)
  5. Columbia Road Flower Market (attraction)
  6. Camden Passage (attraction)
  7. Smug (attraction)
  8. Portobello Road Market (attraction)
  9. Bodean's BBQ (restaurant)
  10. Flat Iron (attraction)
  11. Brick Lane (attraction)
  12. Carnaby St (attraction)
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answered by
Linda from Nashville

We took our two grandsons to London 2 years ago and they liked Museum of London.. it was a good introduction to the early history and culture .. they loved it.. the Churchill War Rooms were another favorite. the London Eye was great too.

They seemed to love Pret A Manger which seems to be everywhere in the city.. there are many locations just google it.. loved the sandwiches and desserts but there is a great variety of reasonably prices items.

Another favorite for them was Jamie Oliver's Diner.yummo.. 

Wagamama is a great place for Asian food which is reasonable priced too.. I think there are at least 3 locations .. The City.. Kensington High Street and around Piccadilly..

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  1. Museum of London (attraction)
  2. Churchill War Rooms (attraction)
  3. London Eye (attraction)
  4. Pret A Manger (attraction)
  5. Jamie Oliver's Diner (restaurant)
  6. Wagamama (restaurant)
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answered first by
Courtney from Los Angeles

The only other place I can think of that would be more fun for a free-spirited teenager than New York is London. The list of quirky, off-beat, and just plain bizarre-o places just goes on forever. See if you think she'll like any of these. 
  • Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garrett – this is literally an old operating theater that was discovered during renovations in the nearby church. It’s an amazing discovery and one of the city’s lesser known attractions. You kind of have to see it to believe it. There’s also an herb apothecary attached to it as well.
  • Fashion and Textile Museum – it’s a pretty small museum that still sort of seems to be developing, but the exhibits are really well done here.
  • Design Museum– this incredibly fun museum always has something interesting going on (and the building itself is lovely, too). It’s right on the water so you also get a great view of the Thames from here. There are some great restaurants that look right out over the Thames.
  • Camden Lock Market– this permanent flea market has a little of everything—from buy/sell stuff to antique prints, clothes, etc. The merchandise doesn’t change that often so once you’ve been you’ve kind of been, but it’s worth seeing at least once. The architecture in some areas is really extraordinary.
  • Portobello Road Market– whether it’s flea market day or not, this is always a fun street. It’s become a tad commercial (especially the further north you get), but it’s still a blast.
  • Electric Cinema– really cool movie theater where you can actually have tea.
  • Brick Lane– this whole area has a sort of Bohemian feel to it with lots of shops that belong to independent designers. It’s also a fantastic area for India food.
  • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising– one of the most impressive and least well known museums in the city, this is a museum dedicated to advertising and packaging ephemera.  In what other museum are you going to see boxes of cereal on display?
  • The Doctor Who Experience—haven’t been myself, but if she’s into that I’ve heard it’s great.
  • Lucy in disguise – one of the premier vintage shops in the city. Not cheap, but a lot of fun.
  • Dog & Wardrobe – if you’re looking for something really unusual in the way of interior design, definitely check this place out. Lots of industrial-type furniture and great old vintage knick-knacks.
  • The Last Tuesday Society– I couldn’t explain this place if I tried. Basically, it’s a giant cabinet of curiosities (like if Edward Gorey had a store, this would be it). A little creepy, but always interesting. They actually also sponsor parties which I’ve never been to, but I hear they’re a bit racy.
  • Hoxton Street Monster Supplies– like Last Tuesday, you kind of have to see this to get it, but they basically sell fairly common items under the guise of marketing them as “Monster Supplies.” For instance a wrench here is referred to as a “Neck Bolt Tightener.”

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garrett (attraction)
  2. Design Museum (attraction)
  3. Camden Lock Market (attraction)
  4. Electric Cinema (attraction)
  5. Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising (neighborhood)
  6. The Doctor Who Experience (attraction)
  7. Fashion and Textile Museum (attraction)
  8. Lucy in disguise (attraction)
  9. The Last Tuesday Society (attraction)
  10. Hoxton Street Monster Supplies (attraction)
  11. Dog & Wardrobe (attraction)
  12. Portabella Road Market (attraction)
  13. Brick Lane (attraction)
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answered by
Veronica from San Francisco

Take them to Forbidden Planet. This place is amazing... comics, action figures, movies, t-shirts, etc.

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