London can be whatever you want it to be. Almost anything can be found in this city of 15 million people, from world-class sporting attractions to fascinating museums, parkland walks, and hedonistic nightlife. Whether you're traveling solo or you need ideas for a family of five, filling time is never a problem. So let's explore some suggestions about cool things to do in London to make your trip as exciting and action-packed as possible.
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London with Teenagers
London's Science Museum is the ideal attraction for teens with a taste for experimentation and technology. Located in the South Kensington museum district, youngsters can come face to face with interstellar probes, watch magical movies taken from space in the IMAX cinema, or experience intense G-forces in the Red Arrows simulator. Everything is geared up to allow visitors to interact and learn while having plenty of fun at the same time. And "Lates" make its exhibitions available in the evening as well - the perfect way to round off a day of London sightseeing.
Get close to the stars of the pitch at London's soccer venues
Not all teens are science geeks though, and that's just fine. There are plenty of cool things to do in London for sports fans as well. The city's EPL teams are probably the biggest attraction. You can book tours of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, the Olympic Stadium (home to West Ham), or Wembley (home to the England national side). Tickets for matches are sometimes tricky to get hold of for a reasonable price, but most fixtures don't sell out, and spaces are available. However, if you want a more authentic soccer experience for a lower price, visit less famous teams like Brentford, Barnet, Fulham, Watford, or Charlton. A good tip is to look for matches in competitions like the Carabao Cup, which hardly ever sell out, and still feature big teams. But just visiting the stadiums is a thrill for real fans.
Take a ride on the Emirates Air Line to the O2
While teenagers may not be excited by buses, taxis, or the Tube, there's a pretty good chance they will enjoy the Emirates Air Line. Built to coincide with the 2012 Olympic Games, this cablecar stretches from Greenwich to the Royal Victoria Dock, offering incredible views during its 10-minute journey. When you get to Greenwich, the O2 Centre is unmissable for those with teens, hosting events on DC Superheroes and world-famous music acts. And for those with a head for heights, there's a 90-minute climb across the domed venue called "Up at the O2." This should feed any teen's taste for an adrenaline rush.