London is one of those cities that you can visit 100 times and have a new experience each and every time. If traveling to London with your teenagers is in your plans, it doesn’t have to be a battle of wills. You can see the sights, expose your kids to culture and have fun without rolling eyes or “whatever” shrugs. Really. It can happen. It can be fun for all of you!
• Don’t cruise the Thames! Jet it. Visit ThamesJet and pick the trip of your choice. You’ll board a military grade RIB (ribbed inflatable boat) and see the Thames while experiencing the equivalent of a roller coaster ride. Top speeds. Excellent sites and guides. Multiple options. See the sites without the classical music!
• Appreciate the street art. Head to the east side of London and explore the street art – on your own or with a guided tour.
• Test your nerves. London is old, old, old. And, we all know that the older cities are the more hauntings there are. You’ll have to judge what is acceptable for your child – some of this stuff is truly scary. If you have a teen, the London Dungeons are a an interesting experience – rides, scary tours/stories and live action shows. From there you can move to the Tower of London – see the crown jewels, learn about the ravens and more. If you are craving more of the scary, check out one of the Jack the Ripper tours (again, use discretion – you know your child best).
• Explore the upper crust. You do not need to plan ahead to tour Eton College, one of the most exclusive schools in the world, or Windsor Castle, aka the Queen’s house. Once you’ve finished those, you are close to the Tate Modern museum as well as Shakespeare’s Globe Theater.
• Who doesn’t like to have fun with food? Take your kids to the waiter-less restaurant Inamo. Experience Pan-Asian cuisine that will work for even the pickiest eater. Instead of a waiter, pictures of food are projected onto your table. As you wait for your food, you’ll be able to watch a screen showing the chefs preparing your meal.
• See London on a bike. The city has bikes for hire all over and you can create your own tour. If you want a little direction, try a guided bike tour – geared to young people. You’ll see all kind of quirky sites you’d miss on your own.
See London through new eyes with your child.