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To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

Hi there!
For my niece's 18 years'old birthday, am taking her to London for 3 days (long weekend) in January. I would like to do things differently than the usual tourist attractions. If you have addresses to recommend in terms of places to eat, to go out in the evening (live music, concert, show), shops, things to see, places to visit that are a bit different, fun, unusual, please let me know. Am really hoping to make this trip different and unforgettable for her. Keep in mind in your suggestions that she will just be 18 and under my responsibility so everything involving huge amounts of alcohol, wild parties and possible groping in the dark is absolutely out if I don't want to end up scalped by her mum upon our return home! So only decent suggestions that won't have us lose the little time we have at disposal!
Thanking you all so much for your suggestions!
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

Get a copy of Time Out London when you land, that will have all the listings for the week. Loads of concerts, Art Exhibitions, Weekend Markets, basically everything thats missing in Switzerland culturally.

http://www.timeout.com/london
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

Many of the interesting things to do will also attract tourists.
Many Londoners regularly visit the Museums and other attractions.
Natural History Museum also has special events which may coincide with your visit.
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Camden Lock and market is never boring, but will undoubtedly attract foreign visitors, too.

You're not the first to ask such a question - I only typed a few characters into the search box, before the following appeared as an option:

"non touristy things to do in london"

Put that into your search engine for a multitude of results.
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

Thanks for your reply! Am familiar with time out, which I get every time I go to London but I was hoping for something different, more on the word of mouth side... still, always nice to know people care enough to make suggestions. Thanks! ��
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

i guess it kinda depends what she is interested in. someone might be interested in the greenwich observatory, others might find that boring. maybe first figure out what you want to do and then figure out where you can do that?

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everything involving huge amounts of alcohol, wild parties and possible groping in the dark
if you change your mind, i'd be happy to help with the above
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

Take the tube to Green Park and walk to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the Guard, then through St James Park to Big Ben- take the boat to the Tower of London and have lunch at St Kathryn's docks- then take the bus from the back of the Tower to Trafalgar Square and walk to Picadilly Circus and walk to Soho for a meal and then back to Leicester Square for a film.

Next day go Oxford Street for shopping, have tea at Liberty's perhaps, scones, cream and jam, and to Carnaby Street and on to Regent Street and then on to the British Museum and then spend the evening at Covent Garden.

Or 1000 more the opportunities are just endless. British Museum, Madame Tussaud's- just depends on you and the kid's likes and dislikes. You won't be bored though Take a hop on, hop off bus tour if you are lazy- I prefer using the tube and normal double deckers personally.
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

Take the underground to Archway. Walk up Highgate Hill to Highgate Cemetry - many famous people are buried there and the cemetry is old - then walk up the rest of Highgate Hill to Highgate and walk down to the foot of Hampstead Heath and the ponds. Then walk up through Hampstead Heath to Kenwood House, a beautiful place in beautiful grounds - then walk along the main road to the old Spaniards Inn for lunch and a drink. Afterwards continue along the same high road and you'll see the whole of London on your left. Walk down to Hampstead village then to Hampstead underground station or take the bus back to town. Should you so desire after your visit to Kenwood ask directions to Bishop's Avenue (it's not far) and walk it - it's Britain's richest road.
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Take the underground to Archway. Walk up Highgate Hill to Highgate Cemetry - many famous people are buried there and the cemetry is old - then walk up the rest of Highgate Hill to Highgate and walk down to the foot of Hampstead Heath and the ponds. Then walk up through Hampstead Heath to Kenwood House, a beautiful place in beautiful grounds - then walk along the main road to the old Spaniards Inn for lunch and a drink. Afterwards continue along the same high road and you'll see the whole of London on your left. Walk down to Hampstead village then to Hampstead underground station or take the bus back to town. Should you so desire after your visit to Kenwood ask directions to Bishop's Avenue (it's not far) and walk it - it's Britain's richest road.
You forgot to mention kite flying on Parliament Hill - where you get an even better view over London than from the top end.

Shame it's not the summer - when I lived there, nearly 20 yrs. ago, there used to be occasionl summer concerts outside Kenwood, and you could sit on the opposite grassy slopes, with your picnic hamper and blanket.
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

IMHO the best way to while away a Sunday in London is to play a live game of Mornington Crescent. If you're started by 6am you can usually be back home by midnight - assuming you don't play the 1936 revision. Last time I did that we ended up stuck on a Circle line reduct for 3 days until someone decided that Throckmorton by-passes were compatible with the "Swiss Cottage detour" of 1952.

No one seemed to mind though. That was epic before epic even existed
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

take her to Piccadilly after hours...even if she isn't allowed to party all the different people around her will give her a good vibe.
shopping at Harrods is also a great (albeit pricy) option.
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

Thank you all for your great suggestions! Odile, what you suggested is great but for a first time visitor but my niece and I have been there a few times already, so all these we visited/saw/went to. My niece is in an art school, she loves photography so a visit to the tate modern is planned as I always saved it for last and too many things planned never allowed for that visit to happen. Busby, your tour seems quite nice so we'll try it! Dodgyken, I have no idea what a game of Mornington crescent is... But it sounds like you can be lost in it for days... Picadilly at night is great too. A bit of partying is fine, as long as I don't end up losing my niece on the way! I'd l like to take her one evening to a place with a live band, or a bit funky and original...
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

Hi, if your niece is into photography I highly recommend a film tour (Blockbuster Film walk of London, Harry Potter, James Bond, etc), here:
https://britmovietours.com/bookings/

She'll always remember it
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

London Zoo...you're never too old to feed the animals

Although I really enjoyed watching Wicked and Lion King at the Apollo Victoria Theatre...
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Thank you all for your great suggestions! Odile, what you suggested is great but for a first time visitor but my niece and I have been there a few times already, so all these we visited/saw/went to. My niece is in an art school, she loves photography so a visit to the tate modern is planned as I always saved it for last and too many things planned never allowed for that visit to happen. Busby, your tour seems quite nice so we'll try it! Dodgyken, I have no idea what a game of Mornington crescent is... But it sounds like you can be lost in it for days... Picadilly at night is great too. A bit of partying is fine, as long as I don't end up losing my niece on the way! I'd l like to take her one evening to a place with a live band, or a bit funky and original...


OK Singaporella, put some good shoes on. Here is a quick history lesson.
When you get out at Archway you'll also see Archway Road, this is the beginning of the old Great North Road - it's a straight run all the way to Edinburgh. Highgate Hill is the hill on which Dick Whittington heard the call 'Turn again whittington Lord Mayor of London' and he turned and went back to become Mayor (with his cat). (You pass the Whittington Hospital) There's a beautiful park in front of the cemetery - Waterlow Park, you can walk through it. The most famous person buried in the cem. is Karl Marx - but there are plenty of others. Highgate Village is or was a place for artists. The Hampstead Ponds are used daily summer and winter by hardy swimmers - the Heath has a reputation of having been a hideaway of Dick Turpin. Kenwood House has lovely furniture and paintings as well as lovely gardens. The gardens, lake and bridge, were, if I'm not mistaken, designed by Capability Brown. You can read all about the Spaniards Inn when you get there - you'll love it. Hampstead village also has the claim to fame of having had as a resident, the last female who was hung, this was Ruth Ellis who lived down on the left when you are just starting to enter the village. High Gate and Arch Way were the entrances in bygone days to London when coming from the north, the whole area is steeped in history - maybe it's worth googling. It all takes a few hours. So start early!!!
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Re: To all londoners out there: what to do in London with an 18 years old?

Thank you all for all these great suggestions, busby it's really nice to get all this info, and hopefully it won't be freezing as it seems we'll be walking a lot on that day... I'll definitely google it all. The movie tour might be fun, so I'll look into that as well. Now... any suggestions to keep us busy in the evening apart from the usual musical? As she'll finally officially be allowed a drink or two, I'd like to take her out for a cocktail or a drink. Any place to suggest? What about restaurants? Are there places a bit less common than the usual chinese/indian/pub grub/sushis I tend to go for when in London... I don't know, something unusual like a restaurant that serves desserts before starters, where you eat in the dark or where you eat while watching a show/a play... anything that could be fun and different?
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