Expand your mind with a trip to one of these London museums and attractions, as tried and tested by 13-year-old Dempsey, who recently spent a week in the capital.
Wembley Stadium Tour
The 75-minute Wembley Stadium Tour is a great experience for any teenager who, like me, enjoys sport. I’m a big fan of football so was really excited to get into the players’ dressing room, the players’ tunnel, the royal box, the press room, and have my photo taken holding the FA Cup. I also saw the 1966 World Cup Final crossbar. After the tour, I’d recommend popping next door to the London Designer Outlet for a spot of shopping. Also, use the Metropolitan Tube line because it’s the quickest way to get back to Central London.
Tower Bridge Exhibition
We all know what the world’s most famous bridge looks like from the outside, so it’s interesting to actually go inside too. The price of the ticket includes some great views looking back at The View From The Shard, the Tower of London and The Gherkin, and they have installed a new glass floor in the walkway which is 42m above the Thames. I learned loads, such as the fact that it cost £1.2m to construct and eight years to build, and 10 men perished during the construction.
Alternative Street Art Tour and Workshop
We went on a street art tour around East London and our funny tour guide, Josh, kept us all interested. My favourite piece of artwork on the tour involved two Star Wars characters, but I’ll let you find out more about it on your own tour. We learned about East London’s diverse history and walked past the only building in the world that has been a mosque, a Protestant church, a Catholic church and a synagogue. After the tour, Josh took us to the Alternative Street Art Tour HQ, an old double decker bus, where he taught us the technique of stencil artwork using spray paint. These workshops are a fun addition to the tour and you get to take your creation home with you.
BBC Broadcasting House Shows and Tours
The tour around the BBC took us through the oldest parts of the BBC buildings and we saw where the weather and news is gathered and broadcast. We also went inside The One Show studio and the radio theatre where musicians such as Take That, Justin Timberlake and Michael Bublé have all performed. The tour is also interactive so we got to present the weather and record our own radio drama with sound effects. It’s worth mentioning that all children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Inamo St James
I’ve included dinner at Inamo St James restaurant because it is a meal experience that required me to use my brain. Bright projectors over each table display menu options onto the surface which you control with a finger pad. You choose drinks and food via the interactive menu and the orders go straight to the chefs without anyone needing to call a waiter. You can also play games like Battleships and Ping; change the pattern on your tablecloth (we went for a classic Union Jack flag); check transport options such as taxis, Tubes, and buses; and watch the chef live from the kitchen as he prepares your meal.
My Tropical Storm mocktail had an exotic taste and provided me with at least two of my five-a-day. There’s a good range of small sharing plates and there are lots of healthy ingredients so parents will be happy about that. The shrimp and veggie dim sum served with Thai mango and chilli relish was delicious and warmed my tongue. I also liked the tuna maki, the rich black cod and the scrumptious tempura vegetables.
Dempsey was a guest of Wembley Stadium Tour, Tower Bridge Exhibition, Alternative Street Art Tour, Inamo St James and BBC Tours.