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Time Out Takeover: eight places for London’s under 18s

Posted at 3:00 pm, September 24, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment


takeover2Sixteen year-old Time Out reader Ellen Mann told us about her struggle to find cheap (or even better, free) ways for young Londoners to entertain themselves. Here are her recommendations.

It’s tough being one of London’s ‘under 18s’. Pubs don’t serve you, the public don’t like you, and your parents don’t want you around either – to them, your mates are the ‘Skins’ kids. Nevertheless, with those discounted travel fares (praise you, TfL), you can overcome your more ‘Inbetweeners’-like reality. Start by trying these:

Rough Trade East
A famed haunt of the young and hip of east London, Rough Trade East is an expansive record store that doubles as a venue for cheap gigs with diverse, in-demand live musicians, as well as the odd workshop or film screening.

London Trocadero
This place has everything – a Gamerbase, a 5D attraction, and even a hip hop dance area for those of you willing to bust a move. A must-visit is the exhilarating (albeit exhausting) Star Command laser tag.

A walk along the south bank 
A fairly under-rated free source of entertainment, the south bank offers fantastic views of the city and is home to a wide selection of rides, market stalls and (sometimes) entertaining street performers.

Thrift Floor at Rokit Camden
The ‘thrift shop‘ trend is not only painfully in vogue, but rather good for your wallet. A paragon of this affordable-chic ideal, everything at Rokit’s Thrift Floor (upstairs in their Camden store) is £7 or less. Better get rummaging.

Have lunch, try some bubble tea or stock up on Asian treats from the oriental supermarkets.

All Star Lanes
Not-too-pricey bowling offers and the occasional karaoke booth (he who dares, sings) equals great group fun – need we say more?

Rock climbing
Discover a hidden talent, attempt to look sporty, or, god forbid, actually exercise by scoping out one of London’s numerous rock climbing venues.

Chin Chin Labs
The strange flavours and mad scientist-style set-up of this ice-cream parlour aren’t the only things that make it out of the ordinary; it has friendly staff and, most importantly, serves bloody good ice-cream.

If that’s not enough, just grab Time Out and a tube map and go exploring – the capital is yours to conquer. Ellen Mann

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