Hi everyone, hopefully someone can give me an advice. My daughter will be in London with my parents during 2 weeks. Dad has a conference and she will accompany him. So lots of sightseing and walking around. They will stay in the central part of London near Imperial College. On 9th of September she will be 14 years old, so they will celebrate the birthday there. I am trying to find a fun or unusual place that she will like very much, be impressed and will never forget. There are many cafes and restaurants, but i am searching a place with an atmosphere or idea, not just an eating place. Maybe a place with a live music, or fun performance or anything like a medieval styled place where everything is like in a fairy tale or a place with a stunning view around... Cant find anything that can catch my eye. I found a boat cruise along the Themes, looks imressive, but 4 course meals including wine with 50 pounds price per person for something that she will not eat or drink is not particularly what i need.
Maybe any of you took his/her children to some place that teenagers liked? My daughter is a young lady with lots of interests, not just a crazy teenager and i want to spoil her a bit:-)
Many thanks in advance
London has so many interesting places and things to do to celebrate a 14th birthday; it is difficult to suggest one place.
My personal suggestion would be to wait for the day and walk through Soho with a really great range of restaurants from all over the world, select the one you like best and make the booking for the time you want to eat.
Chinese, Thai, Greek, Italian etc you can check that out on this web site
or this one as an example of one street's restaurants
a wider range can be seen here
Soho is right in the West End just above Leicester Square area if you are not too familiar with the layout of the city.
you could consider some of the places on these web siteshttp://www.partybookings.com/?gclid=CODzlv_VjocCFTlNQgodP206xg
Please check out the web sites to see if that will help and if you think I can help more please get back to me, we live in Hampshire about 120 kilometres from London.
Many thanks Bob for your reply,
i checked the sites you gave and while surfing i found some adds about medieval party at Ivory House. Do you think they can walk in there and buy tickets at the entrance? have you ever been to such places? Should you be dressed also for the party in some way or is it just normal restaurant with a program? Do you know?
I was also thinking about Tea Palace or Natonal Dining Rooms (in National Gallery) for Afternoon traditional tea to get some special experience or to go to Rainforest Cafe with sounds and special effects of rainforests. Did you ever take your kids or grandchildren there? Is it more childish or a lot of fun?
What park or maybe cafe in a castle can be suitable for getaway celebration? Or the weather can spoil the day easily?
Wow, are they staying actually in the Imperial College? I did that a few times and it's fantastic- cheap, spotless and really nice staff. Plus there's the student bar which is subsidised so really cheap. It's great for transport because it's central and the rooms are great. Not like luxurious or anything, but clean and comfortable. Loads of young people and some old people too hehe. I recommend it during the summer and easter holidays which is when it's open because the students use it the rest of the year.
Yes, they will be staying at Imperial College, conference organisers reccommended it also. What student cafe did you like yourself while were there? I am helping my daughter to make a list of places to see and want her to get to know not only museums but feel the students and teenagers life of those who live in London.
Well, nearby are loads of cafes, bars and restaurants. Because Kensington/Chelsea is a rich area, most of the stuff isn't very studenty or what most normal Londoners are used to. Clapham is nice to go to too. Central London is full of stuff to do as well. All down Gloucester Road there are cafes and restaurant-Italian, Armenian, Indian...Starbucks. It's within walking distance of Beit Hall, Imperial College and there's a nice pub called the Queen's Arms in Queens Gate Mews which is where loads of people like musicians, audience etc from the Proms at the Albert Hall go during the summer, before and after the performances and it's got a nice atmosphere when everyone's out in the street and it's warm. It's not really a typical english pub, it's way more upmarket and nice because it's in that area, and it's got loads of 'good, real ale' kind of stuff, not that it would interest teenagers...High Street Kensington is like a couple of stops on the tube or within walking distance and has all the main shops like H&M, Gap, The Body Shop, Waterstones, Accessorize, Boots etc and cafes and pubs. At the further end from Hyde Park there's a really nice Lebanese restaurant which I can't remember the name of, sorry. There's also Sloane Square not far by bus or tube for more upmarket, expensive shopping- Jo Malone is really nice for products but also expensive. Harrods and Harvey Nichols are nice to walk around but are more of a tourist attraction than they should be- it's annoying having to wade through groups of Japanese tourists all staring at the food and stuff but the staff are always really nice and helpful in both shops.