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hifi Wed 05-Aug-09 17:25:02

we have a visitor and although i live in london have no idea where would be suitable for the above. her only wish is to visit topshop. shes here for 6 days.

seeker Wed 05-Aug-09 17:28:35

On Sunday go to Shoreditch Market then the Sunday Up Market then lunch in Brick Lane. My 13 year old dd's idea of a brilliant day out!

Or Covent Garden.

Or the Imax Cinema on the Soutbank if money is no object!

hifi Wed 05-Aug-09 17:40:59

fab idea on shoreditch thanks.

OurLadyOfPerpetualSupper Wed 05-Aug-09 17:50:06

I took DD (11) to Camden Lock recently - she's not the keenest shopper, but I remember thinking it'd be great for a girl a couple of years older.
We also saw Wicked, but I appreciate you won't necessarily be splashing out on a show.
Tate Modern might be nice, and a stroll along the South Bank.

hifi Wed 05-Aug-09 18:01:43

already thought of the tate, camden is just down the road. the days are filling fast!

seeker Wed 05-Aug-09 23:12:55

sorry sorry sorry - ridiculous typo!
I meant Spitalfields Market!!!!

KembleTwins Wed 05-Aug-09 23:15:20

When is she with you? It's London Theatre Kids Week from 14th-28th August, and you can get a free ticket for children up to 16 with every paying adult for a variety of west end shows.

babyOcho Wed 05-Aug-09 23:16:34

my nephew at that age loved going to covent garden and camden.

Yurtgirl Wed 05-Aug-09 23:16:38

Go to the Victoria and Albert museum and seek out the fashion collection
Also the exhibition about theatre and film - costumes from major theatrical productions etc

If she is arty take a sketch book - the fashion exhibition has tables and chairs for sitting down at to sketch

Yurtgirl Wed 05-Aug-09 23:21:55

Also go to the National Gallery or Portrait Gallery

Seek out a book or look at pictures online before you go - when you get there finding the ones you recognise is like ticking them off a shoppinglist!

I took my 7yo ds last year to both - and he LOVED both! He is a culture vulture
Even better with a 13yo IMHO

KembleTwins Wed 05-Aug-09 23:23:50

Get a Ghost Walks book and do one of them - I used to have Ghost Walks and Literary Walks, and did a lot of them when I was first living in London and penniless. Oh, and Science Museum is good - 13 yr old girl may turn her nose up at the idea, but I'd defy anyone to hate it.

hifi Thu 06-Aug-09 09:41:27

thanks everyone, going to pick her up at 1pm so will run them by her after.

MIFLAW Thu 06-Aug-09 09:46:48

Rock Circus at Trocadero? Like Madame Tussauds but (I think) free and with stars your average teen has actually heard of.

Brick Lane is great - 24 hour bagel shops really make you feel you're in London! (Ditto Bar Italia in Soho, if you can afford £6 for a latte ...) Also near Brick Lane is Sunday morning flower market in Columbia Road, which is a lot more fun than it sounds and attracts a few other market stalls too - then the tapas place just down the street for lunch.

Covent Garden great for a couple of hours - see the chainsaw jugglers!

lowrib Thu 06-Aug-09 09:52:08

Another vote for Camden - I loved it aged 13.

mumeeee Sun 09-Aug-09 18:44:50

Hares another vote for Camden all my DD's have been and they love it. Also what about London Zoo it's expensive but very good.

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