London with toddlers
London is, without a doubt, a lovely family-oriented city. It offers plenty of amazing open spaces and parks and fantastic attractions that appeal to toddlers and smaller children. London with Toddlers can be fun. To make sure you will all enjoy a tantrum-free experience, we have compiled this guide for you!
Where to Go in London with toddlers
The South Bank
The South Bank is a great, step-free place to go in London with toddlers or babies and either visit the public fountains, and watch the boats sail across the river Thames (don’t worry, there are sturdy fences on the banks). Stop by the SEA LIFE London aquarium or Tate Modern, take a stroll and entertain yourselves with the street performers on your way, or head towards the Southbank Centre that hosts a wide array of family-targeted events, shows, and activities year round. If you get hungry, you can always stop by Giraffe or another of the many kid-friendly restaurants on the South Bank.
Zoos and Farms
Now, both the ZSL London Zoo and Battersea Park Children’s Zoo offer brilliant days out with everything you will need, from heated mother & baby feeding rooms to baby change tables in all toilets. Also, at ZSL, you will find a petting zoo with children’s play area. However, the real gems are the city farms (usually located near local parks) where children can see a broad array of farm animals and, why not, enjoy a family picnic if the weather allows it!
Parks & Playgrounds
As for kid-friendly parks and playgrounds, there are 3 in Hyde Park (near Edinburg Gate, Westbourne Gate, and Caster Gate). There are also Battersea Park, Greenwich Park, Finsbury Park, Hampstead Heath, and Clapham Common.
Christmas 2017 Family fun
If you happen to visit London around Christmas, there is so much wintry fun to be had (look for The Southbank Centre Winter Festival, Kew Gardens, Santa at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, and more).
Children’s Theatres & Discos
London is also home to some of the most amazing children’s theatres, such as The Albany, Artsdepot, Chickenshed Theatre, Half Moon, and Unicorn Theatre. That being said, there is a growing trend for Baby Disco in London so if you feel like sharing the dancefloor with your toddler or baby, London venues like Arcola Theatre (Baby Loves Disco) and Hackney Showroom will grant your wish!
Other Things to Know:
- Children under 5 years old do not need a ticket or Oyster card to travel on London public transport, unlike adults.
- Children under 3 usually enter for free to attractions like Madame Tussaud’s, London Eye, and Tower of London.
- Breastfeeding in public spaces is widely accepted and perfectly legal all over London. Most department stores have baby-change facilities and parent rooms too. You may also download an app to help you find baby changing facilities in your vicinity (i.e. NCT Babychange app).
What is above and beyond everything else, though, is that you travel safely and comfortably from your airport to your hotel room and vice versa. It might be a small drive but it can determine your energy levels for the rest of the day. We all know how important it is to maintain high energy levels when you are visiting a place with a toddler or baby. A bad airport transfer experience can exhaust you and spoil everybody’s mood.
London Transfer Minicabs will make sure your trip from the minute you step foot in London until you get back on the plane to go home is exactly what you and your family deserve. We are meaning safe, comfortable, pleasant, and with all the comforts necessary for a relaxing trip. For more details, just contact us and we will arrange for one of our experienced, friendly drivers to pick you up at just the right time and date so your London experience can begin!