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There are so many things to do with toddlers in London, and it’s one of the best cities in the world to take kids away on a holiday or short break. It’s the same as for adults – whatever your child’s interests, there’s something for them here.

 

Contents

Introduction

Tradition

Pageantry

History and heritage – something like Changing of the Guard either at Horseguards or Buckingham Palace – uniforms very striking

Tower of London – ceremonial, Beefeaters, White Tower, difficult to access, have to leave strollers outside, downstairs

View

London Eye – take them up in strollers fine – our little man perhaps a little young for this, but he’s done it

London icons

Red telephone boxes, buses, black cabs, guardsmen

Getting around London

Red London buses – fine for ground floor travel, normally space for two buggies, can get crowded but if you’re strategic and get on at start of route like the 38 from Victoria – prime seats with great views out of window, Oyster card the only fee for a great slow sightseeing tour of London

Tube

Parks

Hyde Park – Diana Memorial Fountain / Playground a favourite with families

Green Park

And St James’s Park – flowers, lakes, paths, ice cream, pelicans

Museums

V&A, Natural History, etc; Science fantastic for hands-on stuff, learning motor skills, that sort of thing

Animals

Battersea Park Zoo

Hackney City Farm or Vauxhall City Farm

 

 

 

Tower of London

 

11th century fortified towers were not built with strollers and prams in mind – so you have to leave it at the bottom of the Tower and climb the stairs to wait your turn to enter the exhibition, then retrieve it afterwards. So not ideal.

 

Tube

 

Varies station by station

http://content.tfl.gov.uk/avoiding-stairs-tube-guide.pdf

Various symbols on map – simplest is the green circle inside a blue one, which means that there is lift access from street level

Others with escalators, etc – some toddlers ok on them , fold-up buggies, etc

Crossrail to follow