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.
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
London Eye – take them up in strollers fine – our little man perhaps a little young for this, but he’s done it
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
Hyde Park – Diana Memorial Fountain / Playground a favourite with families
And St James’s Park – flowers, lakes, paths, ice cream, pelicans
V&A, Natural History, etc; Science fantastic for hands-on stuff, learning motor skills, that sort of thing
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.
Varies station by station
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
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