Big Days Out in London with Little Ones
Last week we embarked on a little intrepid journey to London as my husband had a meeting there. When I first visited London in my twenties I wasn’t that taken with it. Perhaps it was just too big. I prefer picturesque little villages. However London is really growing on me. And from our recent visit I came up with a little list of top things to do in London with little ones if you are on a budget. Oh the places you’ll go in this bustling city!
Firstly, getting around. Kids go free on transport into and around London. You can get an all day pass that let’s you take any bus, train or tube within the central area. We took a train in to London from Winchester, and we then hopped on a double decker bus. I’d never travelled London by double decker bus before but provided that you have time on your hands, it’s a great way of seeing the city. It did however take 45 minutes to get to our destination of Euston, whereas on the tube it would have taken 15 minutes.
We then tubed our way around for the rest of the day as it was quicker. We took our pushchair for our three year old as I still prefer pushchairs to toddler carriers for long journeys and you can always carry things in a pushchair too. However, navigating the stairs on the underground with a pushchair was hard work. But I was pleasantly surprised how helpful and kind Londoners were to pushchair wielding parents. Everywhere we went people helped us carry the buggy up and down stairs.
Firstly we visited Regents Park near Euston station and viewed the ever so friendly local squirrels.
Then we visited the Natural History Museum at Kensington. This was also a hit with the little ones, especially the enormous dinosaur skeleton in the entrance hall, and the stuffed animals. The collosal Science Museum is just next door, and so is the Victoria and Albert Museum, with it’s Childhood Sensory Pod.
Free activities that we didn’t get around to but were on our list were:
- A visit to the Diana Memorial Playground. This is supposed to be magnificent with it’s huge pirate ship.
- Feeding the ducks at St James Park and Playground.
- Walking the walkway across the top of Tower Bridge.
- A visit to Covent Garden.
- A visit to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard.
Other places you could go:
- A visit to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark.
- Taking a cable car over the Thames
Mini Masterpieces @ Dulwich Picture Gallery
- The London Eye
The Bee’s Knees Indoor Children’s Garden
- If you are feeling brave you could always visit Hamley’s Toy Store in Regents Street!
And for about 45 more ideas for Big Days Out for the little ones in London, see this great list here: http://notanothermummyblog.com/2014/05/21/50-things-london-youre-5/
Yep even in January when the weather is really rubbish, there is still so much to see and do with little ones in London. Happy Londoning!