I have lived in London now for 13.5 years. However after having my little girl Clara almost 2 years ago now, my perspective on the beautiful city has certainly changed! While it used to be concerts at the O2 and the Royal Albert Hall, late night dinners in town and cocktails at Claridges afterwards, I can now recite from memory the top ten playgrounds in West London. If you’re looking for things to do in London with a toddler, I can certainly help.
So what did we do last Friday (my mummy and Clara day)? Well, on request, we went on a CHOO CHOO. When you’re 1.5, you’re fairly relaxed about what classifies as a choo choo. Tube? Overground? DLR? Steam train? All counts. We waved to each train as it came through the station. We watched for the lights coming into the tunnel. We said hello and bye bye to all our fellow passengers. We took the lift (and pushed the buttons).
We literally got on the tube, went 4 stops, got off, waited for the return train and went home. And she LOVED it.
Things to do in London with a toddler – a few small tips
- The DLR, if you’re local to it, is awesome. The babes can sit right at the front and get an awesome view, and pretend they’re the driver.
- Avoid rush hour. Even the broodiest person does not appreciate toddlers on their morning (or evening) commute, and you don’t want to be squished into a corner with your little one.
- If you’re bringing a buggy, choose a tube station with a lift, or where you know it’s going to be busy and someone will offer to help (thankfully someone always offers to help).
- If you’re going for a there and back trip, choose a destination platform where you can get on the return train in the opposite direction from the same platform. We chose Southfields station. Also it’s outside and quite pretty!
- Bring snacks. ALWAYS bring snacks. But you probably already know this.
(she’s rocking her Philippa Gold Faux Leather Bow here by the way, along with the most gorgeous 2 piece set and cardigan, both from Baby Boden)
Oh yes, we also tried on some hats. A girl can never have too many hats.
I promise the next post about things to do in london with a toddler might actually include some real destinations.
But sometimes, with children, it’s the most mundane things that are truly magical.
Have a happy Monday and a lovely, sunshine filled week ahead.