City breaks with babies are a great choice of holiday! For one thing supplies are readily available and everything seems to be at your finger tips but they also pose a unique set of challenges which become more evident as you move into the toddler years! London is a brilliant city which is full of great things to do for adults and kids whatever the weather. Having lived in London for many years, including with a toddler I want to make sure other parents have a great experience in my home city! Here we round up the best advice on how to travel to London with a baby or toddler and best things to do to make sure you have a brilliant trip!
Getting around London with a baby or toddler
Walking around London with a baby or toddler
London is a great walkable city and my favorite way to get about the city is by foot! As far as city’s go I think London is stroller friendly, as most pavements are flat and have space for a stroller! However not all of the attractions and public transport options are stroller friendly!
Using the London Underground with a baby
The Underground is one of the busiest underground systems in the world and dates back over 150 years! As such not all of the stations and lines are accessible and can be difficult to navigate with a stroller! We recommend picking up a London Underground map and looking for the disability symbol at the station as this shows which stations are accessible with strollers. Also be sure to check the TFL website before traveling to look for any train closures or delays!
Handy tips for using the Underground with a baby or toddler:
- Children under 11 travel free!
- Be sure to use a carrier or lightweight foldable stroller for when the tubes are busy and in case you need to use stairs!
- For adults you can pick up an Oyster card or use contactactless payment with your bank debit card!
Do you need a car seat in a UK taxi?
UK law states that when travelling in taxis children under three may travel without a car seat! However I never travel without a car seat so we never take a taxi with our little one. If you know that you can store a car seat at your destination or perhaps have a convertible car seat stroller then this may be something you decide to do!
You could try booking a car in advance however with a company that provides car seats but this will obviously mean you have to keep to a tighter schedule!
Uber is currently still available in London but doesn’t’ provide car seats!
London Buses with a Baby
Depending on the age of the bus will depend how accessible they are with a stroller! Modern buses have stroller parking but if busy you will have to fold it!
Ferries can be used with your Oyster card and are a great way to see many of the London sights in relative comfort!
London Hop On Hop Off Buses
We have always loved a Hop On Hop Off bus. They are a great way to see the main sights of a city but can be difficult to use especially in the summer! Be sure to have a compact stroller or a carrier if you are planning on using.
Looking for things to make baby travel easier? Then check out this post!
Best things to do in London with a baby or toddler
There are so many great things to do in London with kids but there are also loads of baby and toddler specific things to do too! Our favourites are:
A huge aquarium with a multi layered shark tank!
Something that slightly older children will find boring, but with a baby this seems like a great nap time activity! Definitely something you will want to tick off the London bucket list!
Discover Children’s Story Centre
A great interactive centre for small children!
Great for a budget friendly trip as most are free!
For more kids friendly London ideas check out this post!
Best London parks with a baby or toddler
Princess Diana Memorial Playground
Worth visiting for the Diana Memorial Play Area!
A lovely park in good proximity to the museums to let children blow off steam
St James Park
A beautiful park with interesting wildlife and good play area for toddlers! Also well located to Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard which is totally doable with a toddler in tow!
A great park but with the added bonus as being home to the London Zoo!
Baby and Toddler Activities in London
Playbase at National Army Museum – includes baby activities.
A Sot Play area for under 8s with a dedicated infants section!
Children aged 1-8 years old: £4.75
Children under 1 year old: FREE*
£1.00 booking fee applies per online transaction
Children aged 1-8 years old: £5.75
Children under 1 year old: FREE*
A special place designed for children aged 3-6.
Musical Sessions for the under 4s. Sessions last about 35 minutes. Tickets are required and cost 5GBP a person.
Free Wednesday morning introductions to new museum exhibitions! Free but pre booking required!
Interactive sessions for children 18months – 5 years!
Where to stay in London with a baby or toddler
There is no right answer to this but I would say consider what you are planning on doing and stay near an accessible tube station!
What are your tips for travelling to London with a baby?