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London with a baby or toddler

London with a baby or toddler

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 even more evident as you move into the toddler years! So is London with a baby or toddler a good city break option?  

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 as I think it is one of the best cities in Europe to travel to with a baby in tow! Here we round up the best advice on how to travel to London with a baby or toddler and the best things to do to (including an awesome itinerary) make sure you have a brilliant trip!

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Note: Written by a London mum with one London baby!

Getting around London with a baby or toddler 

Is London baby friendly?

Should I worry about travelling with toddlers in London?

The answer is undoubtedly no! In this section of of our guide we look at using a variety of transport options in the capital with little ones. But the headline – if you are travelling to London with a baby or toddler then you don’t need to worry because there are a variety of easy to use transport options!

Walking around London with toddler or baby

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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!

Looking for things to make baby travel easier? Then check out this post!

Using the London Underground with a baby

If you are travelling with baby in London then chances are you will have to use the London Underground! 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!

Related: find out more about art on the underground!

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!

Using Uber in London with a baby

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!

TfL Ferries

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!

For advice on getting from the airport to London check out this post or check out our other London travel tips here. 

Otherwise be sure to check out our best places to stay in London guide. 

For more inspiration on the best city breaks with toddlers in Europe check out this post. 

Best things to do in London with baby or toddler 

There are so many great things to do in London with kids but you needn’t worry there are lots of things in London for babies and  toddler specific things to do too!

If you would like to find a London itinerary designed specifically for toddlers then check this post out!

London attractions for toddlers

London aquarium – one of the best places to go in London with a toddler

A huge aquarium with a multi layered shark tank! London babies love this place and we think your kids will love it too!

You can book your tickets in advance here! And if you are going to several of the London Merlin attractions consider buying the combo ticket! 

London Eye

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london eye with a baby or toddler

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!

Pre booking tickets is a must to try and avoid the queue!

Top Tip:   If you are planning to visit several London attractions from Merlin Entertainments group  these include: Shrek’s Adventure! London, Madame Tussaud’s London, Sea life London Aquarium, The Coca-Cola London Eye and The London Dungeon it will save you a TON of money to buy the group ticket – you can buy the Merlin Magical London ticket here!

London Museums – one of the best things to do in London with toddlers

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London Transport Museum, London with toddler

Great for a budget friendly trip as most (but not all museum in London) are free!

Some of the best London museums for toddlers in London are

  • National Army Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Science Museum
  • London Transport Museum

Please see the activities below for some of the specific activities these museums offer for toddlers!

For more kids friendly London ideas check out this post!

London Zoo

If you are visiting London with a toddler then London zoo should definitely feature on your itinerary!

This is also a must for any Harry potter aficionado travelling to London as it featured in the philsophers stone when Harry sets the Python on his cousin Dudley! 

To save your children waiting in line be sure to grab your Skip the Line tickets in advance HERE

Best London Parks for Toddlers and Babies! 

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

This huge outdoor playground is one of the most popular and best things for toddlers to do in London!  Some of my toddlers favourite parts of the garden are the pirate ship, sensory trail and wigwams!

The only downside to this playground is how busy it can get especially at weekends and during holidays!

Please note: The park opens at 10am each day (closed on Christmas Day). The park is supervised however children must be accompanied by an adult.

Hyde Park

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!

There is a children’s playground located close to Wellington Barracks and also a coffee shop for parents in need of caffeination!

Regents Park

A great park but with the added bonus as being home to the London Zoo!

Baby and Toddler Activities London

If you are what to do in London with baby or toddler then the below activities are specifically designed for littles.

Discover Children’s Story Centre

A great interactive centre for small children. There are different exhibitions areas and events at this interactive children’s space so be sure to check what is on before going so you can plan your day! For those looking for what to do with a baby in London you may want to check out the storytelling sessions that are aimed at the 0-3 yrs!

Playbase at National Army Museum – includes baby activities.

This is a particularly great place in London for toddlers. It is a dedicated soft play area for under 8s with a dedicated infants section!

Children aged 1-8 years old: £4.75
Children under 1 year old: FREE*
Adults: FREE
£1.00 booking fee applies per online transaction

In venue:
Children aged 1-8 years old: £5.75
Children under 1 year old: FREE*
Adults: FREE

It is one of the best baby activities in London!

The Garden at Science Museum 

A special place designed for children aged 3-6. This is actually one of my favourite London toddler activities!

Be warned though that although there are aprons available I always find children using the water play get wet so advise taking extra clothes with you just to be on the safe side!

Royal Albert Hall Story Telling and Music Sessions for 0-4 year olds

If you are looking for what to do in London with a baby then one of the best places to go for activities for babies in London is the Royal Albert Hall! They offer London baby activities aimed at the 0-4s markets in the form of musical Sessions for the under 4s. These sessions usually last about 35 minutes.

Please note this is a ticketed events and cost 5GBP a person.

Puppet Theatre Barge

Looking for toddler shows, London has a few places that cater for the toddler age range but one of the best is the institution know as the Puppet Theatre Barge! The Barge theatre holds around 50 people and offers some great shows. It is located in Little Venice which is also another area of London that is great to have a wander around with kids!

What are your tips for travelling to London with babies?

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