One of the most frequent questions we get from people looking to head to our home city is “Is it easy using a stroller in London?”. Having lived in London with a baby and a toddler, I can safely say that we have successfully used a stroller across the city but some places are definitely easier than others. Therefore in this guide we will tell you where is and isn’t stroller friendly in London, along with our recommendations for the best stroller for travel in London.
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Do people use strollers in London?
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Should I bring a stroller to London?
Best Stroller to Use in London?
- how lightweight it is
Hotel rooms and even Airbnbs in London are smaller than American counterparts. Therefore it is important that your stroller is very compact.
Also you will want something that folds really easily as not all London transport options are stroller friendly (more on that in the next section). Therefore you need something that you can pop up and down quickly and easily.
Reclinability is also important if your little one is suffering from jet lag as you will want them and they will need to have plenty of naps during the day in your stroller.
Some of our favorite strollers to use in London are:
When you talk about travel strollers no discussion is complete without mentioning the Babyzen Yoyo. The Babyzen Yoyo is a light weight but is also reinforced so it is one of the sturdier travel strollers on the market.
This is what we currently use in London with our toddler and find it a great pick.
t weighs in at just 6.6kg which isn’t the lightest option on the list but does make it durable. It also has great storage which makes it perfect for long days exploring.
he only downside of the babyzen yoyo is that it is one of the more expensive travel strollers on the market so you really need to be sure that you will get good use out of this if this is the stroller you decide on purchasing.
Mountain Buggy Nano
Another of the big boys in the travel stroller market is the Mountain Nano. The great thing about this is that it is another super compact stroller.
One of the great things about this stroller is that is has a good recline option which is perfect for those that want to use the stroller for napping toddlers or babies. It can also be used from birth without additional purchases to convert the stroller.
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The GB Pokit can only be used from aged 6 months so if you are going with a younger baby this isn’t the stroller for you. If your baby is older however this good be the perfect fit.
Another of the lightweight strollers on the market which can be used with from birth with a newborn attachment.
This stroller is fantastic as it has a one hand fold which is very helpful if you ever find yourself traveling solo with your baby. But t is not the cheapest on the market so again you want to make sure you can use it in your everyday life not just for travel.
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Other Stroller Products to Use in London
On top of a stroller we also recommend you bringing the following accessories with you to Italy:
If you decide not to use your stroller in the airport and decide to check it rather than putting it in an overhead locker then a stroller bag is an essential to keep it safe in the hold. There are lots of stroller travel bags on the market but we recommend using this one.
I love London but it is not unheard of to get a rainy day in London no matter the time of year you travel. Therefore we recommend never leaving home in London without a rain cover with you.
Whether you are at home or on vacation toys for a stroller are an essential that will keep your baby or toddler amused as you travel around the city.
How do you get around London with a stroller?
Perhaps the biggest concern for those thinking about taking a stroller to London is how you get around London with a stroller. And this is definitely always our first thought when traveling in London with a baby or toddler. And it really depends on what method of transport you decide to use, on how easy or hard it is to use a stroller in London.
For this reason we have broken down our experiences of using a stroller on all of the main types of public transport in London.
Note: We really don’t think it is a good idea to use a car if you are staying in Central London even with small children.
London Underground with a stroller
For any visitor to London, with kids or without, you will likely be using the London Underground multiple times. But what is the London Underground with a stroller like?
Well it really depends on what station you are at, the time of day you are traveling and what line you are on.
The London Underground is actually over 150 years old and therefore as you can expect from such an old infrastructure system, not all stations were built with accessibility in mind.
However there is some good news. Almost all, and certainly all of the major London Underground stations have wide gates that can easily accommodate a buggy or stroller. This means you won’t have to get your kids out and fold you stroller to enter the station.
However that is where the good news ends in terms of a stroller. Not all stations, by a long way are accessible. For this reason we recommend you download the city mapper app prior to travel as this will show you all stations that have step free access or as I like to call it a stroller accessible stations.
There is also a list of step free stations in TFL website.
At other stations, you may be forced to carry your stroller and your child. Therefore you may want to have carrier with you for use on the Underground, especially at station with large escalators or step access.
London Buses with a stroller
In my opinion London buses are on of the best forms of public transport in London with babies and toddler. And the reason for this is that many of the buses, mainly newer buses, have drop curbs that allow for step free access for strollers and wheelchairs as well as having dedicated stroller seats.
This means that you don’t have to remove your little one from the stroller unless the parking is full or a wheelchair user gets on and needs the space.
Even if you travel to London with a double stroller you should be able to use the rear wider doors to get on and off buses without folding your stroller up.
Can you take a pram in a London taxi?
This largely depends on the taxi but if you are taking an official London taxi aka black cab you will have no problem taking a pram or stroller and there will be a ramp for step free access.
Where to Use a Stroller in London? Stroller Friendly London Attractions
In this section we try to cover the stroller friendliness of many of the London attractions as possible. Especially those which are good to do with toddlers and babies. However if there is somewhere we have missed off this list that you would like to see covered please let us know in the comments and we will do out best to add.
Are strollers allowed on London Eye?
You can indeed bring strollers onto the London Eye however they must be folded for the queue and the duration of the experience.
Can I take a buggy to London Aquarium?
Yes you can absolutely take a buggy to the London Aquarium. While there is no dedicated buggy parking in the aquarium you can use your stroller throughout.
Are strollers allowed in the Tower of London?
The answer to are strollers allowed in the Tower of London is yes and no. Some parts are accessible with a buggy and other parts are not.
Buggies, strollers and pushchairs are not permitted in the White Tower, one of the main attractions at the Tower of London. And strollers will need to be left in designated stroller parking.
Also parts of the Tower of London are cobbled which can be pretty hard on lightweight and cheap travel strollers. I would recommend either using an all terrain jogging style stroller here or otherwise bringing a carrier for your toddler.
Can you take a pram up the shard?
Unfortunately, prams, strollers and buggies are not allowed onto any of the viewing platforms. However there is stroller parking and storage in the main ticketing hall where you can leave your stroller.
Can you take a pram to Harry Potter world?
This is difficult to answer as the answer is both yes and no. Prams and strollers are allowed into Harry Potter World however there is a limit per ticket window time. Therefore you could be unlucky and be told all stroller slots have been filled and you will be unable to use.
Are prams allowed in Madame Tussauds?
Strollers and prams are no allowed in Madame Tussauds
Can I take stroller to Natural History Museum?
Yes you can absolutely take a stroller into the Natural History Museum, just be sure to take them in via the Exhibition Road entrance as this has step free access.
Can I take stroller to Science Museum?
You can take your stroller into the Science Museum but at some of the more toddler friendly exhibits i.e. the garden you are required to park your stroller. However locks are available to rent.
Can I take stroller to London Transport Museum?
In my opinion the London Transport Museum is one of the most toddler friendly museums in London and therefore it should come as no surprise that it is completely accessible with a buggy or stroller.
Overall is London stroller friendly?
While overall I find the streets of London and many of the London attractions to be stroller friendly, some of the public transport options can be challenging with a stroller.
I personally would never travel to London without a stroller however I also always have a carrier with me for use in busy stations where there might not be stroller access.
Have you ever visited London with a stroller? We would love to hear your experience in the comments.