We visited London last year when Amelia was roughly 14 months old and are looking to go again for a weekend break later on this year before baby number two is due as our last little holiday as a family of three. Amelia will be 2 and a half meaning she will be able to experience more than she did last year. We only had the one day to explore London itself and did see many of the big attractions but there is so much more of London to see. Despite what many people think, London is a very child-friendly city.
Where to stay
It's probably a good idea to stay in the centre of the city when visiting with a toddler or young children as you'll have easy access to all of the attractions. Children get tired very easily and you don't want to be carrying them all over London just to get back to your hotel. You can find great deals on websites such as Hotel Direct for family deals throughout the year.
The underground is probably one of the easiest ways to get around London, it's fast and convenient. You could walk to each attraction but this could take you some time, also young children won't be able to walk all day. Take the tube and get off at different stops, we did this when we visited and it saved us a lot of time and was actually quiet nice being able to sit down for 10 minutes. If your toddler is still using a pushchair make sure it's a lightweight one as some tube stations aren't pushchair friendly and you'll have to carry them up the stairs or escalator. If you're not a fan of the underground buses around London are fairy easy to ride on too and are pretty regular. Probably easier if your toddler is no longer using a pushchair.
There are many places to eat in London, many of these are child friendly. It's a good idea to check online on sites such as Tripadvisor for child friendly restaurants so you have a good variety to choose form when you are there. Pizza express, Wagamamas, Nandos, Giraffe, Rainforest Cafe are just to name a few. We didn't get to eat out much in London as we were staying in the business are due to an event I was attending however we did venture out to Pizza express down near the Thames one evening. When we go next time we have a good list to choose from.
What to see
There is so much to do and see in London for all the family however as you're on holiday with your toddler it's a good idea to visit a few children attractions to keep them happy. Our favourites were The London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Thames River Cruise, Buckingham Palace and London Zoo. We also enjoyed roaming around many of the parks and Amelia loved being able to run around and burn some energy.
There is so much more to do and see in London, which is why we can't wait to return later this year, do you have any recommendations on where to go or what to see with a toddler?
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