DH is working in London for 3 days just before we go to Norfolk on holiday so we have decided that Emma and I will go too as there is no point in him coming home for us to drive down the next day.
So I am going to have 3 days in London with Emma and I am looking for advice and suggestions of what to do. I've been to London loads of times before but never with a toddler! I also always have my car at home so never have to think about public transport!
- How would I go about using the Tube? Should I carry Em? Do you keep the buggy up? Is it a nightmare?
- What about using buses?
- Any ideas for great things to do with a 14 month old in London? Good places to go? Any great Central London parks not to miss?
- Was thinking about a visit to the Rainforest Cafe- good idea?
- Any other hints or tips would be great. Do you have a secret favourite place to go/ thing to do?
I love the aquarium on the south bank near the London eye. As for buggies on the tube, I've yet to brave it I use my sling but I think most people use lightweight buggies and balance them on escalators etc
Hi. I don't have a LO myself but do live and work in London so can tell you what I see on public transport!!!
The buses have enough space to keep your buggy up. The double deckers seem to have room for 2 up at a time (as do the bendy buses).
Most people keep theirs up on the tube as well but as already said, you'll have to contend with escalators and sometimes there are stairs. The tickets barriers pretty much all now have a wide barrier for you to go through with your buggy (unlike New York where our friend had to put the buggy down each time they went in and out of a subway station!).
I just keep the buggy up when going on the tube, then again I find it really easy go up and down escalators with a pram, and I know a lot of people find it hard. Depending on the amount of stairs I will bump it up/down, but 9/10 someone offers to help me carry it as everywhere is so busy to it's not like there won't be anyone to help.
As someone else said about buses, 2 prams can fit in each buggy bit, the bendy buses have 2 buggy bits.
My LO is younger than yours but what about London Zoo?
I take Chloe on public transport everyday. Most busses have room for 2 prams. Sometimes you might have to wait for another if its full up, or get off if a wheelchair person gets on (keeps happening to me ) But the buses are pretty regular so you should be fine.
Some stations don't have step free exits but if you pick a tube map it has a symbol to show which ones do so if you don't fancy stairs you can always try to plan your journey so you don't have to. Although 9 times out of 10 someone will help you carry the pram up or down.
I like taking Chloe to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in Hyde Park. There is a sandpit, water fountains and some fun equipment to play on.
Will have a little think if there are any other fun things to do that I can remember and let you know. My brain is starting to switch off now!!
The aquarium near the london eye would probably be really good for Emma and yourself.
I dont know much about the tube as I drive but I would say take a buggy, people will make room for it and if your travelling after around 10am the tube should be pretty quiet.
Thank you everyone- you have all be a great help. Lots of ideas now- am looking forward to it...a wee traipse around while DH is stuck working in the office for a few days! Will be good to see London from a different perspective!
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