Sometimes I can hardly believe that we’ve been living in London for 13 years and for almost 5 of them I have had children. Reading a post on a mums forum just yesterday reminded how much I take for granted that we as family spend a good amount of time out in London; that Pip is used to taking buses and tubes and trains, and that none of us have any particular fear of heading into town.
It does seem there is often a perception that London is not child friendly, but it really is. I’ve often been asked by friends from abroad for tips visiting London with their children, so I was delighted to work with ebookers to give my top tips for visiting London with children in their guide London like a local: insider tips.
One day last summer I was with Pip and Little Baby and we’d just got off the river boat by the Tate. We didn’t have time to pop in as we’d spent all day on the river and exploring The 02 so we had a little picnic on Bankside and then dragged the buggy up the steps to cross over to meet M after work. As is often the way in London someone kindly stopped to give me a hand with the buggy and commented I was such a heroine for spending the day out and about with the kids on my own. It was meant (and taken) kindly but I couldn’t help reflect that there is not much point living in London if we don’t go out and do things!
You’ll have to click through for my top tips, but don’t underestimate the friendliness of other people when you’re out with kids. There will be grumpy people everywhere but not everywhere in central London is horribly crowded and full of mean people. It is easier to travel outside of rush hour, and some stations are *horribly* inaccessible (I recently took the buggy to Baker Street and there were a lot of steps, even for me!) but there are often people who will help, or slightly longer routes round. Buggies will go up and down escalators, there are accessible cafes and there are lots of brilliant museums, galleries, parks and squares which are perfect.