London like a local: my top tips

London like a local: my top tips

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.

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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.

What have I missed – any tips to add?

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  1. Charlotte - Write Like No One's Watching October 14, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    I haven’t been to London for so long – mainly as I was daunted with the kiddos, but I had no idea you could travel in a black cab without a car seat! Mind. Blown. xx

    • thelittlepip
      October 14, 2016 / 2:45 pm

      🙂 Best thing is that you can just push the buggy in!

  2. Penny Alexander October 14, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    We left London when I was pregnant, I often wonder what we missed out on! The area we lived in was full of pushchairs when I went back. I was watching Katie, from Mummy Daddy Me when we were in London, with this awesome pushchair where the wheels disappear into the car seat so you can go up escalators, times have changed! River tours are still our favourite and the little baby I left London with is now 10.

  3. Keri-Anne October 14, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    When Mia was 1, i took her and Elle to London to meet a friend who had come over from Australia and was staying in London. I was so anxious the whole way there as i had Mia in a buggy and i had to get the underground from Euston to green park as we were meeting her there to show the children the palace. I was on my own and panicked when i reached the top of the escalator. I had Elle’s hand to hold and a buggy to hold and people rushing past me, knocking into me as it was summer holidays. BUT, a lovely lady helped me by offering to stand in front of me and hold onto Elle’s hand which made the biggest difference in the world. I was so grateful and i felt more confident for the rest of the journey. It was so lovely to know that a stranger would be willing to help even in London.

    On another note, i was in London a few days ago on my own and i saw a man helping a lady with her buggy down some stairs in a tube station. I really made me smile x

  4. Polly October 17, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    we haven’t spent much time in London with kiddos, but have always found people to be really helpful x

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