There are certain destinations around the world that feature on the majority of people’s bucket lists. London tends to be one of them. But many people with little kids consider this location out of bounds for them. This isn’t all too surprising. This densely populated capital city has a population of over 8.7 million people, and that’s before you throw the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit it every year into the equation too. There are unique public transport links and finding your way from one tourist hotspot to another can prove relatively difficult if you’re not familiar with the area. All of this together can often be intimidating when you have an active little one to keep an eye on at the same time as finding your feet. But believe it or not, with the right preparation, you can make a trip to London a child-friendly experience. Here’s how!
Things to Do
So, why is London so popular? Well, because it has a whole host of things to do. No matter what your interests or tastes, there will be something to keep you occupied. This goes for little ones too! Perhaps the most engaging family-friendly days out in London tend to be its museums. The Natural History Museum has dinosaur skeletons alongside all sorts of other specimens from natural history. The National Science Museum also has all sorts of interactive exhibits. Then there are other fun attractions, such as Madame Tussaud’s, M&Ms World, and the London Dungeons.
Plan Your Transport
Being able to turn up in a new place and see where the wind takes you is a privilege reserved for those who only have to look out for themselves. When you have children, it’s a much better idea to plan each of your trips down to a tee before heading out. This means knowing not only where you intend to go, but how long you want to spend in each place and how you’re going to get from one place to another. Make sure you have a local transport app, such as CityMapper, downloaded onto your phone before you arrive. This will give you all of the different potential routes from A to B in an easy to understand format. It will also give you alternatives if certain tube lines are closed.
Acknowledge Local Etiquette
Being aware of local etiquette will help to keep your children out of harm’s way. One thing to bear in mind is that when using escalators (especially those in tube stations or train stations), you should stand on the right. The left side is for those who are in a rush and need to walk past. Also, stand on the escalators in single file to avoid blocking the left for those who need to get by.
These are just a few ways to ensure that both you and your little ones have a great time in the big smoke! Above all, remember to be organised and prepared, and everything should go swimmingly!
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