London with a toddler (aka things to do in London when you’re two)

January 6, 2014

London with a toddler…what are the best things to do in London when you’re two (or a baby or small child?)

London with a toddler

I wrote a post last year about the best things to see and do in London with babies, and had loads of great suggestions that we tried out. Now E’s coming up to two and running about all over the place, I wanted to revisit the idea and share our favourite ideas for London with a toddler as there’s so much they can appreciate at this age.

London with a toddler - the best London activity ideas with children and babies, including museums, parks, art galleries

I wanted to pick out and write down fun things you can do when it comes to London with a toddler, from galleries to museums and places to go.

(Also in the we should do this year in the hope it will inspire us to actually re-visit them! them. I know we’re going to be busy with the house, and it’s also lots easier to stay south than trek anywhere on the train with a pram and an energetic pram-adverse toddler, but there’s no point in staying in London if we’re not going to make the most of everything amazing it offers, is there?)

So here’s our new list of London with a toddler – the best the things to do in London with a toddler or pre-schooler this year:

  • Explore your local area (all the p’s – parks, playgrounds, playgroups, and child-friendly pubs, restaurants and cafes)
  • Talk to the animals (go to another city farm, London Zoo, the Horniman Museum)
  • Go ‘raaaaah’ at a dinosaur (Natural History Museum, Crystal Palace Park)
  • Look at the view from up high… (London Eye, The Shard, the Air Line, Kew Garden’s Treetop Walkway)
  • …and from down on the ground (Coram’s Fields, Museum of Childhood, London Transport Museum, and anything arty that’s visual and engaging and vaguely toddler-proof)
  • Make waves (go swimming anywhere, play in the water fountains at Somerset House, say hi to a shark at the London Aquarium, water play at the Science Museum, set sail on the pirate ship at the Princess Diana playground)

Again, everyone’s help would be really appreciated. Is there anything fantastic, secret or fascinating I’ve missed off – especially involving food, books or dancing? It’s more about fun experiences rather than major tourist attractions.

The best places to visit in London with children and babies

You can also read my post on how London changes when you have children, and follow gill_crawshaw on Instagram

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