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01/02/2013 at 15:04
H and I would like a trip to London and would probably have to take our 2 1/2 year old. Are we completely mental? H has never been before so would be doing touristy things, probably take the sightseeing bus around etc...what do you think? And if it's not completely mental, then I was looking at these apartments rather than a hotel room, which are best located for touristy things? Would prob do palace, tower of London, London eye, Hyde park....
Opinions tips and suggestions welcomed!! Oh, and wed probably take the train down rather than fly if that makes a difference...
01/02/2013 at 15:07
We've taken both around some of the sights, it all depends on what they like and what they will find interesting. There are some nice parks and we often just wander around. Jonah loves the London eye just looking at it and walking along the South Bank around it. There's also the London Aquarium there which mine both love.
01/02/2013 at 15:11
Last January we went to London for 2 days. We took the train with E who was 7yrs and J who was 2.5yrs. The kids loved the train down there, we went to Greggs before we got on the train and got sandwiches, crisps, cake and drinks to keep them occupied for a bit and also drawings and portable DVD player.
On the first day we did Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, London Eye then went to Pizza Hut for something to eat. The second day we did Oxford Street, the British Museum (not my choice but E liked looking at the mummies/Egyptians which she was learning about at school), then me and E went to see the Wizard of Oz at the Theatre and H took J to the some War Museum. On the night we met my friend and got the tube to her house for drinks and some food.
It was fine, very busy and the tube is a nightmare with the buggy, it didn't help that we were getting on the tube at rush hour. Don't expect anyone to stop and let you past with the buggy, as I was trying to get onto the tube people were stepping over the buggy to get on it before the doors closed with no regards to the toddler that was in the buggy.
J loved it and always talks about when we went to London but I wouldn't do it again with kids but it was an experience and I'm glad I took them.
01/02/2013 at 15:18
Doh forgot the link to the apartments!
01/02/2013 at 15:19
Ooh yes the science museum is good for littlies as well.
01/02/2013 at 15:21
Thanks both. Aquarium sounds good pip. SW the tube puts me off Tbh! And always worry I'd get on the wrong bus if we tried that. I did wonder about a show too, we've been to afew kids theatre shows aand she's really good at them
Out of those locations, personally for me I like being around the south bank and leceister square for getting around, very central and there's a lot around that area. Although saying that its easy to get about. It's true about the tube though, we mostly sling if we need the tube.
01/02/2013 at 15:22
Science museum, it's beginning to sound like it's not such a daft idea. As long as I can keep her in the buggy at the busy points!
01/02/2013 at 15:23
We only had to get the tube because my friend lives out of central London but otherwise we just walked everywhere. We took E when she was only 4m and we walked everywhere as there was a tube strike on and it was fine.
01/02/2013 at 15:36
Science Museum and Natural History Museum - right next door to one another. We've taken C (and the others) to both and he loved it, especially the dinosaur exhibit in the NHM. I did look into getting a room here once http://www.grand-plaza.co.uk/ not sure what they're like but they usually have some good deals on Late Rooms.
We went by train/tube with the bug and it was fine, but I had a big strong boy help me up and down the steps with it at the tube stations otherwise it would have been tricky. I did get him out and folded it away under the seat on the way home as it was a bit busy.
01/02/2013 at 16:58
I'll be blunt if you don't mind?
You're not mental and you'd make it work but if you have a chance of doing it child free, I'd do that! I'm not great at day trips but I also wonder what a 2.5 year old would get out if it versus the hassle of it.
Both my children hate/d being strapped in the pushchair, or highchair and I would imagine a London day out would mean a lot of that?
Hope you don't think I'm being overly negative x
01/02/2013 at 17:58
We recently took my then just over 2 year old and my 5 year old. It was tiring but fun. We got the train there, which they enjoyed, and took a bus to the hotel (premier inn) as the tube wasn't running. We used the tube later in the trip though. It was busy and not ideal but manageable ( though my 5 year old lived it!). We went to hamleys (packed but good to see) and the natural history museum, which was the best bit. Both kids enjoyed that but lots of walking so did get tired.
01/02/2013 at 19:43
No you're not being negative Beez, just realistic. I'd love to leave her here (flame me if you please!) as I'd much rather spend some time in Selfridges, Topshop Oxford Circus than the Science Museum etc but chances of anyone taking her for the weekend are very slim. Yup she hates being strapped in the buggy but if she gets fed up she will go in it. But I want to go to London :::stamps feet::: and I think this is the only way of doing it, i.e. finding some things for her to keep her from getting bored and combining it with things for us. Restaurants she's fine in to be honest, loves her food that girl!!
Hmm, not sure if I should park the idea for a couple of years until she's older, but we're trying for number 2 so could be another five years before we make it down if we dont just go for it!
Leela, Hamleys is another good shout
01/02/2013 at 20:01
Sorry Pip, I just realised you replied to my question about the apartments. I thought central was best, like you say, thanks for your help xx
01/02/2013 at 20:11
Weekender - if you don't ask you don't get. If you think someone might say yes I'd ask. I still think London at night is very romantic!
01/02/2013 at 21:42
Theres loads to do in London with kids and don't forget that millions of children live there!
South Bank is great for a wander. So is St James Park and Trafalgar Square.
Tube will be busy during rush hour - and SW is right that everyone is too focussed on themselves and won't care about you and your child. But at other times its absolutely fine except for managing stairs with a buggy.
Going anywhere with a toddler is hard work and you can't expect to do too much. My daughter would have loved a sightseeing trip on the bus when she was that age.
01/02/2013 at 22:23
True Beez. Don't think I'd relax all weekend leaving her though! We don't have a lot of family support, the only person who would potentially take her all weekend is my mum and although M loves her to bits they don't get to spend that much time together as we live quite far apart. I've left her overnight with my mum before and apparently she's been asking when we're coming back by breakfast time, we'd struggle to leave her for a full weekend at this stage I think. In saying that I think as a couple we'd benefit from having the time to ourselves....it's so hard. Just wish MIL would take M for a bit, she's happy to take BILs kids!!! Families eh!
Cedar, she'd love the bus trip, is always asking to go on buses
02/02/2013 at 09:03
Another vote for hamleys, I forgot we went there.
02/02/2013 at 20:54
Hmmm, I'm not a Londoner, but with a 2.5 year old sounds my idea of hell. I am going to take L when he's about 6 or 7
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