Like many big cities, London was not designed with babies in mind. That said, London is packed with things to do with a baby, from beautiful green spaces to great stroller walks. Remember to bring along a rain cover for the stroller so you can enjoy exploring London’s various neighborhoods with a baby in tow.
All of that rain in London means that it is a city with resplendent green spaces. Wind through the rose gardens at Regents Park and seek out the elusive bronze statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens before popping in for a fascinating tour of Kensington Palace and checking out the latest exhibit at the Serpentine Gallery. Wind around the lovely lake in Hyde Park, London’s largest park.
Tour the river
The River Thames is the principal waterway in London. It features many sections with walking paths. You can also take a boat tour, cross one of the many bridges that span its width or take in a view of it from a cafe or pub. The Official Guide to the River Thames (see Additional Resources) has complete information about the various attractions and events centered around the river.
Babies may not last for a complete guided tour of the British Museum, but most of them are game for some visual stimulation. The Tate Modern is a fantastic spot, with large galleries making stroller navigation simpler. The surrounding Bankside neighborhood is ideal for walking, with view of the river and cool cafes and shops nearby. Another good possibility is the Victoria and Albert Museum, with its eye-catching exhibits devoted to art and design. The fashion section features some fabulous London modern styles.
Not too far from the Tate Modern lies the London Aquarium. It’s close Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, so it is possible to hit a couple of these sites and then have baby nap through the third. There is no admission fee for babies. Adults can receive a 10 percent discount by booking tickets online. Consult the London Aquarium website (see Additional Resources) for more information.