I am planning a day trip to London for my 3.5 year old and would love to hear what other people enjoyed doing in London with young children. The aquarium has been suggested to me which sounds like a good idea?
The aquarium is good. You could combine it with the London Eye and then walk along the river to Gabriel's Wharf which has some nice craft shops and cafes, and then down to the globe, then over the bridge to Tate modern! How about that for a packed day out?
I love the playground in Kensington Palace Gardens. It is the one that was dedicated to Princess Diana. It is a great place if the weather is nice, with sand, water climbing frames a huge Pirate boat etc. And it's free, but the food is expensive, take a picnic.
We took DS1 to London Zoo for his 1st birthday (He's nearly 4 now) and although he was still too young to really enjoy it we all had a brilliant day and will be going again this year for DS2 2nd birthday, hopefully the difference in age will make it more fun for the boys.
I'd definitely recommend the Transport Museum in Covent Garden. Costs £5.95 for adults but children under 16 free. Took my DS there for 2nd b/day and we were there for about 3 hours. He had a fabulous time.
agree with nerdgirl - the Science Museum is excellent - especially the basement 'hands on' area for young kids. Also - it is free to get in and there is a large indoor picnic area if the weather is bad. London Zoo is also a nice day out.
Excellent, I've just had the 'can we go to London again ?' chant so that gives me some more ideas.
Went on the London Eye yesterday and they were having an Easter lucky-dip type thing. As a result I've got a voucher for 2 free tickets into Madame Tussauds & the Planetarium which I can't use. It's valid for after 2pm entrance only and has to be used by 30th June. Any takers ? I'll even stump up the postage (big deal !) as it seems a shame to let it go to waste.
My two hated the Aquarium (sorry to be a killjoy). It was too dark and the noises were too scary - they couldn't wait to get out so that was a bit of a waste of money (not cheap either). They loved St. James's Park; nothing particularly special about it it has to be said, but lots of ducks etc., the flamingos, nice playground, loved running along the paths.
Anyone taken young children (7, 5 and 3) to the Tower of London? Did they enjoy it?
London Transport Museum also wins my wote - they have an area inside where you can eat your own packed lunch which is unusual in my experience. You could do that and the Aquarium in a day.
Wherever you go, if there is more than one adult it would be worth getting a train ticket and making use of the "2 for 1plus" offers - if you show a valid rail ticket (and mine was just a travelcard) you can get 2 adults in for the price of one. The offers include Tower of London (usually £11.50 each), London dungeon, London Aquarium, HMS Belfast, Vinopolis, Transport Musuem, Kensington Palace, Cabinet War Rooms, and City Cruises as well as some others. At worst a London BR terminus will have a brochure, and you cn always buy the cheapest ticket available - it would still save money.
At that age DD just used to love a transport fest. We would get the overground train from Richmond to Waterloo, walk to the London eye (she cried the only time we took her on) look at big ben and the houses of parliament, ride the carousel. Then we cross the golden jubliee to westminster pier get the boat to St katherine's wharf walk round to the tower just look at that from the outside having walked past traitors gate. We would get the bus to Piccadily riding on the top past the Old Bailey and St Pauls's. Finally the underground back to Richmond. She said it was the best day ever no charge for her on any public transport, a travel card for each of us plus £3 on the boat. Not long after that they did Transport at nursery and DD was so proud to be the only one that had been on all the different types of transport.