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Days in London with two kids, autistic DS in a large buggy?

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lovelychops Sun 14-Jan-18 00:08:20

Thinking of visiting London with 2 DC. DD has wanted to go for ages she wants to see the queen ! hmmgrin

I think she'd like the natural history museum too. However, DS is autistic and would probably be in the major buggy. (He's an on walker but not too safe and really heavy if he decides he wants to be carried...)

Is the tube impossible with the buggy ? What about busy places is it a potential nightmare? I don't want him to miss out but I'm apprehensive about getting around with the buggy.

Any advice or tips welcome thanks

cestlavielife Sun 14-Jan-18 00:12:04

Download the step free guide
tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/wheelchair-access-and-avoiding-stairs
Go first thing in the morning
It s busy but you will be fine

CappuccinoCake Sun 14-Jan-18 00:12:52

I fb messaged the science museum to ask when the quieter times were due to my daughters sensory issues. Anf also where the quieter exhibits/placea are. They were fantastic and told me the quieter times and places. but also that there's autism - friendly early opening days. They were ever so helpful.

It might be worth contacting nhm with a similar query?

Smallinthesmoke Sun 14-Jan-18 00:16:21

Hi there
I have pushed a buggy, though not a major, for many many years in London. It is ok in the crowds, though you will want to pick your time to go to the Natural History Museum as queues can be very long in school holidays. The tube can be a PITA with not many lifts and the odd flights of stairs even where there are also escalators (I am thinking of South Kensington for example, which is nearest to the Natural History Museum). You might find buses easier. They are plentiful and easy to go on, though you might find the space full of other buggies on occasion. I certainly wouldn't be put off coming, sure you can make it work.

lovelychops Sun 14-Jan-18 00:32:29

Thank you for the replies ! I don't know why I'm so worried about the buggy, DS isn't really any trouble even though he has sensory issues and mostly none verbal.... I think it's my anxiety but that's probably a whole other thread !

Buses and those links are great ideas. Thank you x

lovelychops Sun 14-Jan-18 00:34:10

Thank you I will contact the natural history museum. Great idea. I've heard the queues can get very bad

Smallinthesmoke Sun 14-Jan-18 00:52:01

Yes but there are several entrances to the NHM and the one on Queens Gate is much quieter. (I don't want to say that out loud in case the secret gets out!)
Let us know if we can help with anything else. You know there is a London topic?- mine of information.

lovelychops Sun 14-Jan-18 13:50:25

I didn't know that Smallinthesmoke - I will have a look. It may have some good ideas !

CappuccinoCake Sun 14-Jan-18 17:23:10

Oooh small can I ask a question- Easter holidays I've heard the museum's will be really busy - Is it worth queuing before 10am for the science museum/ is that a thing?!

butterfly990 Mon 15-Jan-18 08:55:46

Do you have a school inset day that is atypical to the whole of UK when you could consider going.

Alternatively discuss with the school regarding a days absence in light of brother's needs as it is an educational experience. It will probably count as an unauthorised absence but may well get the unofficial nod from the school.

lovelychops Mon 15-Jan-18 10:01:26

That's a good idea butterfly. 👍

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