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Central London - what to do and where to eat with 3yo

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letuseatcake Wed 26-Aug-09 13:40:17

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squeaver Wed 26-Aug-09 13:53:25

Nat history museum
Science musuem esp downstairs in the basement
London Eye
Duck tour or one of the boats down the river
Open top bus
All the big parks have great playgrounds
Zoo (combine with Regents park for playground and rowing boat)
Good restaurants on the south bank eg Giraffe

They could easily fill a weekend down by the river if they're in Southwark.

slug Wed 26-Aug-09 14:50:27

Wagamama They are all over the place. They do children's chopsticks, which make DD feel very grown up, and the ice lollies are to die for.

The Princess Diana Playground in Kensington Gardens. Not only is it free but is a (longish) walk from the Science/Natural History Museums. DD loves the V&A which is across the road from the Natural history Museum. It is never as crowded, does kids activities and has a pond in the courtyard which is always full of paddling youngsters on warm days. (and it's free).

If it gets cold, take the DLR (sit in the front seat and 'Drive' the train) to Stratford for Discover. Very cheap and always a hit with the small ones. The Jubilee line goes there too, but be warned, if you are going on a weekend, the line is often closed for repairs and upgrading.

If your DD is an adventurous eater, try either Yo Sushi or an independant Sushi bar. There is one in Greenwich with a travelling belt. DD is endlessly fascinated by it and loves Endame beans and Miso soup.

letuseatcake Wed 26-Aug-09 16:40:04

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dinkystinky Wed 26-Aug-09 16:42:06

carluccios is pretty child friendly - have those on southbank and near natural history museum.

MrsMattie Wed 26-Aug-09 16:47:20

I second the Princess Di playground. Good for under 5s. Bring a change of clothes if your little one likes sand/water, though. If it's sunny, bring a cossie and towel as well, as lots of small kids like to go splashing in the Princess Di memorial fountain. There's a nice old fashioned carousel there, too, and the Serpentine and cafe are only a short walk.

5 min walk from the playgound to Whiteleys shopping centre, which has an Ask and a Cafe Rouge, and there are loads of Chinese / Dim Sum places in Bayswater

MrsMattie Wed 26-Aug-09 16:48:04

Princess Di Memorial playground and Serpentine cafe both do good pizza!

LaaDeDa Wed 26-Aug-09 16:52:07

Giraffe very good and The Rainforest Cafe is nothing special food wise but keeps 'em amused with the decor, animals coming to life etc! That's in Picadilly Circus so nice and central.

slug Wed 26-Aug-09 16:52:52

A wander around Borough Market will result in the child being fed for free from all the samples set out on the stalls. My DD who, to be fair, is an absolute glutton with a very sophisticated palate, refers to Borough Market as "The place of scoff" It gets very crowded on a Saturday though.

Gaby's, opposite Lecister Square, on Charing Cross Road, just down from the tube station here is very cheap and cheerful for such a central London spot. They do fabulous salads and hummous etc.

PeppermintCream Wed 26-Aug-09 17:07:43

We have just taken DD -4 and DS -2 to London, Giraffe was great and some good offers. We took them to the science museum, park and tower of london.

PeppermintCream Wed 26-Aug-09 17:15:18

...and we did an open top bus tour, which was absolute bliss in the sunshine

letuseatcake Wed 26-Aug-09 21:18:49

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