London Life – the perfect city getaway for little people.

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We live about 45 minutes from London so I guess to some extent we take it for granted. Like most people who live near a capital or a big city – it’s always there. So, you often don’t see it through a tourists view.

Since having Miss Marnie we have made a conscious effort to see the ‘Big Smoke’ through her eyes. 

This has meant day trips up West to see various books-turned-puppet shows on the stage, hitting famous department stores to see Santa or other festive treats and finding the best museums to entertain a lively toddler.

Not that we can do this every weekend – work, family visits and general household jobs means we often stay local to our area. Which has got me thinking about a ‘Stylish Staycation’ – a little weekend getaway in our own city.

Think about it – it’s the perfect mini-break with a toddler – as travelling is kept to a minimum. No laundry, no chores, no dishes – just a weekend to relax, see the sights and spend time together as a family. 

And, the added bonus – no rushing for the last train home as staying over in a lovely hotel means not only a big comfy bed but a home away from home base (especially when nap time calls).

So, what would we do if we had a full 48hrs to enjoy London town with a toddler? 
Besides the traditional ‘must-sees’ (Buckingham Place, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Zoo etc.) Here’s some stylish little ideas:

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SOUTH LONDON

* Head to the London Bridge or Waterloo for the London Eye, Borough Market, The Tate and views over the Thames. Boat rides, storytelling for under 5’s and musical events.

* Battersea Park Children’s Zoo and playground – not as big as London Zoo but perfect for little feet and has a nice cafe too.

* Horniman Museum & Gardens – exhibitions, Aquarium, lovely cafe and space to run free.

* LONDON STYLE PICKS *

For train journeys or in playtime in your hotel room this set of wooden toys are unbreakable 

London in a Bag  £18 || Jazz up your coats or scarfs with a Set of badges £3

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EAST LONDON

* Take a No. 11 red double-decker bus (from Liverpool Street) and ride past the sights (it drives past loads of famous landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and Nelson’s Column) . It also costs less than a tourist bus ticket.


* Visit the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green for amazing exhibitions and displays, arts and crafts, storytelling and trails.

* Have traditional East End Pie & Mash.

* LONDON STYLE PICKS *

Pack the little fave clothes in this stylish  London Bus suitcase £25 || Enjoy a good nights sleep in these Bus print pyjamas £30

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WEST LONDON

* See a classic kids book come to life on the stage in the West End.

* Shopping can be fun! Especially at Westfield – not only are you undercover if the British weather strikes – the pushchair friendly mall offers a play area, mother and baby rooms, plenty of lifts and enough food choices to please the whole family. Or, just head to Hamley’s – the oldest toy shop in the world in the heart of Regent Street.

* Stay at the 5* Royal Garden Hotel – this family-friendly luxury hotel is in the middle of Kensington – perfect for visiting the Palace, Hyde Park or the exclusive High Street.

* LONDON STYLE PICKS *

London guard logo T-shirt £14 || An inactive guide book -Things to Spot in London Sticker book  £3.19

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NORTH LONDON

* The large ancient space that is Hampstead Heath is perfect for kite flying, picnics and views across London. Also discover the playgrounds, ponds and the Pavilion at Parliament Hill.

* The large iconic building that is Alexandra Palace has lots to offer. From festivals to funfairs. But, for kids it’s all about the ice-skating, soft play and boating lake.

* Stop for afternoon tea or a cupcake at the Primrose Bakery 

*LONDON STYLE PICKS *

Stay hydrated with these handy London water bottles £12  || Nothing says it better than this classic tee £4.99

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V. I. BE HONEST: This post is an entry in the Tots100 Competition to win a Five-star stay at the Royal Garden Hotel – how amazing would that be?

2 Comments

  1. April 4, 2015 / 12:18 am

    Lovely post, full of fab ideas and things to do in the Capital. Good luck xx

  2. April 9, 2015 / 8:14 am

    Oh I love this post, I so miss living near London we lived in Billericay so was only 45 mins away too. I love London and would love to live near it again x

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