A day out with baby can be a little daunting. Will you be able to find changing facilities easily? Is there step-free access? And how about a café for when you inevitably need a sit down and a coffee? Don’t sweat it! London is a family-friendly city if you know where to go. Whether you’re looking for a whole day out or a morning activity, indoors or outdoors, we’ve got a host of ideas to inspire you. Where will you head first?
Image: Tate Modern Website
Did you know that the whole of the South Bank area is step-free? This makes it easy to access the fantastic variety of attractions – there’s something for everyone. Enjoy performances from buskers and street performers, look out at the boats on the Thames, swing by Southbank Centre to see what’s on and eat out at one of the many kid-friendly restaurants. In winter, stroll through the Christmas market and pop-ups, and in summer let the kids frolic in the fountains! You can also enjoy a visit to Tate Modern, which has fantastic baby facilities alongside free family events and activities all year round.
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
Holding impressive permanent collections and interactive temporary exhibitions, the V&A Museum of Childhood is free for everyone to enjoy. The displays are in large glass cabinets so can be examined by children of all ages – and heights! There are also daily activities suitable for younger children including Animal Magic and Art Smarts. They’ll also enjoy the sensory pod with colour-change lighting and a fun tactile wall. And the facilities? The museum is well-designed for families with easy access to all areas, baby changing, a quiet room and, of course, a café.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ
Less well-known and more modestly sized than London Zoo, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is designed especially for little explorers with a collection of animals that kids of all ages will love – some babies can spend hours gazing at animals going about their day! The kids can watch animals up close and enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas featuring a sandpit, a fire engine and a tractor! Be sure to look up feeding times before you visit to give the little ones a really memorable day out.
Image: Royal Albert Hall website
Bach to Baby
Take the whole family to a Bach to Baby concert and enjoy a cup of coffee and some time out soaking up the classical music while the little ones roam about – you may be surprised at how much they’ll love the performance! Bach to Baby concerts can be enjoyed by the whole family, and with over 50 events taking place each month across London and the South East, you’ll find a Bach to Baby performance near you!
Have any of these taken your fancy? If you’ve taken your family on one of these outings, let us know in the comments below!