A Guide to Baby-Friendly London

 

Exploring any big city with a baby in tow can be a challenge. Fortunately, London has bags of baby-friendly attractions, restaurants and shops to enable you to make the most of your trip.

If you’re itching to go shopping, fun for all the family can be found at the resolutely baby-friendly Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City. With plenty of lifts and baby changing facilities, the behemoth shopping malls welcome small children with open arms. If your child is over 12 months old, you can swap their buggy for a Kiddy Car, which can be hired from the concierge desk for £5. All shops are spacious so you’ll have plenty of room to push the Kiddy Car around while you browse the shopping rails. Both shopping centres have parent rooms where you’ll find baby-changing facilities, child-sized toilets and sinks, private areas for feeding and microwaves for heating up milk. There are also play areas for under 5s.

Spend a day strolling along the step-free paths of the South Bank of the River Thames from Westminster to Tower Bridge. Dotted with green spaces and pretty fountains, the riverside walkway is home to many of London’s finest cultural attractions, from the SEA LIFE London Aquarium to the Tate Modern, both of which are buggy-friendly and have baby-change facilities. The area is also full of restaurants that welcome small people and can provide high chairs, such as Wagamama, Giraffe and Ping Pong.

If your little ones are big enough to appreciate animals, visit one of London’s zoos. Buggy-friendly Battersea Park Children’s Zoo has baby changing facilities, and a heated mother and baby feeding room. London Zoo has baby-change facilities and most animal exhibits are accessible for bubattersea park zooggies.

Before visiting London with a baby, arm yourself with the following:

  • London Underground has 66 stations which are step-free from street to platform. Download accessible tube maps here 
  • Find your nearest baby-changing room by downloading NCT’s award-winning Babychange App
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  1. Nice guide, we love Westfield and it’s super parent-friendly (especially the changing areas). The South Bank is one of our favourite spots in town for any age and all seasons.

    Another thing I’d add is to check out the various City Farms like Freightliners Farm, Hackney City Farm or Mudchute Farm, as they are lovely to visit with little urbanites!

    Also if you love to boogie, London has a range of baby-friendly discos. And parent and baby cinemas are especially popular with new mums and dads — check out the guides on my blog (discos coming soon) if you need more tips! babesabouttown.com

  2. Claire Doble says:

    As Babes About Town says above, London’s city farms are great for kids. There’s also loads of local parks with good play equipment, London is such a green city !

  3. Jeni says:

    Something to think about is getting 2 for 1 on the zoo and aquarium if you travel into London on an overground train. These attractions are very expensive otherwise. http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/2334.aspx
    More fantastic places to go are the Diana Memorial playground (near Queensway tube station) http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington_gardens/diana_playground.cfm and the infamous Diana Memorial fountain (South of the Serpentine) http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park/hyde-park-attractions/diana-memorial-fountain in Hyde Park. Both are free and a lot of fun with little ones >1 year old. Arrive early on the weekend if you want to go to the playground, it gets very busy! It’s not so busy in the week.

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