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 buggies.
Before visiting London with a baby, arm yourself with the following:
What about the scene when Baby first sees Johnny Castle walking into Kellerman’s Holiday Camp to start the summer season?
The two classic lines of the film:
“I carried a watermelon” and “Nobody puts baby in a corner.”
My two favourite songs in the film are Cry To Me by Solomon Burke (when they do THAT dance!), and Hey Baby by Bruce Chanel – do you remember Baby and Johnny dancing over the river on the log??
It’s such a lovely film and will go down in history for so many reasons.
Well, Dirty Dancing is now a musical in its sixth successful year in London’s West End. London’s No 1 radio station Magic 105.4 is hosting a gala performance in time for Valentine’s Day. In fact, it’s on Saturday 13 February at the Aldwych Theatre and all proceeds will go to Cash for Kids – Magic’s chosen charity.
One of the scenes I’m really looking forward to seeing again when Johnny (Martin Harvey) and Baby (Hannah Vassallo) dance to Solomon Burke’s Cry To Me. The audience generally go wild as the actors and actresses on stage re-produce the scenes from the film verbatim. It’s just like watching a live version of the film!
The character of Penny, played by Nadia Coote is so faithful to the film: with those legs that seem to go on for eternity!
And the soundtrack always has everyone singing along – need I say more? Dirty Dancing is just one of those productions which you find yourself talking about all the way home, and then telling your friends about when you go to school, college or work the following day.
Why not experience it for yourself? Get some friends together and join us for the Gala Performance.
I would also say bring your husband or boyfriend along… For some reason, men are normally in short supply in the audience for this production(!), so twist your hubby’s arm – I’m sure he’ll end up enjoying it too.]]>