London, was our choice for the first family getaway. It was an amazing travel experience out of Spain, without grandparents or relatives who could help us. Damian was only 5 months, and we were hungry to travel and pass this feeling to our little one.
Traveling with a baby is quite challenging and, the most important part of it, is the preparation. Below you will find some Ultimate Travel Tips which helped us a lot:
- Flight. Prepare well for the flight. Apart from the documents,money, check-in ticket try to have all the main baby related things(diapers, bottle, formula, etc) in a very accessible place.
- Transport. Use public transport, only if you are sure, you know clearly how to get where you need. Just because London is a metropolis and has good public transport connections, does not sadly mean that you can roam easy on public transport with a stroller. We had a clear vision that tube we won’t use, only if we will have to. Bus is much easier and more flexible than using the tube and you can be dropped closer to your final destination.Taxi is the best option while travelling in 2+, more expensive, but comfort has its’ price. We recommend to use Hailo which is an amazing app to pick a taxi.
- Hotel. Choose a centrist hotel or a hotel with a good connection to the city center. It is much easier to have a pleasant journey with your baby while staying closer to the city-center. Danubius Hotel Regents Park was our option as it is situate in the heart of London, close to Regent’s park and 2 minutes walking from the closest bus stop Park Road Lord’s Cricket Ground (13, 82, 113, 274, N13, N113). By the way, the hotel we’ve got was a Top Secret offer on lastminute.com.
- The Original London Sightseeing Tour. We enjoyed a lot our 2 days guided tour. We enjoyed the wonderful sights of London with guided translations by “The Original London Sightseeing Tour” buses. We were looking in internet for the best option and stopped on the page www.365tickets.co.uk. There were a winter offer for €52 for 2 adults + 1 infant/ 48 hours. The prettiest part of this kind of travelling is the ease to be dropped to the main sightseeing and then calmly take your time in the best places of the city.
- Boat-spotting with baby on the river Thames. We have taken a journey along the Thames to see London Bridge and get to Greenwich 0. We had spent a relaxing time on the boat, and there were a lot of space to use our pushchair. Taking the boat apart is more expensive, but we got the ticket with our Sightseeing Bus. Additionally, the boat is the fastest way to get alongside the river, wherever you need.
- Parks of London. London is a lovely family-friendly city with great amount of wonderful parks and open spaces that will appeal to babies. Unfortunately, we haven’t enjoyed these too much due to limited time we had.
- Walking. Apart of beautiful parks, the central London can be a pleasant experience to discover while walking. Sometimes you get faster while walking rather than using public transport, even travelling with a pushchair.
- Baby-Friendly places to eat. Most London restaurants and pubs are tolerant of parents bringing their children. There were not a big deal to find a good place to eat with our baby.
- Breastfeeding/Bottle feeding in London. It is widely accepted to breastfeed in public almost everywhere in London, I used to breastfeed few times only, as we have made use of the bottle during the day. If you need water for your baby’s formula, you can go in whatever cafe and they are pretty friendly to give it to you. Most of the times for no costs.
- Enjoy. The best time is the family time.
Our journey in London did not go to plan but we managed to have a great time together.