Things to do with toddlers in London

Find out how to ensure a fun and safe trip if you're visiting London with a baby or toddler in tow.

London is a wonderfully family-friendly city with loads of great parks and open spaces, as well as world-class attractions with toddler-friendly activities. Here's how to keep it a tantrum-free trip!

How to take buggies and strollers on public transport

  • Download TfL's step-free Tube map: It shows which stations have step-free access to the street (eg: there's escalators and/or lifts) and between Tube lines. Stations with steps are still an option of course: if you're travelling with two adults you can carry the buggy up the stairs, and most Londoners are happy to help out if you're on your own. Tube trains, local trains and buses all have designated areas for buggies.
  • Avoid peak travel times when catching public transport: Stations, trains and buses can get extremely crowded. Almost all other forms of London's public transport are also accessible.

Kids go free in London

  • Read our guide to children's travel in London: Children under five-years-old travel free on all London public transport with a fare-paying adult. Find out more, including information for families with older children.
  • Make the most of free admission to many of London's top attractions: Many of the city's most famous spots are free to enter for children and adults alike, while children under three generally get free entry to paid attractions, including the London Eye (free entry up to three years of age), Tower of London (free entry up to five years of age) and Madame Tussauds London (free entry up to three years of age).

Breastfeeding and baby change facilities

Toddler-friendly dining

Rainforest Cafe family birthday party with a cake and candles. Image courtesy of Rainforest Cafe.
Rainforest Cafe family birthday party. Image courtesy of Rainforest Cafe.
  • Take a look at family-friendly restaurants in London: Find venues which welcome children of all ages. Many London restaurants and pubs welcome families at lunchtime and may allow children in the evening too. Check with the venue in advance to find out whether kids are allowed.

Parks and playgrounds

Step-free South Bank

A view from the balcony of the Southbank Centre, with the brutalist-style National Theatre on the right and the riverside walkway on the left.
The Southbank Centre and National Theatre © Antoine Buchet. Image courtesy of South Bank BID.
  • Take to the South Bank with babies and toddlers: The whole area is step free so it's very buggy-friendly. You can enjoy boat-spotting on the river Thames (the banks are all protected by sturdy fences), public fountains for kids to frolic in, buskers and street performers.
  • Enjoy family-friendly attractions in the area: Don't miss the SEA LIFE London aquarium (free entry for kids under three) and Tate Modern (free entry for all). The Southbank Centre hosts a varied programme of events, including family-targeted shows and activities.
  • Grab some food at kid-friendly restaurants: Try Giraffe, which offers high chairs, kids menus and baby-change facilities.

Animal attractions

Kids love animals and zoos are a great destination for parents of young (and not so young) children.

  • Enjoy a brilliant day out at ZSL London Zoo: You'll find smooth paths and step-free access everywhere, baby-change tables in all toilets, family-friendly dining options and a petting zoo with a kids play area, including water play.
  • For something smaller, Battersea Park Children's Zoo is a popular local zoo: It has a heated mother-and-baby-feeding room.
  • Visit one of London's city farms: Most have on-site cafes and are often located near local parks.

Child-friendly shows

Four dancers leap across the stage in lion costumes in The Lion King on stage in the West End of London.
See spectacular sets and costumes at a West End musical, such as The Lion King, in London. © Johan Persson/Disney The Lion King.
  • Check out children's theatre shows in London: From hit shows such as The Lion King, to seasonal touring productions of popular work such as The Gruffalo, Peppa Pig, Stick Man and more.
  • Try a baby disco: Various London venues have embraced the growing trend for baby disco, a place where you can get down on the dancefloor with young kids. Top spots include Baby Loves Disco at Dalston Junction venue Arcola Theatre and Disco Loco at Hackney Showroom.

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