Up until a couple of years ago, the OH and I had spent almost a decade travelling to and working in London. Mostly for work and sometimes just for some fun, usually the theatre, good shopping and good restaurant kind. last week was the first time we ventured into London city with a toddler. What do you in London when you have a toddler??
In a complete contrast to our usual relaxing weekends, Little Z spent the whole weekend being completely excited, exploring the sights and ramping up our fitness levels. I was pleasantly surprised to find that everyone in the city was very friendly and very accommodating. Not what i expected at all.
So! Based on our own trip, here’s just some of what you can do with a toddler…
Let Toddler run up Oxford street (Thank you LittleLife rucksacks!)
Run after him saying “No, No, no, Noooo!” at repeated intervals
Make Daddy run around Niketown whilst he tries to buy some trainers
Let him run around the hotel foyer and round the revolving doors! (this was suggested by the very accommodating hotel staff. We didn’t let him do it).
Let him run behind the hotel desks and then run after him
Let the hotel staff give him multiple apples to entertain him
Keep storing apples with a chunk bitten out of them in your bag that already had 3 other apples in
More circuit training in the hotel room
Take him to Pizza hut and let him go crazy eating “Kukaaaaaan!” (sweetcorn)
Confiscate the butter knife that he uses to air swordfight with.
Take him on the London underground. Let him stare and point in confusion at the other (seated) passengers that won’t get up even for a 1 year old.
Take him to Coram field, a massive park filled with kiddie equipment to play with.
Have to get off midway and carry him back to the as he’s fallen asleep with all the excitement
Let toddler jump around on the chairs at Starbucks.
Give him his first Babychino
Laugh at the reaction on his face from tasting his first “milk foam” experience
Try to free his head that is now jammed into the gaps of the armrests
Take toddler to eat a massive bowl of spaghetti and let him entertain himself with long pasta bits for an hour
Give Daddy some weightlifting training after a hard day.
Lie down watching your little fitness fanatic rolling around on the king sized bed.
We didn’t do the following but these were all the other good suggestions from people around entertaining a toddler in London
- A trip to London Zoo
- Let him run around Hyde Park
- Take him to the Science or Natural History Museum
- Take him on the London Eye
- Take him on an Open topped bus (This definitely would NOT have worked with Little Z)
- Take him to Giraffe to eat and let him run around the play area and “the little bridge”.
- A trip to The London Aquarium