A Toddler in London

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



  1. Jenny paulin October 3, 2012 / 8:32 am

    I wish I had the energy and keenness for running about that a toddler has! Sounds like he kept daddy busy! I love his cool jacket and hat x

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:40 pm

      He loved it and it was a lot of fun, I thought I’d be completely stressed out. That jacket needs putting away now, its gone really short. But his Dad keeps pulling it back out! 🙂

  2. Kelly Wiffin October 3, 2012 / 11:37 am

    I don’t know where my daughter gets her energy from..wish I did, would love to have more energy!

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:40 pm

      I know! I think we could bottle and sell it!

  3. lauracymft October 3, 2012 / 12:09 pm

    I wish I had the energy of a toddler! Sounds like he had a good workout!

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:41 pm

      He definitely kept us on our toes but it was good fun.

  4. Louise Lloyd October 3, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    hehehe! It is amazing where they get their drive and motivation from isn’t it!? Sounds like a great weekend though!

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:41 pm

      It is, I wish I had half his energy sometimes!

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:51 pm

      I know. I’m not sure how we would cope if we had two!

  5. The Moiderer October 3, 2012 / 4:38 pm

    I run everywhere with the little one. I think we can learn a lot from toddlers about casual exercise!

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:42 pm

      I have become a lot fitter since having him and that’s just from running around after him!

  6. Sarah Wood October 3, 2012 / 5:16 pm

    Lovely! Great way to get fit for all of you and a fab pic 🙂

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  7. HonestMum.com October 3, 2012 / 7:15 pm

    Gorgeous pic and my toddler is exactly the same…I’m tired x

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:42 pm

      Hehe, you will have all this again when baby finds his feet!

  8. bubbablue October 3, 2012 / 7:30 pm

    Oh god, I’m taking mine to London in November, so guess I need to start training!

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:43 pm

      Yes!! But I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it and am already bugging the OH about another trip

  9. Sim's Life October 3, 2012 / 7:50 pm

    Super cute!! A definite way to keep fit! Toddlers seem to have a constant supply of energy!

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:45 pm

      Its so true…and we’re going to attempt it abroad, soon,…hopefully!

  10. Nikki Thomas October 3, 2012 / 8:37 pm

    Aw such a cute photo! It is true that going to London with children is exhausting! And without for that matter! We went a few months ago and the travelling around and the sheer volume of people made me very glad to come home!

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:46 pm

      We took him to Oxford street and didn’t even make it halfway up before we diverted very quickly into a Pizza Hut!

  11. fivegoblogging October 3, 2012 / 9:01 pm

    A toddler is the perfect workout!

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:46 pm

      It is! He loved it more than us I think!

  12. Misty October 3, 2012 / 9:43 pm

    I always wonder where my little girl gets her energy from, it certainly isn’t from me! Sounds like you had a fab time and he kept you on your toes. Fab post x

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:47 pm

      I wish I had more energy to keep up with him sometimes! He now pulls my hand to get me to hurry up!

  13. Erica Price October 4, 2012 / 6:59 am

    We did a London trip when H was not much older than Z. He loved it, but it was totally different to pre child London visits and we went to totally different places: Hamleys, the park, etc. Biggest issue was the pushchair/carrier thing. I’d been sent a carrier to test so we used that and it worked well with the tube.

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:47 pm

      Definitely, I used to love the Theatre and just milling around Covent Garden. We didn’t get anywhere near those places this time.

  14. Little Miss October 4, 2012 / 3:35 pm

    Haha sounds like toddler had lots of fun!
    If you take him again, I’ll let you know what other great things London has to offer for toddlers! We love the science museum, it has a great water play and more section x

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:48 pm

      We’ll have to try those next time. We kept having to rush back to the hotel for nap time…and jumping into bed ourselves (to sleep!)

  15. TheMadHouse October 5, 2012 / 11:01 am

    My boys adore London, it is MIni’s fav place ever. It was lovely to meet you at the MADS

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:48 pm

      And you!! I really really enjoyed it. We loved the whole break in London too. Its just been so long since we’ve been.

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:50 pm

      Hehe…I am hoping we get better. Eventually!

  16. Susan Mann (@susankmann) October 7, 2012 / 9:15 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time. I’ve not ventured into taking the boys to London, it’s just to far, but you make it sound fun xx

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:50 pm

      It was a really good place. I was terrified of putting him down in places because of the pace of people but in the right places he had loads of fun.

    • notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:50 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  17. notmyyearoff October 19, 2012 / 4:49 pm

    It was a good trip. Somewhat easier than I thought it would be but still very hectic and hardwork at times.

  18. let's go crabbing mum October 31, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    You are very brave to venture into central London with a toddler. I lived in London for a while and going to Oxford Str wouldn’t be my idea of fun, but I guess you stayed nearby and were visiting. Sounds like you had lots of fun!! 🙂

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