Why you should visit London with a Toddler:
We have just come back from a fantastic family trip to London and it has inspired me to write a post about why you should visit London with a toddler. Everyone knows that toddlers are little bundles of energy and excitement, but they are like sponges too; they soak up all the information given them and ask questions until they really understand things in their own little way. If you would rather a sporty/more active family holiday check out Potters Resort.
We have pointed out a few landmarks in London recently to our toddler while watching films; you can see Big Ben in Mary Poppins, Minions Movie & Hook. You can see St. Paul’s Cathedral in Mary Poppins too.
Seeing London in films began to spark an interest in London for our toddler and she became more and more curious about where this magical place was. We decided that now at nearly 3 years old would be the perfect time for our family to visit London with a toddler and I can honestly hand on heart say I am so glad we did it. Looking at my little girls face light up as she saw all the famous buildings that she had seen in the films was incredible.
Where To Stay When You Visit London With A Toddler:
Book a Family Room or Suite at The Hilton Park Lane: The Hotel has a perfect location overlooking Hyde Park. We stayed in the absolutely incredible Park Lane Suite; we had an entrance hall, a living room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Hyde Park, a huge bathroom with a bath, shower, bidet, toilet and 2 sinks, a walk in dressing room and a huge Queen size bed. If you are looking for an extra special treat for your family, then definitely book the Park Lane Suite; it is one of those bucket list items that you definitely need to make sure you do at some point in your life! I cannot describe how lovely it was to sit in the lounge having a cup of tea and a biscuit while drinking in the incredible, breathtaking views over Hyde Park.
The hotel is perfectly located too. It is a short & easy stroll to some of the main London tourist attractions including: Queen Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace & Hyde Park. If you fancied a spot of shopping during your trip (who wouldn’t), the hotel is just a short walk from Bond Street, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and every child’s dream store Hamleys.
What Attractions To Visit In London With A Toddler:
The Tower Of London: The Tower Of London is steeped in British Regal history; William the conqueror started to build the tower in the early 1080’s & the fortress has been added to by successive monarchs in the centuries since. The Tower of London is a perfect place to visit in London with a toddler as there is so much there to see and do.
There are many different buildings and exhibits all of which are sure to capture your child’s imagination. The highlight of the Tower of London & dare I say it the jewel in its crown, is actually the crown jewels. Me & Our toddler absolutely loved seeing the crown jewels; she kept looking at the jewels then looking up at the giant portrait of the Queen that towers of it. She was literally awe inspired. My husband preferred the more torturous and bloodier side of the Tower of London. The Tower of London really does have something for everyone and is a great space for toddlers to explore. While you are there do not forget to check out their fabulous Armouries cafe!
ZSL London Zoo. London Zoo is the perfect place for families to visit. Our toddler loved seeing the animals close up and was fascinated by what they were eating, what they were doing and why they doing different things.
The great thing about London Zoo is that they have an action packed activity timetable which you can play your day around to make sure you do not miss out on the best the zoo has to offer. You can watch a penguin show at penguin beach, have a close up peek into the life of a tiger at Tigers Live or learn about Giraffe’s at Giraffe’s High Tea, plus many many more. The zoo is well laid out with all the exhibits close together.
London zoo is quite flat so that makes it nice and easy to walk around especially for younger children. It has plenty of toilets and places to stop for a snack or a bite to eat so you don’t need to worry about anything. There is a great little shop at the entrance that sells anything you may have forgotten to take with you – for us that was baby wipes & gloves, believe it or not!
I am sure you can now see why I recommend a visit to London with a toddler. There are so many magical experiences to take in and so much to see and do that I really hope you are inspired to take a trip.
Disclaimer: We were given our stay at The Hilton Park Lane, our London Zoo Tickets and our Tower of London Tickets Free in exchange for this review, nevertheless, all the opinions are still my own honest ones.