If you are in London during Christmas holidays, this is a little selection of places and things to do if you are parents of toddler under 3:
- Christmas lights – During Christmas season, London changes his character and in my opinion becomes one of the most romantic citites of the world. All the mainly landmarks of the city are enriched by a multitude of lights to ogle. What about taking a double decker bus for best enjoying them? According to this article the best bus routes for seeing London’s Christmas lights are the 10, the 23 and the RV1. And the cost is really affordable, only 1,50£ per ticket.
- Christmas at Kew Garden – Kew gardens is a stunning botanical park (a must see visit all around year) where you can see beautiful light sculptures, a Christmas village and visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Here you can have a preview. There are timed entrance between 5pm and 8.15pm. This park is a little far from the centre of London; in case you have chosen an accomodation in west London it will be very easy to reach. Most of the dates are sold out, you can anyway change on the website or try to go without reservation, every day there are 100 tickets available for brave parents. Nearest Tube Station: Kew Gardens Station (District Line — Richmond branch and London Overground). The main entrance is the Victoria Gate that is 400 metres far from the station. Entry: Child (4-16): 10£ – Adult: 18£
- Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – A little corner of paradise for the little ones is Winter wonderland, a six-weeks fair in the heart of the capital, that celebrates its 10 year anniversary. There is the UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink and some bookable attractions (Giant Wheel, Nutcracker on ice), restaurants and a lot of leisures activities. Best to go in the morning or during the day to avoid crowds. Nearest tube stations: Hyde Park Corner, Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch. Entry: Free.
- Lego Store – The world’s largest Lego Store has just opened in Leicester Square. It’s spread over 2 floors and has the largest LEGO constructed Big Ben. There’s also a tube train with a seat for you to get the picture with William Shakespeare, David Beckham and the Queen. A world exclusive of the store is also the Mosaic Maker which scans the face like in a passport photo booth, and then converts the image into a LEGO pixels. Nearest tube stations: Leicester Square. Entry: Free.
- The Lego Santa Workshop – Covent Garden Piazza hosts till 29th December the Lego Santa Workshop made up of 700,000 Lego bricks. It’s the annual installation made up in the piazza. Nearest tube stations: Covent Garden. Entry: Free.
- Zoo – The zoo is always a good choice for a day out with a toddler and you can also meet there Father Christmas in a area dedicated to fun activities (pre-booking required). It’s not convenient (25 £ per person) but it worths the visit. Nearest Station: Camden Town. Entry times: from 10am to 4pm (last visit at 3pm) – closed on the 25th of December.
- London Eye and South bank Christmas market – This is another spot of the city where spend some hours, especially because far from streets and perfect with buggies. You can walk along the Themes and watching Christmas decoration from the river, or from the London Eye that could be crowded, in case you want to do it is better to pre-book online. Nearest station: Westminister.
- Christmas carol – A Christmas tradition for Londoner and for the whole family, that you shouldn’t miss to do. Check local newspaper listings for carol concerts in your area and you will get you in the perfect Christmas spirit.
- Hamley’s – The world and largest store in the world organizes fun activities for toddler 2-8 years old and the possibility to meet Santa Claus. It seems to be sold out, however a visit to the store never disappoints.
- Natural History Museum – One of the most loved Museum of the city by locals, it’s a good excuse to explore one of my favorite borough of London, South Kensington. I have already posted the story of our visit that you can read here, the museum can be visit all around the year, however you can’t miss to see the winter ice rink. Nearest Tube station: South Kensington Entry: free.
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