Do you have any tips for a trip to London with a 3 year old?
Everytime I get home from a work meeting in London my little boy asks whether he can go on a trip to London with me. So I’m considering options for a citybreak in London with a 3 year old. I thought it might be an idea to post a few questions here in case some of you have any tips. Perhaps you live in London or have been there recently?
The first challenge is finding some way to keep him entertained on the train for the best part of two hours each way. My son is fascinated with trains, but gets bored after 20 minutes of sitting inside one. I read somewhere that one trick is take along a selection of things to play with, but not hand everything over immediately. Do you think that would work? Do you have any other suggestions?
Another thing I’m wondering about is which of the London attractions would be suitable for a lively 3 year old. Is there anything you can recommend? The London Transport Museum might be worth a visit, if there are train-related things for my son to see. He enjoyed visiting the National Railway Museum in York.
Two things to bear in mind:
1) my son is a very bouncy child with lots of energy who likes climbing on things and running around
2) he doesn’t like the dark so we tend to avoid places with low lighting (for example, some sections of Bristol Aquarium freaked him out)
Finally, let me know if you have any tips for cheap, family-friendly places to eat or stay in London. We would be arriving at London St Pancras Station, so it might be easiest to stay in a hotel near there.
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