One of the best parts about travelling with a baby is that you still have full control over what you see and do. Once your kids become toddlers, they will start sharing opinions about everywhere you go, so be sure to enjoy this limited-time opportunity that you have with your sweet, agreeable baby! That said, it doesn't all have to be about you - travelling can be an excellent development opportunity for your baby. London is packed with great attractions that will interest you and your baby! Here are six top London attractions your baby will love as much as you do:
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Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Spanning a combined 625 acres, these two contiguous parks are London's equivalent to NYC's Central Park. Among the many highlights of these parks are the famous Speaker's Corner, Kensington Palace (home to Prince William and Kate) and the Diana Memorial Playground. The park and playgrounds will be filled with interesting things for your baby to watch, including watching people in the park, the geese and swans swimming in the lakes, the squirrels climbing trees, etc. The Diana Memorial Playground is an amazing playground - it's designed for older kids, but there are still some areas within where your baby can crawl and enjoy themselves. For example, the sand in front of the pirate ship will be fun for them to play in as they watch the older kids.
A small piece of NYC's Times Square in the heart of London, Piccadilly Circus is full of tourist shopping and restaurants. There are plenty of things here which may interest your baby: the street performers are visually interesting, the bright lights of LCD TV screens on the sides of buildings and the people watching is very good.
Throughout the official Palace tour there are many portraits of current and former members of the Royal Family. Babies enjoy looking at faces and may enjoy these paintings for a short while. But the real attraction for babies is at the end of the tour. Just outside Buckingham Palace is the Family Pavilion, which is a nice place to let them crawl around and burn off some energy. If your baby is old enough there are even toys available for them to play with. Playing with the Queen's toys... pretty cool!
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There is no ritual more British than afternoon tea. This fun little luxury is typically served between 3:00 and 5:00PM. If your baby is eating solid food, they may enjoy having a nibble of the tiny sandwiches or scones, but the best part will be all the fawning attention they get from the other ladies enjoying afternoon tea!
Dramatically housed in a former power station, Tate Modern is now one of the most visited modern art museums in the world. Modern art tends to be more interesting for infants than traditional paintings. The shapes are different, the colors are vibrant and things just look different than normal. That said, this is still a museum and they can't touch, so they will likely lose interest after a while.
Natural History Museum
A world renowned centre of research, the specimens on display at London's Natural History Museum will amaze people of all ages. Included in the collection are dinosaur skeletons, as well as specimens collected by Charles Darwin. This world-class museum is geared towards educating school aged children. Your infant will likely be too young to properly enjoy the exhibits, but the sights and sounds will keep their attention.
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