Our trip to London.

Ahh 2020 is truly the gift that keeps giving, with Lockdown 2.0 now in place I’m throwing it back to last week when we took the kids to London for the night and packed our trip with sightseeing, museums and a trip down the Thames. I thought I’d share some of the places we visited because we had the best time and things have to go back to normal at some point right?…

Where we stayed…

We decided to drive to London rather than take the train, which takes just under 2 hours for us, so we needed a hotel with parking. We stayed at a Marriott during the summer so had a nose on their website and found the London Marriott Regent’s Park Hotel. They have a special park and stay rate, which offers a deluxe family room, parking for the duration of your stay and breakfast. The hotel was so clean, the rooms were lovely and spacious, and the hotel’s leisure club has reopened allowing you access to the pool, sauna and steam room. TIP: You need to book a slot to use the swimming pool with the leisure club reception.

Checking in on Buckingham Palace.
Checking in on Buckingham Palace.

The hotel is located a couple of minutes away from Swiss Cottage tube station (Jubilee line) and it’s just a couple of stops into Central London.

I’d 100% recommend the hotel. The kids loved it; the beds were super comfy and big, and the breakfast was SO good.

Sightseeing…

Are you even allowed to visit London without stopping by at Buckingham Palace to see the Queen? It was first stop for us and the kids were amazed by the guards. They both also loved running around in Green Park and found the biggest leaves I’ve ever seen.

We walked down to Westminster to show them Big Ben (although it’s still covered in scaffolding) and the Houses of Parliament before heading down to the river to get the TFL River Bus. We travelled from Westminister to London Bridge and managed to bag seats at the back of the boat looking out to the London skyline. For adults you can use either an Oyster, travelcard or contactless payment, kids under 5 are free and it’s just a couple of pounds for 5 – 15 year olds.

Our trip to London
Fun in London!
Museums…

My eldest is the biggest dinosaur fan; he can name almost any dinosaurs and roll off fact after fact about them so any trip to London needs to include a trip to the National History Museum. The museum is free to visit (although donations are greatly appreciated as it’s a charity) and tickets will be available to book on their website once we’ve completed the next lockdown. As well as the iconic dinosaur exhibition, which houses fossils, animatronics and models, there are countless other areas to explore including the Wildlife Garden, Attenborough Studio and the Red Zone featuring the Human Evolution gallery. TIP: If your little one is a fan of Andy’s Dinosaur Adventure on cBeebies you can grab a picture with his clock just behind the Hintze Hall.

Exploring at the National History Museum.
Exploring at the National History Museum.

We also managed to book tickets for the Science Museum, which again are free to book. As great as it is, the museum is much more suited to older children so we didn’t spend too much time here, especially since we’d promised the kids a trip to the Disney Store – rookie mistake!

Getting around…

We used the tube, river boat and black cab. I was a little worried about taking Ada on the underground, just because of having the pushchair and using the escalators but it was so easy. Don’t think it’d be great if you had a baby though, props to parents in London who have to get around the city all day everyday with kids!

And the elephant in the room…

Obviously things were different – the whole city was so much quieter than normal, the hotel was quiet, we managed to get seats on the underground almost every journey and had the whole dinosaur exhibition to ourselves for a while at the National History Museum. However, as masks, hand sanitiser and social distancing have basically become our normal life the kids had no idea anything was different. Everywhere felt super safe and secure.

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