Over the past few years we've been very lucky to do quite a bit of travelling with Luisa. I've waffled on before about how we always make travel and experiences a priority and how we tried to fit as many trips in as we could before she turned two and we needed to pay for an extra seat on the plane. The lower cost of living was one of the reasons we decided to move back to Northern Ireland and part of that was to ensure we could keep travelling as a family.
London has always held a special place in my heart, it's such a vibrant and exciting place which is always ahead of the curve with fashion and food. The first time we took Luisa to London was in the summer of 2016 for Britmums Live conference. I'll admit I was a bit worried that we wouldn't have the same fun experiences we were used to, with a baby in tow. I needn't have been concerned, she took it in her stride and we've been back twice since.
There is so much for young families to enjoy in the capital, from museums to parks and amazing food it's got it all. One of our favourite places to go is the Natural History Museum, admission is free and you really could spend all day there. It's absolutely perfect for a toddler as they can really roam around and take in all the wonderful exhibits - Luisa just missed Dippy on our last trip but was in awe of the Blue Whale.
Even if you've been before I think Madame Tussauds is worth visiting more than once! We really enjoyed it and I think it's totally family friendly. In fact a toddler is an excellent 'tour guide' as they really have no inhibitions and will happily run up to all the wax works to see who they are and pose for a photo, or at least Luisa will! The venue itself is fully accessible and there's baby changing facilities on site.
We've never been to the London Transport Museum but I've read a few reviews from other bloggers and I cannot wait to go! It's free for under 17s and the 'All Aboard' play are looks fantastic. Children under 7 can learn to drive a bus, work as mechanics and dress up in TFL uniforms. Luisa would have an absolute blast as she loves to play pretend.
In terms of food in London we've always been fairly lucky in that we just take Luisa wherever we fancy, within reason of course. She'll not be dining at Marco Pierre White anytime soon! One of our favourite places to eat in London is Pizza Union. It's a no frills, suer fast and very trendy pizza place where your food is cooked fresh in minutes and your table must be fought for. When we visit the city we're always on the go so we like fresh and fast food. They have four branches across the city now, we've been to the ones in Kings Cross and Aldgate East.
If you're looking for something with extra wow-factor the Rainforest Cafe seems to get rave reviews. We've never been but I think Luisa would really enjoy it so maybe next time. I believe you need to book in advance during the school holidays as it's very popular with families.
Have you been to London with young children? If there's a particular attraction you'd recommend I'd love to hear about it, you never know when we'll be back again!