Thursday, 2 October 2014

How Child-Friendly is London?

How easy is it to raise little people 
in one of the world's most famous capitals? 

Let's map the pros and cons of London life with kids 
to see how child-friendly this city really is. 

A Mum in London

YES, THE MUSEUMS
London, said to be the world's museums capital, is the place to dip little toes in culture and to broaden horizons. Most London museums have free entry and amazing facilities for the little ones. Our favourites are the Science Museum, the Natural History and the Tate Modern

NO, THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Buses have limited space for buggies, and the tube, apart from being crowded most of the times, has no step-free access {few are the stations with a lift}. So, since I wouldn't recommend trying to navigate a buggy in a packed train, the best way to get around London is to walk, unless it's raining, but that's another story.

A Mum in London

YES, THE PARKS & GREEN SPACES
Occupying a high place on the list with the world's greenest cities, London is a haven for outdoor fun. With eight Royal Parks {our favourite is Richmond Park} and plenty of greens and local parks, most of them equipped with state of the art playgrounds, this is children's heaven. A must-visit playground is the Diana Playground in Kensington Gardens.

NO, THE HOUSING MARKET
With the average price of houses rising higher year by year, London is one of the world's most expensive capitals when it comes to buying or renting a house. Lots of families, struggling to pay extortionate prices, move further out, while buying a flat in the capital is a distant dream for most of the people, especially those who have children. I calculated that, adding a member to our family, would set us back £500 pounds per month in terms of finding a bigger house. Eek!

A Mum in London

YES, THE FAMILY SUPPORT SYSTEM
Most, if not all, of London's councils have in place a network of family friendly facilities like Children's Centres and Kids' Clubs. There you can meet other families, join playgroups, get support and even attend courses {a crรจche is provided}.

NO, THE CHILDCARE COSTS
Returning to work is not an easy option for mothers; more so if they have to face the cost of childcare in London. With an average price of £320 pounds per week for a full time place, it's likely that one whole salary will be used to pay for childcare. And for families with more than one child, going back to work is simply not an option.


Read more about London's Museums and Parks, and explore more child-friendly activites in London.

3 comments:

  1. I love having London at my doorstep with the little one. Transport can be tricky, but I'm starting to get used to riding the bus more often. Of course, I don't live in Central London, so I'm sure it can get really annoying for those who do! #MBPW

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  2. Hi Shannon! Yes, London public transport with buggies/toddlers can be a bit tricky, we avoid it when we can (except when it's raining)!

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  3. Yeah I live in London too and all of these things I agree with. Traveling is a pain, and child care costs just ridiculous... Lovely city otherwise #mbpw

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