My husband Sumit travels quite a bit for work and London is a regular destination for him, he is there every few weeks. Last time he was there, Louis and I went with him.
This was Louis’ first air travel and turns out he is just as good at it as his brother. Granted, Stockholm to London is just a two and a half hour flight, with a one hour time difference, so this was “air travel light”. The most trying portion of the trip was actually the very last part, getting home from the airport on the way back (snow storm + traffic jam + screaming baby). The rest of it was really pretty great (except that we missed Alec like CRAZY!).
Here’s how it all went down:
We stayed in central London, between two great neighborhoods – Marylebone and Notting Hill. London is big but pretty easy to get around. However, the tube (underground/subway) is not very stroller-friendly. Even buses are tricky with a regular stroller. I had a snap-n-go with infant car seat and a Baby Björn carrier and had no trouble getting around. We did several bus rides, a tube ride (but with husband, so he carried the stroller up and down all the stairs), an airport express train ride and a ton of walking. I love to walk and five months is the perfect age to spend a lot of time in the stroller.
We didn’t do a ton of shopping but we did stop into the sales a little and picked up a few things at The Gap (we don’t have The Gap in Sweden), Petit Bateau, Uniqlo. I also bought books for the kids and for my bestie from the museums we visited. We browsed Liberty and bought some toys for Alec at Hamley’s.
We had late mornings at the hotel and slept past my husband leaving for the office. Breakfast at the hotel and then out with the stroller for a nap. We did a lot of walking in Kensington Garden, which is really lovely. There is a pond with swans and geese, loads of paths for walking and the Princess Diana Memorial Playground looks like so much fun. We strolled through Notting Hill, Kensington, Marylebone, Mayfair, Oxford Street. We walked the South Bank and spent a whole day at the Tate Modern – definitely the best day. We visited the Victoria & Albert Museum. We had coffee with a high school friend of mine.
We had a few café lunches and a few takeaway. And lots of yummy snacks throughout the day. We had a little break just hanging out in our hotel room every day – some time to just practice kicking and rolling over and cuddling. And in the evening we either went out to eat or stayed in. We ended up eating out every other day. Louis is pretty easygoing and it was not a problem taking him with us for early restaurant dinners, but we felt that every other night in (with room service or takeaway) gave us a good balance and meant that his regular bedtime didn’t go completely out the window. Although all the stroller napping made it hard to go back to crib naps when we got home. And my husband was able to join us for some sightseeing over the weekend.
Louis is at the perfect age to do this kind of trip right now. But this trip also made me realize that it would be really doable with Alec as well, and even with both of them. Very fun!