Covent Garden

In Covent Garden the terrain is mostly pedestrian; it’s easy buggy terrain.  Just watch out for clusters of tourists who block pavements and don’t understand, or even hear, "Excuse Me!" no matter what language you use.

Things to do: London Transport Museum

The collection of buses, trams, trains and all thing automotive was started in the 1920’s.  The building was completely refurbished a couple of years ago making it accessible and modern inside despite it actually being the original Covent Garden Flower market. 
Kids can dress-up like a train driver, pretend to drive a real bus and get involved with the hands-on exhibitions.  They can sneak in and out of old train carriages, have a tumble in the soft play area and chat to one of the costumed actors who stroll about the place looking for a friendly conversation.  Its a really fun, well thought out museum for families.

Admission: free for under 16s; Adults £8.00
Baby-changing facilities: Yes.
Baby feeding room: Yes.
Picnic area: Yes, indoor.
Ramp or lift access: Yes.
Free cloakroom: Yes, will accept buggies.
First Aid station: Yes.
Kiddie trail: Yes.

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BB
020 7379 6344

Eating: Livebait

A few minutes stroll from Covent Garden is Livebait, a restaurant renowned for its great fish and chips, plus all the fish is ethically sourced.  Families are welcomed with a pile of colouring sheets and pencils and nothing is too much trouble for the young, fresh-faced staff that scamper round the restaurant in their smart outfits, like busy little penguins. 
Children’s menu includes battered hake or free-range egg omelette with salad or peas, fresh bread, juice (there’s apple, pineapple, cranberry or tomato), plus a dessert (ice cream, sorbets or fruit) and to end a mini hot-chocolate or frothy milk.  Price: £6.95.

Highchairs: Yes.
Baby-changing facilities: Yes.
Colouring/activity packs: Yes.
Child-friendly staff: Yes.
Style: Modern, fresh and airy.

Livebait, Wellington Street, WC2E 7DN
020 7836 7161

Eating: Maxwell’s

Just off Covent Garden is Mazwell’s, an exciting and busy restaurant where children are treated like little grown-ups.  Priced at £6.95 the Kids Menu comes with main course, dessert and a drink.  There’s spare ribs, burgers, quesadillas, BBQ chicken salad or wraps.  Maxwell’s Mess is highly recommended (strawberries, crushed meringues and cream.)  Funky, vibrant and good fun.

Highchairs: Yes.
Baby-changing facilities: Yes.
Colouring pages: Yes.
Child-friendly staff: Yes.
Style: Busy, American-style grill restaurant.

Maxwell’s, 8 James Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8BH
020 7836 0303