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New In London, Kids In Tow

 September 23, 2015  /  Comments Off on New In London, Kids In Tow

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London is one of the most exciting cities in the world for families because there is so much to do! Just take a look at all the museums, art galleries, fabulous architecture and history going on here. Then there’s all the royal stuff, all the pomp and pageantry that we see on TV. It’s amazing to learn that this stuff actually happens in real life.

Yup.

London never switches off. Just like New York, it’s a 24/7 deal in this town. For work and play. And if you have just arrived in this fair city to live and work with kids in tow, here’s a word of advice… Prepare.

Most London newbies arrive for work reasons. With a very strong financial sector and a massive reputation as a strong commercial player, London attracts talent from across the globe. If you and your brood are fresh off the plane at Heathrow and need to hit the ground running, here are some suggestions for how you might ease your transition to London living.

New In London, Kids In Tow

Family Matters Matter

If the kids aren’t happy, then neither are the parents. Contact the schools you want your kids to attend well in advance of their start date to ensure smooth, trouble free enrolment. London has a blend of state and private schools catering to all ages. There are international schools too which can offer overseas curriculum where necessary.

If your kids are too young for school and you need childcare fast, find the best nanny by checking out RockMyBaby. This online nanny agency based in London has a wide range of fully vetted nannies who offer exactly what you need in terms of childcare. With an emphasis on flexibility and convenience, RockMyBaby is a nanny agency of the modern age that delivers the highest quality childcare service.

Getting Around

Because of nightmare traffic, parking difficulties and the congestion charge, many Londoners eschew the car-owning option. Without a car, you are free to hop on a bus, tube train, black cab, Thames river boat, Docklands Light Railway or train to navigate your way around London. Cyclists are well catered for with extensive bike lines marked out, but be careful – it can be crazy out there on the roads. Moving about the capitol city is easy and fast and most Londoners pay using an Oyster card for speed and convenience.

Things to do with the Kids

Where to start? It depends on the age and preferences of your kids, but long, boring empty weekends are not going to be a problem in London. For a start London is blessed with many parks and green spaces, just perfect for running around and burning off energy.
The Olympic Park in Stratford built for the 2012 Games is a great place to take kids of all ages with sports and activities to watch and take part in. Museums such as The Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum and The British Museum are mostly free of charge to enter and offer a hugely interesting array of exhibits – enough to spark the imagination of any child.

Add to that the live music, opera, ballet, art galleries, theatre, bustling markets and shopping streets – London doesn’t let up for a moment with the entertainment.

Don’t Go Hungry

Food plays a big role in family life. Make sure your brood samples traditional London fare such as jellied eels or pie and liquor – this is a unique East End recipe that has been eaten by the locals for years. It is an acquired taste, but definitely one to go on the gastronomic bucket list. Fish and chips are a favourite traditional British food and should be served up with plenty of salt and vinegar and eaten out of the paper (don’t put them on a plate!) Pubs and restaurants are likely places to track down the famous roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with gravy and seasonal vegetables – washed down with a foaming pint of finest real ale.

If you want a window into the more cutting-edge foodie world of London, visit Borough Market – it’s the perfect place to put together a family picnic. Home to plenty of artisan producers and specialist providers of anything from charcuterie, organic bread, honey, cheese, herbs and more, your taste-buds won’t be disappointed.

If you are new in London with kids in tow, use these tips to get oriented and settled in – because the sooner you sort out the practical stuff, the quicker the fun can start…

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