10 Dates Ideas for New Parents in London
If you’re new parents who have just moved to London and you’re looking for family friendly things to do, you’ve come to the best City for entertainment. For date ideas in London, look no further:
- If you want to eat out with kids in town – Tibits is an ideal eatery. Not only is it located near the world famous Hamleys toy store, it has its own play area so you can still eat if the kids get bored. The restaurant also caters for vegetarian and vegan diets and on a Tuesday all the food is 100% vegan.
- The Rainforest Café has to be the most spectacular place to eat and shop for new families in London. It features jungle décor, moving models of animals such as a huge elephant and a gorilla, twinkling night stars, waterfalls, fish tanks with real tropical fish and authentic sound effects that create an appearance of actually being in the Rainforest – an experience you and your children will never forget. They have menu choices that will appeal to children, activity packs and crayons and if it’s little ones birthday they’ll bring him a cake with sparklers. There’s also a toy store where you can buy cuddly animals and other ethical presents.
- Who says you have to put away your clubbing shoes when you become a parent? Why don’t you just party with the kids? Baby Loves Disco offers retro music at a baby friendly volume, a bar with cocktails for the grown-ups, dance floor games and competitions for the kids and lots of toys including play tents, bubbles, musical instruments and dress up scarves so you can all have fun together.
- The Tate Modern is a fantastic family day out! Visit the famous art gallery. They have a special activity pack so you and your kids can explore architecture artwork. They also have free pick up activities and sound-scape trials for children, designed for families by musicians. If they tire of the gallery there are also shops, cafes and a restaurant. The Tate Modern Café offers free children’s meals at lunchtime if they are accompanied by a full paying adult.
- Do you like bowling? Now you can combine bowling with dining out when you visit All Star Lanes. They also have a special offer on dining and bowling for children under 12 so it needn’t be expensive to have fun.
- If you all enjoy film but taking the whole family out is too expensive, Odeon Cinema offer child prices for adult tickets if you buy a family ticket. There are also exclusive screenings for parents with babies under 2. Babies get in FREE.
- For a reasonably priced zoo experience, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo offers miniature Shetland ponies, giant rabbits, ring tailed lemurs and meerkats, to name just a few. It also has a large playground and sandpits. Adult tickets are £8.75 and children’s tickets are £6.50. Under 2’s go free.
- For an entirely free farm trip, you could visit Hackney City Farm to show the kids sheep, cows, pigs, ducks and other livestock animals. They also have arts and crafts workshops and seasonal events such as a Halloween costume parade. There are no admission fees.
- If you love toys and history, you could visit The Museum of Childhood. It features a moving toys gallery, antique dolls and teddy bears collections and examples of children’s clothing through the decades. There are daily arts and crafts, tours and story-telling. Admission is free.
- If you want to go swimming, Archway Leisure Centre in Islington has a swimming pool suitable for all ages. They also have a tropical heated leisure pool with a sloping beach.