Babies who have learnt to crawl do not like to be kept in a pram or buggy for long periods, but when it is cold and wet outside, it can be difficult to let them roam freely. However, even in the city, there are plenty of spaces that are perfect for those times when they do not want to sit still and you could really appreciate a good coffee.
The Royal Festival Hall
The Royal Festival Hall is packed during the warmer summer months but as the weather takes a turn for the worse it becomes less popular. This is the ideal time to head there via London Bridge tube station and its buggy-friendly lifts. The venue often hosts displays, so wander around the large open space with a warm drink, and let your little one enjoy their own voyage of discovery close by.
The city zoo is vast, so there is no point trying to see everything in a day, but there are plenty of fun indoor areas to keep your little ones busy. Take them on a tour of their favourite outdoor animals, then head to the fascinating aquarium or toasty butterfly house for a change of scenery. If the idea of a seated restaurant and an overexcited child fills you with dread, then buy a pastry from the Aquarium kiosk for lunch.
The Museum of Childhood
Large museums can be particularly challenging with a buggy and an eager baby, but this beautiful museum in Bethnal Green is completely different. They keep the displays at child level and upstairs there are loads of interactive areas for kids to play freely. Treat yourself to a lovely coffee from the Benugo Cafe before you leave.
Where would you suggest as a great day out for crawling babies? Do you have any favourite locations?