London Family Travel

When visiting the capital city of England, London, with a family, there are many factors you may want to take in. One of the most important is that London family travel can be very cheap indeed, with any child under the age of 14 travelling free on the underground and bus services. To take advantage of this, simply ensure you take proof of your child’s age – such as a passport or birth certificate – with you and show it to the relevant personnel for your free travel.

One of the primary worries when it comes to London family travel is, as with all major cities. The safety aspect. If you are planning to take your family to London in the near future, the good news is that travelling through this historic and vibrant city is becoming increasingly safe.

New London Mayor Tory Boris Johnson, in the first decision he made in his new role, banned alcohol on the London underground and other London transport. This makes travelling through London via the underground much safer for all involved, particularly families. Following a fire at Kings Cross Station in 1987, smoking is permanently banned on both underground carriages and platforms; ideal for families.

London Family TravelWhile these new measures are excellent in regards to London family travel, it is only to be expected that anyone travelling to the city may have fears over terrorism on the London transport system. These worries are particularly understandable following the attacks of July 7th 2005, where suicide bombers attacked underground carriages and a bus in Haverstock Square, killing 52 people. Atrocious as these attacks were, they should not put you off travelling to London; in fact, acts of terrorism on London public transport are rare, and an increased security presence since July 7th and the failed bombings of July 21st the same year have meant the underground is safer than ever.

In general, family transport in London is as safe as it is in any capital city. The Metropolitan Police report falling crime statistics, which have not even had time to take into account the change in crime levels since the banning of alcohol in 2008.

Travelling on the underground – commonly referred to as the Tube – is the easiest and most direct way to navigate across the city. With Tube stops every few miles and a map that initially looks complex but is actually self-explanatory, the underground carries thousands of travellers every year.

When travelling by Tube with a family, there are some things to bear in mind. The Tube is a commuter network first and foremost and can be very crowded in the early morning and around 5pm; if you can, travel outside of these hours. It is also, even in the depths of winter, hot in underground carriages due to the lack of fresh air and close set of people. While this is not a huge problem, do bear it in mind when travelling with young children and brief them to expect it. Removing your coat and other paraphernalia such as scarves and gloves will make the journey more comfortable, and you can enjoy London all the more.