Exploring London without a car can be a daunting task for parents, especially those with young children. But with the right knowledge and preparation, it can be an enjoyable and stress-free experience. In England, children are legally allowed to travel in taxis and minicabs without a car seat, making it easier for parents to get around. Plus, renting a car is expensive and fuel costs can be high.
TPG has the inside scoop from a mother who has been driving around the British streets with two children under 4 years old without a car of her own. If you're travelling with a double stroller, you can leave it in the stroller and carry it up or down like the mini-emperors that they are. Alternatively, if you don't want your walking child to run freely in a busy subway station, you can also bring the stroller along. The world's first commercial railway line opened between Liverpool and Manchester in 1830, but post-war England became very focused on cars, with ugly highways and gray ring roads that stretched across the country like wildfire.
Fortunately, once you know the subway map, London is one of the easiest places to travel without a car in the entire country. If you're travelling to London from abroad, you may want to bring your car seat for the trip from the airport on a car service. But once you're in London, it's completely possible to get around without having to carry a car seat.