The capital of the UK is known for being one of the most exciting, vibrant places in the world, full of points of entertainment and opportunity, for adults and children alike. What people probably don’t think about though, is how this makes it an amazing city to work in as a nanny.
Below are some of the ‘must do’s for a nanny in London, seeking activities that cater for both children and adults.
- Museums and Galleries. Say no more. London is full of them. With the Natural History Museum, V&A, The British Museum, and art galleries such as the Tate Modern and The National Gallery, there is never a lack of educational activities in this city. Most are free, and there is plenty to choose from. Museums and galleries are excellent in catering for children as well, with regular events throughout the year designed to make your trip easier. The Tate Modern is particularly accommodating and has numerous activities for children.
- Parks. Weather permitting of course. It is England after all. But even in later months of the year, London’s parks have so much to offer, providing you all wrap up warm. In the summer, they are unbeatable. In West London, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are a stone’s throw away, making the day simultaneously historical and outdoorsy. Hyde Park also has the glorious Serpentine, on which children and nannies can take a stroll around, and even chance a pedalo ride. Regent’s Park is also a favourite for a day out with the children.
- A visit of the sights, palaces, bridges etc. Some children love the history and beauty, others aren’t fussed. But there is always somewhere in between that they will find interest in. For example, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It’s best to approach from St James’s Park and is well worth a watch. Children are fascinated by the formality and the overall show right before their eyes.
- Go on a walking tour around particular locations that they might have an interest in. Some children love Harry Potter and London is brimming with JK Rowling’s inspiration. Others may be interested in Arts/Theatre/Music so visiting the West End even just to have a wander around whilst relating it to their favourites is always a great idea. Often there are people dressed up around Leicester Square and Covent Garden, so this is always fun to see. Reading books with children, such as Oliver Twist and Harry Potter, and visiting locations afterwards really helps them to envision the story.
- Travel around the city! This doesn’t have to be the hop-on-hop-off bus tours that surround the city. Believe it or not, one of the most exciting things for a child in London is the idea of the tube/train/overground and the River Bus. Choosing a destination and building up the idea of a new and thrilling method of travel can be one of the most fun ways to spend a day with a child in London.
About the author: Olivia Baillie is an MA English Literature student, studying at Kings College London, and part-time nanny.
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She has worked for a number of families in London since moving to study from Manchester where she completed her undergraduate degree. She is currently based in South Kensington, in a role that involves travel around the world.
What do you like to do with your charges in London? Let us know in the comments section below! And if you’re still stuck for activities, visit the Jobs in Childcare blog for more fun activity ideas, including a Harry Potter treasure hunt.