Capital tots

Adventures and days out for babies, toddlers and children in and around London - the greatest City on earth

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Museum of London Docklands

Great wet weather option

Easy with buggy


Step free at West India Quay / East London

Getting there / tickets and vital info

Capital tots thoughts:

Frequently voted the best museum for under 5s, the Museum of London Docklands is great for toddlers and younger kids. Its Mudlarks Gallery encourages children to explore the life of London using touch, sound and smell. They seem to have covered everything, waterplay, soft play, lifting things, pressing buttons, pulling levers, building things – in short it is brilliant. The Museum limits the number of children in the Gallery at any one time so it never feels over crowded. They also run Messy Mondays on the first Monday of every month and Musical Mondays on the third Monday of every month. These sessions need to be booked in advance but are well worth attending although the last time my 18 month old went, he spent more time playing with the sink and the door than taking notice of the activity - still he enjoyed it.

NOTE: It is
not very well signposted from the Riverboat and involves crossing some busy roads. If this concerns you, it is a 2 minute easy walk from the DLR station West India Quay.


There is a café next to the Mudlarks gallery which is pretty decent with good hot chocolate and is totally baby-friendly.

Make a day of it by:

Getting the Riverboat either to or from the Gallery and then getting the Docklands Light Railway home. Hop across the river to Greenwich Park and see the Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum which are just 10 minutes on the Riverboat or DLR from MoLD. Or get the DLR to Stratford and go to the Discover Story Centre.

What did you think?

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