9 ways to get a seat on the tube
Here’s a tongue-in cheek list about how to travel with children on the tube – inspired by half term trips on the Piccadilly line. For info about my book Homemade Kids with lots of sensible ideas about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly parenting, click here.
How to travel on the London tube with small children
1 Let the kids run around. It’s boring if they have to sit still.
2 Whatever you say, say it LOUDLY. Better still, shout.
3 Feet on seats. That’s a rule.
4 Share snacks. Crumbs aren’t a worry – they just add to the pointilist floor pattern of each tube carriage.
5 Swear at your kids, especially if they sit down quietly and start reading a book. What will happen next? They might become an intellectual or campaign against library closures.
6 Park your buggy across the aisle. That way the little one’s can’t escape, and the Bugaboo/Bee can’t tip up.
7 Life’s not fair, so make sure that you tell several of your group that they are being “stupid”.
8 Pervert old school nursery rhymes. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words just don’t excite me…” Keep repeating.
9 Leave a few memories: empty sweet and snack packs are ideal. Well there aren’t any litter bins on the tube platforms are there?
Verdict: it can be hard travelling with young children, but try not to make it an all out war against the other passengers! BTW if you are ever going to London either ask for a group discount at the tube ticket office, or if it’s just your family get your own pre-pay Oyster card. This makes all journeys cheaper and children under 11 years travel free. Get your 11 year old their own Oyster (it’s called a zip card) and they can have discounted tube journeys and free bus trips in London.