Living so close to London, the boys and I are always travelling in to the big smoke on the undergound, its become the norm for us. We are either visiting London for a day trip, meeting up with daddy during the holidays for a spot of lunch or attending an audition for one of the children.
London is our favourite city, i love the hustle and bustle, the history and the architecture that the big smoke has to offer. We live in greater London, just at the end of the district line and it can take us about 45 minutes on the tube to arrive up the west end.
In the summer we take our bikes on the train and we cycle around hyde park, daddy is a keen cyclist and loves to cycle everywhere, he works up in the city and commutes there everyday on his bicycle, he says it takes him just under 30 minutes from door to door which means he is faster than the tube lol!
Travelling on the tube can be very stressful especially in the rush hour, there are times when we have waited on the platform of a station for about half an hour just so we could get onto a train that didn’t mean we would packed in like sardines.
Not all stations are easily accessible with a buggy! Investing in a lightweight buggy can be good idea. Some just have escalators which can be a bit of a nightmare when you have 2 young children that are walking as well as a baby in a buggy. I make sure that on going up the escalator I walk on it backwards first and when going down I push the buggy on first, this way I can counteract the weight and lean the buggy backwards into me so that my baby will just be sitting upright. I always tell the boys to hold hands and unfortunately I have to rely on the eldest one to ensure that his younger brother gets on and off the moving stairs safely. It’s impossible to have my child standing next to me on the escalator because people use the left hand side to walk up/down and the right hand side is just if your going to stand still.
Most stations have stairs and if I can catch the eye of a willing passer by in the hoping that they will help me carry the buggy then I am totally thankful to them but to be honest most of the time I am left to carry it myself or even ask my 9 year old to help out.
Every time I visit London with the baby in the buggy I return with bruises down my legs where the buggy has been rammed into my legs by passers by that are in too much of a rush to notice a 5ft 3″ petite lady struggling to carry a buggy up the steps. Sometimes people tutt at me because I am going too slow, they knock the boys away from me and have I have even overheard them complaining to their partners saying that I shouldn’t be using the tube.
Because of the hustle and bustle of the city I try my best not to travel in the rush hour, it just makes the journey slightly more enjoyable and less stressful.
I have given the boys rules that they need to stick to when we are travelling on the underground :
1) Always stay close to mummy and each other
2) When getting off of the train always head straight to the wall and wait there for me
3) Always walk along the wall side when exiting the platform and never to go anywhere near the track side
4) I tell them where we are getting off and always tell them the stop before to get ready
5) IF they happen to be still on the train and I am on the platform they are to get off at the next stop and wait against the wall for me
6) IF mummy is still on the train and they are on the platform then they are to wait in the same spot for me to come back and get them
7) Always sit down on the train and to never stand up, that’s if there is seat available!
8) Be respectful to other travellers and not to be loud by shouting and playing loudly
9) The boys have to hold hands when getting off the train and when using the escalators or stairs
Travelling on the tube is like one big obstacle course:
First you have to manoeuvre the buggy into a space on the train
If the train is busy you have to try to edge your way out between other travellers quickly just incase the door shuts on you
You have swerve in and out of people
Then you have to battle with the escalators
Carry the buggy up the stairs trying your best not to be pushed over or knocked by others
Don’t ever stop or go slow because there is always a herd of people behind you rushing to get somewhere
Even though it can be stressful and quite a demanding journey it will never stop me from using the tube, the boys enjoy it and find it to be fun and exciting.
I’m off to London today with the baby so I wonder how my day will be!
Wish me luck!