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Petersham Nurseries
May 22, 2016
Take the train from central London to Richmond Station and follow the high street through town toward the river. Turn left and walk along the river past the cafés and kayak sheds. Cross the pasture filled with buttercups and cowpies, and venture toward Petersham Nurseries. Set within this lovely garden centre is a restaurant that ...
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NORTH LONDON
Niddle Noddle - a charming children's shop in Crouch End
April 28, 2016
Niddle Noddle has long been a favourite London-based online shop -- with a super cute selection of toys, gifts, books and clothing for kids. For the past few years, they've participated in markets around London and have set up temporary pop-up shops in my North London neighbourhood - always with great success. So you can imagine ...
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EAST LONDON
Story Deli
April 21, 2015
We take pizza very seriously in our family and almost always prefer our pizza the way you'd find it in a restaurant in Naples:  good, Italian, wood oven-fired pizza with the freshest of ingredients and a nice, fluffy-ish crust from slow-fermented Italian dough. I say almost always because there is an exception, and it's the ...
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Maltby Street Market
April 21, 2015
We love visiting food markets with the kids and have always loved visiting Borough Market on the weekend. In the past couple years, Borough Market has become busier and busier and it can sometimes be overwhelming to walk through the large market with all the kids, especially as we are quite a big group. A couple years ...
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EAST LONDON
Town Hall Hotel
March 31, 2015
This past weekend we enjoyed our very first 'staycation' -- a little weekend holiday in our own city! We stayed at the super cool Town Hall Hotel over in Bethnal Green, East London, and it was so fun to get to know this part of London and to enjoy a weekend out of our home, away from the ...
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Roast Restaurant
January 20, 2015
Roast Restaurant offers a unique bird's eye view of the bustling Borough Market below as well as an up-close view of the towering Shard above. Diners can also see St. Paul's Cathedral in the distance and (kids will love) the overground trains regularly passing by. A wonderful, iconic London experience... and I haven't even mentioned the food! Using ...
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Ruby Violet, handmade organic ice cream
September 16, 2012
A new ice cream parlour has opened up (in my neighbourhood! hooray!), and the ice cream really is the best in town. Ruby Violet in Tufnell Park might be located on a busy and not otherwise impressive street, but this charming little shop with its tiled floors and thoughtful decor, will win you over immediately. ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Byron for proper hamburgers
March 30, 2011
It's not easy to find good hamburgers in London. Unless you go to Byron. Byron is a proper hamburger joint, hoping to 'do a simple thing, and do it properly'. They source good meat from Scotland, mince it fresh every day, and then cook it medium so it’s pink and juicy. They then place it ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
The London Eye
March 30, 2011
We took the kids to the London Eye a few weeks ago and it was a huge hit! It's funny how sometimes these really 'touristy' things are actually quite nice to do (I feel the same way about the Bus Tour).  Anyway, it's a fun way to see the sprawling city (25 miles, actually), and ...
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NORTH LONDON
Huggle -- A shop, café and playspace in one!
November 24, 2010
Imagine a children's shop stocked full of great toys, baby equipment, children's decor and stylish furniture... doesn't that alone sound impressive? Now, imagine this store has buggy parking, kiddie toilets and baby changing facilities, a little café, and an indoor play space for kids -- aaahhh, it's like heaven for parents! This heaven is called ...
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River Café
August 13, 2010
The River Café hardly needs an introduction. This well-known restaurant is both a celebrity hang-out and a favourite brunch locale for London families.  The prices are high, but the food is so good it's worth it.  I once read somewhere that the best Italian food in Europe can be found at the River Café -- ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
The British Museum
July 25, 2010
The British Museum, founded in 1753, is dedicated to the history of the world's different cultures. The collection includes a large and impressive section devoted to ancient Egypt, and it is here where you will find the famous Rosetta Stone, treasures from Tutankhamun's tomb, a piece of the Sphinx's nose, impressive Eqyptian sculptures, and real ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Rossopomodoro Pizza
June 28, 2010
Sometimes you just feel like eating pizza. So easy, so tasty, so casual... and kids always love it! Rossopomodoro is a Naples-based pizza chain with three locations in London (Chelsea, Covent Garden and Notting Hill). All their ingredients come from the Napolitan region of Campania -- even the water used in their pizza dough is ...
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Borough Market
June 3, 2010
The Borough Market is not for the crowd-fearing or for the buggy-pushing -- its popularity is widespread and it gets crowded! But, if you're a food lover (and who isn't?), it is definitely worth visiting. It is London's largest and most renowned food market with more than 130 food stalls and culinary experts. It has ...
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NORTH LONDON
Tricycle Theatre
May 29, 2010
The Tricycle Theatre, located in Kilburn (North London), is a publicly subsidized performing arts venue most well known its ground-breaking, politically charged performances. They specialise in presenting plays which reflect and promote the cultural diversity of its community.  The venue includes both a large theatre and a 300-seat cinema as well as smaller studios for ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Hanover Gate Playground in Regents Park
May 3, 2010
The Hanover Gate playground, located on the west side of Regents Park, has just recently been renovated and now includes two different play areas: a traditional playground for younger children and a new timber tree-house section for older, more adventurous kids. It's also a great little spot to spend a sunny afternoon because it's right ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Paddington Street Gardens and Playground
April 9, 2010
The playground in Paddington Street Gardens is one of my favourite in Central London.  I love that it's tucked away off the beaten path in Marylebone, slightly hidden unless you know it's there. It means that it never usually gets too crowded, and you get the sense that all the kids there are from the ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
The Charlotte Street Hotel
April 9, 2010
My experience with hotels in London is actually quite limited, as we've never actually 'vacationed' here.  But the Charlotte Street Hotel is one hotel we've become very familiar with over the years as its located literally next door to my husband's office. It has become a go-to spot for breakfast/lunch/coffee/tea/drinks, etc., and is where many ...
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NORTH LONDON
Elias & Grace
January 2, 2010
Elias and Grace is a small but well stocked children's shop located on the main strip in Primrose Hill. This trendy boutique has one of the best selection of clothing brands in London, including all our favourite European brands like  Simple Kids, Quincy, Maan, Album di Famiglia, Petit Bateau, Pepe Shoes, Bonton, etc. Everything is ...
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Getting Around
December 4, 2009
Navigating London can give any newcomer anxiety -- the city is so big, so spread out, and has so many wonderful and different neighborhoods which you'll want to see... and if you add kids to the equation it becomes even trickier! Here are a few of the best ways to get around: 1.) By foot: ...
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Tate Modern
November 25, 2009
I haven't been to the Tate Modern since having kids and I think I had forgotten how cool it is! I also completely underestimated how much my kids would like it. Interestingly, I think kids are really attracted to the vibrant colors, the huge paintings, 'bizarre' objects, etc. In some ways, it's the kind of ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Brunch at The Wolseley
November 20, 2009
Whenever we have family in town visiting from America we always schedule a brunch at The Wolseley. Its location in Picadilly is perfect for tourists who want to do some sightseeing, and the grand building and beautiful setting never disappoint. Plus, if you're a breakfast person, you'll like the range of foods available -- from ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Wahaca for kid-friendly Mexican
November 18, 2009
Up until recently, it was really hard to find good Mexican food in London. Then, over the past few years, a handful of small Mexican restaurants popped up across town. None of them, however, were particularly kid-friendly. And then came Wahaca. Wahaca is a vibrant and buzzing restaurant serving freshly prepared, seasonal Mexican food.  The ...
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Gracelands Café
October 2, 2009
Kensal Rise is an area in London which has changed so much in the past few years, becoming increasingly more family friendly. There are now loads of cute kiddie shops, organic delis, restaurants, and other family-oriented venues. And, with Queen's Park so near, it's a great neighborhood for a family outing. Yesterday I met a ...
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