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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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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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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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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
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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Konditor & Cook
May 26, 2010
I tease my husband that one of his requirements when picking a new place of employment is that there is a Konditor & Cook within walking distance. (There are 6 locations in London and my husband has worked near to 3 of them.) Their wonderful cakes and pastries are his (not so secret) indulgence and ...
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Melrose & Morgan
March 10, 2010
Two years ago our Christmas got canceled on Christmas Eve -- well the trip we had planned to Switzerland did anyway. It was our first Christmas with a child and you know how important they are! We were devastated. I think the only thing that saved us was Melrose & Morgan, our local deli in ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
The London High Street
February 24, 2010
Following on from Emilie's recent post about places in Paris to find chic clothes at less-than-chic prices I thought I'd let you know about some of my favourite spots on a typical London High Street. Now most Mums in London will know of these national treasures but if you are visiting London they are worth ...
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Hope & Greenwood
January 25, 2010
I used to keep a picture in the front of my diary of an old-fashioned sweet shop. You know the kind: shelves stacked with glass jars brimming with brightly-coloured sweets. The Juliette Binoche in me always quite fancied being a 'purveyor of splendid confectionery'. However these days there would be little point in me following ...
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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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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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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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Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
March 3, 2009
In the reception area of the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, you'll spot every type of person... from the 20-something fitness buff to the old man with his badminton racket, mums with their buggies, teenagers with their swimming gear, toddlers running out of the Little Rascals soft-play area, etc. This council-run leisure centre offers something for ...
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Kenwood House
February 21, 2009
Kenwood House is located at the top of London's Hampstead Heath park and is one of my favorite places to go for brunch on a weekend.  Not only does Kenwood House boast sumptuous interiors and important paintings by many great artists (Rembrandt, Turner, Vermeer, etc.), it also has an impressive café/restaurant with one of the ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Belgo -- for mussels and frites!
January 16, 2009
Twenty years ago London had a reputation for having bad food (let's be honest, 'bangers and mash' are not the most innovative of foods). Now however, thanks to an influx of new British chefs, even traditional English food can be tasty. But, what truly makes London's food so interesting in my opinion, is the growing ...
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Daylesford Organic
December 2, 2008
When Notting Hill organic grocery store Fresh & Wild closed down last year, it left an empty void in its coveted location on Westbourne Grove.  The once buzzing street felt empty without the little tables outside and the beautiful window displays of organic fruit and veg.  Finally, however, the street is once again alive and ...
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Duchy!
October 10, 2008
Nearly 20 years ago, long before this huge wave of organic foods began arriving at our local foodshops, HRH The Prince of Wales believed we needed to think about the long-term future of our environment and our rural communities.  It was this thought that launched the idea of Duchy Originals, and in 1992 the company ...
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Petersham Nurseries
September 5, 2008
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 center is a restaurant that ...
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Orangery Restaurant
August 7, 2008
If you're visiting London, you'll probably want to make a booking for afternoon tea to be assured a true English experience. If you're coming to London with your kids, you should plan on having tea at the Orangery Restaurant in the beautiful Kensington Gardens. The Orangery, located literally smack in the center of the park, ...
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Inn the Park!
August 1, 2008
My husband took our little family to this restaurant on Mother's Day this year. It was a lovely (but cold) day, and was a perfect setting for a Mother's Day brunch. Inn the Park is, as the name implies, in the middle of the lovely St. James's Park, overlooking 'duck lake'. Last week, with the ...
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