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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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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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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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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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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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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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The London Duck Tours
April 14, 2010
It's not until friends or family visit that you think to go to some of the more obvious places the Capital has to offer. I love those weekends when I become a tourist in my own home – I’m constantly surprised by how much fun some of our ‘tourist’ attractions are. Over the years we’ve ...
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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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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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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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Benjamin Pollocks
January 20, 2010
I grew up in a little farming village about 100 miles north of London and only made very rare trips to the 'big smoke' as a child. I remember one very special trip when my Godmother (literally one of the coolest people on the planet) brought me down for a WHOLE weekend in London for ...
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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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Blossom Mother and Child
August 5, 2009
I remember the first thing I did when I found out I was pregnant with my first baby was head to Blossom Mother and Child for some maternity jeans. Blossom's large range of designer maternity jeans is probably the best in town, and their well-trained staff will help you find the best pair (I feel ...
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Coram's Fields
February 12, 2009
One of the best things about raising kids in London is the abundant green space and spacious playgrounds.  Unlike the many small, paved playground lots you find in most cities, the playgrounds and parks in London are often set inside a beautiful grassy surrounding, removed from the 'hustle and bustle' of busy London. Coram's Fields ...
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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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Princess Diana Memorial Playground
November 12, 2008
One of the most well-known of London's many playgrounds is the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. Known to local mums as the "pirate ship" because of the giant wooden pirate ship in the center, this playground is certainly worth the hype. There's a 'beach' of sand surrounding the pirate ship, as well as ...
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Bugs, Frogs and Fish at the London Zoo...
October 23, 2008
The ZSL London Zoo is not largest zoo I've ever seen, nor does it have a very impressive range of large animals (no elephants or rhinos, etc.). But, for a zoo in the middle of such a dense city like London, the zoo does exactly as it should: it places emphasis on the smaller creatures ...
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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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Daunt Books
April 18, 2008
Our first flat in London was located right off Marylebone High Street, and around the corner from London's most beautiful bookshop, Daunt Books. The year we spent living in that flat I read at least one book a week. I couldn't get enough. Every time I passed by Daunt Books, there was a new window ...
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Brora
March 15, 2008
Every time we have friends and family visiting us from the States I take them to Brora-- the 'shop-supreme' for famous Scottish Cashmere. It is just one of those shops everyone loves. A v-neck jumper for my husband, a button-up cardigan for my aunt, their cozy cashmere blankets for my mom, gloves and scarf for ...
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Villandry
February 20, 2008
I just got back from a lunch date with a girlfriend... We drank wine, ate mussels and squid, felt very stylish and enjoyed ourselves immensely... even WITH the kids!  (That never happens). We went to Villandry, the gorgeous gourmet food-shop and restaurant on Great Portland Street in central London. Stylish décor, buzzing ambience, great food, ...
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