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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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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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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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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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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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NORTH LONDON
Olive Loves Alfie
August 18, 2009
Although it's a bit off the beaten path, it's worth a trip to London's Stoke Newington neighborhood if, for nothing else, a visit to the lovely children's boutique Olive Loves Alfie. This small but charming shop is chock full of children's toys, clothes and accessories. Not your normal mass-market toys, but the sort of things ...
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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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NORTH LONDON
Hampstead Heath
October 12, 2008
We lived in London for nearly two years before we discovered the Hampstead Heath, which is a huge shame as it is one of London's finest gems, and is, in my opinion, the most liberating outdoor activity in London.  The fact that you can feel so far removed from the 'hustle and bustle' of London ...
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Ottolenghi
June 5, 2008
Ottolenghi is a restaurant/café here in London that is famous for its eye-catching window displays of scrumptious treats as well as for their take-away food and coffee. I used to live around the corner from their Notting Hill branch, and it was such a luxury: fresh muffins and scones in the morning, great sandwiches for ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
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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NORTH LONDON
Blue Daisy
April 2, 2008
Last year around this time, my local art store closed. Bummer, I thought. Until I saw what replaced it... Blue Daisy -- a great children's store in Hampstead with everything one could possibly need for newborns up to pre-schoolers. They stock all my favorite and necessary items, like the Beaba Baby Cook and silicone spoons, ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Primrose Bakery -- our favourite cupcakes in London
February 5, 2008
Cupcakes are big in America (I'll never forget my first bite of a Magnolia Bakery cupcake... mmm), and they are becoming more and more popular. Bakeries are opening up across the U.S. selling "freshly made and hand-frosted" cupcakes. They're the new "it" treat! I just LOVE them! So you can imagine my disappointment when we ...
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NORTH LONDON
Kentish Town City Farm
February 4, 2008
I grew up on a farm so the idea of a "city farm" seemed a bit silly to me. "Surely it couldn't be great. How can there be enough space in the middle of a city to house all those animals?" I thought there would be a few chickens, ducks (pigeons, probably) and maybe a ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Carluccio's
February 3, 2008
With more than 10 different locations across central London, Carluccio's is a good 'go-to' restaurant for decent food, friendly service and great accommodations for kids! Carluccio's Italian restaurants are kid-friendly without being obnoxious, and comfortable without losing their charm.  It's a great family dinner spot where you can share a bottle of wine with your ...
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