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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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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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Kew Gardens
March 17, 2010
When the girls asked me to write for Babyccino one of my first ideas for a post was Kew Gardens. We got to know the Royal Botanical Gardens when we moved down South and immediately became members. We now go every couple of weeks and still love it just as much -- it is such ...
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Battersea Park
February 16, 2010
Weekends are always for adventures and when we stumbled from our cosy little burrow last summer into Battersea Park we hit upon treasure. The Park is situated just south of the river between the Albert and the Chelsea Bridge. We drove and parked up at one of the many car-parks around the park. We got ...
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Bushy Park
January 23, 2010
Bushy Park is the second largest of the Royal Parks. The park and in particular the grand promenade 'Chestnut Avenue' that runs through the centre of it, were designed by Sir Christopher Wren (of St. Paul's Cathedral fame) as the entrance to Hampton Court Palace (more on the palace soon). The park is also a ...
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Richmond Park
January 11, 2010
Richmond Park is the largest royal park in London, covering 2,500 acres of land and has been a Royal Park since Edward I (1272 - 1307). There are around 650 deer that roam free and stand elegantly among the ferns, blending in to the landscape, which is why it is sometimes known as 'The Deer ...
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Kew Bridge Steam Museum
November 12, 2009
I have a 3-year-old boy, a 34-year-old husband and a 60-year-old father and they all love this Sunday afternoon activity: a ride on London’s only working Steam Engine. The Kew Bridge Steam Museum is open every day except Mondays and is great to marvel at various engines and locomotives. But the real fun is taking ...
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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
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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CENTRAL LONDON
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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CENTRAL LONDON
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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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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A week in London
February 18, 2008
Monday: Head to Lazy Daisy Café on London's famous Portobello Road for a quick lunch. They're all set up for kids, with a basket of toys and even changing tables (nappies and wipes) in the bathroom! If it's a sunny day, you can even sit outside. After lunch, walk a few blocks south on Portobello ...
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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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