London City Guide
Traveling to London with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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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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Queen Mary's Rose Gardens - Regents Park
June 30, 2016
Throughout the month of June one of our best-loved open spaces in London, Regent’s Park, plays host to a breathtaking display of scents and colours. With over 12,000 plants, Queen Mary’s Garden in the Inner Circle contains the largest collection of roses within the capital. If you are lucky enough to be in the area at ...
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Summer fun at the King's Cross fountains
June 13, 2016
It might be a case of blink and you’ll miss it, but every once in a while summer does actually come to London. You can hear the whispers in the air at the school gates, the excitement building as the mercury hits 20 degrees (yes that is considered summer here!) and when that magical moment ...
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Molly Meg Children's Shop
July 1, 2016
  This past weekend we ventured over to Islington in North London to explore the area and visit a few of our favourite shops. We'd barely been out five minutes when the heavens opened - like a tropical monsoon! Luckily for us we happened to be right outside the brilliant children's shop Molly Meg on ...
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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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Orangery Restaurant for afternoon tea
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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Cielo Blanco - Mexican Social Eating, Exmouth Market
July 21, 2016
We are always on the lookout for good Mexican restaurants, it's one of our favourite foods and not always easy to find in London so we were thrilled to find this little gem of a restaurant that has recently opened in one of our best loved spots - Exmouth Market. Cielo Blanco is a fun ...
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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 is located on an up and coming street in Tufnell Park (next door to eenymeeny and a whole host of cute new cafes and shops). This charming little ice cream shop, with its tiled ...
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Queen Mary's Rose Gardens - Regents Park
June 30, 2016
Throughout the month of June one of our best-loved open spaces in London, Regent’s Park, plays host to a breathtaking display of scents and colours. With over 12,000 plants, Queen Mary’s Garden in the Inner Circle contains the largest collection of roses within the capital. If you are lucky enough to be in the area at ...
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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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Kew Gardens
July 9, 2016
We are big fans of The Botanical Gardens at Kew; it's one of our favourite places to go when we feel like a change of scenery. Kew is located near Richmond in South London but just an easy 30-minute overground train ride from our neighbourhood in North London (a real bonus for our kids who ...
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London's Transport Museum
December 10, 2007
I recently took my kids to the London Transport Museum and was really, really impressed, both with the displays and with the hands-on children's activities.  The museum, which gives a very detailed history of London's public transportation, is located in Covent Garden, right in the piazza. The museum takes you through time and shows you ...
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Summer fun at the King's Cross fountains
June 13, 2016
It might be a case of blink and you’ll miss it, but every once in a while summer does actually come to London. You can hear the whispers in the air at the school gates, the excitement building as the mercury hits 20 degrees (yes that is considered summer here!) and when that magical moment ...
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Paddington Street Gardens and Playground
April 9, 2010
The playground in Paddington Street Gardens is one of my favourites 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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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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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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Molly Meg Children's Shop
July 1, 2016
  This past weekend we ventured over to Islington in North London to explore the area and visit a few of our favourite shops. We'd barely been out five minutes when the heavens opened - like a tropical monsoon! Luckily for us we happened to be right outside the brilliant children's shop Molly Meg on ...
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Gallery 196
June 11, 2016
With its entrance tucked around the corner from the main shopping street in Primrose Hill, this charming shop can almost be mistaken for one of the many pretty homes lining the street - or be overlooked entirely if you're not careful. And yet, it's one of my very favourite shops in the neighbourhood and worth a visit ...
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Eenymeeny children's shop
June 18, 2016
Eeenymeeny has long been a favourite place to find inspiration and unique gifts for my kids. The owner, Clare Jay, is an inspiring mother of three with a passion for design and a knack for tracking down the coolest toys and exciting new brands in the children's market. I can always trust that I'll find ...
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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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Tips for your stay in London
London is a big, expansive city with loads to do and see. Navigating your way around the city with kids is incredibly exciting, but it can also be tiresome at times. Here are some insider tips for making your visit a bit easier. You'll start to feel like a local in no time...
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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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Easy Meals
May 9, 2016
Navigating a sprawling, fast paced city like London with hungry bellies is never fun. Whether you want to grab something to take-away (to eat at home or for a picnic in the park) or you want to sit down and have a quick meal, here’s a selection of our favourite restaurants and cafes for a ...
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Take A Break
March 9, 2016
If you need a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the city then grab a picnic blanket and head for one of London's open spaces. There are so many pretty little parks and squares scattered around London – it’s hard NOT to find green space when you’re walking around. Here are some ...
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Grab a quick Coffee
May 5, 2016
Need a quick caffeine fix? Here's a list of our go-to spots to grab a coffee (or tea) while you're out and about in some of our favourite neighbourhoods: Melrose & Morgan in Primrose Hill and Hampstead  TAP Coffee in Soho and Fitzrovia Monmouth Coffee in Covent Garden Ginger & White in Hampstead and Belsize Park  ...
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