Posts by Kate in London

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS
Apple Print Pumpkins - Fast and Fun DIY Halloween Decorations
We just returned from a holiday in California and from the minute we arrived we were struck by how many of the houses already had their Halloween decorations up. The kids couldn't get enough of all the ghosts and monsters hanging from people's porches and the front yards decked out like crime scenes. It certainly ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Superhero & Animal Leaf Masks - A Fun Craft for Autumn
How fun are these animal and superhero leaf masks! My kids absolutely loved making them. They are so easy to do and even come with their own little stick to hold them up. All you really need are some large autumn leaves and good felt tip pens. So why not get outside this weekend and ...
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SEWING AND KNITTING
Lavender Bags - a Sweet and Easy First Sewing Project for Kids
I love the smell of lavender -- it reminds me so much of my Grandma because she always had dried lavender dotted around her home and would pop little scented lavender bags inside her clothes drawers to keep them smelling nice. It occurred to me after watching the kids pulling off lavender seeds to make ...
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EAT
The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries - A perfect Brunch spot
Nestled between a row of terraced houses down a quiet residential street in Little Venice, is London's oldest garden centre - Clifton Nurseries. It's one of those quirky London treasures that is so well hidden, you could live your whole life in London never knowing it was there. Venture through the gates and not only ...
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A New Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden
We are big fans of Petersham Nurseries here at Babyccino. Vanessa has previously written about the Michelin starred restaurant and floral workshops held at the original Petersham Nurseries in Richmond. So you can imagine my excitement to find out about the opening of a new Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, just a quick tube ride ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY Conker Wall Hanging
Conker season is here and this year they are out in abundance! This past weekend they were literally falling from the trees straight into our hands, in fact we collected more in five minutes than we had managed to find all of last year! So with basketfuls lying around at home I decided to have ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
An Ancient Egyptian Birthday Party Fit for a Pharaoh
There's something so special about a homemade birthday party. I love setting up the decorations, blowing balloons and organising party games. It always gives me such a lovely feeling of nostalgia. We just celebrated Sophie's birthday in our new home surrounded by her classmates, all 25 of them! I'm still recovering from that but I ...
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The Tower of London - Our Top Tips before you Visit
The Tower of London is one of Europe's oldest palaces and prisons. Its fascinating and notoriously gory history dates back over 900 years to the time of its creator William the Conqueror. There's lots to see and do so be sure to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to explore this iconic London ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Paint Card Mosaics - A Colourful Abstract Art Project for Kids
I'm a sucker for paint colour cards -- they always make me think of rainbows. If you're anything like me, chances are you've got a stack of them lying around in a drawer at home. If so don't throw them out! Get your children's creative juices flowing by recycling them into fun paint card mosaics. ...
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Cantina del Ponte Tower Bridge - Authentic Italian Cuisine and Breathtaking Riverside Views
Cantina Del Ponte is a traditional Italian trattoria situated right beside the River Thames. Just a stones throw from popular attractions such as the Tower of London, HMS Belfast and the Shard. Boasting panoramic views of Tower Bridge and the gleaming cityscape beyond, it is a truly memorable spot for a meal.   The welcome ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Parkside PYO - one of London's Best Fruit and Veg Farms
There's something so satisfying and nostalgic about picking your own produce straight from the field. I remember visiting local fruit and veg farms so clearly as a child, filling great big punnets with as many strawberries as we could carry. It was one of the highlights of our summer.   Living in London it hadn't ...
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Luna and Curious - an Independent Boutique for Children and Mamas too
Luna and Curious is an independent boutique tucked away down one of Shoreditch's loveliest streets, Calvert Avenue. This unique store showcases the best in British made products, for women, children and the home. Started by three female creatives back in 2006 the store has developed a well earned reputation for uncovering exciting new brands. Owners Polly ...
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Afternoon Tea at Cafe Liberty
Is there anything more quintessentially British than Afternoon Tea? And where better to experience it than in the tea room of one of London's oldest and most beautiful department stores - Cafe Liberty at Liberty in Soho.   There are so many wonderful reasons for visiting Liberty. There's the stunning flower stall whose beautiful blooms never ...
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Go Ape Alexandra Palace - An Exciting Treetop Adventure for Kids and Grown Ups
If like me you've got kids who crave adventure and love to climb trees then check out the recently opened Go Ape Alexandra Palace. The Tree Top Junior course is open to all children over 1m tall and adults too. Yes that's right, if you've ever fancied balancing perilously on a log 30 feet up ...
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SUMMER CRAFTS
Botanical Hammer Printing - A Fun Activity for Older Kids
If you're looking for something a little bit different to try over the holidays or the kids simply fancy a change from the usual drawing and colouring then this is a great activity. Botanical hammer printing is a fun way to capture the colours of a season, it's super easy, oh and did I mention ...
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Honey & Smoke - Middle Eastern Cuisine in the heart of London's West End
When three of your foodie friends all rave to you about the same 'great place' in the space of a month, you know it's worth checking out. Honey & Smoke on Great Portland Street is the latest offering from the Israeli husband and wife team behind popular Honey & Co in Fitzrovia. The pair previously worked as ...
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Broadway Market - A Vibrant Saturday Market in Hackney
As far as great food markets go, us Londoners are pretty spoilt for choice. Pick any corner of the capital and you will more than likely be able to track down a good local market buzzing with activity at the weekends. Celebrating food and goods from all over the globe, these bustling markets are attracting ...
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Violet Cafe - Delicious Californian cupcakes by Claire Ptak
Do you love cupcakes as much as we do? If the answer is yes then head East towards Hackney's trendy Broadway Market and you might be lucky enough to stumble across an unassuming little back street called Wilton Way. This charming parade is home to some of East London's best hidden gems, including Pidgin one ...
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SPRING CRAFTS
DIY Yarn Wrapped Letters
How fun and cheery are these yarn wrapped wall letters! We're so pleased with how they turned out that I thought I'd share this simple DIY. The method is quite self explanatory but here are some tips to help you on your way, you'll need medium weight card, tracing paper, scissors and a selection of ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Fun Nature Hunt Memory Game
Last week, during a lazy afternoon in St James' park, the kids and I came up with a game to while away some time in the sunshine - we're calling it the Nature Hunt Memory Game. I actually remember playing something very similar to this at Brownies when I was younger and I'm sure it's ...
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Fenton House - A Secret Garden in Hampstead
Fenton House in leafy Hampstead is a stunning 17th Century mansion and walled garden owned by the National Trust. It is one of London's most charming and idyllic spots, a perfect peaceful hideaway to escape the city. The house itself contains lots of interesting decorative objects including porcelain, needleworks and early keyboards all collected by ...
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EAST LONDON
Shoreditch - A Guide to the Area
We love East London and one of our favourite neighbourhoods is Shoreditch. It's full of  cool cafes, artsy galleries colourful graffiti around every corner and of course the famous Brick Lane market. There's so much to see and do in this fun part of town so why not explore the area with our extensive guide ...
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SMUG - A quirky lifestyle store in Islington
SMUG is a wonderful little shop on one of my favourite streets in Islington,  Camden Passage. The street itself is home to lots of lovely independent boutiques, cosy cafes, restaurants and antique stalls; it's a must see if you are exploring this part of town. The quirky lifestyle store which can be found half way ...
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Today’s new post from Lara “Seek is the one and only app that our (young) children use. It started in lockdown over the Spring, as things sprung to life, and our children would ask us ‘what’s that?’ So my husband found the answer, which was for all of us to learn more from the world of amazing digital technology by using a free app (and find out more about the amazing world!). We think it is so outstanding actually and have told so many friends and family members to use it too, because it teaches them about the world and nature! I should quickly add that this is not a sponsored post! It is just a great tip I wanted to share.” And we love this thought... “You don’t have to travel far to find weird and beautiful wildlife. Your garden, local park, street tree, window box or the verge alongside a local footpath are rich ecosystems filled with species… you’ll be able to identify any living thing in your patch – plants, flowers, insects, fungi, birds and animals. It’s like having a naturalist in your pocket! When you ID a species you’ll be able to find out all about it, and see how common or rare it is for your area and the time of year.” More about the app in our bio link. But tell us, are you using any interesting educational apps for nature or science? ps And stay tuned for more about her holiday on a lighthouse island in @laraoflondon ‘s post next week! #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #babyccinotravels #seek
23 hours ago
Autumn Equinox — a note from Esther... “I was talking to Lara earlier today, and she was reminding me of the start of Autumn happening today. Autumn! Today, the bright daylight hours and the dark nightly hours are of equal length. From now on, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer… until the longest night, Winter Solstice (taking place on December 21st) will mark the beginning of the Winter season. Today is Autumn Equinox: the night and the day are in perfect balance. It marks the moment of the sun entering Libra (my star sign!), bringing harmony and stability, and which is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. All good things, and definitely things we need in these uncertain, difficult and turbulent times. Autumn is when the air starts to feel crisper and smell muddier, when the colours of nature are intensifying before they change colour, when the light is low and magical, when the days get wetter and the weather gets windier. It is the time to harvest apples and nuts and pumpkins, to make pies and soups and stews and to cosy up the house with rugs, pillows and blankets. Fall is so cosy! To celebrate this First Day of Autumn, I thought it would be nice to make a list of all the little things, family traditions and crafts we love doing in fall. Most we have posted about before, but there are some new ideas and things I want to try as well. Going through old posts and getting this list together has been so inspiring — yes, we are entering the darker and colder months, but there is so much to do and make, and many of these activities are super simple and made with whatever nature supplies us with. Fall truly is fabulous!” xx Esther Enjoy @estherbabyccino fifteen favourite fall activities to get inspired, link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #autumnequinox @maudfontein 🧡
2 days ago
Today’s post... five top tips to help make moving abroad eas(ier). Our Contributor @sydney.piercey knows first hand after moving four from London to France last week. “Do be brave, do be kind to yourself with your emotions, (beforehand and when you arrive) and do enjoy! I am a firm believer of enriching your life by taking risks and embracing change. I can also personally vouch for the magic that awaits from moving abroad.” More in the bio... #babyccinotravels #moversandshakers #babyccinotips
2 days ago
Vegetable bolognese anyone? This ragu is seriously, seriously delicious, packed full of vegetables and extremely straightforward to make – a chuck it all into the pot and pop it in the oven recipes! It’s also great for using up leftover/sad vegetables in your fridge. See Lyndsay’s recipe on the bio link. @ieatmypeas #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
3 days ago
Tell me, do you have teenagers and do they get pocket money and/or a clothing allowance? Did you get clothing money when you were a teenager? Read this great post by Esther discussing money, teens, clothing, and the underlying questions that arise. We’d love your thoughts too. Link in bio. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinotips
4 days ago
The Sweetest Flower Fairy Wings in the World — make your own with our easy photo tutorial on today’s blog post by @laraoflondon. You can finally put those pressed flowers to good use that you’ve collected and make summer last longer. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
6 days ago
Make your own gnome friends! We think these would be a fun after-school activity on a Friday afternoon to celebrate completing another week of school. (Is it just us or does every week feel even longer than it ever has before?) Or even a weekend craft too. See these step-by-step photos and share your finished gnomes with us. We’d love to share in our stories! Link in bio to @estherbabyccino ‘s idea from a birthday many moons ago. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
1 week ago
Often seafood suppers seem complicated, and a bit pricey. But @laraoflondon’s family have perfected a Crab Linguine pasta dish this summer that we had to share with you. It is economical, easy to make, takes less than 15 minutes, and feeds the whole family a healthy dinner or a big family Sunday lunch. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark and Madeline Kloepper. The book is about a supportive grandparent sharing and encouraging his granddaughter in a way that only loving and patient relationship do. What fun it is to find some magic in books! It truly is a little treasure that needs a spot in any book collection. @_maays___ #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
School lunch ideas, on today’s bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
1 week ago
Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
2 years ago
Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
4 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
4 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
4 years ago