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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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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CRAFTS AND DIY
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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Chirp chirp! These fingerprint cards are super easy and quick to make so if you are in need of a last-minute Easter card read on. ⭐️ You will need: Yellow water colour paint (water and a paintbrush to mix) Plain white card folded in half Black felt tip pen Orange felt tip pen (We found water colours worked great but any yellow paint will do). ⭐️ Mix up some yellow water colour paint, dip a finger into the paint and then place firmly onto the front of a folded piece of card. Repeat and cover the whole card with yellow fingerprints leaving some gaps for the feet and beaks. ⭐️ Once the paint has dried add some little black legs and feet, a dot for the eye and an orange beak. The beaks look great all pointing in different directions. ⭐️ What we love about these cute cards are their randomness. It’s such a simple idea that children of any age can get involved. Anything goes here, long legs/ short legs, big beaks/little beaks!! We guarantee they’ll look great in any style and they will definitely bring a smile to a loved ones face. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercards @soloskates
1 hour ago
Hoppy paper doll bunnies from @laraoflondon were super easy. Just accordion fold a long strip of white paper and cut out! Then add ears, eyes, and a few accessories of course! #babyccinocrafts #babyccinokids #paperdolls #easterbunny
13 hours ago
Decorations that don’t waste too many precious cooking ingredients... yes please! We love this simple salt dough recipe!🧂 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1. Preheat the oven to 120 °C and line baking tray with baking paper. 2. Mix flour and salt in the bowl then gradually add water, stirring until combined. 3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out until about 7mm thick and transfer to baking tray. 4. Then all you need is an egg-shaped cookie cutter, which is easy to find at this time of the year. Cut them out and make a hole in each about a centimeter from the top edge. Bake on 120C for about three hours turning them once after about 2 hours. 5. Now paint both sides with one color or each in different and wait to dry completely. 6. After about an hour you can draw your favorite designs on the eggs (again, one or both sides). 7. Leave for about 12 hours or overnight to dry and finish them with glossy varnish. (Clear nail polish works nicely.) 8. Now just string the twine or a fishing line through holes and you’re done! 9. Place on branches or hang around the home. 10. Enjoy! 🥚🧂 More Easter ideas in our bio! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercraftsforkids #saltdoughornaments
23 hours ago
Paper, glue, scissors... make your own sweet bunny ears to create more fun for your Easter at home. It’s a 5 minute craft and 100% recycled scraps friendly! See @laraoflondon ‘s idea in the bio and customise the colours for your little ! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
1 day ago
Hello Easter! We have over ninety crafts, recipes & blog posts (yes, that’s 90!) for this season we adore. So click on the bio link and get inspired. And stay tuned as we share all week — natural egg dyeing, making edible egg nests, cakes, salads, cards, decor, and more! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #babyccinocrafts #easter
2 days ago
Schedules? Routines? We have pointers from week three of being indoors. More on today’s blog. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids
3 days ago
How can we manage worrying information around our children? Today’s blog post looks at these ‘unprecedented’ times. With news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too that are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the wider world, and important to share some truths with them about what is happening. We are, as Maria Montessori put it, “Citizens of the World” and our children will be the ones to inherit it. Being in lockdown, (hello to everyone at home!) can make for a really good environment to nurture discussion, as we have time to drip feed explanations, observe reactions and unpick tricky questions. There are some simple ways we can help stem and support the flow of information, manage anxieties and make sense of the world around us all. So today we have tips in our bio, so click on the link and share with loved ones. And please stay safe. #babyccinokids #explainingcoronavirustokids @themontessoristudio
5 days ago
The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon is a great hit. It is filled with over 400 whimsical words which continually amaze us ... words like ‘bumbershoot’, ‘spaghettification’, ‘hurdy-gurdy’ and ‘ombudsman’ are carefully described and fantastically illustrated by Louise Lockhart. I mean how cool is the word ‘hurdy-gurdy’?! Read more about the book on today’s blog. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads @vanessa_wild_flours
5 days ago
Art for everyone... Julie from @famillesummerbelle shared this beautiful print for colouring in fun. Print out available in our bio. Enjoy. ️ @estherbabyccino @famillesummerbelle #famillesummerbelle
6 days ago
We’ve had a full-on week with home learning (as you all have I imagine) and managed to survive (just) the week in the house together. But this morning I felt we all needed a little time out from the work and we did maths through baking by making these delicious cookies. They were out of the oven just in time for a mid-morning brain break. I think we’ve tried every recipe for chocolate chip cookies but this is our favourite and today I thought I’d share it with you. I must warn you, they are not the healthiest, but during these times I think we are all in need of a little treat. Thanks to @vanessa_wild_flours for this idea ... and click on our bio for her yummy recipe! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
6 days 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!
1 year 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
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
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!)
3 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!
3 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