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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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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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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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Coram's Fields playground -- a family favourite in the heart of London
Centrally located in the heart of London's Bloomsbury and near some of our best loved museums, is Coram's Fields. This charming inner city playground is a relaxing and convenient place to stop off and take a break if you find yourself in this interesting part of town. Tucked away between garden squares and sprawling Edwardian ...
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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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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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Jamie's Italian - Family friendly Italian food across London
With a choice of six restaurants across London and more throughout the UK Jamie Oliver's popular chain of Jamie's Italian restaurants are exactly what you would expect from the much loved TV chef. Family friendly in every sense, authentic and fuss free with a focus on responsibly sourced, quality produce. Fresh pasta is made on ...
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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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Borough Market
        Borough Market often referred to as London's larder has a rich and fascinating history dating back approximately 1000 years. In medieval times customers in the City were forbidden by law to cross London Bridge into Southwark to purchase cut price goods from the market. Nowadays you will find hordes of City workers ...
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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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Encounters with the Big Cats at London Zoo - Regents Park
London Zoo in Regent's Park is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It also happens to be my kids number one favourite place to visit in London. Wandering around this familiar local haunt it's hard to believe that the doors were first opened to the public way back in 1847. At this time some of the ...
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Royal Air Force Museum London
The Royal Airforce Museum is definitely one of London's more secluded attractions. Tucked half way down what seems like an industrial estate on the site of the former Hendon Aerodrome, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd taken a wrong turn. But despite being rather off the beaten track it is actually pretty straightforward to get ...
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The Natural History Museum
There's something so special about a visit to The Natural History Museum; its one of those places that never fails to amaze and inspire us no matter how many times we've visited. In fact there are so many things to see in this magnificent old museum that you can guarantee no two trips will be the ...
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Coram's Fields playground -- a family favourite in the heart of London
Centrally located in the heart of London's Bloomsbury and near some of our best loved museums, is Coram's Fields. This charming inner city playground is a relaxing and convenient place to stop off and take a break if you find yourself in this interesting part of town. Tucked away between garden squares and sprawling Edwardian ...
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Summer fun at the King's Cross fountains
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
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
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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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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Molly Meg Children's Shop
  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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Elias & Grace in Primrose Hill
        Elias & Grace is one of those great shops that you can always rely on to find something special, whether for a baby or an older child. They stock the very best of everything in clothing, shoes, accessories and unique gifts ranging from age 0-14years. With more than 50 much loved international brands all under ...
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Eenymeeny children's shop
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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Artist Residence - boutique hotel in Pimlico
Pimlico's Artist Residence is a stylish boutique hotel, conveniently situated just 5 minutes walk from Victoria Station. From this quiet stucco fronted side street you are within easy reach of some of London's most popular tourist destinations such as Hyde Park, Mayfair and The Embankment. As the name suggests the focus here is on art, ...
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Town Hall Hotel
This past weekend we enjoyed our very first 'staycation' -- a little weekend holiday in our own city! We stayed at the super cool Town Hall Hotel over in Bethnal Green, East London, and it was so fun to get to know this part of London and to enjoy a weekend out of our home, away from the ...
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The Charlotte Street Hotel
My experience with hotels in London is quite limited, as we've never actually 'vacationed' here.  But the Charlotte Street Hotel is one hotel we've become very familiar with over the years as its located literally next door to my husband's office. It has become a go-to spot for breakfast/lunch/coffee/tea/drinks, etc., and is where many of ...
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Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website for families!
I am really, super excited about the recent launch of Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website featuring stylish family homes all over the world. Imagine travelling to New York, Paris, San Francisco, Copenhagen... Mexico even (!) and being able to stay in a family home, complete with child-sized beds, toys for your kids, a ...
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A Weekend in Somerset: Bruton and Frome
Around a two and a half hour drive, west of London is the picturesque English County of Somerset, one of our favourite places to escape for a good blast of country air and some quiet time away from the city. We are lucky to have family in the area so we're never short of an ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
A week in St. Ives, Cornwall
The pretty fishing town of St Ives in Cornwall is somewhere I’ve grown up holidaying since I was a small child. It holds so many special memories of long, lazy summer vacations spent with family - cousins, aunties, uncles even school friends. And it’s a place that my kids call home even though we actually ...
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Babington House
One of our favourite (and indulgent) weekend excursions from London is a trip to the English countryside hotel, Babington House. This beautiful hotel is set on 18 acres in Sommerset, England (about 2 1/2 hours outside London). It is also the home of the well-known Cowshed spa and famous range of Cowshed products. It is posh without ...
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The Tower of London - Our Top Tips before you Visit
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Cantina del Ponte Tower Bridge - Authentic Italian Cuisine and Breathtaking Riverside Views
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Tips for your visit to 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
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
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
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
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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