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Gelateria 3bis -- calling all ice cream lovers in London
Gelateria 3bis is a great way to keep summer alive as Autumn gets closer! We are so lucky (or is it so very very dangerous?) to live in walking distance to this gelateria on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. The thirty year old recipe and shop, famous on the Adriatic Coast in Rimini, Italy, is ...
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Mapesbury Dell -- a garden oasis for play and picnics in Northwest London
Mapesbury Dell is a beautiful community garden and play area tucked away in a residential street in Northwest London. It is a garden that instantly gives you the sense that you have left the city and are entering a little peaceful oasis. Birds are chirping, kids stop to watch snails (and sometimes tadpoles) in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Celia in Hampstead
Celia Muñoz is a mama of five and the founder/designer of the beautiful children's clothing brand, La Coqueta. She and her family live in a pretty Georgian home in the historic north London neighbourhood of Hampstead, and her charming boutique is located just down the road in the village. A true Hampstead local! We are so thrilled ...
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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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Maison Auguste - A beautiful children's store in Hampstead
Maison Auguste is a charming children's concept store nestled amongst the smart boutiques of Hampstead's Heath Street. The collection which can also be shopped online comprises stylish decor, gifts, nursery essentials and unique toys, all thoughtfully handpicked by owner and mother of two, Elisabeth Ravel. Elisabeth is passionate about the world of children; she has ...
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Ostuni -- Puglian Cuisine in Highgate
The leafy hilltop enclave of Highgate in North London has a lot going for it, with loads of inviting pubs, tasty organic delis, grocers, flowers stalls and even a good kids boutique --  but one thing that Highgate has been missing is a decent independent restaurant. You see Highgate, despite it's unique village-y feel, has ...
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Bear + Wolf -- a family-friendly cafe in Tufnell Park
   If only there had been a cafe like Bear and Wolf around the corner when my two were younger. I don't think I can remember a single coffee date back then that didn't end with a lukewarm beverage and a cranky toddler tugging at my hair. Thankfully now more and more cafes in London are ...
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Primrose Bakery -- cupcakes in Primrose Hill
     If cupcakes are your cup of tea (and who doesn't love a cupcake right?) then no visit to Primrose Hill is complete without a quick trip to the cutest cafe on the block. We find it almost impossible to walk by its cheerful yellow facade without popping in for a small treat. Primrose Bakery began ...
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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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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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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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Gallery 196
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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Niddle Noddle - a charming children's shop in Crouch End
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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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Tricycle Theatre
The Tricycle Theatre, located in Kilburn (North London), is a publicly subsidized performing arts venue most well known its ground-breaking, politically charged performances. They specialise in presenting plays which reflect and promote the cultural diversity of its community.  The venue includes both a large theatre and a 300-seat cinema as well as smaller studios for ...
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Melrose & Morgan
Two years ago our Christmas got canceled on Christmas Eve -- well the trip we had planned to Switzerland did anyway. It was our first Christmas with a child and you know how important they are! We were devastated. I think the only thing that saved us was Melrose & Morgan, our local deli in ...
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Olive Loves Alfie
Although it's a bit off the beaten path, it's worth a trip to London's Stoke Newington neighborhood if, for nothing else, a visit to the lovely children's boutique Olive Loves Alfie. This small but charming shop is chock full of children's toys, clothes and accessories. Not your normal mass-market toys, but the sort of things ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Belgo -- for mussels and frites!
Twenty years ago London had a reputation for having bad food (let's be honest, 'bangers and mash' are not the most innovative of foods). Now however, thanks to an influx of new British chefs, even traditional English food can be tasty. But, what truly makes London's food so interesting in my opinion, is the growing ...
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Hampstead Heath
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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