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The Southbank Roof Garden and Food Market
    We call it the Southbank Secret Garden and if it weren’t for the bright yellow staircase leading up you’d be forgiven for never noticing it was there. On a sunny day you'll find this picturesque spot brimming with Londoners, young and old, grabbing a quiet moment with a book, enjoying drinks, picnics and ...
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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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Cielo Blanco - Mexican Social Eating, Exmouth Market
   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 ...
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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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Petersham Nurseries
Take the train from central London to Richmond Station and follow the high street through town toward the river. Turn left and walk along the river past the cafés and kayak sheds. Cross the pasture filled with buttercups and cowpies, and venture toward Petersham Nurseries. Set within this lovely garden centre is a restaurant that ...
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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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Story Deli
We take pizza very seriously in our family and almost always prefer our pizza the way you'd find it in a restaurant in Naples:  good, Italian, wood oven-fired pizza with the freshest of ingredients and a nice, fluffy-ish crust from slow-fermented Italian dough. I say almost always because there is an exception, and it's the ...
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Roast Restaurant
Roast Restaurant offers a unique bird's eye view of the bustling Borough Market below as well as an up-close view of the towering Shard above. Diners can also see St. Paul's Cathedral in the distance and (kids will love) the overground trains regularly passing by. A wonderful, iconic London experience... and I haven't even mentioned the food! Using ...
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Ruby Violet, handmade organic ice cream
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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River Café
The River Café hardly needs an introduction. This well-known restaurant is both a celebrity hang-out and a favourite brunch locale for London families.  The prices are high, but the food is so good it's worth it.  I once read somewhere that the best Italian food in Europe can be found at the River Café -- ...
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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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CENTRAL LONDON
The London High Street
Following on from Emilie's recent post about places in Paris to find chic clothes at less-than-chic prices I thought I'd let you know about some of my favourite spots on a typical London High Street. Now most Mums in London will know of these national treasures but if you are visiting London they are worth ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Hope & Greenwood
I used to keep a picture in the front of my diary of an old-fashioned sweet shop. You know the kind: shelves stacked with glass jars brimming with brightly-coloured sweets. The Juliette Binoche in me always quite fancied being a 'purveyor of splendid confectionery'. However these days there would be little point in me following ...
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Brunch at The Wolseley
Whenever we have family in town visiting from America we always schedule a brunch at The Wolseley. Its location in Picadilly is perfect for tourists who want to do some sightseeing, and the grand building and beautiful setting never disappoint. Plus, if you're a breakfast person, you'll like the range of foods available -- from ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Wahaca for kid-friendly Mexican
Up until recently, it was really hard to find good Mexican food in London. Then, over the past few years, a handful of small Mexican restaurants popped up across town. None of them, however, were particularly kid-friendly. And then came Wahaca. Wahaca is a vibrant and buzzing restaurant serving freshly prepared, seasonal Mexican food.  The ...
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Gracelands Café
Kensal Rise is an area in London which has changed so much in the past few years, becoming increasingly more family friendly. There are now loads of cute kiddie shops, organic delis, restaurants, and other family-oriented venues. And, with Queen's Park so near, it's a great neighborhood for a family outing. Yesterday I met a ...
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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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Daylesford Organic
When Notting Hill organic grocery store Fresh & Wild closed down last year, it left an empty void in its coveted location on Westbourne Grove.  The once buzzing street felt empty without the little tables outside and the beautiful window displays of organic fruit and veg.  Finally, however, the street is once again alive and ...
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Orangery Restaurant for afternoon tea
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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CENTRAL LONDON
Inn the Park!
My husband took our little family to this restaurant on Mother's Day this year. It was a lovely (but cold) day, and was a perfect setting for a Mother's Day brunch. Inn the Park is, as the name implies, in the middle of the lovely St. James's Park, overlooking 'duck lake'. Last week, with the ...
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French bread in London
When most people think of French bread, they probably think of a long, white crispy baguette -- the kind you find in almost every market in France. But actually, traditional French bread is not the slender, crispy type, but rather round, dark, sourdough loaves; it wasn't until after World War II that Parisiennes started to ...
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Ottolenghi
Ottolenghi is a restaurant/café here in London that is famous for its eye-catching window displays of scrumptious treats as well as for their take-away food and coffee. I used to live around the corner from their Notting Hill branch, and it was such a luxury: fresh muffins and scones in the morning, great sandwiches for ...
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CENTRAL LONDON
Villandry
I just got back from a lunch date with a girlfriend... We drank wine, ate mussels and squid, felt very stylish and enjoyed ourselves immensely... even WITH the kids!  (That never happens). We went to Villandry, the gorgeous gourmet food-shop and restaurant on Great Portland Street in central London. Stylish décor, buzzing ambience, great food, ...
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