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Meanwhile Gardens -- a hidden gem in London
Meanwhile Gardens is a special little community oasis and I love it because it is welcoming, laid-back, and also very understated, without a fancy website, or a lot of rules or formality. And it is so very sweet! Meanwhile Gardens is a community garden, powered by incredible volunteers, who we always end up chatting with ...
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Biscuteers -- a very British icing cafe for tea and fun
Biscuteers is such a cute little boutique and icing cafe! It is as sweet as the items it sells, and a very fun place to visit for tourists and locals alike! It really feels like you are a kid in a candy store with collections that specialise in hand-iced biscuits, chocolates and cakes.  And, before you ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hanover Gate Playground in Regents Park
The Hanover Gate playground, located on the west side of Regents Park, has just recently been renovated and now includes two different play areas: a traditional playground for younger children and a new timber tree-house section for older, more adventurous kids. It's also a great little spot to spend a sunny afternoon because it's right ...
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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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Battersea Park
Weekends are always for adventures and when we stumbled from our cosy little burrow last summer into Battersea Park we hit upon treasure. The Park is situated just south of the river between the Albert and the Chelsea Bridge. We drove and parked up at one of the many car-parks around the park. We got ...
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Bushy Park
Bushy Park is the second largest of the Royal Parks. The park and in particular the grand promenade 'Chestnut Avenue' that runs through the centre of it, were designed by Sir Christopher Wren (of St. Paul's Cathedral fame) as the entrance to Hampton Court Palace (more on the palace soon). The park is also a ...
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Richmond Park
Richmond Park is the largest royal park in London, covering 2,500 acres of land and has been a Royal Park since Edward I (1272 - 1307). There are around 650 deer that roam free and stand elegantly among the ferns, blending in to the landscape, which is why it is sometimes known as 'The Deer ...
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Kew Bridge Steam Museum
I have a 3-year-old boy, a 34-year-old husband and a 60-year-old father and they all love this Sunday afternoon activity: a ride on London’s only working Steam Engine. The Kew Bridge Steam Museum is open every day except Mondays and is great to marvel at various engines and locomotives. But the real fun is taking ...
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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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Bugs, Frogs and Fish at the London Zoo...
The ZSL London Zoo is not largest zoo I've ever seen, nor does it have a very impressive range of large animals (no elephants or rhinos, etc.). But, for a zoo in the middle of such a dense city like London, the zoo does exactly as it should: it places emphasis on the smaller creatures ...
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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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A week in London
Monday: Head to Lazy Daisy Café on London's famous Portobello Road for a quick lunch. They're all set up for kids, with a basket of toys and even changing tables (nappies and wipes) in the bathroom! If it's a sunny day, you can even sit outside. After lunch, walk a few blocks south on Portobello ...
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Kentish Town City Farm
I grew up on a farm so the idea of a "city farm" seemed a bit silly to me. "Surely it couldn't be great. How can there be enough space in the middle of a city to house all those animals?" I thought there would be a few chickens, ducks (pigeons, probably) and maybe a ...
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Foraging for Wild Garlic and use our recipe to make this very easy and versatile Pesto. Plus free flowers to fill your home too. Read today’s new post. @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
2 weeks ago
Start your week off with a bang! Make these energy balls on a Monday for some extra fuel and then continue to enjoy these snacks all week. 🤎 No-bake, sugar-free Coconut Oat Energy Balls : -6 pitted fresh medjool dates (not dried), cut up into smaller chunks -30 grams sunflower seeds -30 grams pumpkin seeds -25 grams desiccated coconut -10 grams date syrup -40 grams organic oats 🤎 First combine the sunflower and pumpkin seeds into the food processor. Then pulse it until they are nicely crushed up. Next add the medjool dates, oats, desiccated coconut and date syrup. Mix. Take a teaspoon of the mixture and roll into ball. Then roll the balls in extra desiccated coconut afterwards which makes them less sticky to eat! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. Enjoy! 🤎 @laraoflondon #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
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Weekend project that will transform dull white clothes, hide stains, and get everyone’s creativity fired up... we’ve got it here. Shibori! Or tie dye! But first read this post. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
3 weeks ago
Willow Crossley is a writer and a floral stylist. She is the mother of three gorgeous boys and is based in the beautiful counrtyside of Oxfordshire. Willow’s latest book, The Wild Journal, is utterly divine and I can’t really think of a better treat in this current climate, than reading this book. Written over a period of a year and split into the four seasons, the concept of Willow’s book is simple; a guide on how to nurture yourself through nature. With practical projects for you and the family to enjoy together and therapeutic seasonal reflections. Read more in today’s blog. @willowcrossleycreates @vanessa_wild_flours #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
3 weeks ago
Make your own Dandelion Honey! With only 4 simple ingredients (2 of which are free!) it’s easy to make. Foraging friendly! And it’s great on top of pancakes, French Toast, or drizzled in fresh ginger tea. Thanks @emilyhogarth for the tip. @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
3 weeks ago
Friendship bracelets are a brilliant way to send love to friends you can’t play with. This is a very basic technique Kumihimo friendship bracelet from Japan. It uses a handmade braiding disk from cardboard and it works great! See our bio to get the steps. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #friendshipbracelets @polonaprostkosir
3 weeks ago
Have you ever made homemade pasta? It’s such fun. Read all about it today on our new blog post by @laraoflondon. Recipes and great tips for all natural rainbow tagliatelle from @pastaandplay. Head to stories or go to bio for link. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #eattherainbow #kidswhocook
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Eton Mess is a family favourite of @laraoflondon. In our house it is referred to as ‘Messy Mash’ and that is exactly what it is. A delicious, sweet, fruity bowl of soft and fluffy meringue bits with juicy berries and delectable whipped cream! We have taken this tradition, and given it a twist adding more berries. But the history of Eton Mess, named after the famous Eton Boarding School that many prime ministers and princes, kings, etc have attended, is that “the strawberry, meringue and cream pudding was dropped at an Eton v Harrow cricket match in the late 19th century. Perhaps it was a Pavlova style desert. Rather than waste the food, it was simply scooped up off the floor and served, smashed to bits, in individual bowls.” I love the tale of this story, and my kids love smashing the berries and meringue into bits to create this wonderfully sweet but not too saccharin dessert. It is also bake-free, takes only a few minutes to make on a day where you’d rather sit in the sun then be in the kitchen. Ingredients : Meringue (2 very large or 20 smaller ones — you can make them, or we enjoy cheating this step and buying delicious ones instead) Whipping Cream 1.5 punnet of strawberries Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, optional so add to your liking! Vanilla Pod, sliced in half and seeds removed, or vanilla paste, or extract, to your liking. I prefer not to use the vanilla extract as it leaves a bit of an alcohol flavour. Steps for the mess : Rinse all of your fruit. Chop half the strawberries and put them in a blender or smash up. Pour the double cream/whipping cream into a large mixing bowl and add the vanilla. Then whip it up! Break up the meringues into about one-inch pieces, put them in the mixing bowl with the cream, add the smashed strawberries and fold the cream in around them to give a marbled effect. Place the mixture in serving dishes. Chop the rest of the strawberries and combine with the other berries. Put on top of your smashed mixture. You may want to pour a little extra cream on top, but I like the bright, uninterrupted colours of just the berries on the top. Enjoy immediately! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
3 weeks ago
Rock painting is one of life’s simplest crafts. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday... collecting and painting. Share your rock art with us. @babyccinokids #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts @courtneyadamo
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We just had a great recipe reminder from @little.dottie.designs who are making our Smoothie Ice Pop recipe today. Head to stories or click on bio and make the weekend a bit more delicious! @ieatmypeas #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
4 weeks 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
3 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!
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