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Specialty Ribbon Store -- V V Rouleaux in London
V V Rouleaux was started in 1990 and quickly became the destination for designers and decorators, lovers of colour, and texture and anyone looking for inspiration. They supply over 5000 luxury ribbons, tassels, braids, flowers, feathers, cords, and other trimmings in 100 colours. It is no wonder why it is one of London's favourite specialty ...
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Gingerbread City with the Museum of Architecture -- a must see!
  The Museum of Architecture is an impressive place for any aspiring architect or eager young mind! We were lucky enough to visit their recent Gingerbread City pop-up at Somerset House. But don't stop reading thinking this is all about Christmas. The MoA, or Museum of Architecture, is a must-visit venue year round with a ...
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London's stunning skyline -- Tate Modern on the Southbank
Welcome to one of London's best views! It is simply breathtaking, and accessible to everyone and anyone. Free to the public even. From the top of the Tate Modern Museum's Blavatnik Building, you can see the River Thames, St.Paul's and the dynamic London skyline. The 360 degree views are incredible. Honestly, we live in London and had ...
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Our London ShopUp this Sunday & Monday -- join us at the Chelsea Old Town Hall
It’s that time of year again... time for our magical holiday ShopUp in London (our 8th London event!)  This coming Sunday and Monday we will be at the lovely Chelsea Old Town Hall again with more than 40 charming, independent boutiques for children and mamas! Of course you know that you can get ALL of ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Ascot -- a fabulous family day at the races
Ascot is synonymous with showcasing the best of British and horses. Which makes sense, after all, as it has been home to thoroughbred horse racing since 1711. Some people may think Ascot is an institution filled with fancy fascinators (feathery hats!), horses, and only designed for grown-up adults. But after a truly blissful day with ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Blenheim Palace -- rich in history, nature, culture, and fun
A palace! A maze! Human-sized chess pieces! Butterflies landing on your shoulders! Endless acres of gardens! A bridge with a babbling brook! Deer in the woods! ... Blenheim Palace is truly spectacular. And it is no surprise why Blenheim Palace, Park & Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is stunningly beautiful and transports ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Didcot Railway Centre -- a train trip back into history
The Didcot Railway Centre is just a small train ride from London Paddington into Oxfordshire, and as you enter it you will realise that you are in a special place. A place where steam billows from beautiful old trains, where hand-lettering beautifully labels everything, and where you can escape modernity and appreciate a piece of ...
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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Gifford's Circus -- a magical day for the family
Gifford’s Circus is so very special. And it is good for your soul! You will leave with a smile, filled with magic, and in awe. You escape the world and become a child again, just for a few perfect hours. Surrounded by true artists, seamless choreography, amazing live music, smiling staff, and captivated by genuine suspense, it ...
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The breathtakingly beautiful Temperate House at Kew Gardens
The Temperate House in Kew Gardens is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world. And it has just reopened after an extensive five year project, revealing its magnificent glory. Without question, it is not to be missed at Kew. The Temperate House is awe-inspiring for a multitude of reasons -- historically, scientifically, environmentally, architecturally, and ...
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The V&A and the wonderful Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition
I have always loved the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) since my very first visit to London as a tourist many moons ago. So when they invited us to their Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition, I was elated. This exhibition in this space is the perfect marriage -- one of the world's best children's stories (we are enormous fans!), ...
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The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill
Frederick John Horniman was a Victorian tea trader and philanthropist who passionately traveled and collected cultural and natural objects and artefacts from all over the world. Originally he started to exhibit his extensive collection of curiosities in his family residence on London Road. However when the collection started to take over the entire house, Mr. ...
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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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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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Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road is one of London's most colourful markets, colourful in every sense of the word! Every Sunday morning this sleepy East London side street is transformed into a bustling, flower cornucopia. A feast for the senses, overflowing with bright colourful blooms as far as the eye can see. The lively market traders fill the ...
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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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PLACES TO VISIT
Christmas Family Fun at the Victoria & Albert Museum
I can't think of a better way to spend a frosty December Saturday than exploring one of the world's greatest art and design museums and one of my all time favourite places, The V&A in South Kensington. It's easy to feel spoilt for choice with the vast array of museums that London has to offer but ...
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5 Festive Christmas Activities in London this month
We love how festive the city becomes at this time of year -- with plenty of family-friendly activities for the kids as well. We asked the award-winning London guide, KidsIn, to list their top 5 London Christmas activities and here they are: 1) Santa’s Grotto at Duke of York Square Santa Claus is coming to town! Well, ...
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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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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - Exhibition and Tour
Shakespeare's Globe might not seem like an obvious choice for a family outing but you'd be surprised how much is on offer for children at this beautiful theatre and exhibition space. Situated beside the River Thames, in the shadow of the imposing Tate Modern Power Station, The Globe is a meticulous reconstruction of the original ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Pick Your Own flowers at Manor Farm Gardens
It has become an annual tradition for us to visit the wonderful walled gardens of Clarey and Barney at Manor Gardens near Darlington. My parents live in Teesdale so each summer we take a short road trip to the PYO gardens and enjoy a day out picking bouquets of flowers. We look forward to it every ...
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Museum of London - Barbican
One of the best things about London is its rich diversity, not just culturally but also in its history, architecture, open spaces and even shops. In fact no matter where you are in London you needn't look far to find evidence of this. London has no old quarter as such, instead an intricate tapestry of ...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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.
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