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Cute crêperie in London's Hammersmith
In the dark winter days, it seems totally acceptable to eat dinner and desert whenever you feel the desire. So, we booked a table at the cosy little French crêperie, La Petite Bretagne. Located in London's Hammersmith area, it is the perfect treat for a pre-theatre indulgance before a performance around the corner at the ...
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The Delaunay Counter -- a family friendly Viennese cafe in the West End
I can remember the leisurely late-night meals and date nights my husband and I once had at The Delaunay restaurant. Now we are normally tucked up in bed at 9pm, not going out to start the evening. But I am so pleased that the same owners and chefs are now available, adjacent but in a ...
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea -- a 50th anniversary afternoon tea at The Savoy, London
The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a famous children's story in the UK. I did not grow up with this book, but it is truly part of the culture here, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. So what better way to celebrate a British book than with an afternoon tea for children? And The ...
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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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Afternoon Tea for children at St. Ermin's Hotel
Afternoon tea is quite possibly the most British of all institutions. But an afternoon tea that is cute, casual, and designed especially for children, well that is a perfect thing! We were delighted to visit St. Ermin's Hotel, an oasis in the middle of London, to enjoy their delicious Children's Afternoon Tea. St. Ermin's is tucked ...
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Fabrique Bakery -- the best cinnamon rolls in London
Thankfully Fabrique Bakery exists in London. In Stockholm, Fabrique is famous for the fika, a concept based around a Swedish cake & coffee break. Fortunately Fabrique bakery, located on Portobello Road, is about twenty minutes away from my home, so it is a destination.  If it was any closer, it would be deliciously dangerous to ...
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Deliciously Ella -- plant-based food in delis across London
There are now three Deliciously Ella delis across London, all serving delicious and wholesome, plant-based food and drinks.  We visited the Weighhouse Street Deli, which is located on a quiet corner just off busy Oxford Street, and it was the perfect spot to grab a healthy meal away from the crowds whilst in central London. ...
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The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries - A perfect Brunch spot
Nestled between a row of terraced houses down a quiet residential street in Little Venice, is London's oldest garden centre - Clifton Nurseries. It's one of those quirky London treasures that is so well hidden, you could live your whole life in London never knowing it was there. Venture through the gates and not only ...
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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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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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Honey & Smoke - Middle Eastern Cuisine in the heart of London's West End
When three of your foodie friends all rave to you about the same 'great place' in the space of a month, you know it's worth checking out. Honey & Smoke on Great Portland Street is the latest offering from the Israeli husband and wife team behind popular Honey & Co in Fitzrovia. The pair previously worked 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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Violet Cafe - Delicious Californian cupcakes by Claire Ptak
Do you love cupcakes as much as we do? If the answer is yes then head East towards Hackney's trendy Broadway Market and you might be lucky enough to stumble across an unassuming little back street called Wilton Way. This charming parade is home to some of East London's best hidden gems, including Pidgin one ...
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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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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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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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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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Bibendum Restaurant and The Conran Shop
Located in South Kensington inside one of London's most iconic landmarks, Bibendum is one of the capital's prettiest dining spaces. With its high ceilings, Art Nouveau architecture and spectacular stained glass windows that drench the room in a colourful glow, its a hard restaurant to beat for classic style and ambience. Restored in 1986 by Sir Terrence ...
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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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Maltby Street Market - Bermondsey
       Just around the corner from trendy Bermondsey Street in South East London is Maltby Street, a small unassuming stretch of victorian railway arches that at the weekend transforms into a bustling food market. Although much smaller than nearby Borough Market (read more here) it still manages to pack in an impressive selection ...
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Granger & Co - Kings Cross
A stones throw from busy King's Cross station, on a quiet sun drenched piazza overlooking King's Boulevard is Bill Granger's latest addition to his cluster of popular all day restaurants - Granger & Co. Best known for his laid back, fresh and wholesome brunch menus, the Aussie chef is now making his mark on the London ...
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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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Chirp chirp! These fingerprint cards are super easy and quick to make so if you are in need of a last-minute Easter card read on. ⭐️ You will need: Yellow water colour paint (water and a paintbrush to mix) Plain white card folded in half Black felt tip pen Orange felt tip pen (We found water colours worked great but any yellow paint will do). ⭐️ Mix up some yellow water colour paint, dip a finger into the paint and then place firmly onto the front of a folded piece of card. Repeat and cover the whole card with yellow fingerprints leaving some gaps for the feet and beaks. ⭐️ Once the paint has dried add some little black legs and feet, a dot for the eye and an orange beak. The beaks look great all pointing in different directions. ⭐️ What we love about these cute cards are their randomness. It’s such a simple idea that children of any age can get involved. Anything goes here, long legs/ short legs, big beaks/little beaks!! We guarantee they’ll look great in any style and they will definitely bring a smile to a loved ones face. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercards @soloskates
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Hoppy paper doll bunnies from @laraoflondon were super easy. Just accordion fold a long strip of white paper and cut out! Then add ears, eyes, and a few accessories of course! #babyccinocrafts #babyccinokids #paperdolls #easterbunny
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Decorations that don’t waste too many precious cooking ingredients... yes please! We love this simple salt dough recipe!🧂 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1. Preheat the oven to 120 °C and line baking tray with baking paper. 2. Mix flour and salt in the bowl then gradually add water, stirring until combined. 3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out until about 7mm thick and transfer to baking tray. 4. Then all you need is an egg-shaped cookie cutter, which is easy to find at this time of the year. Cut them out and make a hole in each about a centimeter from the top edge. Bake on 120C for about three hours turning them once after about 2 hours. 5. Now paint both sides with one color or each in different and wait to dry completely. 6. After about an hour you can draw your favorite designs on the eggs (again, one or both sides). 7. Leave for about 12 hours or overnight to dry and finish them with glossy varnish. (Clear nail polish works nicely.) 8. Now just string the twine or a fishing line through holes and you’re done! 9. Place on branches or hang around the home. 10. Enjoy! 🥚🧂 More Easter ideas in our bio! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercraftsforkids #saltdoughornaments
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Paper, glue, scissors... make your own sweet bunny ears to create more fun for your Easter at home. It’s a 5 minute craft and 100% recycled scraps friendly! See @laraoflondon ‘s idea in the bio and customise the colours for your little ! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
2 days ago
Hello Easter! We have over ninety crafts, recipes & blog posts (yes, that’s 90!) for this season we adore. So click on the bio link and get inspired. And stay tuned as we share all week — natural egg dyeing, making edible egg nests, cakes, salads, cards, decor, and more! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #babyccinocrafts #easter
3 days ago
Schedules? Routines? We have pointers from week three of being indoors. More on today’s blog. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids
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How can we manage worrying information around our children? Today’s blog post looks at these ‘unprecedented’ times. With news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too that are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the wider world, and important to share some truths with them about what is happening. We are, as Maria Montessori put it, “Citizens of the World” and our children will be the ones to inherit it. Being in lockdown, (hello to everyone at home!) can make for a really good environment to nurture discussion, as we have time to drip feed explanations, observe reactions and unpick tricky questions. There are some simple ways we can help stem and support the flow of information, manage anxieties and make sense of the world around us all. So today we have tips in our bio, so click on the link and share with loved ones. And please stay safe. #babyccinokids #explainingcoronavirustokids @themontessoristudio
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The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon is a great hit. It is filled with over 400 whimsical words which continually amaze us ... words like ‘bumbershoot’, ‘spaghettification’, ‘hurdy-gurdy’ and ‘ombudsman’ are carefully described and fantastically illustrated by Louise Lockhart. I mean how cool is the word ‘hurdy-gurdy’?! Read more about the book on today’s blog. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads @vanessa_wild_flours
6 days ago
Art for everyone... Julie from @famillesummerbelle shared this beautiful print for colouring in fun. Print out available in our bio. Enjoy. ️ @estherbabyccino @famillesummerbelle #famillesummerbelle
6 days ago
We’ve had a full-on week with home learning (as you all have I imagine) and managed to survive (just) the week in the house together. But this morning I felt we all needed a little time out from the work and we did maths through baking by making these delicious cookies. They were out of the oven just in time for a mid-morning brain break. I think we’ve tried every recipe for chocolate chip cookies but this is our favourite and today I thought I’d share it with you. I must warn you, they are not the healthiest, but during these times I think we are all in need of a little treat. Thanks to @vanessa_wild_flours for this idea ... and click on our bio for her yummy recipe! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
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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!
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
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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!
3 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