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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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We love this beautiful brioche-like braided Easter Bread, known in Italian as Pane Di Pasqua. See our recipe in the link. But also, tell us what yummy things you plan to make this Easter. @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
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🧻 Toilet paper Easter craft idea. Make stamps from recycled cardboard tubes. It’s super simple and great for Easter bunnies and eggs! We used one paper towel roll to make two bunnies and two egg stamps … which can make millions of cards. Materials needed: Cardboard tubes from toilet paper or kitchen paper rolls Scissors Hot glue gun (or use white school glue, but this eliminates the need to wait) Paint, we mixed our own pastels with tempra / finger paint Googly eyes, optional Paper Steps: Cut the cardboard tubes into smaller pieces. Bend the cardboard slightly to make ears, then hot glue the ears onto the face. The eggs stamps are simple, just slightly bend them to make them less round and more oval in shape. Mix the paint on a plate or flat tray to your desired shade. Hop the bunny stamp over and over onto the paint, it covers the surface nicely that way! (see photo) Stamp the paper card, or envelope, and then fill in any missing outlined bunny sections if there are any. Add funny faces, googly eyes, silly bowties, or anything you desire to personalise your bunnies! We wrote have a VERY HOPPY EASTER. @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercraftsforkids #toiletpapercraft
16 hours ago
Edible Easter egg nests do double-duty as decorations and desserts. See our link and recreate this scrumptious treat. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
17 hours ago
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
1 day ago
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
2 days ago
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
2 days ago
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
3 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
4 days ago
Schedules? Routines? We have pointers from week three of being indoors. More on today’s blog. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids
5 days ago
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
6 days 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
2 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!
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