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Emporio Sao Paulo (update)

In Cafes & bakeries, Indoor fun on April 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Take a look at their new website which includes photos of their playroom (downstairs).  You can also view sample menus offered for adults as well as the full range of organic foods sold for kids.

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Common Ground Cafe Bar

In Cafes & bakeries, Indoor fun, Outdoor fun, Parks, Pubs on April 24, 2010 at 10:17 pm

This is a perfect spot for both parents and children.  The Common Ground is nestled in Wandsworth Common just off Dorlcote Road.  It’s a cafe/bar which means they serve anything from a cup of tea to bottled beer or a glass of wine.  I have yet to try any of their menu items but by the way it looks everyone is sure to find something to cut their appetite.  Inside there are tables in the front of house and in the back as well as outside.  What’s really cool is that they also supply kids with toys such as activity cubes and building blocks.  Clever if you ask me.  They also have a class schedule offering Action Amanda activities throughout the week for babies and toddlers on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (best suitable from 6 months to 4 years old).   On Wednesday they have a Blueberry Playsong session for babies over 12 months old, ideal for those babies who love music!  And after a session of play take your little one to the playground just a few feet away!

Starbucks

In Cafes & bakeries on April 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm

The Starbucks in Chiswick has a corner play area where kids can crawl around on padded mats and play with the toys provided.  It’s the 1st Starbucks which I’ve visited where this has been available.  Is this going to be the start of something new?  I think it’s a great idea, especially good for our 1 year olds who no longer want to sit tight on a sofa chair.   Granted, you  have to watch over your own child, but when don’t we do that anyway?!

Emporio Sao Paulo

In Cafes & bakeries, Indoor fun on April 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm

We always have a good time at Emporio Sao Paulo.  The staff is super friendly and the space is perfect for our little ones to play and crawl around.  They serve a selection of Brazilian breads and desserts as well as salads, pastries and other foods.  Also for retail is a wide selection of children’s food such as Hipp Organic.  I have been told that they will also start serving their own freshly made organic food for children.  It’s been a while since I’ve been there so will update on whether or not they’ve begun making it yet.  If they have, it will be fantastic.  The play area is located on the lower level with plenty of toys to keep the children entertained and enough highchairs for mealtime.  It doesn’t get overly crowded which is why we like it so much.  Furthermore, it’s located in a predominantly residential area (Parsons Green)  which makes it safe and pleasant to walk to.   One of my favorite finds thus far!

Tube Planner

In Transport on April 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Tubeplanner.com allows you to search by station name and instantly get information regarding that station.  Whether you’d like to know if it’s step-free, if there are lifts or are interested in finding out about places nearby, take a look at this handy site.  There’s a link to a street map detailing the surrounding area for each station which you’re able to print for reference.   The site also allows you to plan your journey, giving you the estimated journey time and travel zones.

Carluccio’s

In Restaurants on April 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm

With over 50 locations in England, Ireland and Dubai, Carluccio’s serves a wide variety of Italian food. I highly recommend having one of their grilled paninis such as the Parma, really tasty!  I’ve been to a few including South Kensington, Fulham Road and Covent Garden.  They have all been consistent with the quality of food and service has always been prompt and staff were always welcoming.   Stop in for breakfast, lunch or a mid afternoon coffee, there’s no pressure and menu items are moderately priced.

Pizza Express

In Restaurants on April 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm

There’s no way I could go on without listing Pizza Express.  It’s a win win situation for any parent wanting to please their child.  What kid doesn’t love pizza or ice cream?!  Here’s the kid’s menu, just as yummy as the regular menu.  And, as you read it, notice the Schools’ Programme listed below, now that’s pretty amazing!  I think I would have jumped up and down at the opportunity of a hands on pizza experience during one of our class trips.  Just enter your postal code and find your nearest Pizza Express.

Doukan

In Restaurants on April 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm

This wonderful Moroccan restaurant is one of my favorites.  Nominated by Gordon Ramsay as the best local restaurant on the F-Word, you’ll be certain to walk away wanting more. Take a look at their lunch menu, the merguese dish is my top pick.  On Sundays they feature a live jazz band while you relax and enjoy brunch.  Doukan is a cozy, intimate yet comfy restaurant.  Trust me, you won’t leave disappointed.

Toilet facilities Tube map

In Transport on April 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

This tfl map shows which London underground, rail and bus stations have toilets with baby changing areas.  Some are located inside the ticket gateline while others aren’t.  Always keep a pocket full of change just in case you need to pay for entry which can range from 10p – 50p depending on the station.

Eddie Catz

In Indoor fun on April 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

There are two Eddie Catz locations, one in Putney (right off the High St.) and the other in Wimbledon (near Colliers Wood).  There’s an enclosed soft play area for babies and toddlers and a separate section for those aged 3 – 1o years old.  Older kids can enjoy playing in the multi-tiered playframe or have a go at a game of air hockey.  Other video games are available too.  In addition, they offer classes, workshops and events nearly everyday such as “Let’s Dance” for those 5 – 10 years old.  They host parties during the holiday season so be sure to check out their monthly schedule.  The Eddie Catz play area in Putney is located on a 1st floor walk up so be sure to pack light.