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In Restaurants on July 31, 2010 at 10:52 am

If you’re like me and often crave a stack of pancakes for Sunday brunch then I suggest heading out to Mayfair.  Automat is an American Brasserie that serves anything from eggs benedict to NY strip steak.  I have yet to try their steak but I can say that their pancakes are really good AND they also serve streaky bacon, for those who love Oscar Mayer!  In my opinion, it’s one of the best places to have American style pancakes in London.  They accommodate larger parties too but be sure to make a reservation as they are extremely busy, especially so during the weekend.

Candy Cakes

In Cafes & bakeries on July 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

If your kid loves shakes and cupcakes then he/she will love Candy Cakes!  This little gem is located in the lower level Piazza in Covent Garden.  It can get very busy, which means that you may have to wait a few minutes, all worth it though.  There are small tables inside so you can sit, have a coffee and satisfy that sweet tooth.  Throwing a party?  Then why not customize and personalize your own cake too!   Teens absolutely love this place!

One O’clock Centres

In Indoor fun, Outdoor fun, Parent & baby, Parks on July 17, 2010 at 9:12 am

There are 11 One O’clock Centres in Wandsworth council with locations in popular areas such as Battersea Park, King George’s Park and The Windmill.  One O’clock clubs are open Monday to Friday from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. and entry to the centre is completely free.  Each club has their own schedule of activities so best to check with them directly for a timetable.  There are both indoor and outdoor play areas which include a soft play section for babies and crawlers and toddlers can fully utilize the playground’s swings, slides, ride-on vehicles, sandpits, fancy dress costumes for role play, building blocks, finger painting and more.  This is a drop in centre ideal for children under 5 years old with an accompanying adult so anyone can walk in.  Programs are also available for children 3 – 16 years old during term time and school holidays; again best to check each centre for details.   

“In Play Services we have two main objectives – 1. to improve the quality of play provision and 2. to promote public interest in the importance of play. We believe that in pursuing these aims we can bring benefits to children and adults alike.”  – Paul Robinson, Director Children’s Services

Please take a look at the FLICKR link on the right where I’ve scanned a map and listing of One O’clock Centres, Adventure Playgrounds, Activity Centres and After School Care locations.

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In Cafes & bakeries, Cinemas, Indoor fun, Outdoor fun, Parent & baby, Parks, Pubs, Restaurants, Shopping, Transport on July 16, 2010 at 6:35 am

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Las Iguanas

In Restaurants on July 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Looking for some Latin flavor?  Las Iguanas serves food from countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and Puerto Rico… just to name a few.  There’s ample seating indoors and outdoors so no reservations are necessary, but recommended.    They offer a lunch special with generous sized portions starting at £6.90 Monday to Friday with selections like a burrito, sweet potato fishcakes or asparagus salad.   Their kids’ menu is also excellent, moderately priced and big enough to fill their tummies.  Note that they also have organic baby food – complimentary!   Close to Waterloo station and on the South Bank, it’s a hot spot for both tourists and locals.    Highly recommended so be sure to check the location nearest to you!

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

In Outdoor fun on July 3, 2010 at 10:28 am

The Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. everyday with closing times varying between winter and summer seasons.  It’s a terrific place for kids of all ages to play, run around, explore and get a hands on experience on animal life.  There are feeding times during which the children can help feed and/or pet some of the smaller animals which is great fun.  The large sandpit is a hit and so are the many playgrounds which include wall climbing, swings, slides and a huge firetruck to climb in.  The cafe serves sandwiches, ice-cream, a variety of drinks and snacks with seating available inside or outside on the lawn.  There are baby changing rooms within the toilet area which is great when you need some privacy.   It’s a superb place if you’re looking for an afternoon or all day family trip.  Bring a blanket and have a picnic there,  there are plenty of open spaces and tables (with umbrellas).  Or maybe you’ll want to plan your child’s next birthday party there too?!