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Le Pain Quotidien ~ Covent Garden

In Cafes & bakeries, Restaurants on September 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm

If you’re in Covent Garden and are looking for a nice place to have a meal or just a pastry and coffee while you take a break, then I suggest stopping in Le Pain Quotidien.  If you’re a Londoner you know how busy Covent Garden can be and we all know that it’s not the most kid friendly area either.  We stopped in the other day and the staff was extremely pleasant and attentive.  There are two floors which means there is ample space to sit down and they also have an outside seating area.  Quotidien is located in the central, market area on the main floor.  Their lemon tart is my favorite, a must have if you’re in the mood for a treat!

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The Duke’s Head

In Pubs, Restaurants on August 11, 2010 at 10:33 am

The Duke’s Head in Putney is just a few minutes from Putney High Street, making it very easy to walk to from Putney Bridge tube, Putney (overground) train and East Putney tube stations.  It’s a lovely pub with a really nice view of the river so I suggest to try to get a table nearest the window when making a reservation (which I highly recommend doing).  They have a really nice selection of starters, mains and desserts as well as a nice choice of foods like burgers and ribeye steak prepared on the grill.  If you’d like to take a stroll after your meal, head toward Putney Bridge and cross over to Bishop’s Park.

The Waterfront

In Pubs, Restaurants on August 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm

The Waterfront is one of the many Young’s pubs throughout London and in my opinion one of the nicest.   Inside seating consists of booths, tables and a lounge / bar area while the outside is equipped with tables and umbrellas with a view of the riverside walk. It’s located in Battersea Reach, where all the new developments are, which means it is well-kept and in a residential area.  And, because it’s not on a high street or main road, the pub’s hidden location makes it feel cozier. You’ll most likely see children playing and riding their bikes along the riverside.  In addition to their a la carte menu, they also offer daily lunch specials for £6.50 each and have a separate kid’s menu.

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.

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?!

Coram’s Fields

In Outdoor fun on June 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Just a 10 minute walk from Russell Square tube station, Coram’s Fields is ideal for families wanting to go on a picnic or just have some fun under the sun.  It’s an open, green space with a play area suitable for toddlers and younger children.  There are sand pits, paddling pools, swings, slides and even a small pet’s corner.  The pet’s corner doesn’t seem to be the main attraction in comparison to the playground, where kids run around in their swimsuit or nappy, from one play area to the next.  Bring a big towel and a change of clothing because I bet you’ll need it!  If you’d like to make a day out of it why not visit the British Museum too.  And, if  you’re feeling really adventurous, take the 168 bus to Camden High Street – about a 15 – 20 minute journey.

The Draft House

In Pubs on June 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm

About a 12 minute walk from Clapham Junction Station, The Draft House is one of the most popular pubs in Battersea.  With 18 beer on tap it’s surely a hot spot – for singles and families alike.  Although it is extremely kid-friendly they unfortunately do not offer a kid’s menu, which would be absolutely fantastic!   Definitely take a peek at their  full menu which consists of a brunch selection (Saturday & Sunday), Sunday roast and even a lunch menu with the usual fish n chips and their Draft House Burger topped with a blue cheese mayo – scrummy!   Note that there is one other location in Westbridge.

Del’ Aziz

In Restaurants on June 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Del’ Aziz , an Eastern Mediterranean chain of restaurants serving a selection of sweet and savory foods, has 5 locations throughout London:  Fulham, Westfield, Swiss Cottage, Bermondsey and Bankside.  I have been to both the Westfield and Fulham restaurants and have had fantastic service along with great food.  They have daily lunch specials which are usually priced below £10.00 for a pita sandwich or other entree and a kid’s menu which is generally priced at £4.95, check your local restaurant for details.  They have an ample supply of  highchairs too plus a very comfortable seating area.  I recently went to Del’ Aziz Westfield with 7 other mums (as walk-ins) where the staff were quick to accommodate us all.

Bishop’s Park and Fulham Palace

In Cafes & bakeries, Outdoor fun, Parks on June 18, 2010 at 10:04 am

Take a stroll through Bishop’s Park and enter the beautiful gardens of Fulham Palace.  There you’ll find a cafe and huge lawn area where you can have a picnic and safely let your kids run around.  One of the greenest, hidden places in Fulham and a must see if you haven’t already.  The Drawing Room Cafe offers table service and/or take away if needed.  We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon here.  So peaceful and quiet!