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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 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.

The Ship

In Pubs, Restaurants on August 9, 2010 at 2:23 am

The Ship, located in Wandsworth, is a pub/restaurant popular for its BBQ and outdoor seating during the spring and summer seasons.  They have both a BBQ menu (if you’d like to order straight from the grill) and a complete restaurant menu featuring daily specials, including Sunday roast.  Staff is friendly and it’s always busy, especially after work and on the weekends, however, there’s ample space should you decide last-minute to walk in and have a bite.  It’s situated on the river which means you can take a stroll in either direction toward Wandsworth Park or Battersea, or if you’d like, you can cross Wandsworth Bridge and head to Chelsea and Fulham.

Note:  All portions listed in their menu are adult sized but they do offer kid’s sized portions too on select items such as risotto, fish and chips, etc.

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.

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!

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.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

In Restaurants on May 27, 2010 at 4:26 am

With 51 locations throughout England, Gourmet Burger Kitchen serves one of the best burgers in town!  Typically, you would order your food, pay and have a seat while your food gets prepared and brought to your table.  Unlike most locations, GBK in Tower Bridge has table service and they’re the only location which offers two sized burgers to choose from.  Normally I’d get the regular sized burger but this time around I opted for the smaller size which was filling enough, with a side of chips of course!  Just right next door to the Clink Prison Museum (don’t fret, it’s not that creepy) and a short walk away from St. Katharine’s Dock, it’s a sure spot for lunch or dinner.   They’ve also installed a lift to the upstairs restaurant making it perfect for those with buggies.

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.

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!