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Traveling to London with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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The Delaunay Counter -- a family friendly Viennese cafe in the West End
I can remember the leisurely late-night meals and date nights my husband and I once had at The Delaunay restaurant. Now we are normally tucked up in bed at 9pm, not going out to start the evening. But I am so pleased that the same owners and chefs are now available, adjacent but in a ...
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London's stunning skyline -- Tate Modern on the Southbank
Welcome to one of London's best views! It is simply breathtaking, and accessible to everyone and anyone. Free to the public even. From the top of the Tate Modern Museum's Blavatnik Building, you can see the River Thames, St.Paul's and the dynamic London skyline. The 360 degree views are incredible. Honestly, we live in London and had ...
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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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Molly Meg Children's Shop
  This past weekend we ventured over to Islington in North London to explore the area and visit a few of our favourite shops. We'd barely been out five minutes when the heavens opened - like a tropical monsoon! Luckily for us we happened to be right outside the brilliant children's shop Molly Meg on ...
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The Delaunay Counter -- a family friendly Viennese cafe in the West End
I can remember the leisurely late-night meals and date nights my husband and I once had at The Delaunay restaurant. Now we are normally tucked up in bed at 9pm, not going out to start the evening. But I am so pleased that the same owners and chefs are now available, adjacent but in a ...
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Afternoon Tea for children at St. Ermin's Hotel
Afternoon tea is quite possibly the most British of all institutions. But an afternoon tea that is cute, casual, and designed especially for children, well that is a perfect thing! We were delighted to visit St. Ermin's Hotel, an oasis in the middle of London, to enjoy their delicious Children's Afternoon Tea. St. Ermin's is tucked ...
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Deliciously Ella -- plant-based food in delis across London
There are now three Deliciously Ella delis across London, all serving delicious and wholesome, plant-based food and drinks.  We visited the Weighhouse Street Deli, which is located on a quiet corner just off busy Oxford Street, and it was the perfect spot to grab a healthy meal away from the crowds whilst in central London. ...
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Borough Market
        Borough Market often referred to as London's larder has a rich and fascinating history dating back approximately 1000 years. In medieval times customers in the City were forbidden by law to cross London Bridge into Southwark to purchase cut price goods from the market. Nowadays you will find hordes of City workers ...
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London's stunning skyline -- Tate Modern on the Southbank
Welcome to one of London's best views! It is simply breathtaking, and accessible to everyone and anyone. Free to the public even. From the top of the Tate Modern Museum's Blavatnik Building, you can see the River Thames, St.Paul's and the dynamic London skyline. The 360 degree views are incredible. Honestly, we live in London and had ...
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The breathtakingly beautiful Temperate House at Kew Gardens
The Temperate House in Kew Gardens is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world. And it has just reopened after an extensive five year project, revealing its magnificent glory. Without question, it is not to be missed at Kew. The Temperate House is awe-inspiring for a multitude of reasons -- historically, scientifically, environmentally, architecturally, and ...
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The Tower of London - Our Top Tips before you Visit
The Tower of London is one of Europe's oldest palaces and prisons. Its fascinating and notoriously gory history dates back over 900 years to the time of its creator William the Conqueror. There's lots to see and do so be sure to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to explore this iconic London ...
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The Natural History Museum
There's something so special about a visit to The Natural History Museum; its one of those places that never fails to amaze and inspire us no matter how many times we've visited. In fact there are so many things to see in this magnificent old museum that you can guarantee no two trips will be the ...
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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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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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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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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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Molly Meg Children's Shop
  This past weekend we ventured over to Islington in North London to explore the area and visit a few of our favourite shops. We'd barely been out five minutes when the heavens opened - like a tropical monsoon! Luckily for us we happened to be right outside the brilliant children's shop Molly Meg on ...
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Broadway Market - A Vibrant Saturday Market in Hackney
As far as great food markets go, us Londoners are pretty spoilt for choice. Pick any corner of the capital and you will more than likely be able to track down a good local market buzzing with activity at the weekends. Celebrating food and goods from all over the globe, these bustling markets are attracting ...
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Elias & Grace in Primrose Hill
        Elias & Grace is one of those great shops that you can always rely on to find something special, whether for a baby or an older child. They stock the very best of everything in clothing, shoes, accessories and unique gifts ranging from age 0-14years. With more than 50 much loved international brands all under ...
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Eenymeeny children's shop
Eeenymeeny has long been a favourite place to find inspiration and unique gifts for my kids. The owner, Clare Jay, is an inspiring mother of three with a passion for design and a knack for tracking down the coolest toys and exciting new brands in the children's market. I can always trust that I'll find ...
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The ACE hotel London -- fun, cool and family-friendly
The ACE hotel London is conveniently located in Shoreditch, one of London's hippest and most creative urban neighbourhoods, with all sorts of trendy galleries, restaurants and shops right on your doorstep. (Check out our guide for Shoreditch here!) The ACE hotel itself reflects the creativity of its surrounding area. The lounge is always filled with hipsters, working ...
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Artist Residence - boutique hotel in Pimlico
Pimlico's Artist Residence is a stylish boutique hotel, conveniently situated just 5 minutes walk from Victoria Station. From this quiet stucco fronted side street you are within easy reach of some of London's most popular tourist destinations such as Hyde Park, Mayfair and The Embankment. As the name suggests the focus here is on art, ...
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Town Hall Hotel
This past weekend we enjoyed our very first 'staycation' -- a little weekend holiday in our own city! We stayed at the super cool Town Hall Hotel over in Bethnal Green, East London, and it was so fun to get to know this part of London and to enjoy a weekend out of our home, away from the ...
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The Charlotte Street Hotel
My experience with hotels in London is quite limited, as we've never actually 'vacationed' here.  But the Charlotte Street Hotel is one hotel we've become very familiar with over the years as its located literally next door to my husband's office. It has become a go-to spot for breakfast/lunch/coffee/tea/drinks, etc., and is where many of ...
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Getting Around
Navigating London can give any newcomer anxiety -- the city is so big, so spread out, and has so many wonderful and different neighborhoods which you'll want to see... and if you add kids to the equation it becomes even trickier! Here are a few of the best ways to get around: 1.) By foot: ...
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Easy Meals
Navigating a sprawling, fast paced city like London with hungry bellies is never fun. Whether you want to grab something to take-away (to eat at home or for a picnic in the park) or you want to sit down and have a quick meal, here’s a selection of our favourite restaurants and cafes for a ...
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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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Grab a quick Coffee
Need a quick caffeine fix? Here's a list of our go-to spots to grab a coffee (or tea) while you're out and about in some of our favourite neighbourhoods: Melrose & Morgan in Primrose Hill and Hampstead  TAP Coffee in Soho and Fitzrovia Monmouth Coffee in Covent Garden Ginger & White in Hampstead and Belsize Park  ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Weekend Getaway: A Cotswold gem, the historic Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Surrounded by lush hilly greens, Sudeley Castle is perfectly placed in a lovely valley in Gloucestershire, England. It is an absolutely stunning area of the UK and after our recent babymoon weekend away (with all four of us before we become a family five!) I wanted to share our trip with you. Sudeley Castle & ...
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Didcot Railway Centre -- a train trip back into history
The Didcot Railway Centre is just a small train ride from London Paddington into Oxfordshire, and as you enter it you will realise that you are in a special place. A place where steam billows from beautiful old trains, where hand-lettering beautifully labels everything, and where you can escape modernity and appreciate a piece of ...
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A Weekend in Somerset: Bruton and Frome
Around a two and a half hour drive, west of London is the picturesque English County of Somerset, one of our favourite places to escape for a good blast of country air and some quiet time away from the city. We are lucky to have family in the area so we're never short of an ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
A week in St. Ives, Cornwall
The pretty fishing town of St Ives in Cornwall is somewhere I’ve grown up holidaying since I was a small child. It holds so many special memories of long, lazy summer vacations spent with family - cousins, aunties, uncles even school friends. And it’s a place that my kids call home even though we actually ...
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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Gelateria 3bis -- calling all ice cream lovers in London
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The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace -- visit The Queen's working stables -- A wonderful day in London
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Tips for your visit to London
London is a big, expansive city with loads to do and see. Navigating your way around the city with kids is incredibly exciting, but it can also be tiresome at times. Here are some insider tips for making your visit a bit easier. You'll start to feel like a local in no time...
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Getting Around
Navigating London can give any newcomer anxiety -- the city is so big, so spread out, and has so many wonderful and different neighborhoods which you'll want to see... and if you add kids to the equation it becomes even trickier! Here are a few of the best ways to get around: 1.) By foot: ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Easy Meals
Navigating a sprawling, fast paced city like London with hungry bellies is never fun. Whether you want to grab something to take-away (to eat at home or for a picnic in the park) or you want to sit down and have a quick meal, here’s a selection of our favourite restaurants and cafes for a ...
READ MORE
TIPS
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 ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Grab a quick Coffee
Need a quick caffeine fix? Here's a list of our go-to spots to grab a coffee (or tea) while you're out and about in some of our favourite neighbourhoods: Melrose & Morgan in Primrose Hill and Hampstead  TAP Coffee in Soho and Fitzrovia Monmouth Coffee in Covent Garden Ginger & White in Hampstead and Belsize Park  ...
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We tried to hold off until December 1st, but we could not! Simple yet beautiful clay ornaments and decorations by our @courtneyadamo and family. A perfect craft with which to get into the Christmas spirit! We have lots more Christmas inspiration to share with you over the festive period so be sure to check back! To have a go these, check the link in our bio. #babyccinocrafts
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On the blog last week our contributor Sydney shared this homemade cardboard spa set she made to play with her daughter! Link in the bio for how she made it all, including nail colour swatches too! Who will be giving this a go? @sydney.piercey #babyccinocrafts
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CLOSED GLOBAL GIVEAWAY! We have teamed up with @magiccatpublishing for a giveaway in honour of their beautiful latest book The Dragon Ark. The lucky winner will receive an ORIGINAL (!!), hand-drawn artwork by Croatian artist Tomislav Tomic, the illustrator of The Dragon Ark *PLUS* a The Dragon Ark jigsaw puzzle *AND* of course a copy of the beautiful book! What an amazing, unique prize! To enter: 1. Follow @magiccatpublishing and @babyccinokids 2. Tag a friend in the below comments (Tag as many friends as you like in separate comments! Each tag is an extra entry!) 3. Share this give-away in your stories for another extra entry! This giveaway is open worldwide. Giveaway ‪ends on Nov. 27th at 11.59pm PST. Good luck! #thedragonark #magiccatpublishing #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #giveaway This giveaway is not associated by @instagram. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
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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!
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
4 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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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!)
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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!
4 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.
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