Spend a week in London

Swinging LondonWe recently “met” Courtney from Babyccino — an excellent blog in which moms in 4 European cities hold an online conversation about life, kids, and style.

She is an American from Seattle living in London with her husband and 2 lively sons, Easton and baby Quin (near the same ages as mine!).

She shares some of her favourite mum and baby activities.

Monday: Burgers and Electric Scream
Head to “Babes ‘n Burgers” on Portobello Road for a quick lunch. They have a play area in the back for kids, and the burgers are decent!

After lunch, walk a few blocks south on Portobello Road to the Electric Cinema. They have a 3:00 screening slot set up for mums and their babies under 1-year-old. You buy a ticket, “valet” park your buggy, take your seat, and your baby sits on your lap (or the ample floor space in front of you). No worries if they scream — it’s actually called “Electric Scream” because it is to be expected! This way you can stay up-to-date on recent films, and maybe meet some other mums while you’re there. (Buy your ticket early on Monday, because it always sells out)!

Tuesday: Kid’s Zone and delicious pasta
Take your kids to the (free) National Army Museum in Chelsea. They have a Kid’s Zone for interactive learning and a play space with a forest, castle, board games, a construction corner, and a reading area. The Zone is meant for kids under 10, including a soft-play area for babies! After the museum, head to the nearby King’s Road for lunch at Carluccio’s. They have a great kid’s menu, loads of highchairs, changing tables in the bathrooms, and the food is good!

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Spend a week in Hampstead (London, baby)

Norah in LondonMy good friend Valerie did me the favor of having a baby shortly after I did, but then went and moved out of the Bay Area all the way to London… as if I wasn’t having a hard enough time crossing the bridge into San Francisco to see her and Baby Norah.

She’s sent us her ideal week’s worth of local activities with the caveat that she and Norah are really only capable of one activity a day – and sometimes just going to the grocery store counts as that day’s activity. (As long as I pass the threshold of my front door, it counts as an outing in my book!)

Alrighty, here goes Val’s week in London’s Hampstead district…

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