Weekend Scoop for London Families (Aug 3-5, 2012)

We’re celebrating African Fashion this week, along with Mr Punch’s ongoing birthday bash and of course Olympic action around town. Lots of family fun this first weekend of August!

Fri: Small World: Paint a Postcard Family Day at Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton St, SE1 (London Bridge/Southwark tube)
Join the Royal Watercolour Society and use free materials to paint your own postcard to send to friends and family, inspired by the paintings at the gallery. 11.30am-4.30pm, FREE, drop-in (Aug 3)

Fri-Sat: Africa Fashion Week at Spitalfields Market, 1 Crispin Place, E1 (Liverpool St tube)
Get a front row seat at this showcase of the hottest designs inspired by or created by Africans. A stunning fusion and celebration of Afro UK culture, in the heart of east London. 12.30-6.30pm (Fri) and 12-6.30pm (Sat); price range from FREE to £7 standard to £50 for VIP entry, pre-registration required (Aug 3-4)

Sat: Make Do and Mend Quilt (pic) at Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd, SE1 (Lambeth North tube)
Get crafty at the museum at this drop-in communal activity for all ages, making a quilt in the Wartime Gallery. 11am-1pm & 2-4pm, FREE (Aug 4-12)

Sat: Mayor of London Presents: Showtime at Hackney Town Hall, Mare St, E8 (Hackney Central overground)
The Mayor’s outdoor arts festival rolls into Hackney with an unmissable day out of entertainment, ranging from magical hair sculptures by Osadia to origami wizard hats by Chapeau Magique. 12-6pm, FREE (Aug 4)

Sat-Sun: OAE Tots and Family Weekender at Greenwich Summer Festival, King Charles Lawn, Old Royal Naval College, SE10 (Greenwich DLR)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s popular Tots Concert for younger kids (Sat, 4pm in Little Top) is just part of an amazing weekend of family fun including Punch & Judy, screening of the Red Balloon, an alien moon show in the Royal Observatory, a Mad Hatter’s tea party and much more! 11am daily, prices vary, many activities FREE (Aug 4-5)

Sun: Funday Sunday: Happy Birthday Mr Punch at Whiteleys Shopping Centre, Bayswater, W2 (Queensway tube)
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Punch with a family day of arts and crafts including finger puppet making, masks and storytelling throughout the day. By Zara and Gap Kids. 12-5pm, FREE (Aug 5)

Don’t miss our London 2012 Olympic Guide for Families

Also check out 30 Coolest Things to Do with Kids in London this summer. Happy Weekend!

30 Coolest Things to do in London with Kids Summer 2012

How to keep your cool with the knee-high crowd throughout the summer holidays 2012.

FUN & GAMES

1. Get batty at Ping London, with 100 ping pong tables popping up across the Capital, everywhere from Leicester Square to St Pancras Station. Daily, FREE (until Aug 1)

2. It’s Play Day, the national day of play on the first Wednesday of August. Islington babes head to the Peel Institute (www.peel institute.org.uk) for trampolining, smoothie bikes and more fun. Visit www.playday.org.uk for events around town. (Aug 1)

3. Go for gold, or your personal best, at a traditional outdoor game during the Summer Games at V&A Museum of Childhood (pic). 11am-4pm, daily, FREE (Aug 1-31)

4. Tee off for a round of food architect’s Bompas & Parr’s crazy golf at the Big Rooftop Tea and Golf Party at Selfridges, Oxford St, W1 (Bond St tube). 12-7pm daily (shuts 6pm Suns); FREE (pre-booking and walk-ups available) (until Sep 2)

5. Have a Go at a BT London Live sports session at the major outdoor Olympic screening sites in Victoria Park (Jul 27-Aug 12), Hyde Park (Jul 27-Aug 12) and Paralympic screening in Trafalgar Square (Aug 29-Sep 9). Try your hand at anything from athletics to wheelchair basketball. Daily from around 11am-midnight (times vary), FREE

SCREENS AND SCENES

6. Vue Kids AM and offer families blockbuster screenings at pocket money prices throughout the holidays. Look out for our upcoming Kids Club Cinema guide.

7. Brave the dodgy weather as Outdoor Cinema takes over town again, with family-friendly offerings including Ghostbusters in Lewisham from Pop Up Screens (Jul 22), Singing in the Rain at the Luna Cinema’s screening in Hampton Court Palace (Aug 4) and The Goonies at Queen’s Park from Lexi Cinema’s The Nomad (Aug 18),

8. Hear the Owl and the Pussycat on water in a pontoon performance by the Royal Opera House, part of the GLA Hidden London festival, FREE at Little Venice, 2.30pm & 6.30pm (Jul 25); Graham Street Open Space, N1 at 3pm & 6pm (Jul 29); Mile End Park, 6pm (Jul 31)

9. Kids Week, the annual theatre discount allowing 1 FREE child per paying adult to a variety of top West End shows, returns for a whole month thanks to Festival 2012 (Aug 1-31)

10. Petrol heads rev up for Chelsea Auto Legends 2012, a seriously classy family day out, with everything from classic cars to fashion and food. At Royal Hospital Gardens, Chelsea, SW1 (Sloane Square tube) from 10am-4pm, adult £20/under 12-17 £10/under 12s FREE (Sep 2)

DISCOVER AND DO

11. Watch Birds of Prey in dramatic flight displays during Wild Bird Week, shows at 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm, FREE at RAF Museum, Grahame Park Way, NW9 (Colindale tube) (Jul 30-Aug 5)

12. Make your own string thing at Puppet Making Fun every Friday in August, £5 at V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 (Bethnal Green tube) and also with Little Angel Theatre puppet making at Islington Museum, 10am-4pm, £35 (Jul 31), 245 St John St, EC1 (Angel tube)

13. Tattoo a T-shirt at HMS Belfast, off Tooley St, SE1 (London Bridge tube) using screen-printing techniques and drawing inspiration from real life sailor tats. 11am-12.30 & 2-4pm; adult £14/under 16s FREE. (Aug 11-18) Read our HMS Belfast review

14. Head to London Zoo to check out A Right Royal Menagerie, an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. 10am-5pm, free with zoo entry adult £23/child £17/under 3 FREE (until Aug 31)

15. Visit James Bond at the Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC1 (Barbican tube) in Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, a fashion-forward retrospective on the UK’s coolest export. Martini bar open for grown-ups. 11am-8pm (Sun-Wed), 10am-9.30pm (Thu-Sat); adult £12/under 16s £8 (until Sep 5)

PARTIES AND FESTIVALS

16. Pop along to Old Royal Naval College for the Greenwich Summer Festival, with big screen showings of the 2012 Games, late night movies, Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment’s popular Tots Concert (Aug 4, 4pm/£5-£7), sideshows, bandstand, workshops and boutique shopping cabins. Daily, FREE (ongoing until Aug 12)

17. LolliBop Festival, the big bash for little people, is back for its 2nd outing at Regent’s Park promising an unbeatable line-up for under 10s, ranging from Moshi Monsters to Science Museum, Itsy Bitsy Strictly tent and Enchanted Forest. 10am-6pm, from £22 (Aug 17-19)

18. The last weekend in August is traditionally Notting Hill Carnival time, the West London throw down that’s billed as Europe’s biggest street party. Catch floats, parades, multicultural food stalls and sound systems. Sunday is Children’s Day. From 9am-7pm, FREE (Aug 26-27)

19. Angel Canal Festival is a one-day party around the City Road Lock, Regent’s Canal, N1 (King’s Cross tube) with boat regatta, 80+ stalls along the tow-path, funfair, live music, street theatre and more community entertainment. 11am-6pm, FREE (Sep 2)

20. Round off the season at the Ickle Pickles Summer Party, a massive fund-raising event with funfair, bouncy castle, stalls, Amanda’s Action Club, welly wanging, Wow Toys, Eddie Catz and more all in support of specialist neonatal equipment for St George’s Hospital, Tooting. Party at Tooting Common, opposite Lido (off Dr Johnson Avenue), from 11am-5pm, FREE (Sep 2)

WET AND WILD

21. Go Snorkelling with Sharks at one of Sea Life London Aquarium’s latest attractions. For confident swimmers only! Daily from 10am, regular entry £17-£22/under 3s FREE; snorkelling £125 (better prices online) (daily)

22. Dash in and out of Jeppe Hein’s popular Appearing Rooms fountains outside Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall (until September).

23. There’s more splashy fun at fountains in Somerset House (through summer) and also at Granary Square in King’s Cross Central (daily 12-8pm)

24. Book a Free Swim at your local pool, courtesy of British Gas, sponsors of the Great Swim Series and Pools for Schools

25. Dip into one of London’s family friendly open-air pools: head up to Parliament Hill Lido in Hampstead Heath, or east to London Fields Lido, go central for the Serpentine Lido at Hyde Park or further south to Tooting Bec Lido

CHILL ZONES & HANGOUTS

26. Keep Calm and Chill Out at the Unicorn Theatre Chill-Out Zone, round the corner from the Potters Fields live Olympic screenings. There’s a healthy cafe, free photo exhibit and free family movies showing daily! 12-8pm, FREE (Jul 27-Aug 12)

27. Hang out at the Festival of the World at Southbank Centre, SE1 for global arts displays, performances, urban beach, street theatre and more summer fun. Daily, FREE (through September)

28. Browse for books, food, crafts and fashion at the Floating Market of narrowboats selling their wares from Mile End to Little Venice throughout the Olympics. Daily, FREE access (Jul 20-Aug 16)

29. Hit the Camden Beach at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 to find 150 tonnes of sand, beach sports, big screen action, deck-chairs and margarita shack. Daily 11am-11pm, FREE (through August)

30. Escape to Kew Garden in Richmond, TW9 where you can view David Nash sculptures, climb to a treetop walkway or delve into a rainforest at the luxurious green space. Daily from 9.30am, adult £16/under 17s FREE (daily)

See our Top 10 Kids Shows for Summer 2012

Photo via V&A Museum of Childhood web site

Weekend Scoop for London Families (Jun 29-Jul 1, 2012)

So little time, so much fun for London kids and families. It’s all happening in East London with ping pong tournaments, African music festival, and a massive party to launch the amazing London Pleasure Gardens. Enjoy!

From Fri: Ping! London, across London
London’s hottest tables are now outdoors with ping pong spots springing up all over the capital. There’s free play as well as tournaments, special events and a launch party this weekend. Launch party 12-2pm (Fri) at Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate Estates, EC2. All events FREE (Jun 29-Jul 29)

Fri-Sun: Back to Black Festival at Old Billinsgate Market, 16 Lower Thames St, EC2 (Monument tube)
An unprecedented celebration of the African roots in music and culture with a mind-blowing mix of performance, talks, food, market and music from top acts Gilberto Gil, Macy Gray, Roots Manuva, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Hugh Masekela, Amadou and Mariam, Femi Kuti and many more. 6pm-2am (Fri), 1pm-2am (Sat), 1pm-12am (Sun); day tickets £35-£45/under 16s £20/weekend £120/under 16s £70 (Jun 29-Jul 1)

Sat: Dancing City at Cabot Square to Canary Riverside, Canary Wharf, E14 (Canary Wharf DLR)
Leading UK and international choreographers perform amazing feats in this exhibition of street dancing. Anticipate runaway trolleys, a fairytale forest and large scale choreography with Tomorrow’s Men, all part of Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. 11am-onwards (times and places vary), FREE (Jun 30)

Sat: Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Street Party, 15 Westland Place, N1 (Old St tube)
Jamie Oliver joins forces with street food collective Eat.St for a family-friendly outdoor bash to celebrate 10 years of his flagship Fifteen restaurant. Top al fresco nosh from the likes of Big Apple Hot Dogs, The Ribman, Jamon Jamon and more to fill your bellies, while live music, arts and crafts satisfy the other senses. 11am-5pm, FREE (Jun 30)

Sat-Sun: Paradise Garden Festival at London Pleasure Gardens, Royal Victoria Docks, E16 (Pontoon Dock DLR)
Don’t miss this free family festival to mark the opening of the London Pleasure Gardens. Expect spectacular pyrotechnics, live stages with acts including Alabama 3, Ska Cubano, Musical Youth and more, food stalls, comedy from Ida Barr, vintage fairground, silly Olympics and more shenanigans. 1-11pm (Sat) & 1-10pm (Sun), FREE (Jun 30-Jul 1)

Sat-Sun: Pop-Up Festival of Stories, Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C (King’s Cross tube)
Two fabulous days of story-telling and creative activities for families. Highlights include Herve Tullet’s Play Sculptures, the Pop Up Picture Pavilion, Comics Big Top of Awesome, Dahl’s Dazzling Dreams, Dear Zoo’s 30th Birthday Celebration, Curzon Cinekids Pop-Up Cinema and a Pop Up Filipino style Fiesta on Saturday to get the party started. 11.30am-6pm (Sat) & 12-6pm (Sun), FREE (Jun 30-Jul 1)

We also like
Edvard Munch opens at Tate Modern (Thu), watch Wimbledon free on a Big Screen at Hammersmith Summer Festival in Lyric Square (Fri-Sun), Ice Age 4: Continental Drift hits cinemas, gawp at gorgeous Ballgowns at V&A Museum, pick up a Penguin at the Charing Cross Road festival (Sat), party on with the East London Mela in Barking Park (Sun) and there’s an American Independence Day Picnic in Portman Square (Sun)

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Scoop for London Families (May 18-20, 2012)

There’s Museums at Night and loads of multicultural family fun to get stuck into this weekend. Enjoy our picks!

Fri-Sat: Museums at Night Weekend at National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 (Sloane Square tube)
As part of the annual UK museum evenings festival, the National Army Museum hosts a Family Night where young ‘uns can tour the museum after dark, help a lost exhibit find its home, hear soldiers’ storytelling and work out their ‘witching hour’ energy in the Kids Zone. 6-9pm, £5 (May 18-19)

Sat: Crash Bang Wallop at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1 (Sloane Square tube)
Join in a sporting event with the City of London Sinfonia’s noisiest instruments working out to themes from Chariots of Fire, Olympic Fanfare and the Tortoise and the Hare. Pre-show activities include meet the instruments, make your own medals and percussion zoo! For ages 3-8. 12pm, adult £8/child (6 months+) £6/family £24 (May 19)

Sat: The Big Family Cabaret (pic) at Greenwich Dance, the Borough Hall, Royal Hill, SE10 (Greenwich DLR)
It’s the Big Dance warm-up weekend and you’re invited to a family extravaganza with hooping from Britain’s Got Talent’s Hoop La la, local dance acts, comedian Tim Rowdan and more. Bring your own picnic for table service and dress up or down. All ages welcome, 4-6.30pm, £10/£7.50 concs. (May 19)

Sun: Boishakhi Mela in Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 (Aldgate East tube) and Weavers Field, E1 (Bethnal Green tube)
It’s a party on Brick Lane as we celebrate the Bangladeshi New Year with dancing in the streets, a Grand Procession and of course, dining al fresco along the Curry Mile. For even more family fun, head to Weavers Field for 2 live stages, funfair rides and stalls. Both events 12-7pm, FREE (May 20)

Sun: Mwalimu Express at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Rd, E1 (Shoreditch High Street overground)
The Pan-African family train chugs into Ghana this month for another stonking afternoon of DJ grooves, parent & toddler dance sessions, stalls and food, oware gaming, all rounding off with a film The Fighting Spirit and Q&A with director George Amponsah. 2-6pm, FREE

Sun: Batizado at the Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, W11 (Notting Hill Gate tube)
Capoeira Canal invites you to celebrate recent student gradings with a Master display of the fighting form and a party with live Brazilian grooves. 1-4pm, FREE (May 20)

We also like
Family Fridays Magic evenings at That Place on the Corner, N16 (Fri), Tales of the Thames family workshops at Somerset House, WC1 (Sat), Red Riding Hood’s Magic Purse at Canada Water Cultural Space in SE16 (Sat), Box at Arts Depot, N12 (Sat-Sun)

Don’t miss our action-packed May Family Events Calendar

Alan Davies presents A Night of Comedy for Freightliners Farm (Hot Ticket!)

I was gutted when I learned that our neighbourhood farm was threatened with closure last year, due to shortage of funding (the dreaded credit crunch strikes again).

Freightliners Farm is part of the heart and soul of Islington and provides a welcome escape from the hubbub of central London.

Then my friend Anyi, one of many Islington parents who visit the farm regularly, invited me to be part of an amazing grassroots effort bringing some famous names and the community together to help the farm.

Getting Piggy with It

It all kicks off in earnest this June with A Night of Comedy for Freightliners Farm, hosted by actor/comedian Alan Davies, with help from friends Jo Brand, Rich Hall, Phill Jupitus, Isy Suttie, Ian Stone, Roisin Conaty and Tiffany Stevenson!

‘It’s one of the best comedy bills I’ve ever been part of,’ says Davies, who says he was ‘horrified’ to hear of the farm’s plight. ‘My little girl loves it there so I’m delighted to help raise funds.’

Tickets are now on sale for A Night of Comedy for Freightliners Farm, happening on June 16 at Islington’s Union Chapel, recently voted Time Out’s Best Live Music Venue.

It promises to be an unforgettable night so bag your seats before they sell out!

Farm Hands Unite

The benefit gig is the first in a series of events and activities being planned by Islington locals in support of Freightliners Farm.

Babes about Town will be blogging the action as it unfolds as well as offering a helping hand on ground. People are encouraged to get involved through farming, gardening, environmental and crafts activities, skills sharing or just visiting with your kids and leaving a donation.

Freightliners Farm is a lovely space to hang out with family and give little townies a taste of country life.

The vegetarian cafe serving up truly yummy food made with farm-fresh ingredients is one of Islington’s best kept secrets!

Tickets for A Night of Comedy for Freightliners Farm are on sale through www.ticketmaster.co.uk

To find out more about the event, go to www.freightlinersfarm.org.uk, www.unionchapel.org.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Visit Freightliners Farm on Sheringham Rd, N7 (Highbury & Islington tube). Tel: 0207 609 0467

Weekend Scoop for London Families (Apr 19-22, 2012)

This weekend, explore a pop-up English garden taking over Trafalgar Square (Sat) and free Shakespearean sonnets at the Globe Theatre (Sun). Here’s more of what we like for London families:

Until Sun: Drive at Westfield Stratford City, E15 (Stratford tube/overground)
Petrol heads go motor mad at this special event featuring the latest in Eco-Cars, Supercars and everything in between. There’s giant Scalextric racing, LEGO building, simulated riding, test driving and fantastic prizes to be won. All day (until closing), FREE (Apr 17-22)

Thu-Sat: Face Britain at Buckingham Palace, SW1
More than 200,000 self-portraits by UK kids will be projected onto Buckingham Palace, in a joint project between the Prince of Wales Foundation for Children & the Arts and Photobox. The portraits will make up a montage image of the Queen, screened nightly from 8.30-11.30pm on the palace front, and other backdrops across town, in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for most artists working on 1 installation. 8.30-11.30pm, FREE (Apr 19-21)

Thu-Sun: London Children’s Ballet at Sadler’s Wells, Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, WC1 (Holborn tube)
The young cast of LCB (ages 9-15) perform one of their best-loved ballets, A Little Princess. The ballet’s adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s tale about the trials and misadventures of young Sara Crewe who arrives from India into an English boarding school. For ages 3+ (younger kids not admitted). Premiere 7pm (Thu), 7.30pm (Fri), 1.30pm & 5.30pm (Sat), 12.30pm & 4.30pm (Sun), from £14-£50 (Apr 19-22)

Sat: St George’s Day at V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 (Bethnal Green tube)
There’s live music, storytelling, dancing, arts and crafts, traditional games and merriment a-plenty in this special celebration for St George’s Day. For all ages, drop-in. 11.30am-4pm, FREE (Apr 21)

Sat-Mon: St. George in Southwark Festival, St George the Martyr Church, Borough Market and surrounding areas (London Bridge tube)
A multicultural celebration of the patron saint claimed by many countries, this 3-day party includes the Great Southwark Dragon Quest (Sat-Mon), a Fun Day (Sat) with live Ethiopian and Somali music, a Catalonian celebration at Borough Market (Sun, 12-4pm), musical open-air theatre, mass, vigil and Morris Dancing (Mon). Varying times, FREE (Apr 21-23)

Sun: London Marathon, from Greenwich Park to the Mall
Ready to run the world? Start with London at the city’s biggest sporting event this side of the Olympics. It’s too late to sign up for the race, but join the throng cheering on those competing to win, for charity or just to beat their own personal best. From 9am-5pm, FREE. See TFL’s guide to getting around London marathon (Apr 22)

We also like
Free family festivities at Finsbury Arts Festival at St Luke’s Centre, EC1 (Sat), Alternative Fashion Week at Spitalfields Market (until Sat), Blog Eat Blog with Big Apple Hot Dogs on Brick Lane (Sun) and Alchemy Festival winding down at Southbank Centre (until Sun)

Check out what else is hot for parents and kids in London with our April Family Events Calendar

Purple Dragon Chelsea: Ultimate Chic Retreat for City Families

Welcome to my crib.

Ok, so it’s not exactly my crib — more like the play space I own in my fantasies.

Purple Dragon, an exclusive family members’ club in Chelsea (founded by Sharai Meyers, former muse to Roland Meuret), is the kind of joint that makes you want to kick off your shoes and move right in.

At the entrance, you’ll find a wall covered with clocks for time zones as exotic as New York, Narnia and Neverland. Clearly, this is where the magic happens.

On our recent welcome back to the club, there were kids running around barefoot and it had a definite lived in, loved up vibe.

But the style is more hipster than hippie. The decor is ultra sleek and modern with geeky design elements ranging from Marvel comics wallpaper (in the playroom) to a gaming area with interactive wall.

On launch night last September, a group of dads were gathered suspiciously in one of the end rooms that turned out to feature a pro golf simulator.

Of course, my boys are all about the air hockey and Mario Kart Wii.

Mama’s favourite zone is the library, a distinctly grown up lounge with books and iPads for browsing.

It’s almost hard to imagine that only several feet away, through the open dining area, kids are tearing it up in the Imaginarium play room with giant Scalextric track, towering 3D dinosaur, mock volcano, adult-sized swing seat, exquisite play house and more toy vehicles than you can count.

Purple Dragon has enough entertainment to make your head spin but crucially nothing that makes it ache.

The soft play area’s so inviting, with tunnels, mirrors, trampoline and slides, that I wanted to crawl in myself. A far cry from centres where the abundance of stale socks, snotty noses and dirty floors just makes your skin crawl.

Delicious smells come wafting out of the kids’ kitchen where there’s a range of baking and cookery classes to sample. Or you can express yourself in the multimedia arts and crafts room next door. The babes especially loved jamming on guitars and drum machine in the music studio.

You can even book a PD Play Buddy to hang with your little ones and seclude yourself in an escape pod for a mani-pedi or massage. Or for the ultimate mummy luxury – an afternoon nap!

And did I mention the custom-built pool complete with optional water volcano and storm generator? Swimmers can try anything from scuba to water polo to life saving. The changing room’s right out of a vintage postcard.

All this fun works up a serious appetite – luckily the house chef serves up healthy treats for bellies of any size. We enjoyed melt-in-your-mouth burgers, chicken goujons and a yummy butternut squash soup for dinner. They host Supper Clubs for young diners and their family Sunday roast sounds worth a repeat visit.

Can you tell how much I’m feeling this place? It’s a shame it’s way outside my neighbourhood — and budget. Maybe I could persuade Babe Daddy we need an Out of Towner’s membership.

Or maybe if I click my heels together…

Purple Dragon Chelsea is a members’ club for parents and kids ages 0 to 12. Membership options range from Life/Premier with unrestricted access, Early Bird for pre-school children and Out of Towner for up to 32 visits a year. For details on packages and waiting list call +44 207 801 8688 or email chelsea@purpledragonplay.com

Purple Dragon Chelsea is at Grosvenor Waterside, SW1 (Sloane Square tube). Take a look inside Purple Dragon at www.purpledragonplay.com

Trendy Toddlers on Brick Lane

We were out on Brick Lane last Sunday, feeling like bad boys in our sunglasses. Mummy took a picture of us outside a shop called Rokit and she gave us high fives for ‘attitude’.

So many people were waving and pointing and clicking cameras, I almost thought I was famous (well, we do have our own rap video)!

Somebody said I was a ‘mini Lenny Kravitz’. Whatever. I bet Lenny’s scooter’s not as cool as mine!

Ever since Daddy started selling hotdogs on Brick Lane, we seem to spend a lot of Sundays there.

It’s so exciting – lots of interesting looking people on the street selling toys and clothes and food. And the whole place smells delicious.

We always head straight for The Rib Man who gives us yummy rib sandwiches for lunch.

Sometimes we hang out in the courtyard at Vibe Bar with Daddy and other times we walk to Spitalfields City Farm to see the animals.

If Daddy’s busy, Mum takes us to Rich Mix down the road where there’s always something fun going on for families. And nobody gets cross with us (apart from mummy) when Ezra and I chase each other around the floor!

I did lots of chasing in my brand new football boots. I got them for my birthday last week – what do you think?

Jed’s kit
Shades – Brick Lane market stall
Biker jacket (as before) – Zara Kids
Cord trousers – H&M
Football Boots – Clarks
Mini micro scooter – John Lewis

Ezra’s kit
Shades – Brick Lane market stall
Puffer jacket with hood – Gap Kids
Sonic hoodie – Next
Jeans – Next
Trainers – Next

Editor’s Note: Look out for a Foodie Friday feature on the Rib Man coming soon!

Don’t forget to visit the other Trendy Toddlers every Tuesday on Mummy’s Busy World.

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